THERE are four main things in Andrew Nikolic’s wardrobe: his suits, ties, R.M Williams and his “navy-blues”.
His suits and ties, which are perfectly ironed and hung in his wardrobe, are for workwear.
His navy-blues, which include his Carlton gear and his Launceston Football Club gear, are what you would normally find him in when he is home or out and about.
Mr Nikolic isn’t afraid of admitting he enjoys fashion and even watched Project Runway with his wife and two daughters, now 26 and 25, when they were growing up.
“My wife is into dressmaking and my daughters are doing a bit of that as well,” Mr Nikolic said.
“So I’m not bad with the colours.”
Mr Nikolic also admitted his girls were quite impressed when they found out he had knitted his own jumper to impress their mother – his then fiancee – using skills she had taught him.
“The girls ask me [for fashion advice] now,” Mr Nikolic laughed.
As well as having a wardrobe at their home at Riverside, Mr Nikolic also has clothes in a cupboard in his office in Canberra.
He said he had five Neil Pitt’s suits in his Canberra office, which he used on rotation.
About 30 ties in the office there, ensure his suits always look a bit different and he has about 50 more ties at home in Launceston.
“For me fashion has been easy because I was in the army for 31 years, so it was pretty much uniform all the time,” he said.
“I’m nearly in another lot of uniform now with suits.”
He said the army uniform was more comfortable than suits though.
“It was always a pair of cams (camouflage),” he said.
“I can just remember when you wear your military boots in, they are so comfortable.”
When Mr Nikolic is home, he said people would most likely find him in: “jeans, a polo shirt and either a Carlton or Launnie Blues jacket if it’s cold.”
He said it was important that people looked respectable when they were representing an organisation and in his case Northern Tasmania.
“You’ve got to make an effort to present yourself,” he said.
“Most employers don’t want their employees to look fashionable, they want them to look presentable.
“So I think representing yourself and your organisation as well as your appearance goes is pretty important.”
■ The camouflage gear Mr Nikolic wore on his first Australian deployment to Afghanistan will be on display in Neil Pitt’s for Anzac Day.
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