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Shades of white.

Shades of white.

Outtake of Jared Acquaro of A Poor Man’s Millions from our shoot a few months ago.

Outtake of Jared Acquaro of A Poor Man’s Millions from our shoot a few months ago.

LIFE WITH BEARD
I seem to have become quite well known for my beard and although I couldn’t imagine life without it now, there was a time when I hated the very thought of growing facial hair.
There was something about the itch, irritation and dryness (not to mention wearing your own personal bib 24/7) that I just couldn’t get my head around.
My younger years were an endless party and like most young men I enjoyed nothing more than a little dare between my friends. It was actually a group of my mates who came up with the idea of me not shaving and when a cash prize was offered up as a little extra incentive I thought, what the hell. I’m in!
At first it was tough to not shave and I didn’t have a clue about caring for my facial hair but I won the bet and gained newfound respect for my bearded brethren. 
I’ve come to enjoy having facial hair and the compliments that I get from my family, friends and even strangers has cemented the fact that I’d now be lost without my beard. 
Some people have trouble growing facial hair and find that it gets patchy or thin in areas. Although I can’t give you scientific answers, I’ve heard that a healthy diet is a major key. Upping your protein levels and taking a hair, skin and nails supplement may help those in need of a little filler action. 
I’ve also learnt how to care for my beard and the skin underneath it, as it can get very irritated and dry (beard oils, a comb and boar hair brush help me) and whenever I wash my hair I make sure to wash and condition my beard at the same time.
I love my beard; it makes me feel like I’ve succeeded in becoming a man. But just a word of warning guys, just because it may look like a soft, thick chin pillow for your partner to lie on, doesn’t mean that it’s going to feel that great for them. 
I’ve heard the words “ouch”, “it’s itchy” and “shave it off” so many times, but does that stop me? No. Does it mean that I withhold affection from my partner? No.
I just make sure that I keep it neat and conditioned and that I put as much thought into my beard as I do into the rest of my wardrobe…and then we’re both happy.
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Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.
Illustration by Oslo Davis.

LIFE WITH BEARD

I seem to have become quite well known for my beard and although I couldn’t imagine life without it now, there was a time when I hated the very thought of growing facial hair.

There was something about the itch, irritation and dryness (not to mention wearing your own personal bib 24/7) that I just couldn’t get my head around.

My younger years were an endless party and like most young men I enjoyed nothing more than a little dare between my friends. It was actually a group of my mates who came up with the idea of me not shaving and when a cash prize was offered up as a little extra incentive I thought, what the hell. I’m in!

At first it was tough to not shave and I didn’t have a clue about caring for my facial hair but I won the bet and gained newfound respect for my bearded brethren. 

I’ve come to enjoy having facial hair and the compliments that I get from my family, friends and even strangers has cemented the fact that I’d now be lost without my beard. 

Some people have trouble growing facial hair and find that it gets patchy or thin in areas. Although I can’t give you scientific answers, I’ve heard that a healthy diet is a major key. Upping your protein levels and taking a hair, skin and nails supplement may help those in need of a little filler action. 

I’ve also learnt how to care for my beard and the skin underneath it, as it can get very irritated and dry (beard oils, a comb and boar hair brush help me) and whenever I wash my hair I make sure to wash and condition my beard at the same time.

I love my beard; it makes me feel like I’ve succeeded in becoming a man. But just a word of warning guys, just because it may look like a soft, thick chin pillow for your partner to lie on, doesn’t mean that it’s going to feel that great for them. 

I’ve heard the words “ouch”, “it’s itchy” and “shave it off” so many times, but does that stop me? No. Does it mean that I withhold affection from my partner? No.

I just make sure that I keep it neat and conditioned and that I put as much thought into my beard as I do into the rest of my wardrobe…and then we’re both happy.

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Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.

Illustration by Oslo Davis.

CORE STYLE
Back in the day I didn’t care or even put that much effort into what I wore, I just dressed in whatever I could get my hands on. And to be honest, it usually meant clothing that was more practical rather than what was trendy at the time.
I spent my twenties touring around Australia with bands and in the process I saw all sorts of guys rocking different styles of clothing. 
Up in Queensland the boys seemed more relaxed with their sartorial choices and it wasn’t uncommon to see local bands customize their tops by ripping off their sleeves and have their pants tearing at the seams in an act of functionality.
When we would travel south, colder days and nights meant more layers; jeans and tees were worn with hoodies and denim vests in a desperation to keep warm.
At that stage in my life I really didn’t think about what “style” meant and foolishly thought it was all about brands and labels, rather than how you wore something to express yourself. I look back now and see how naive I was to even think that way.
Personal style is about getting your personality to shine through. Whether it be with a band t-shirt or a tailored suit, wear it with pride and make sure it’s true to you.
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Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.
Illustration by Oslo Davis.

CORE STYLE

Back in the day I didn’t care or even put that much effort into what I wore, I just dressed in whatever I could get my hands on. And to be honest, it usually meant clothing that was more practical rather than what was trendy at the time.

I spent my twenties touring around Australia with bands and in the process I saw all sorts of guys rocking different styles of clothing. 

Up in Queensland the boys seemed more relaxed with their sartorial choices and it wasn’t uncommon to see local bands customize their tops by ripping off their sleeves and have their pants tearing at the seams in an act of functionality.

When we would travel south, colder days and nights meant more layers; jeans and tees were worn with hoodies and denim vests in a desperation to keep warm.

At that stage in my life I really didn’t think about what “style” meant and foolishly thought it was all about brands and labels, rather than how you wore something to express yourself. I look back now and see how naive I was to even think that way.

Personal style is about getting your personality to shine through. Whether it be with a band t-shirt or a tailored suit, wear it with pride and make sure it’s true to you.

–––

Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.

Illustration by Oslo Davis.

SELF MADE
When you start a blog and put yourself out there, you at first feel a sense of trepidation about how you might be perceived. But one of the first comments I received really put me at ease knowing that strangers would understand what I’m about:

"The commitment to the tattoos is obviously beyond the norm … but he doesn’t let them become his look.” - Paul

I’m always going to get comments and remarks about my tattoos. To be honest I don’t care if they’re positive or negative because in the end, they are personal and meaningful to me. I don’t need to show the world they are there, I already know.
One of my most meaningful tattoos I have is “SELF MADE” across my upper knuckles. Yes I know a lot of people have it and that’s fine but I hope they have it for similar reasons. We don’t get to choose where we are born or to whom but it’s our decision to learn, progress and move forward. I hope that if I have failed, I have learned from my mistakes. Self made is doing it the hard way and coming out on top and once your there you don’t stop but you keep going, even if you get knocked back down.
Tattoos come in different shapes, styles, forms and with different meanings and to be able to look at them as a reminder of victory is the greatest feeling of strength and drive to keep going.
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Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.
Illustration by Oslo Davis.

SELF MADE

When you start a blog and put yourself out there, you at first feel a sense of trepidation about how you might be perceived. But one of the first comments I received really put me at ease knowing that strangers would understand what I’m about:

"The commitment to the tattoos is obviously beyond the norm … but he doesn’t let them become his look.” - Paul

I’m always going to get comments and remarks about my tattoos. To be honest I don’t care if they’re positive or negative because in the end, they are personal and meaningful to me. I don’t need to show the world they are there, I already know.

One of my most meaningful tattoos I have is “SELF MADE” across my upper knuckles. Yes I know a lot of people have it and that’s fine but I hope they have it for similar reasons. We don’t get to choose where we are born or to whom but it’s our decision to learn, progress and move forward. I hope that if I have failed, I have learned from my mistakes. Self made is doing it the hard way and coming out on top and once your there you don’t stop but you keep going, even if you get knocked back down.

Tattoos come in different shapes, styles, forms and with different meanings and to be able to look at them as a reminder of victory is the greatest feeling of strength and drive to keep going.

–––

Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.

Illustration by Oslo Davis.

ANDREW CHEN IN MELBOURNE

Andrew Chen, co-founder of New York-based 3sixteen, a contemporary menswear label with a focus on raw denim, was in Melbourne last week to launch his concept store in collaboration with MINI Paceman. I had a chance to sit with him over a round of scotch (or a least he did and I attempted) to talk about his own personal style, what makes the perfect jean and how to avoid crotch blowouts. Enjoy!

VIDEO INTERVIEW

JARED ACQUARO IN MELBOURNE

I came across Jared’s style blog A Poor Man’s Millions a few weeks ago, only days after his first post. While it seems like there’s a new menswear blog popping up every minute these days, there was something refreshing about his point of view and knowledge on the subject. After planning a trip to Melbourne to shoot my Around Town column, I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Acquaro at his workplace Beggar Man Thief and discuss how he went from wearing band t-shirts to dress shirts.

VIDEO INTERVIEW

Fashion credit: 1. Del Monti suit from 1981 re-tailored, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure Twill Shirt, Paolo Albizzati Tie with custom 5 embroidery, Cordone Pocket Square. 2. Scotch & Soda Houndsthooth Sports Jacket, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure French Blue Shirt, Florence Style Pocket Square, Bailey Nelson Sunglasses. 3. Dormeuil Amadeus Made to Measure Blazer, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure Twill Shirt, Paolo Albizzati Tie, Asos Camo pocket square, Jack London Cotton Chino, Grenson Bert Oxfords.

Canadian tuxedo.

Canadian tuxedo.


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