ARIA Awards: Pics show Troye Sivan, Christian Wilkins having fun with fashion

Crop tops, baggy pants and see-through dresses – and that’s just what the men were wearing at the ARIAS this year.

Australia’s biggest night for music has always been a place to take risks, making it so exciting.

This year, we got to see Jessica Mauboy debut a new Garfield-inspired hair color, and, yet, the boys were the ones having the most fun.

They ditched the classic male uniform of beige chino pants, paired with a navy blazer and shockingly white veneers, and instead went rogue but in a good way, not in a Karl Stefanovic forgetting to sober up before hosting a morning show after The Logies in 2009 way.

Often, photos of famous men at Australian awards nights look like they could have been taken at any formal event: Christening, wedding, that weirdly formal lunch you had once a year with the fancy side of the family.

If you look back at past award show photos you wouldn’t be blamed for getting confused. Is that Osher at the Logies or my cousin’s boyfriend with the excellent hair at nan’s 90th?

This year, the boys turned up and they didn’t look like they were just wearing the good shirts their mother bought and demanded they put on. I’m just going to say it: some of them even managed to out-dress Marcia Hines, and that isn’t an easy feat, especially considering she’d popped on neon for the event.

The most significant fashion moment of the night went to Richard Wilkins’ impressive spawn, Christian Wilkins, who easily out-dressed everyone while barely wearing anything. Christian turned up in a see-through dress, a ponytail tighter than anyone’s Botox, and ruled the carpet.

It was the kind of fashion moment that you know we will be able to look back on and say, “That was so 2023” – similar to how chunky belts screamed 2003.

ARIA winner and singer Troye Sivan went for a sleeker, more business look. She wore wide-leg pants and a big bird-inspired yellow top that looked chic, tucking the blouse in for a dramatic waist effect that would make Dita Von Tease envious. Sure, it was a tamer look than Wilkins’ sexy moment, but it was a far cry from the muted colors we are used to seeing Aussie men wear.

The band Pacific Avenue, nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Breakthrough Artist, also confirmed that men are done with wearing only neutral tones for fancy events. The drummer, Dom Littrich, wore a yellow short suit set accompanied by long white socks and loafers, and it was nothing short of incredible.

Usually, we have to rely on the ladies to make the red carpet interesting, but the boys did some of their best work this year. The Millennial male uniform of chinos and a nice shirt is finally going out in fashion and in its place is an anything-goes approach that mums reserve for the “we are eating what is in the fridge” dinner pasta recipe.

Sure, some of the looks were hit and miss, but what was thrilling was seeing men having some fun with fashion.

Girls just want to have fun, but so do men