I am, you are, we are … Australiannnnn!
With January 26 on my mind I’ve decided to have a bit of fun and create a hit list of crimes in Australian men’s fashion. You may not agree, and that’s fine but I’d love to know what you think.
A nice chequered shirt should be a staple in any Australian man’s wardrobe. There is great versatility and it can be easily dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion and the weather conditions. But when it’s worn to death and without any sense of style, the chequered shirt quickly becomes a flanno and the uniform of the bogan – both the traditional and new–age, cashed-up varieties.
Another victim of being loved too much by all the wrong people is the singlet; Whether it is a faded blue “Jackie Howe” (named after the famous Queensland sheep shearer of the 1800s), the Bali Bintang special or some garishly logo-ed number worn by a young punk at a music festival.
The classic accompaniment to the flanno and the singlet is a pair of footy shorts. Designed to be worn on the football field, these shorts all too often appear down at the shops or at the beach being strutted around by a bloke who just doesn’t care what he looks like, or wants to make a statement about just how “tough” he is.
Southern Cross tattoos
Not clothing, but still a fashion piece of sorts and a personal hate of mine. Once upon a time wearing the national constellation was just about being patriotic. But with every other feral in the place jumping on board, nothing screams trashy bogan louder than these five stars inked across your chest, or back, or calf, or anywhere for that matter.
Sluggos/ budgie smugglers
Whatever you want to call them, men’s swimming trunks have a very specific niche in wearability … for swimming! (Ed’s note: and preferably as a ripped member of the Australian men’s swimming squad). That means it’s not ok to wander around in them when you are not swimming, showing everyone just how much, or how little, of a man you are. Put some shorts on please.
Here’s some we prepared earlier:
Can you think of any other men’s Aussie fashion crimes? What do Australian men get right in the style stakes?
What I’m loving this month
1. RobynGraphs photographic neckties $60: Created by Robyn Hills, a photographer and helicopter pilot from Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, these neckties use parts of classically Australian images to make statements as wearable art.
2. Mix Apparel at Coles tee $15: The Stylist has been talking up this range for a while but this was the first garment that she came home with for me. Now, I’M convinced you don’t necessarily need to spend a heap of money to get a nice, well-cut t-shirt. Wouldn’t mind a couple more.
3. PHOENIX by Keith Urban fragrance from $24.95: How’s this for Aussie? Country Music star, Keith Urban, has released a fragrance named Phoenix – possibly in reference to the resurrection of his career following various substance abuse problems as a younger man. Urban was very hands on in creating a leathery gourmand scent with top notes of blackberries, cognac and plum that segues into the aromas of dark chocolate and crisp fir balsam with a finish of warm cashmere wood in the background. It gets the Stylist’s scent of approval too. Available in David Jones, Priceline and Terry White pharmacies.Top photo montage: from here, here, here, and here.