Winter Menswear – Melbourne


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Melbourne is beautiful in Winter where we have the luxury of dressing for the season, layering up fine knits with Coats, scarves and beanies. It’s a great time to be in a city known for it’s food and shopping; a perfect time to explore the most major change to Shopping in Melbourne since the GPO building’s makeover 10 years ago.

Last month the GPO building realised it’s second incarnation as a block of shops lending itself to H&M as their flagship store in Austraila.

At the same time, a short walk across Little Bourke Street, Emporium Melbourne opened it’s doors joining Myer, David Jones and Melbourne Central in a neat undercover shopping hub.


Emporium Melbourne plays host to  every well known Australian Designer store.  Sass and Bide, Gorman and Willow share level 2 along with Saba and Skin and Threads.

For me it’s Menswear that is the most inspiring in Melbourne’s transformation.  The Classic Aussie brands are all present but the addition of Japan’s SuperdryMUJI and Uniqlo add a layer to menswear that Melbourne was missing.  All offering affordable basics like Uniqlo’s cashmere range seen below, currently retailing from $129




These luxurious knits teamed with Muji’s linen shirts are a great base to any gent’s layered winter wardrobe.  While Uniqlo offer a rainbow of fruity colours I’d opt for the deep greens, greys and navy’s.  They don’t shout at you and leave your coordinating jacket and shirt options room for variation.

I can’t wait to take my hubby on a date to the city to explore and shop this Winter.

If the Suit fits… AW14

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Men’s suiting is entering an exciting time.  AW 14 sees a real development in the way men wear and style suits.  It’s like men everywhere have seen the female of the species accessorise and have decided it’s their turn.  At a recent showing of Hugo Boss’s new collection we were introduced to the male floral brooch.  Some men may gasp but I predict within the next few Racing seasons a suit’s lapel will be well adorned.

For those not ready to embrace the brooch the Pocket square has gained major popularity over the last few seasons; helping men individualise their style.   It’s also great to see people pulling out their tie clips.  I think it’s wonderful to see these accessories regain their place in a man’s wardrobe.  They are akin to jewellery and can rightly take their place in the family treasure box to be passed on to future generations as a symbol of timeless style.

Suiting itself is trim taught and terrific. Sitting close to the body they are sculpted to fit.  It’s my recommendation that men buying a suit off the rack have them altered in the necessary places to give a strong silhouette. If a suit fits well along the shoulder line; sleeve lengths and back seams can be shortened and tapered.

The colour of the season is Blue.  As a sales exec at BOSS explained Black is now reserved for evening in place of a tuxedo.  Texture in the cloth, waist coats and plain coloured ties are also dominating this season.  Stripes are out and Checks are in.

It’s menswear’s time to shine.  As the Autumn Racing carnival kicks of in Australia it’s the gents chance to add their individual touch and maximise their chance to accessorise.