Hello forum. Looks like I joined at a bad time, this part of forum spammed with nonsense about sports. My name is Matthew. I am 35 yrs old, feel older in the mind, but look far younger in the flesh. I am an Aussie, from outback, currently in Sydney for study, then back to outback for a rest, then will come back to Sydney for more study next year. It is a career change, not midlife crisis I tell myself. But, in all seriousness it is a career change (September 11 incident and Global Recession etc really hit my previous industry hard and i had to pull out). I will not divulge exactly what town in the outback due to privacy concerns (since the towns are extremely small all over in outback Australia in the way of population). I will also not divulge my previous profession (since this too is also small and lucrative). So, I now prefer to just be known as "Matthew the Aussie student in Sydney, Australia". Anyway, I am new here. Came across this site by accident a few weeks back doing research into Valentino Garavani (and all the spinoffs). Found myself coming back numerous times after following up on member suggestions for suits, such as Kiton or Zegna etc. Found out much, and still finding out a whole new world of fashion, brands, dos and donts, style etc, all thanks to forum members. Some trolls, most are in the know and helpful. Overall I was convinced enough to signup and participate occasionally. I can't offer much in the way of fashion advice, as I am learning myself. I am not interested in politics, religion or any other subject that is notorious for contention, double standards what-have-you. This is a forum dedicated to site and fashion and I hope to gain knowledge and wisdom from you all. Up until recently, as in up till last few weeks, I assumed Versace, Valentino and Armani were the top end brands - how I was wrong. Let me also thank most members for saving me $$$ on not wasting it on Kiton Jeans (yes I was curious as many are). Instead I will stick with proven Levis and the like thanks. Normally I am a Levi jeans, Oliver boots (no spurs sorry Yanks) and long sleeve collared shirt man, occasionally sporting the typical akubra 'cowboy' hat (if in outback). However, here in the city my main casual wear in public is typically student attire, this basically means no rules apply to dress sense and on campus I can get away wearing pretty much anything I want. Generally though I wear jeans, sneakers, solid colour polo shirt (if summer), solid colour long sleeve shirt (if winter), solid colour neutral jacket or blazer (browns). I have a long way to go in style. Recently I found out from this forum I ought to be wearing similar colored socks with pants, all these years I tried wearing similar looking matching socks with shoes - ouch! You can call me 'grasshopper', as my parents did back in the 80s (when they still could not decide on a name for me up till I was 3 years age). From the 'Kung-Fu' television show for those that remember. Anyway, I will drop by in the thread here and there, and will even buy the odd thing off you members now and then in the classifieds. I will complete my profile and add more info etc in the next few days. Cheers big ears. P.s. I don't drink alcohol. I am however a coffee, tea, hand made lemonade and water type of person. I also hate sports, degrading opposite sex, 24 hour car talk, and typical Aussie alpha male (white english culture) behaviours. I am not proud to be called an "Aussie", not when you consider the culture behind it. I am however thankful and blessed to be an Australian citizen living here. My roots are Germany and Croatia. Valedictions.