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My Australian Life: Rob Mills

As told to Ros Reines

Entertainer, Rob Mills is undeniably a man of style. But who knew that beneath his youthful good looks and his showman’s energy, there lurks a true fashionista with a set of menswear decrees to rival even Anna Wintour’s.

It’s quite fitting then that Rob Mills should pony up with style sweetie Olivia Molly Rogers as one of the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) and Myer’s Fashion On The Front Lawn Ambassadors. They will be helping to judge the Front Lawn Just For Fun Categories, since the iconic Fashions On The Field contest has been temporarily put out to pasture during the pandemic.

We’ll be Zooming into people’s front lawns.

I’m hoping that everyone will put a bit of thought into their outfits as most of us have basically been in activewear for the whole year. So, It’s the first chance to dress up. Plus, you can also win some awesome prizes including a car. You just enter via Instagram on each of the race days.

I’ll be at Flemington

Along with Studio Ten’s Style Reporter, Victoria Latu, I’ll be part of Ten’s coverage of Fashion and Entertainment at the track

Make a fashion statement on a race day

But wait, for a man, it’s essential to wear socks. I don’t like this trend of not wearing them. If you’re going to do the races, you should really be dressing as a gentleman. I don’t love a suede shoe but you can’t go wrong with a good brogue, just as long as it complements the outfit. You can also wear a plainish shoe as the centrepiece - the peacocking moment.

It really is all in the details

It’s about the tie, the waistcoat and the contrast in fabrics. Perhaps having floral with stripes and the clashing of patterns.

My style icon is David Beckham

I don’t think David Beckham has ever put a foot wrong even from his playing days. He looks great in a suit but also in variations on a suit. Becks is the first person I saw wearing nothing underneath, just the suit jacket. That’s not really for the races but it’s a bold and sexy style statement...

Bend it like Becks and take it to the next level.

When a guy puts on a suit, that’s probably the best he can ever look. It’s the same thing that happens at weddings, when everyone makes an effort and puts on their best clothes. I think at the races everyone is at their peak - as long as they don’t get too loose at the end of the day and let themselves go. You stay classy, Melbourne.

My Next Project Is A One Man Show

Lockdown has definitely made us more resourceful. Many of us in the entertainment industry have pivoted by turning our homes into TV studios with those little ring lights. So I’ve had plenty of time to write, rehearse and of course, work on my stage wardrobe.


Ros Reines is a Sydney journalist and the author of four books. She is currently penning her fifth - a memoir of a life in the media

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