The men's guide to Australia Day style
The men’s edit
The problem is that the day is just that - a 10-hour stretch where you bounce between a cafe, beach, bar, dinner or backyard barbecue. And who in Armani's name has the time for a bunch of costume changes at home? Here, we present the Oz Day pack that will have you covered for every event and more.
James Perse made his name in luxury T-shirts and this Knit Doubled Raglan, $309, jamesperse.com, is not only made from recycled fibres, the contrasting details and silhouette give it a sporty touch but pair it with denim or chinos and your evening look is sorted.
What you want here is a pair that you can take a dip in and will dry quicker than Donald Trump on Twitter. We love the Orlebar Brown Bulldog Down Palm Beach, $475, orelbar.brown.com/au. It features a print by iconic American good-life snapper Slim Aarons and the chrome buckle and zippers add underplayed metallic touches. Throw on a white long sleeve shirt and throw back a mojito. Speaking of which...
Linen comes into its own at this time of year, it's laid-back, luxe and, above all, breathable. Nor do you have to spend big. Industrie's The Alicante is of the palest blue, has a comfortable open weave and is priced at a reasonable $79.95.
For many, Oz Day signals the end of summer and time to return to work. Match the last-day 'tude with the Calibre Cropped Jean, $269, calibre.com.au which is just distressed enough for day, has a Hamptons feel and a neat taper to just above the ankle. All the better to show off these new slick new kicks.
Want a pair no one else will be wearing? Wanna channel Pharell? Feast your eyes on the Balenciaga Men's Race Lines, $860, sneaker boy.com.au. The white and red soles ping with every step, the white suede heel add texture and the overall effect is seriously Mondrian. Art for your feet. Kinda.
Totes aren't going anywhere and increasing numbers of men are waking up to their versatility. You can store your tech and a change of clothes without suffering the schoolboy indignity of a backpack. Royal Republiq's Tote Canvas in black, $249, maplestore.com.au is big enough to schlep your stuff while keeping it sleek.
Local player Manifest Parfums has announced itself in a big way with its debut scent Yucatan, $239, beckerminty.com. It's a fresh blend of tangy, green fruit, timber and resin that also has surprising depth the longer it sits on the skin.
Black, brown and tan are fine for work but maybe it's time to loosen up a tad. Get into colour with this Thom Browne Floral-Patterned Silk Jacquard number, approx $395, mrporter.com.au. The classic summer colour scheme of red, white and blue is the shizzle.
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