Casual Friday – how to avoid a wardrobe malfunction

Casual Friday guide for big & tall menFor most people working in a corporate or office environment casual Friday, also known as dress-down Friday, comes as a welcome reprieve from strict business attire. But as anyone who has watched the casual Friday episode of the US version of The Office will know, it can mean many things to many people and can so easily go badly wrong.

So what are the options and what are the do’s and don’ts to avoid a career defining moment?

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. After all, the whole point of casual Friday is that it offers more freedom to express your individual style. It also depends largely on the industry or profession you work in and the culture of your specific workplace.

To maintain a degree of professionalism, many companies’ HR departments have drafted policy guidelines on what is and isn’t acceptable, but here are some pretty obvious no-no’s.

Keep the beachwear (thongs, shorts, crew neck Tshirts and singlets) for the weekend. Also avoid runners and any kind of sports gear – though you might just get away with wearing team colours on the eve of a Grand Final weekend!

Casual Friday mistakes
Keep beachwear for the beach

So what can you wear?

As a general rule of thumb, if you choose casual for your top half, keep it a bit smarter below the belt. Alternatively, if you decide to keep it strictly business above the belt, relax a little with the pants.

So, one option is to mix ‘n match a more formal business shirt with a pair of jeans – particularly on jeans for genes day. But make sure the jeans are smart – avoid too skinny or too baggy and leave the old torn-at-the knees jeans for the weekend.

Geoffrey Beene and Nicholby & Harvard make a great range of 100% cotton business shirts in sizes ranging from 46 to 56. For jeans, choose between Chisel, Blazer, Gant and RM Williams. And if you want the ultimate in comfort, you can’t look past Brax and Eurex.

Casual Friday dress options
Casual Friday – above and below the belt

Another mix ‘n match option is to wear a more casual shirt with a pair of cotton chinos or even more formal dress pants. If this is your chosen option, best to stick with long sleeve shirts rather than short sleeve, even if it means rolling the sleeves up on warmer days.

Generally speaking, you should choose a slightly more classic fitting casual shirt. Blazer and Gant offer some great casual shirts for big & tall men. But if you need the room, RM Williams and Nautica will provide a more relaxed fit.

Of course the really big question when wearing a casual shirt, quite often foremost in the minds of bigger men: tail tucked in or left out? This really takes us back to the type of industry you are in and the company culture. If in doubt, take it to the TMO – ask your wife or partner.

In cooler months, a fine wool V neck sweater or vest and/or a smart sports jacket will work equally as well with all these options.

Regardless of which casual Friday outfit you choose, don’t ruin it with the wrong choice of shoes. RM Williams boots are a perennial favourite in Australia, but otherwise any smart pair of leather or even suede shoes will work.

Conclusion
Enjoy the opportunity to express your individual style, but make sure casual doesn’t become sloppy and maintain a degree of professionalism at all times. Finally, check your diary before dressing on a Friday morning… just in case you’ve scheduled a meeting with an important client or the bank manager and don’t let this happen to you…

Casual Friday gone wrong
But, I thought you said ‘boardie meeting’!
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Are you a big man?

“What’s the biggest size you have?” This has to be one of the most commonly asked questions when customers call the Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing store.

If you’re a truly big and tall man, you’re no doubt very used to being told – often in fairly derogatory terms – “sorry, we don’t stock your size”. You are very unlikely to hear that if you call 1800 625 510.

The Big Mens Clothing store has the most extensive range of clothing for big and tall men in Australia, catering for chest sizes up to 190cm and waist sizes up to 160cm.

Individual brands have very individual ideas about sizing, but if you typically fall within the size range 2XL to 7XL, then Big Mens Clothing has got you covered.

Similarly, many men find themselves at the top end of the ‘regular size’ spectrum (usually XXL), but are not sure if they fit within the big men’s size range.

To help you determine if you are a ‘big man’, we have put together an infographic outlining the minimum and maximum range of measurements.

But it’s important to note that individual brands and products may only be available for a portion of these measurements.

For example: Bennett Pique Polos range from 145-173cm chest size, whereas Bennett Mercerised Polos range from 130-162cm chest size.

If you are a big man, contact Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing.

Ultimate size guide for big & tall men
Are you a big man?

Big & Tall Man of The Week: Vincent D’Onofrio

vincentBorn Vincent Phillip D’Onofrio, June 30 1959 in Brooklyn, New York City. Standing at a full height of 1.92 metres, D’Onofrio cuts an impressive figure, one with many talents. Throughout his years in the industry, he has made a name for himself not only as an American actor but as director, film producer, writer, and singer as well.

Earning the nickname “The Human Chameleon” for his dedicated approach to character acting, the wide variety of parts he has played and the quality of his work have earned this big and tall man a reputation as a versatile talent.

Perhaps best known for playing Detective Robert Goren in the crime TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a role he has maintained for over the series history spanning 195 episodes comprising 10 seasons.

During his early years, D’Onofrio was a shy boy who spent “a lot of time in my room, staying in my head” and it wasn’t until he attended University did he step out to become involved in small community theatre productions. He made his stage debut in 1984 in the Broadway play “Open Admissions“.

Wayne J. Gilbert Photography © 2007However in the film industry, D’Onofrio’s career break didn’t come until 1987 when he famously portrayed a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket for which he gained a world record 70 pounds for the role after being told “I want you to be big — Lon Chaney big,” by Stanley Kubrick during the film. 

On the red carpet, D’Onofrio favours light charcoal suits, always with a classic crisp white dress shirt to compliment the outfit. Get the look, with a wardrobe staple classic white shirt by Sons of Ron combined with a soft grey sports coat by our Bennett signature collection.

Choose a similarly minimal off-duty look and invest in a good quality polo, which will see you through spring. Bennett 100% Cotton classic solid coloured polo’s, with contrast colours on the inside stand collar great for leaving unbuttoned with a jean/chino or layering with a tee and cotton blazer, coming in a variety of plain colours and striped fabrics this Polo adds to your weekend look. Polo’s are a sleek summer piece and a must for this season. Be sure to check out our full range of T Shirts and Polo’s in an array of colours available online or in store.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

How To Do Minimalistic

tshirtThis month, we are taking inspiration from the design principles of this season’s latest trends, by choosing timeless basics that forever prove less is more. In a word: Minimalism.

This trend can often be misinterpreted as a statement style, which requires the wearer to be head to toe one colour, resembling something from a bad 80s sci-fi movie. This is not the case.

Today we will be demonstrating how every Big and Tall man can reap long-term rewards by investing in minimalistic quality wardrobe staples. We have included below, three styles which will assist the big man in mastering minimalist dressing, to achieve an eternally classic appearance and understated style which will surpass any seasonal fad.

In this way, minimalism is as much a timeless approach as it is a trend.

Business Minimalism: 

To keep your 9-5 wardrobe in line with minimalistic values, we have put together the ideal outfit, perfect for the office, work function or business meeting. This simple, yet powerful style with leave a lasting impression.

Keeping the colour palette simple, we have combined this Giorgio Morelli suit jacket in black, with a dark navy shirt by Blazer. Throw on a pair of matching navy dress pants by Cambridge and you are ready to go.

Weekend Casual:

white tshirtMeet your weekends with a stylish fresh approach to dressing. Combine a breezy short sleeved Gant shirt in spring appropriate white, with a pair of sand coloured chinos by Eurex for a minimal weekend look which will ensure you are the cutting edge of simplistic style.

Night with the Boys:

When heading out for a night with the lads, there is no reason to let your style slide. Tone it down a notch, but keep your principles firm. Utilise the flexibility of polo’s such as the new collection from G Cavalli. Choose a muted colour which you can match with a pair of shorts or jeans of a similar colour.

Use these three looks as guidelines for your future minimalistic wardrobe and embrace the simple life.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Brand Focus: GANT

GANT brotherWith spring in full swing, we have just received a new shipment of one of our most popular brands, GANT. With all the spring colours finally in store, we thought it would be appropriate to dedicate today’s blog to this historic brand.

The History behind The Name: This iconic brand’s rich history stretches as far back as 1914, when Bernard Gantmacher arrived in New York City from the Ukraine. Empty handed, but determined, he enrolled at Colombia University, studying to become a pharmacist. To fund his education, he worked night shifts in the garment district. His first job was to sew shirt collars which soon proved to be a hidden talent. There he met his future wife, Rose, who was working as a button and buttonhole specialist and thus the foundations of their future were laid.

It was in 1927, when the couple moved to New Haven, Connecticut that Bernard set up business as a sub-contractor, making shirts for other labels. The couple were quickly recognized for their skill as shirt makers and became trusted partners for some of the most notable brands of the time. To ensure customers were getting the same high quality every time, Bernard started labelling the shirts with a diamond “G”.

After World War II, the couple’s two sons chose to join the family business and in 1949 they launched their own label, GANT of New Haven. Their key product, the GANT shirt was an overnight success. According to the Gants own history, an important feature was the button-down collar. Button-down shirts, originally an English innovation, where becoming very fashionable and GANT was the first to introduce such a shirt on a large scale to the US market.

gant history

Today, Gant represents a brand with one foot set firming in their heritage, while the other is set in the present, with its classic style and renowned quality, combined with a modern flare which keep the labels new collections fresh and appealing to new generations.

Whether it comes down to matching great looking shirts with jeans, or finding that perfect pair of casual trousers, Gant offers unsurpassed style and comfort with their superior craftsmanship and design, characteristics that have kept the Gant range of clothing at the forefront of men’s casual wear for over 80 years.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Friday’s Big & Tall Man: Alec Baldwin

2013 Roundabout Theatre Company Spring GalaIts Friday and that magical time when we celebrate the style and achievements of a Big and Tall man. This week, we have chosen the enigmatic Alec Baldwin.

Born Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III, April 3rd, 1958, Baldwin in best known today for his role in the TV comedy 30 Rock, in which he plays the power driven Jack Donaghy.

Baldwin has since received two Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Television Critics Association Award for his portrayal of this character.

Born and raised in Amityville, Long Island, New York, he is the oldest of three younger brothers, Daniel, William, and Stephen, who also went on to become actors.

Being a man with an impressive build, he played football in his high school years, but later found his passion lay elsewhere, in acting.

His first acting role came in the form of ‘Billy Aldrich’ on the daytime soap opera The Doctors from 1980 to 1982. Since then, he has enjoyed a hugely successful career in theatre, television and big budget movies.

jack-donaghyOff screen Baldwin can rock a suit like no one’s business. Always tailored to perfection, this big and tall man ensures he commands attention with dark navy pallets usually combined with a dark silk tie of either magenta or light blue. Off-duty, unlike his character Jack Donaghy, who wouldn’t be seen dead after midday in anything but a full dinner suit, Baldwin tends to opt for comfort over anything else, with a wardrobe apparently full of black t-shirts and dark jeans to get him around his hometown of New York.

Emulate this casual but powerful ensemble; combine this black Sons of Ron t shirt crafted from soft, lightweight 100%, with a pair of dark wash jeans and you have a flattering and commanding outfit to take you through your weekend.

For the best selection of large size t-shirts and polo shirts online, you need look no further than Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing for the widest and most sought after range available. We stock shirts for large men from some of the world’s most popular brands, giving you the option to buy our clothing online or in store. If you like you’re t-shirts big; you will find all your fashion for big men right here. A great looking t-shirt can set the perfect tone for an unbeatable ensemble and our large selection of polo shirts will help you create that perfect weekend casual look.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

The Origins of The Polo Shirt

There are many questions in life, which tend to pray on the mind in our most vulnerable hours. “How is that meeting going to go tomorrow”, “how can I fix my relationship” and “why are polo shirts called polo shirts?

We know, we have been wondering too! Which is why we decided to look into the history of this wardrobe stable for every big and tall man.

poloA Brief History: 

A polo shirt, is best described, as a T-shaped garment with a knitted collar, short sleeves, a two or three button placket (the neck opening) and is generally made from a knitted fabric.

But where and when was this knitted marvel invented and where does the horseback riding power-sport ‘polo’ come into play?

The story goes, that back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, tennis players were bound to wear official “tennis whites” consisting of long-sleeved white button-up shirts (worn with the sleeves rolled up), flannel trousers, and ties. Understandably, this ensemble was not ideal for the athletic nature of the sport, or the general comfort of the wearer.

This was until one day, a young tennis star René Lacoste, had the vision of creating an item to be worn which would allow for less restriction, designing a white, short-sleeved, loosely-knit piqué cotton shirt, which was the early version of the style we know today.

But where does the term polo come into play? Lacoste played tennis! Well, it appears when polo players heard of the revolutionary new design; they immediately adopted it for their own and used it exclusivly for their sport. In fact, Lacoste’s design was so dominant in the sport of polo that the term “polo shirt” became the universal name for his creation.

Premium PolosToday, polo shirts are used in a variety of sports such as tennis and golf but have also found their place as a staple garment in the non-sporting world, commonly used as the primary design for school and hospitality uniforms.

For the big and tall man, a good polo shirt provides endless options for ensembles and can be worn with almost anything. Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing has just received a new premium shipment of polo’s specifically designed with the big and tall man in mind.

We personally favour the 100% Mercerised Cotton G. Cavalli polo. Mercerising treatment increases lustre, strength and affinity to dye makes the cotton fibre resistant to mildew.

Apart from all these attributes this G. Cavalli polo also feels terrific on the skin. The natural fibre makes this smart polo very breathable suitable for a trans-seasonal piece that can be layered or worn on its own. The detailing on the collar draw the eye up, lengthening the ensemble, the G. Cavalli polo’s are the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Spring Clean Your Look

This weekend we celebrated the first day of spring and thus marked that magical time of year when we begin to put away our heavy winter coats and pull our spring layers out of storage.

Spring Essentials:

Grey JacketAnything In Grey: This season, lighten up formal wear, by adding a touch of grey. A smart, sophisticated sports coat takes on a whole new meaning this spring with greys dominating the runway trends.

This Kent & Lloyd sport coat is constructed from 50% wool and 50% polyester blend, featuring an inner zip pocket for added security for your valuables. The soft check pattern blend of blue, navy, charcoal and stone, makes this a must have in your wardrobe this season. Easy to wear and match with almost any colour pants you have in your wardrobe, making it an ideal travel companion. This stylish sports coat is the perfect solution to add a dash of charm to your wardrobe this spring.

Lace up Boots: Once restricted to casual wear alone, lace up boots are seeing a resurgence this spring. No longer will they be left to the weekends, as today you have the freedom to march into work in these babies and stay comfortable and stylish throughout the season.  This R.M. Williams pair are sturdy and stylish with a nonslip composition sole and comfort innersole. They have a fiberglass shank, flat heel and chisel toe and come in chocolate colour, perfect to take you from work, to afternoon drinks in the park.
Spring boots

Chalky’ Polo’s: 

Chalky is the term we prefer to what your wife may refer to as ‘pastels’. This spring is all about these hues, so embrace the lighter path with items like this cotton tuck polo by Breakaway. Combine with sand coloured cargos for an unbeatable spring ready ensemble.

For the best selection of large size t-shirts and polo shirts online, you need look no further than Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing for the widest and most sought after range available. We stock shirts for large men from some of the world’s most popular brands, giving you the option to buy our clothing online or in store. We have everything you need to create the perfect spring look.

Final Notes:

This spring, dare to add some colour to your usual pallet. Incorporate some bright blue with your casual jeans or cream cargos. You will find this dash of colour will do amazing things for your skin tone, hair colour, and overall appearance. Don’t dive in head first and deck yourself out in every colour of the rainbow, start small and choose one item to build your outfit around.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Fail-Safe Outfits for Every Occasion

Spring has officially sprung as of this weekend, marking the start of spring weddings, end of financial year work parties and soon before you know it, it will be Christmas function time. This of course means, dusting off those old-party outfits. To save you mind space more readily used elsewhere we have put together three fail-safe outfits for the three most common occasions you are likely to encounter in the next few months.

BlazerThe Work Event All Rounder

Work events present a unique set of problems as you what you wear says a lot about you, and in a business environment this essentially can make or break a workplace balance. Therefore, we have hand-picked specific items which will allow you to cut an impressive figure at any work/formal occasion thrown your way.

The most important element to this situation is a classic cut fitted blazer. This navy item from Ron Bennett featuring sophisticated detailing that is ideal in creating a modern look. Combine with fitted, suit pants, a lightweight neutral coloured business shirt and finish with a pair of confident and comfortable lace up dress shoes and you are ready to impress.

The Weekend Go-Too

When the weekend rolls by you don’t want to be wasting any precious time pre-occupied  with delving through your man-drobe to find something as impressive as it is casual.

Therefore we would recommend putting this unbeatable combination to the test. Try combining a pair of black cargo shorts (we like this pair by Bennett) with a casual polo like this blue number from G. Cavalli. Throw in some all-round comfortable and durable casual shoes and you have yourself a stand by classic ensemble which will see you through your weekend adventures. While it is true that a great looking t-shirt can set the perfect tone for an unbeatable ensemble, but if the weather turns cooler, keep a versitile jacket in mind which you can throw on to complete your look.

danielThe Casual Throw On

This outfit should be your reactive go-to when awoken by a less than impressed friend wondering why you are not already at breakfast like previously arranged. Knowing you already have an outfit ready to go, is just one less hurdle for you to jump on these such mornings.

To ensure this is versatile enough to get you through any situation, the safest bet will always be a great pair of jeans. We are particular fans of the darker washes, as they will hide all forms of sins, stretching your time between necessary washes. Follow the Daniel Craig’s example and add a simple white t-shirt and throw on a grey knit cardigan and your good to go.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Sleeping In Style

pjamas for men, mens style, style for men, clothes for big and tall menStatistics estimate that around 31 per cent of men sleep completely naked, so you would be safe in assuming that selecting sleepwear is essentially a non-issue for most men.

If the occasion does dictate the need to cover up, usually any old college T-shirt and pair of boxers is considered sufficient as an ensemble. However, with the new fabrics and styles available today, this old fall-back is no longer the only option.

We decided it was time to weigh in with some stylish and most importantly, comfortable options to ensure every big and tall man can hit the sack in style.

The Basics:  

pyjamas for big men, sleepwear for men, sleepwear for big and tall menFirst and foremost, what you choose to wear to bed should be appropriate for the climate you’re in and above all it should be comfortable. This means if you are located in the tropics of Cairns, you should probably avoid wearing thermals made of synthetic fabric.

Which takes us back to a point we find ourselves making time and time again: it’s all in the fabric.

When seeking superior comfort after dark you should look for items which offer a subtle, appealing texture while remaining breathable. The next logical step is to choose your night ensemble based where you’ll be sleeping, or the “situation.” (Stay at the in-laws, vs. a night with a lady friend) and adjust sleepwear accordingly.

The Contenders: 

When it comes down to choices, boxers and briefs are the clear favourite. A pair of loose-fitting cotton boxer shorts is one of those items which every man should already own. They’re comfortable, inexpensive, easy to maintain, and unlike tighter boxers, they’ll leave plenty of room for you to rest peacefully. Wear these with either a tank top in the summer months, or a long sleeved t-shirt in the cooler seasons. It is always recommended to buy 100% Cotton where you can as this will allow your body to breathe while you sleep.

Another favourable choice is the classic Pyjama set. Slip into these Gloster blue striped pyjamas for luxurious comfort throughout the night. Made from soft cotton, polyester blend and featuring a left chest pocket and drawstring waist on the trousers, this practical pair of Pj’s is ideal for relaxing indoors and providing a perfect nights rest.

hefFinal Notes: 

1) Boxers: every man should own a pair if not several.

2) Silk may seem like a good idea at the time, but beware descending to Hugh Hefner-esque levels

3) The most important element is that you are comfortable, so if it turns out your more at ease buck naked, then maybe just invest in a good quality dressing down for appearance’s sake.

So go on, give yourself the gift of a peaceful night’s sleep with a pair of our high quality men’s pyjamas, or slip into a silky soft dressing gown as you sip coffee and read the papers on a Sunday morning.

Whatever your nightwear needs, Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing have got you covered.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Father’s Day Gift Guide

7_rick_ozzie_nelson_familyFather’s day has done its usual sneaky deal and is once again upon us. So, rather than be left unawares, we have put together a gift guide for every budget, which will ensure you find the perfect gift for the Big and Tall man in your life.

Under $50

There is something for every dad at Ron Bennett’s Big Men’s Clothing, with our range of options under $50 to suit every budget. Shield dad from what has been a colder than average winter, with a quality men’s scarf from Sovrano. Designing practical and luxurious knitwear since 1952, Sovrano have created a range of incredibly stylish scarfs with the modern male in mind. Each scarf is meticulously woven from the finest of fabrics and designed to complement any outfit. Whether thrown around a suit and tie or casual weekend addition, there is a Sovrano scarf perfectly suited to any occasion. The understated style and warmth will add that extra dash of class to any father’s winter wardrobe and you can trust that at the next outdoor/evening footy game he will be thanking you when he is warm and comfortable in the stands.

WalletBut if your dads not the scarf donning type, forgo the usual useless gadget he will no doubt throw away after a week and instead consider some pocket sized presents, like this classic leather wallet by Bennett.

Between $50-$100

If you’re looking to spend a little more this father’s day, why not invest on his behalf in a quality leather belt to see him through many years to come.

Every man knows that sharp looking, quality men’s leather belts can really set the right tone for an entire outfit, and Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing have belts for men to match any chosen ensemble. If he is looking for a large size belt to compliment the sophistication of a new business suit, or to simply add a dash of style to his favourite pair of jeans, we can help.

If your father is not the belt wearing sort, how about a classic style collared shirt. Sons of Ron have a range of colours and styles to choose from, guaranteed to breathe new life into his wardrobe.

Over $100

Bennet shirtHey big spender! If you are looking to make it rain with presents this father’s day, look no further.

The exclusive Bennett signature range of business shirts will add a dash of colour and refined sophistication to any father’s wardrobe. Woven in Europe from the highest quality 2 ply cotton and designed in a classic fit, this is the business shirt he has always been looking for. Soft, lightweight and breathable, it will keep him feeling fresh and looking sharp no matter how hectic his day gets.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Our Big Man of the Week: Kevin James

kevin jamesBorn Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965, Kevin James is one of televisions most beloved big and tall actors.

As a man with an impressive presence, growing up James embodied the typical all American sports star image. Attending Cortland University he played the star fullback of the football team while simultaneously majoring in sports management.

However, at some point not too far down the line, James decided this was not the road for him, ditching the sports uniform of preppy polo’s and boaters in favour of joining a local community theatre.

kevin james 3This is where James truly came into his element and it was during one of these such plays he got his first taste of a comedic role, one he reportedly enjoyed so much he went on to join his brother’s (comedian Gary Valentine’s) improv group. James went on to enjoy a stand-up career for about 11 years and it was on the comedy circuit that he met fellow comedian Ray Romano.

While Ray had finally hit his big break with his own sitcom (Everybody Loves Raymond) it was only in 1992, after his appearance on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” James came to the public’s attention, highlighted by his performance at the 1996 “Just for Laughs” Montreal Comedy Festival. Widely regarded as his seaway into the mainstream media, this time in the limelight ensured a recurring role on Ray’s sitcom, and then eventually, his own sitcom “The King of Queens” (1998).

While he has found monumental success as an actor with a less than traditional build, James has remained a role model for big and tall men everywhere, never shying away from his size, even going as far as to draw attention to it with his classic wit, having been quoted:

There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap“.

kevin james 2

Achieve James look at your next formal event by combining a dark solid colour dress shirt like this CEO 100% cotton number in charcoal with an equally dark blazer to achieve the same style and sophistication James oozes at his movie premieres.

We personally recommend this jacket from Kent & Lloyd. Delicately crafted from a soft, durable wool blend and featuring a traditional two button front with two rear vents, this smart looking jacket is a high quality piece for the man who demands the best.

Our admiration for this proud big and tall man is essentially summed up by this fantastic quote we stumbled across, which we feel adequately explains why he was our pick for our big man of the week:

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Lessons We Have Learnt From The 90’s

On this day 24 years ago, the first episode of the television sitcom “Saved by the Bell” aired on NBC, kicking off a decade of fashion mistakes for generations to come, which started us thinking about the valuable lessons we have learnt, usually the hard way.

PANTS

The Bandanna

Back in the day the Bandanna, was the height of cool. Whether you were channelling your inner Tupac or a diehard Justin Timberlake (NSYNC years) fan, if you rocked a bandanna you were qualified cool.

But looking back, this is one fad which has not stood the test of time. There is a reason JT re-invented himself from the cornrow, bandanna donning man he was.

Lesson: Bandanna’s, worn ironically or not, will never be socially acceptable again. If you are looking for an accessory to add that extra flare to your outfit, choose a good quality tie which expresses your individuality without sacrificing your dignity.

The Double Reverse Pleated Pant
This one really does not require that much explanation. Especially for the big and tall man, such a loose, billowing pant is not a flattering look. This rule also applies to parachute pants.

Lesson: Stick to the classics. A straight leg pair of chinos will endure any fad

90s-fashions1Neon Windbreakers

Throughout the 90’s, windbreakers were so popular the streets were alive with the colourful palette of vibrant 90’s rainbows.

Lesson: Although it makes us a little sad to admit it, wearing every colour of the rainbow is not a sustainable look. But if you’re attached to the windbreaker look, try a less eye assaulting look with this reversible breakaway by Breakaway. Made from a soft, yet tough polyester blend, it features a full zip front and handy side pockets

seinfeldSneakers with Jean’s

Best epitomized by Jerry Seinfeld, this look does nothing for the wearer, other than make them ready to run short distances at a moment’s notice.

Back by popular demand, Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing has just received a new shipment of jeans by Blazer. Having recently celebrated their 25th year in the business, the Blazer brand is synonymous with stylish, practical everyday clothes for men.

When choosing jeans ideal for everyday wear, try and go for a pair with a bit of give. These terrific stretch jeans from Blazer are made from 98 percent cotton with 2 percent elastane added in for support. This quality fabric blend is guaranteed to keep the jeans in shape and provide superior comfort for years to come. Perfect all season’s jeans that will look great on a night out with friends or more relaxed weekends, they are both versatile and extremely stylish.

Just ensure they are paired with an appropriate shoe, either a classic pair of boaters, like this fantastic R.M. Williams pair, or if you are in for a day of intense walking choose a sensible pair of Ferracini casual shoes, which will provide a stylish alternative to the humble ‘Jerry’ sneaker.

The backwards Cap

If Will Smith taught us nothing else it was this: No matter what the situation, the backwards cap is always and will always, be cool.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Big & Tall Men’s Fashion Basics 101

Every Year, come August, runways across the globe are flooded with summer fashion styles which will soon hit our shores as the days turn from winter to summer.

But forget the trends, these come and go, what every Big and Tall man needs is a man-drobe he can depend on, stocked with basics which will ensure the foundation of classic and timeless style. It can be difficult to find clothing for big men which offer the kind of sophisticated style required by today’s busy professional, therefore, we have put together a list of items we deem necessary for the modern Big and Tall man’s wardrobe.

james bond1) The White Shirt.

In almost every James Bond movie ever made, the principle character is always at some point, wearing the hell out of a classic white business shirt. Be it done up to the collar, with a simple black tie for blackjack in Casino Royal, or casually pouring a drink for a Russian spy, there is no end to the uses this man-drobe basic will provide you.

Worn to work with a pair of light cotton business pants, or on the weekend with your favourite worn chinos, this look is works best with confidence. Our choice is this Gloweave item crafted from 100 percent super fine cotton, which features a two piece fused collar for added comfort and crisp appearance. The top stitched tailored seams make for a more sleek appearance and add strength and flexibility.

Vneck2) The Everything Sweater.

A simple, V-neck or crew neck sweater in a thin-ribbed, light or medium weight natural fibre will find its way into a regular rotation in any wardrobe.  This classic navy V-neck sweater from Blazer will have you feeling warm and stylish throughout the cooler months. Made from soft, breathable 100% cotton fabric, this item is our pick due to it being versatile enough to be worn with virtually any ensemble. Wear it over a smart collared shirt to create a refined casual look.

3) The Perfect Jeans.

You cannot go wrong with an, even, dark rinse wash pair of jeans. Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing has a wide range of jeans for big and tall men from the very best brands. We personally recommend these R.M. Williams pair constructed in Australia from robust denim and specially designed for a rugged yet stylish man. Worn with almost everything, Jeans are the ultimate staple.

Coat4) The Winter Jacket.

While winter may be fading, Mother Nature is regrettably not a tame woman and has a nasty habit of throwing icy curve balls when you least expect it. Therefore, we maintain there is always room in any man-drobe for a good winter jacket.

There are plenty of styles to choose from; double breasted, single breasted but we personally favour the classic black or dark grey double breasted peacoat.

Designed with unique features and built to withstand the forces of nature while staying soft, warm and breathable, this charcoal Bennett jacket was made in Italy from a soft, delicate wool blend.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Big & Tall Man of the Week: Liam Neeson

liam neeson styleWith his distinguishable Northern Irish accent and steely ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ glare, Liam Neeson has always been an idol of ours. With a broad frame, standing at an impressive 1.93 meters, Neeson is undeniably a big and tall man with a dramatic presence.

Born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, Liam Neeson’s career had a long road before the bright lights of Hollywood. Starting out as a forklift operator for Guinness, he tried his hand at a number of careers, including; truck driver, assistant architect and even amateur boxer.

In was only in 1976 that Neeson first became involved in the arts, joining the Belfast Lyric Players’ Theatre and making his professional acting debut in the play “The Risen People“.

takenAfter two years, Neeson moved to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre where he began performing regularly and was eventually spotted by director John Boorman and cast in his first high profile film ‘Excalibur’ (1981). But it was his breakout role in the unexpected box office hit ‘Taken‘ in early 2009 in which Neeson found a new surprise career as an action leading man.

After a brief sabbatical from acting to grieve the tragic loss of his wife, Neeson returned to high-profile roles in 2010 with back-to-back big-budget films, returning to his area of expertise in the action genre with films such as ‘Unknown’ (2011), ‘The Grey’ (2011), ‘Battleship’ (2012), and ‘Taken 2′ (2012), as well as the sequel ‘Wrath of the Titans’.

liam neeson 2Achieve Neeson’s iconic look by combining your favourite navy blazer with a casual pair of dark indigo jeans. We recommend this classic jacket by Blazer featuring sophisticated detailing that is ideal in creating a modern look. Crafted from soft, durable 100% wool, this two button blazer includes intricate crest emblazoned buttons, two rear vents and stylish black and white inner stitching. Pair with these dark wash R.M. Williams and you have an unbeatable combination. Built to last, these jeans are constructed in Australia from robust denim and are specially designed for a rugged yet stylish man.

Off the red carpet, Neeson distinguished his tall frame with casual button down shirts combined with jeansand more often than not, a coat fitted perfectly to his masculine shape.

It’s also nice to know, that even as one of the most distinguished actors around today, Neeson is still as humble as ever, being quoted saying:

“Some mornings you wake up and think, “Gee, I look handsome today.” Other days I think, “What am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift”.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Outfitted & Ready For Event Season

1950s-fashionSpring is fast approaching, which for the big and tall man, means finding appropriate outfits to match events mysteriously described as ‘smart casual’, ‘formal-casual’ and the most confusing of all ‘black tie optional’, which honestly begs more questions than it answers (does that mean I can wear jeans if I don’t want to wear a black tie?).

Therefore, we have put together an event season survival guide to help the Big and Tall man make a stylish impression at any occasion this season.

Our Pick of the Mix;

ShirtThe Shirt: This light blue Sons of Ron shirt ticks all the right boxes when it comes to creating a slick modern look. Made from 100 percent cotton and designed with the highest level of stylish versatility, it is guaranteed to make an assured impression at any wedding or work event.

Being formal enough to pass for almost all occasions, the versatility of this colour also allows a range of options for pants. We would personally recommend a light caramel slack for a spring wedding, or a classic black pant for a work event/more formal wedding setting.

The Pants: Anther favourite from Cambridge, these dress pants are delicately crafted from a Polyester and Wool blend; they sit comfortably on the skin and provide enough flexibility to last for years to come. Simple enough to be dressed up or down as the occasion demands, these leg warmers will keep you stylish and comfortable during those never ending speeches.

The Jacket: An essential part to any formal occasion or event is the jacket. Our pick is this jacketcharcoal Cambridge item, allowing you to exude all the style and sophistication of your favourite Bond character. Crafted from a soft, durable 100% Australian Merino wool with natural stretch, this charcoal pinstripe suit is designed in a classic fit to create a traditional silhouette.

TIP: Choose braces over a belt. Braces allow trousers to fall in a smooth drape instead of bunching it up at the top.

Key Rules to Keep In Mind: 

Fit: Important for every man, and doubly so for big and tall men: the fit of your clothing will determine the success of any outfit. If your frame is larger than average, ensure you keep your outfit simple and classic, so that it doesn’t become an overwhelming effect.

Colour: A good rule to live by for formal occasions is to keep the palette and patterns to a minimum.

Cut: The best clothes are ones that give a clear, clean, defined shape to the body. This rule puts suits, blazers, and sports coats at the top of your must have list. These items will frame the body and make it look neatly self-contained.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

The Bow Tie War of 2013

dr whoNow we understand, bow ties are quite a controversial topic, but we thought we would brave the fire and jump in regardless.

According to the New York Post, these contentious accessories have been up to their old tricks, and poor Justin Bieber just got caught up in the action. Bieber was reportedly involved in a fight concerning the neck adornments at a Southampton club over the weekend, which left his opponent bloodied and hospitalized. His crime? Allowing a waitress to borrow his bow tie and then asking for it back. The Post reported:

“The fight was all over a little white H&M bow tie. One of the bottle girls liked it, so the unnamed man let her put it on. Justin was flashing all these girls with his flashlight. The girl with the bow tie went over to Justin and the owner of the bow tie followed because he wanted his tie back. Then Bieber’s people got in his face . . . he eventually got the tie back”.

For this reason, we have decided it is time to let these accessory bad boys be and turn instead to our faithful companions, the classic tie.

TieFor the Big and Tall, finding the perfect tie is especially important, as correct proportion with the torso is key.

As a rule, broader men should avoid narrow ties as they will only serve to look out of proportion and make the wearers torso seem wider. Sticking to a classic width silk tie will slim your build, keeping the right proportions without further widening the physique.

Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing stock only the best quality and most practical ties specially designed for the big and tall man from some of the world’s most renowned brands, with styles and colour’s to match any ensemble.

Quality men’s ties can add a refined touch to any suit, giving you an air of sophistication during your work day, or a laid-back dash of elegance to an after-hours function.

Perfect for any function, why not make a bold statement at your next formal work function with a strong Navy number by Terruzzi. The additional length (around 168 centimeters) ensures the perfect length to avoid any proportion issues, while the smart tone will compliment a range of modern suit wear, while the stylish plain front delivers just that perfect splash of distinction. Or channel your inner James Bond in this jet black item, combined with a white shirt it is sure to impress.

While we will admit that the Bieber incident likely had more to do with ego anything else, it is undeniable the bow tie had a sneaky hand in the action, so neck wear enthusiasts everywhere: It is time to consider making the switch.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Fathers Day Preparation For Every Man

1950s Dad

1950s dadNow before you say, “Whoa this is just like Woolworth’s putting out Easter eggs three months early, father’s day is ages away” we realise we still have a solid month before celebrating our paternal sires (Sunday, September 1st to be exact), but there is nothing like a bit of planning to ensure things go smoothly.

Anyway, it is never too early to start thinking about what to get the big man on his special day! Of course, shopping for a dad can be a tricky situation, especially if your father is a proudly big and tall man, which is why we have put together this list of suggestions to take the pain and stress out of your dutiful shopping experience.

After spending a significant amount of time mulling over the unfathomable mystery of what, exactly, they might want, be the man a classic traditionalist, an athletic type, or a new age gadget man— we think we have come up with a few great options for you to consider.

The Traditionalist:Robe option For the man with no time for these “new age” fads like I-pads, and absolutely no interest in having his face on any “book”, we have a solid father’s day idea.

The Robe. We have a theory that all men, especially the classic traditionalist types, want to be this guy (picture to the right). Wrapped in a smoking jacket, with a tipple of brandy by an open fireplace. But as smoking is a big no health wise, and the smoking jacket generally fell out of production, we have found this soft, elegant plum coloured dressing gown from Pierre Cardin to take its place. Seriously, just one touch of the plush texture will have even the sternest of fathers sold. If you’re feeling generous, why not throw in a bottle of brandy and give the old man some space to live out those long suppressed Humphrey Bogart impressions.

The Sports Fan:  It’s got to be, that at least one in five fathers is the die-hard sports fan type, so we have thought long and hard to come up with something unique for the big man who loves his outdoor activities. The obvious sports memorabilia aside, there are a few great options to give the man who will traipse along to a game, rain, hail or shine.

Why not give the gift which will keep him warm during these adventures?  This R.M. Williams rugby top will ensure he stays comfortable, stylish and toasty during those long winter games. Throw in a manly and understated scarf and you have the ultimate winter sports survival present for any pastime.

gadgetsThe Gadget Guy:  This year, why not save yourself the hassle of tracking down the most recent addition to this gadget addict’s collection of redundant technology and try something new. Choose an item which will accommodate his many gadgets, like a stylish and classic moleskin coat with four huge pockets to house his every contraption.

This terrific khaki Blazer original is made from high quality fabrics and innovative technology to produce a coat that not only looks great but feels extremely comfortable on the body.

All else fails, as the saying goes: Give the gift you would like to receive…so you can borrow it later.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Big Man of Monday: Shane Jacobson

Shane Jacobson

Time Of Our LivesShane Jacobson, the big man who came to our attention in the Australian mockumentary film as the lovable Melbourne Plumber, ‘Kenny Smyth’.

But there is more than meets the eye with this Australian Icon and award-winning actor, as we celebrate his status and success as a big and tall man in one of the most cut throat industries in the world.

Astoundingly, Jacobson began his career at the tender age of 10, with performances in amateur theatre and the Melbourne Gang Show. Demonstrating his extraordinary charisma and talent for characterisation, it is no surprise that by the age of 18 his career in comedy had become essentially established with regular theatre restaurant, musical theatre, stand-up and MC gigs lined up, something many men twice his age were unable to lock in.

While working in radio with a regular segment on Melbourne’s Gold FM radio station, Jacobson developed a loyal following but it was his breakout character ‘Kenny’ in 2006 which saw his profile truly skyrocket.

As an actor, comedian and presenter, Jacobson is an unashamedly big and tall man who has worked with some of the biggest names in the world for more than 25 years.

How to get to achieve his look

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Off the red carpet, Jacobson tends to favour a classic and casual approach to dressing.

To achieve a similar look, why not throw on a pair of dark indigo jeans  with a classic check shirt and sports coat. Team with a pair of comfortable and durable leather shoes for an unbeatable masculine ensemble. We have found ourselves reaching for this R.M Williams casual shirt almost embarrassingly often, but it just goes with everything! The neutral colour’s allow this one item to extend our off-duty wardrobe 10 fold, while the soft 100 percent cotton fabric is just dam comfortable.

While still the big and tall man we have come to know and even consider a mate (in that same way I am a close and personal mate of Shane Warne’s while he may not know it), Jacobson has taken admirable steps to maintaining a healthier weight, becoming a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. But it is his great advice for what to do with the beloved items you have accumulated over the years which we really love. In a recent interview, Jacobson noted:

“Being a guy, I tend not to like to shop for clothes and hesitate in getting rid of some old sentimental favourite shirts so I’m just having them taken in rather than throwing them out” 

Perfect! No need to throw out all your favorite shirt‘s from your treasured University years if you happen to lose a little weight; you can just have your ol-faithfuls taken in! Great advice from a great man.

As of 2013, this big and tall men‘s icon has been busy filming a telemovie with superstar Guy Pearce called “Jack Irish”  for the ABC, while also putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, aptly named “The Long Road to Overnight Success” which reflects on the first 40 years of his life.  Published by Harper Collins and ABC Books look for your copy in stores from early August.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for GenesAs we have religiously repeated, a good pair of jeans can provide a stylish and practical solution to a year round wardrobe.

Ask any man in the know and they will tell you that there is nothing quite as appealing and practical a pair of well-worn in jeans.

While we don’t need an excuse at the best of times to pull on our old faithful’s, this Friday has provided the perfect reason to get comfy, with Jeans for Genes Day falling on the first Friday of August each year, which happens to be today!

Expect workplaces, schools and the streets to be overflowing with a sea of denim as Australia unites against childhood disease.

Every dollar raised today will help scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. According to the Jeans for Gene’s website;

One in twenty children is born with a congenital abnormality or genetic disease. That’s over 12,000 children born in Australia each year. CMRI is dedicated to changing this.”

CMRI has been a pioneer in the field of pediatric medical research since its inception in 1958.

There are many ways you can get involved today. The most easy of which is by simply purchasing a piece of merchandise from one of the many teams of volunteers which are spread across the streets of Australia.

Or you can go one step further and hold your own Jeans for Genes event, with the money you raise going towards helping scientists test a new drug that could treat cancer, epilepsy or other neurological conditions. A denim party has never been so worthy!

JeansWe will be rocking our favorite pair of Brax brand jeans in support of this important day. Brax Jeans are renowned for their expertly crafted denim. Featuring rounded front pockets and detailed stitching, the washed denim shade has created a stylish worn-in feel. Made from a cotton and elastane blend to give the perfect balance of comfort and stretch, these babies are going to have us living in comfort city all day!

Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing has your denim needs met, stocking a wide range of jeans specifically designed with the big and tall man in mind. These large size jeans come in a variety of cuts, colours and styles to suit any individual style. While in the past, searching for clothes online may have resulted in a massive headache, Ron Bennett Big Men’ Clothing has made the task easier by offering a vast range of stylish denim options for big men that are perfect for any fundraising occasion.

So go on, support a great cause and stay comfortable today!

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

The Sports Coat: How, Why, Where & When?

sportscoatThere are a few items out there in the world which can truly transform any outfit into a winner in one swift action, one of which has to be the Sports Coat. Thrown over a casual t-shirt you will immediately be granted access to bars which you were previously denied. Now that is power.

When did this start? 

Once restricted to sportsmen engaging in hunting trips, shooting parties and general country life, the look emerged as everyday casual wear during the 1920’s, especially among young men.

During this period, men were looking for clothing which offered a mix of both comfort and high fashion which in turn lead them to the ever-evolving sport jacket as a fashion-forward answer to their social function needs.

Why Invest?

  1.  Most Importantly, the Sports Coat should enhance your silhouette. As a well fitted sports jacket broadens & heightens a man’s shoulders, it can slim the appearance of any midsection creating a more natural masculine appearance overall. This alone should earn its place in any mans wardrobe.
  2. It’s functional – a sports jacket will keep the wearer warm and generally will have plenty of pockets for holding various items that would otherwise have been delegated to the back pocket of your jeans/trousers/pants.
  3. It allows you to showcase your individuality –  Rather than showing up to your next casual business event to find every male in the room (yourself included) is dressed in the off-duty wall street uniform of khakis, business shirt and tie, be the guy who looses the tie and throws on a sports jacket for an effortlessly casual and yet still professional look.

What Defines a Sports Coat?

Sports Coat’s can range in fabric and weave, however a classic old school style will usually be made from wool’s and cottons of various weights. Typically designers will stick to cotton fabric in the summer and wool’s in the cooler months. Blended fabrics are growing in popularity, however we personally prefer a wool blend, just for pure durability’s sake. Some of the most common weaves utilized in sports jackets are tweed, flannel and corduroy.arthur miller

How to Wear

We tend to take our style cues on this one from the great Arthur Miller. I mean….look who he was married to?!”  But generally speaking, a sports jacket is most appropriately paired with a dress shirt.

When wearing them together, consider the same rules which apply when wearing a suit, ensure ¼ to ½ inch of cuff shows and about ½ inch of the top of the collar above the jacket’s collar, just for propriety’s sake.

Casual shirts are especially at home here, think check patterns and light stripe polo’s. Personally, we are not huge fans of the jacket over the t-shirt look, but hey, if you have the confidence to pull this look off, more power to you!

Our Pick?

This classic trim, pure wool sports jacket by Cambridge is a crucial addition to any contemporary wardrobe. From the exclusive Ron Bennett signature collection, this black wool version is cut from a luxurious cloth and specially crafted to ensure the finest quality. Cut in a modern classic fit, this timeless piece sets a new standard in sharp, sophisticated style. Wear it with matching trousers to create a refined, tailored look that will ignite your appearance and provide you with a superior fashion edge this season.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Mens Basics: Belts vs Braces

Mens Basics: Belts vs Braces

lithgow_suspenders_72dpiIt’s not exactly the thought-provoking conundrum which keeps one awake at night, but after recently stumbling across a forum entirely devoted to this debate, we decided it was time to delve a little deeper.

As with any outfit, it is the small touches which truly make the difference and thus mastering the basics is essential.

Important Note: As the old saying goes: “He’s a belt and suspenders kind of guy.”  This paints the picture of a man is so worried that his belt will not hold up, that he wears suspenders, just in case.

This is not exactly a flattering image, so lets avoid this metaphor at all costs. Bottom line: Unless your John Lithgow, lets agree that a belt and suspenders should never be seen.

Belts

As belts are the easier of the two, with less rules and possible mistakes we will start here.

If you are Beltattending a semi-formal to formal occasion, it is still generally considered the done thing to match your belt with your shoes.

This means, if you are wearing a dark brown belt with a simple silver buckle, matching brown leather shoes should follow. The same rule applies if you are rocking a Texas shaped buckle on a star-spangled belt: its time to dust off those cowboy boots.

For the big and tall men, purchasing a belt can be a harrowing and exhausting task, with the “standard” lengths not necessarily representative of the modern man. Luckily, Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing  stocks a huge range of large size belts to compliment the sophistication of a new business suit, or to simply add a dash of style to your favorite pair of jeans.

Our range of big men belts are specifically designed for the modern man and come direct from some of the world’s best brands.

SuspendersBraces:

Once considered the only men’s accessory necessary for day-to-day life, braces or suspenders have re-appeared throughout the ages and are yet again making a solid comeback.

The key to wearing braces is to ensure they match your suit or general outfit colour scheme. Look to the Wall Street movies for inspiration. Braces are perfect for customizing your look to add some flare to any 9-5 workday.

Ensure you stick to neutral colours so they won’t clash with whatever you pair them with – navy or grey are always a safe bet. Much like your Belt,  make sure the leather ends (where they attach to your pants), match your shoes.

Who knows you may never want to wear a belt again!

Which to Wear When? 

Generally for professional events (work, interview, career-related cocktail party or networking function), we would tend to lean towards the belt, as it is usually more appropriate.

However, when attending casual/social events, defiantly break out those braces. Furthermore, don’t just keep them for special occasions, these babies can be used to assist your pant needs any day of the week, just throw over the top of your usual casual attire for the truly dapper look (think Gordan Gekko without the corruption).

No matter what you choose, the best advice anyone can ever give is to wear them with pride!

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Entertainment Friday: Celebrating Big Men Of Style

Its Friday and our favorite day to celebrate Big and Tall Men of style!

Today’s men have gone down in history, not only for their many talents but for embracing their size and wearing it proudly underneath garments that fit great and look awesome. They have paved the way for big and tall men in fashion, demonstrating that size is no barrier to success, instead presenting the ideal that dressing well is about presenting your body in the best and most flattering way possible —without trying to distort the body itself.

FatsFats Navarro:

Born Theodore “Fats” Navarro in Key West, Florida 1923, Navarro became known as the pioneer of the bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940’s as well as the winner of the Metronome jazz poll for 1948. As an American Jazz Trumpeter he was admired by both and fellow musicians alike.

Navarro dominated the scene stealing the audience’s attention with his trumpet solos and loose double-breasted suits. Rocking the Jazz elegance with a dash of devil-may-care attitude, Fats Navarro certainly looked good when he was in his moment.

Now just because Navarro was styling in the 1940’s does not mean his look is outdated today. In fact, with the Gatsby fever still hot, this style is right on trend. Kick it old school and rock a pin striped suit, combine this with a classic pair of dress pants and a statement tie and you will be set for your night on the town, Fats Navarro style.

John Candy:

johncandyPerhaps an obscure fit for this section, as one might not immediately connect the gentle giant John Candy with style but it may surprise you to learn that the trend you’re seeing everywhere, the whole patterned shirt buttoned all the way up with no tie under a sport coat look? Yeah, he started it.

Born John Franklin Candy, 1950, the Canadian actor and comedian rose to fame through a variety of mediums spanning television, stand up and big budget films.

Our favorite look on Candy has to be his fedora, coat, and scarf. Looking every bit the off-duty movie star he was, Candy never shied away from his size instead embracing tailor-made suits always accompanied by a simple accessory which finished off his look in an oh-so-Candy way.

Orson Welles:

orson 1For a man who got his start working on radio, Orson Wells certainly had a look that could shine as bright as any movie star of his day.

George Orson Wells, born May 6, 1915 found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. The infamous performance was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners took Welles sound effects as an indication of an alien invasion. While a majority of these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.

This aside, Welles was also a notable American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater and film.

Favoring a strong look for his broad frame, Welles tended to wear a number of classic cut coats, always finished off with either a tie or scarf, the combination of which presented an imposing and impressive figure.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-best 

How To Pick a Good Quality Business Shirt

When it comes to choosing a business shirt, lets face it, most men are completely in the dark.

It can be an especially daunting task for big men to find clothing which offers the kind of sophisticated style required by today’s busy professional. Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing understands this, which is why we have decided to outline some key points to look for when purchasing your next all-occasion business shirt.

The Fabric

CEO shirtPossibly the most important factor in the composition of any business shirt will come down to the fabric, as this will define the overall breath-ability, durability, resistance to stain and general comfort level of the wearer. Cotton is probably your best choice when it comes to business shirts due to its naturally long fibres allowing for a finer, softer weave without compromising strength and durability. A good quality fabric should feel soft, supple and hang on your frame perfectly. It is vital for the item to feel good on, as anything that is too tight which stretch across the body in an unflattering manner. We would recommend building your man-drobe on a base of solid colour dress shirts, as their classic nature will ensure they stand the test of time in the style stakes. This will also extend your outfit options, as a simple solid color can be worn with almost any outfit to a range of occasions, making it the best choice if your wardrobe dollars are not limitless. Knowing this, Ron Bennett stocks a huge range of CEO 100% Cotton business shirts, woven in Italy from the finest 100’s two ply cotton for your comfort. Creating a luxurious super fine crisp cotton shirt to be worn with a suit and tie, or why not wear it on its own with a pair of cotton pants and a sport coat for a relaxed yet sophisticated evening out.

The Fit

Much like a suit, getting the correct fit for a business shirt is essential. For the big and tall men, finding a shirt which is the appropriate white shirtsleeve length, and collar size are often trials in themselves, as many of the off-the-rack clothing stores use a “standard sizing” which is not inclusive of today’s modern mans needs. However, getting the right fit can be easy. If you have a special occasion on the horizon which requires that extra special touch, why not have your item Custom Made? Bespoke Business Shirts are made to your exact body measurements allowing you to choose the style, cut and design of your item. Have a perfectly fitted, one-of-a-kind garment, designed by you, just for you with Ron Bennett‘s recently launched Made to Measure service (Sew253) which allow the big and tall man to have any outfit tailored for any occasion.

The Cuffs & Collar

As the proverbial workhorses of the average business shirt, the cuffs and collars see their fair share of wear, taking a lot of the shirt’s buttoning load and movement stress.

Therefore, finding items with thicker fused cuffs and collars will ensure longer-lasting wear and extra durability. Removable plastic or metal collar stays are also a huge plus as they help maintain collar stiffness and can be taken out for easy washing and ironing of the shirt.

All else fails, you can always find a use for a trusty business shirt, be it impressing in a meeting to re-enacting scenes from the Tom Cruise classic, Risky Business. Inspiration below!

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Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

 

Mistakes All Big Men Make

There are some mistakes we are all doomed to make, like getting screwed over on rent because you don’t know a thing about the rental market in your new city, but it is the choice not to repeat the same mistakes which truly defines us. sox

For the Big and Tall men of the world, there are a few key style mistakes which we are all bound to make. However if you are one of the lucky few who are yet to hit these milestones, we have saved you the trouble below:

Mistake 1: The Clumsy Leather Jacket

GQ said it best when they stated: “There’s nothing modern—or even retro-cool—about a leather jacket that fits like a rain poncho.”

We have all either been in the position ourselves, or witnessed a poor sod donning what they thought at the time was the height of ” fonz” cool. But if your jacket is not the right cut or bought 2 sizes to large, this will only serve to make you appear bigger than you really are.

Solution: When trying on a new leather jacket, the general rule of thumb is to keep going down a size until you can’t get it on, then buy the next size up. It should feel snug but don’t stress as it is designed to take your body’s shape over time.

If you’re not a fan of the leather jacket trend, we cannot recommend a classic sports coat or blazer highly enough.

obama-dad-jeansMistake 2: The Ill Fitting Dad Jeans

High-waisted whitewashed jeans are not just socially unacceptable, for the Big and Tall man they also emphasize all the wrong parts of your body.

Solution: Unless you are the president of the United States of America, who can count Jay-z and Clint Eastwood as your close and personal friends, these jeans are best left back in the 90s where they belong.

Replace them with a pair of Medium-rise raw denim jeans (we are fans of this Blazer pair) which sit on your hips and follow your legs (instead of saddlebagging out from your waist).

If you are a serial re-offender of the jeans and sneakers combo, it may be time to replace the Seinfeld-esque running shoes with some boat shoes or casual sneakers.

We personally cannot get enough of our new pair of Ferracini casual shoes, which essentially serve the same purpose as the Seinfeld runners except these combine comfort with style effortlessly.

Mistake 3: Right Shirt, Right Pants, Wrong Beltbelts

There is a time in every man’s life when he feels the need to purchase a gaudy, overly large or just plain ugly belt buckle. But the real issue lies in the habit formed around this item, as its sneaks itself into the natural rotation of outfits until it has become an essential part of life.

If your guilty of this, then it is time to allow your cherished eye-sore to retire to a life better served on Tiger Woods (the only man capable of pulling off these belts on a regular basis).

Solution: Invest in a high-quality leather item that’s an inch to an inch and a half wide. As a rule, it should smell and feel like buttery goodness. And the buckle should be subtle. R.M. Williams make classic, reliably high quality belts which will serve you well for many years to come.

But as they say, mistakes are a part of life, but that will still never excuse wearing socks with sandals, no matter how dam comfy it is.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Entertainment Monday: André Leon Talley

It’s Monday, so time to celebrate a big man of style and today we have chosen the former editor in chief of Vogue; André Leon Talley.andre

In 2010, shoe kingpin Manolo Blahnik told Vogueapedia “André doesn’t have fashion. André himself is fashion,” of the high-flying contributing editor to Vogue.

Talley represents the very edge of style, making the call’s which can make or break labels and designers every day. As a man of considerable presence, dressing to suit his height and size could have been an overwhelming challenge for some, but Talley has always dressed with pleasure.

As of 2013 big and tall men are no longer forced to return to their homes frustrated and empty-handed after unsuccessful shopping trips. Stores selling stylish and elegant options for the bigger man have now become widely available, stores such as Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing, which are also available online, allow men to shop from the privacy and comfort of their own homes.

These developments can be traced back to the influence of Andre Talley, bringing big and tall men to the forefront of the fashion industry.

Short History: Born in 1948, Washington, D.C André Leon Talley was the son of Alma Ruth Davis and William Carroll Talley (by day a press operator at the U.S. Patent Office and by night a taxi driver).

As a teenager of above average height—which eventually will reach six feet seven inches—his father had entertained hopes he would someday become a basketball player.

Instead, in 1974 Talley moved to Manhattan with a letter of recommendation from the father of a friend from RISD, he obtained a volunteer position at the Met’s Costume Institute.

From this point, his career truly snowballed. From the Paris fashion editor for WWD to 1983 when he joins Vogue as fashion news editor, then his promotion in 1988 to be named Vogues creative director, Talley embodied the style and grace of the big and tall man proudly.

andre-leon-talley-fashion-bhm-450a0124081His career continues today, shooting a regular video column called Mondays with André for Vogue.com, with talk of his own late-night talk show.

As Talley exhibits on a daily basis, big and tall men can make their appearance with only the confidence to wear it with pride.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Michael Jordan: Big Men’s Style Icon

With the exception of David Beckham, the majority of sports stars are not renowned for their style icon status.

Tending to focus their talents on their sport of choice rather than concentrate on off the field appearances, athletes are usually demonstrative of the age old ‘money can’t buy you taste’ line. Add to this, the fact most these men are taller and broader than the average off-the-rack sizes allow and there lies the problem.michael-jordan-6001

However, one man has set himself apart from the rest and that man is the great Michael Jordan.

Over the years, MJ has cut an individual style path for himself, with his attention to detail and dapper approach to dress making his 6’6” frame work for him, commanding attention wherever he goes.

Professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats, MJ is widely regarded as one of the most successful sports stars to date, with his biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website affirming, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time”.

Disregarding this, Jordan was unique in the sense that he was one of the most effectively marketed athletes to date and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1980s and 90s. 

With five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honour’s, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, you would think he could do no wrong.

And then, you see the full leather suit. This should teach us a valuable life lesson: we all make mistakes.

leather suitLast year, the basketball legend famously refused to change out of his cargo shorts while playing golf at a Miami Beach country club.

They come to me on the 11th hole and say I can’t wear cargo shorts,” Jordan told ESPN Chicago by text last week. “Wow! The round is almost over and you want me to buy shorts now? Yeah, right!!”

Much like MJ if you are a big or tall man, dressing to your frame can occasionally present some hurdles. Getting ready for any occasion requires attention to detail and a close relationship with a talented tailor to assist with custom bespoke clothing is also an advantage.

To achieve a look like MJ you won’t need an NBA player’s salary. Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing has recently stocked up on classic essentials such as casual leather men’s shoes by Ferracini, Kent & Lloyd Sports Coats and a range of 100% Cotton business shirts by CEO.

When the occasion calls for it, why not take a note from MJ and reach for a button down sports coat and classic white shirt and of course, learn from MJs mistakes and never, ever, commit to a full leather suit. Ever.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Quality vs Price

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article-new-ehow-images-a08-bg-hj-cut-mens-shirts-make-feminine-800x800The age old stance of “You get what you pay for”  is definitely true in many instances.

When purchasing brakes for example, not many will hesitate to choose the brand new safety department approved model when offered the choice between the second hand, worn down pads from a car no longer in production. It’s just common sense.

But what is the rule when choosing clothing?

We are all for a bargain. However, when you are buying an item intended for long term use such as a pair of boots, it can be worth paying a bit more for quality. Especially as classic items won’t date and with care, they can last you for many years.

Clothing produced on a mass scale is designed to be cheap and therefore is often almost disposable as the quality suffers in order to keep costs down. Which is why we are making the argument for investing in quality clothing.

But first, to understand the reasons behind the price of substance, we must first understand the pricing hierarchy.

The value of clothing can essentially be broken down to the following three factors:

1) The Fabrictailortools

One of the most significant costs associated with any item of clothing is the price of purchasing the materials used. Clothing made in large batches (mass produced) makes these savings in buying fabric in bulk.

Synthetics are usually the least expensive to produce, with polyester and rayon being two common examples. These fabrics come with their own set of issues, such as not allowing your skin to breath properly and the odd fire hazard.

Higher end fabrics include wool and other fibres made from a range of animal hairs. Silk is another expensive fabric, its price being reflective of its manufacturing difficulty, handling issues and controls on output from suppliers.

2) The Patternleg

Cheap, off the rack clothing is produced on a large scale and tends to model a loose fit, designed to suit as many men as possible. But as not all men are built the same, they usually fit all of them poorly.

Therefore, when high end items are created they tend to be innovative in an attempt to separate themselves from the fray and new designs and styles require new patterns to be developed. Designer off the rack stores are at liberty to tailor and tweak these designs to meet the needs of their customers and the higher price is in accordance with the premium fit.

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The way any item comes together is a huge determining factor in price.

Understandably, machine made clothing is cheaper and quicker to produce, while hand sewing takes considerable time and skill.

Furthermore, there is the cost of labour, or the inhumane price of sweatshops which take advantage of workers in third world countries.

Therefore…

For these three reasons, it is advisable to stick with a name and brand you can trust with a reputation for lasting quality, as you have the re-assurance of knowing that you can expect a reasonable level of wear and prestige associated with it.

Canterbury blogRon Bennetts Big Mens Clothing make a point of stocking high quality garments for the Big & Tall man. Regularly producing elegant garments, tailored specifically for our customers.

Brands such as Canterbury, whose humble beginnings trace back to making uniforms during World War One. Since this time Canterbury has has been manufacturing the same high quality clothing for over 100 years.

The Canterbury brand has built a solid reputation for manufacturing practical and quality garments. From sweatshirts to track pants, polos to T shirts, Canterbury have you covered in every facet of the “game of life”.

Ultimately, you and others around you will notice the difference when you chose to wear well-cut and well-made items which won’t leave you falling apart at the seams.

Vote for craftsmanship and invest in your man-drobe.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Big Talent: Entertainment Fridays

big lebouski oneOur attention was recently directed to a blog-spot, whose prime focus is the talents of big actors.

We were immediately hooked. Impressively laying out a short history of each prime example of big talent, we came across one of our favorite actors and our personal choice for number one big men talent: John Goodman.

This lead us to celebrating the careers of a men who demonstrate the versatility and depth of big and tall actors.

1) John Goodman: Born John Stephen Goodman, 1952, Goodman has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, spanning from his first movie in 1988, to the present in which he is still making headlining appearances in both movie and tv.

Perhaps best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988-1997), for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe award in 1993, he will always be know to us, as a volatile bowler in The Big Lebowski.

For this role, Goodman presented a slightly homicidal figure, who favored the t-shirt, vest and cargo shorts look, and rocked it well. In fact, he made such an impression with his depiction of his character, it is widely agreed that Goodman is The Big Lebowski.

james corden2) James Corden. Originally hailing from Buckinghamshire, UK, Corden has carved a name for himself within the entertainment industry as more than just his self described ” Chunky Unit”.

Beginning in television, he soon transferred his talents to the London stage in Alan Bennett’s play “The History Boys“, taking part in its subsequent international tour, as well as the cinema adaptation.

In more recent days, he has continued his acting career to include movies, television series, winning British Film Academy awards for both Best Comedy Show and for Best Comedy Actor.

The always funny actor has also made a name for himself in the style stakes, frequently hitting the best dressed lists with his classic style and impressively tailored suits on the red carpet, while preferring a more casual attire out of the spotlight, favoring polos and jeans in his downtime.

3) Paul Anthony Sorvino. This tall dark and handsome actor was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. Taking a more unconventional route to stardom, Sorvino begun his career with a Broadway debut in the 1964 musical ‘Bajour’, and it was only six years later that he appeared in his first film, ‘Where’s Poppa’.paul

Working in a variety of film, TV and theatrical productions in a career spanning over  four decades, we personally will always associate him with his powerful performance as mob patriarch “Paul Cicero” in the Goodfellas (1990).

An imposing figure in his dark button down shirts and pants, Sorvinos characters power was emphasized with power suits and luxurious silk ties, but it was his personal touch which truely humanized the role and made Paul Cicero come to life.

Blog Writing By Alexandra Jones-Best 

Necessary Man-cessories

jackWith my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60“.  Jack Nicholson

No one puts it quite like Mr. Nicholson.

With over 50 years in the limelight, who better to distinguish the importance of accessories, or as we like to call them- ‘man-cessories‘ than the original ladies man.

In every mans wardrobe there is always room for a game changing add-on, so we have picked out three of our favorites which we deem ‘Necessary Man-cessories‘ to propel any outfit from merely socially acceptable into one to remember.

1. The Everything Tie:

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Bored of your 9-5 work day tie, why not channel the 1950s rat pack men with a statement item.

Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing stocks a huge range of ties especially designed for the big and tall man. Our personal favorite is this Navy Blue number by Terruzzi. Direct from Italy, this blue pure silk tie offers unparalleled elegance and style. Wear with a casual white shirt for a dressed down look, or throw on a suit jacket and you’ve got yourself into a formal wedding.

2. The Neck warmer (also known as The Scarf):

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Scarfs for men are often mistakenly, regarded as a feminine accessory. But lets get one thing straight, Scarves are manly.

They have been a staple in men’s wardrobes for thousands of years. They even feature on the famous terracotta soldiers of China in 3rd century B.C.E, where the tied neck scarves were used to denote rank in a form of early military insignia.

The primary function of the scarf being to keep a mans neck warm and we have found that these babies do a fine job of it. Our pick is a Sovrano classic grey example, delicately crafted from acrylic to give the impression of soft, luxurious cashmere, while the strong charcoal tone and tasseled ends make for a smart accessory to match with virtually any cold weather ensemble.

To wear, generally most scarfs work well if you’re wearing a suit or sports jacket with a deep V-shaped front.  Think the classic lawyer or businessman’s way of adding a scarf to a suit and tie ensemble.

3. The Pant Assistant (Braces):


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As possibly the most under-appreciated man-cessory there is, we felt it was time to highlight this necessary addition to any mans wardrobe; the braces.

Having recently come back into fashion thanks to the current Rockabilly trend, the beauty of braces truly lies in their timeless style combined with its handy functionality.

Braces represent a piece of history which has stood the test of time,  providing a basic foundation for menswear. Wear with some chinos for a vintage  ‘Americana’ look, or as part of your everyday work wear for something new.

Our personal pick would have to be this elastic strap pair from Buckle. Ron Bennet Big Mens Clothing stock a wide range of styles but we cant go past this 1950s throwback pair. Whats not to love about something which holds your pants up and keeps you stylish. Plus, its like a belt, only more comfortable.

As Jack Nicholson kindly pointed out, its those finishing touches which make all the difference.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

The Personal Uniform Conundrum

Dale Irby

sweater teacherDale Irby is not just any teacher. He is possibly the greatest teacher of all time.

What did he do to earn such a title you may ask? Well we are not referring to his un-wavering dedication to his students such as the likes of Antonio Banderas character in the movie Take The Lead.

No, we are talking greatness on a scale not seen since the infamous “Cafeteria Dance Off ” teacher of 2012.

Upon discovering he accidentally wore the exact same outfit two years running for his school staff photo, Irby decided to utilize this mistake and become a national hero.

Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Mr. Irby has worn the exact same polyester shirt and vest for his staff yearbook photo for the past 40 years. Even his amazing 7o’s style mustache has remained almost untouched.

Now, while a bit of an extreme example, Mr Irby does present a curious argument for the ‘personal uniform‘.

While we are all for the freedom to express yourself through what you wear, it can be agreed that too much choice can, at times, become overwhelming. Especially for the big and tall men, it is not unusual to find yourself in a outfit rut, where the same tried and true ensemble is reused and rotated on a weekly basis.

We however put forward the question, Whats wrong with that?

steve jobsThere is something to be said for a man who has a uniform. It worked for Batman, Super man and even the late Steve Jobs created an iconic image of himself forever etched in the minds of millions, never without his black turtleneck sweater and blue jeans.

These men are examples of power, consistency and in the some cases, world salvation and we may be wrong, but we don’t remember anyone stopping them to question their attire?

With new social media revolution leading a new wave of peacockery, the idea of not having to create a new and outlandish outfit for their 34 Instagram followers every day might even appeal to some of the younger generation.

Now we are not suggesting the world goes home tonight and decide what their personal black turtleneck and levis will be, but perhaps there is some merit in the case for the simplicity and having one less decision to make of a morning.

As for our new idol Mr Irby, well he sadly retired this year, but he will forever stand as a style icon for years to come.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Pick Of The Week: The Boat Shoe

walking_image_croppedThe average person will walk thousands of kilometers in their life. Unfortunately, many of these will be walked in unsuitable footwear, more often than not, causing long term damage.

Take a moment to consider, with every step we take, our foot hits the ground with roughly three to four times our body weight. Multiply that number by an average 3,000 steps per day to get the total load in kilograms on your feet per day. For the big and tall men out there, this makes our feet more vulnerable to injury.

So basically, your feet are the body’s workhorses and whats the first thing you buy a good workhorse? Sturdy comfortable shoes (we imagine, as we personally have no workhorses to speak of).

Shoes that are too loose or too tight, can lead to stress on the feet, ankles, lower leg, hip, and spine. Over a period of time, ongoing pressure can lead to sever pain and injuries which may limit or prevent participation in work (not so disappointing), sports (little bit more upsetting) , and hobbies (now officially a problem).

So what do you need? Comfortable durable shoes of course!!

5-Perfect-Boat-Shoes-for-SummerPersonally, we cant go past a classic Boat Shoe. Sometimes referred to as deck shoes or topsiders, a good boatshoe is typically canvas or leather with rubber soles designed for use on a boat (hence the name). The leather construction, as well as the old school application of oil, is designed to repel water; and this combined with the highly durable stitching, equals one resilient  shoe. Boat shoes are traditionally worn without socks, a positive for those big and tall men out there who have grown tired of the fruitless morning ritual hunt for appropriate sock-wear.

Fun Facts & A Short History of the Boat Shoe

Boat Shoes made their first major appearance in the retail market 1935, when an America born yachting enthusiast and inventor Paul Sperry noticed a gap in the sailing market for a dedicated boat shoe.

Fun Fact: The story goes, that Sperry noticed his dogs uncanny ability to run easily over ice without slipping and decided to incorporate a similar pattern to the base of his shoe.

According to his website, Sperry used a knife to create his first shoes, in which he cut on the rubber soles with a herringbone or  ‘siping’ pattern, inspiring a shoe perfect for boating, which lead eventually to his own company.

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The true benefit of the Boat Shoes lies in its ability to remain both stylish enough to wear to work and impressive enough to not look out of place in formal situations. They are truly the most versatile of footwear and can be worn all year round. When you have found the right pair, it is worth the investment, as you are purchasing something of durability and quality and frankly, it gives you the right to not wear socks to your next wedding, so whats not to like?

boat shoe, big mens clothing, ron bennett, r.m williamsRon Bennett Big Mens Clothing stocks a prime example of the ultimate Boater. Made from genuine leather, these lace up boat shoes are the sheer definition of casual cool. Guaranteed to look great with virtually any weekend ensemble, R.M Williams have once again come through with a pair of shoes designed in the bushman spirit for the everyday Australian male.

So go on, treat your workhorses to a lil’ comfort and we promise you wont look back.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Gant: A Fourth of July Celebration

As the Fourth of July or Independence Day, arrives we here at Ron Bennett celebrate one of our most iconic American brands, Gant.

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A quick background into the celebrations of Independence day: The Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the United States, which celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. Typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues, all  traditions we have come to know and love thanks to Hollywood movies.

To celebrate this year, we are shining a light on one of one of the worlds most iconic trademarks and one of our most popular brands here at Ron Bennett’s Big Mens Clothing, Gant, where we stock the brand exclusively for big and tall men.

Established in 1949, New Haven, Connecticut, Gant was quickly recognized as a skilled shirt manufacturer. To satisfy the many customers who wanted to make sure they were getting the same high quality every time, Gant begun labeling all shirts with a diamond “G”, and thus the Gant label begun, with supply hardly able to keep up with the huge public demand. The iconic label then went on to become the principal Ivy League stockist for the next two decades, with casual, clean, and accessible pieces.

the-chino_us_air_fors_khakiTHE FAMOUS CHINO: According to Gants own website, the history of the chino goes back to mid-19th century India. Harry Burnett Lumsden, a British Army officer stationed in Mardan on the Peshawar border, saw that his troops needed a uniform more suited for the region. He dyed his cotton pajama with a plant extract to produce a lighter-weight outfit that was not only more appropriate to the climate but blended in with the colors of the surrounding terrain.

During World War II, chinos became so popular with American soldiers, that many continued to wear them on their return home. Casual yet smart, the comfortable khaki pants were perfect for both work and leisure. Through the G.I. Bill, which enabled returning soldiers to get an education, chinos soon found their way into the colleges and became an essential part of the increasingly popular Ivy League style.

Here at Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing, we love Gant for of their enduring commitment to crafting the highest quality menswear. Their big and tall collections effortlessly capture a classic style and are easily amongst the finest on the market today.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Cabin Envy, Packing Essentials & Long Weekends

cabin porn 2 As the sun manages to make an appearance in Sydney today, residents tentatively venture outdoors umbrella-less for what feels like the first time in weeks.

Due to this recent bout of wet Winter weather holding weekends everywhere captive, we personally have been spending a majority of our time immersed in the pages of Cabin Porn. A site dedicated to man caves, quiet escapes and inspirational gentrified cabins. This should come with a warning, as you can easily loose a large chunk of your life sifting through the beautiful and remote array of shelters.

This particular man-spiration site got us thinking about travel and weekend packing, something usually avoided until the very last minute, which regrettably, can occasionally lead to realizing upon arrival that all you packed were three shirts (all dirty) and a pair of mismatched thongs.

This situation can become especially uncomfortable for the big man who has no other option but to borrow an unsuitable garment from a helpful in-law, or worse still, attempt to purchase something wearable from the only store open being a tourist corner store which appears to insist on only stocking classic souvenir shirts with a mildly offensive image emblazoned across the chest.

Therefore, we have complied a list of items which will ensure you are travel ready for any long weekend trip with minimal effort or thought required.

The Essentials for any trip: The shoes are the key here. Whatever the weather/climate you are expecting it will always pay to pack a pair of sturdy and comfortable, perfect-for-any-activity-shoes.

A classic cut boot in neutral colors will serve you well, as these can be worn with most outfits, classed up or dressed down as the occasion demands, while being comfortable enough to support any hiking that may be encounter.

The R.M Williams Craftsman Boot

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Also vital to any social situation, is suitable pant-wear. No one wants to be the guy freezing in ruggers when that unexpected downpour Plaidstarts. To ensure you are ready for any occasion, try packing a pair of both dark jeans and light shorts.

This will offer endless options, allowing you to mix your outfits up as the weekend progresses.

Throw in one neutral, classic style t-shirt or polo and one casual shirt (preferably of the long sleeved variety) and your almost set.

All that remains now is a versatile jersey or jumper option to throw over a shirt during the day and layer under a coat during the evening. Personally we have found a good thick grey knit to be timeless and once discovered, on high rotation in any wardrobe.

Invest in : A good quality coat will keep you looking sharp even in the most unexpected of downpours. It should shield you from wind and sleet, while being versatile enough to take you through Autumn and Winter. Pair with jeans on a casual, rainy day or opt for dress pants when you want a more classic, professional look.

Following this simple guide will ensure your long weekends away are ones in which you are stylishly comfortable, but most importantly, not required to wear something that smells like your father in laws old spice.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Lessons We Have Learnt From Superman

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SupermanStanding at a full 6′ 1″, Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, our latest Superman, is no slight bloke. As the most recent adaption of the Superman (Man of Steel) hit our screens in Sydney last night, we decided to take a moment to look back at our previous hero’s and what they have brought to the table.

For a little background, after first being introduced to cinemas in 1941 as series of animated cartoon shorts, and two serials in 1948 and 1950, the first Superman feature film, Superman and the Mole Men, was made and released in 1951. This starred the silver screens first Superman, George Reeves.

Standing at a Cavill height of 6’1″, Reeves was a big man for his time, especially in the acting world. Reportedly taking his new position as “role model” to generations of young children very seriously, Reeves became increasingly conscious of his public image,  even going as far as to quit smoking.                                                                                                                                               George Reeves

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During his down time, Reeves would oftern be pictured wearing a mix of formal casual/attire, which was fashionable at the time, usually consisting of knitted sweaters, over chinos, considerably suitable gear for the mild mannered Clark Kent, especially during the strict 1950s.

Moving forward to 1978, “Superman” (the movie) is released, starring Christopher Reeve.

Christopher Reeve was the epitome of all that is Clark Kent. With his tall and broad build, he was a ideal candidate for the 70s revival. During his time touring for the movies many premiers, Reeve became known for his love of sports coats and business shirts, keeping the clean living image of Kent alive and well.

He famously refused to wear fake muscles under the iconic suit, and instead went through an intense two-month training regimen, in addition he doubled his food intake adding over 14kg of muscle to his already broad frame. Standing at 6’4″ Reeves never looked under dressed, with his tailored suits on the red carpet making a lasting impression on his fans.

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christopher-reeve-640-altThis takes us to one of the most recent adaptions, the 2006 “Superman Returns” featuring Brandon Routh donning the iconic red and blue.

As a notably younger Superman than had been seen thus far, Routh tended to stick to laid back casual attire off the red carpet. Committing  to a uniform of jeans and a t–shirt, Routh appears to be the first of many to not attempt to replicate Clark Kents style at the end of a days shooting, rather choosing to express his own individuality.

                                                                                                                A casual Brandon Routh 

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Which finally brings us, once again, to our recently released 2013 edition “Man of Steel“. Originally hailing from United Kingdom, Cavill made quite the impression at the Man Of Steel Sydney Premiere, arriving on the red carpet wearing a sharp three-piece pinstriped navy suit, tailored to perfection on his Clark Kent Frame.

All in all, each interpretation of this celebrated DC Comic has brought a new face and style to the screen, with each expressing a individual flair and connection to the mild-mannered, well dressed Clark Kent.

Blog Writing By Alexandra Jones-Best 

James Gandolfini : A Big Man with Big Style

James Gandolfini

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While around the world people are remembering James Gandolfini, we too are remembering him, but not just as an acclaimed actor, but as a well built man who was comfortable in his own skin.

Having featured previously in our best dressed lists, today we are going to explore his style changes over the years and the key style notes we can take away from his legacy.

While the characters he chose to play tended to be quite brusque at times, Gandolfini himself, was known for being a gentle man who played his cards close to his chest. In interviews he was self-effacing and somewhat baffled by the fame which surrounded him.

During an interview with Vanity Fair (2009) he famously stated (his opinion on acting):

“Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”

Despite finding it strange, he continued to enjoy a long and rich acting career. However, whether he liked it or not, Gandolfini will always be known by his most infinite role as Tony Soprano.

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A role he seemed to be born to play, Gandolfini was soon associated as the mobster with style. An unashamedly large built man who can look great in a well-fitted suit or a simple polo shirt, he incorporated the right clothes for his build based on a perfect fit.

During his time as Tony Sopronao, his style revolved around sharp, peak-lapel suits and French cuffs appropriate for mob boss sit-down formality but via voluminous colour-blocked Nat Nast bowling shirts, patterned polos, wife-beater undershirts.

For a less intimating but still all together mobster- inspired style, why not try rocking a pinstripe suit next time the occasion demands? Or if this isn’t for you, why not try a pair of braces over your formal shirt? This style was embraced during the 1920’s but is currently experiencing a revival thanks to the Great Gatsby fever.

In his personal life Gandolfini embraced his frame and wore a look of comfortable simplicity. By sticking to classic cuts and colours, he ensured his style was timeless and appropriate for any occasion, which becomes especially significant when any picture of you could go global at any moment thanks to the relentless paparazzi.

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When it came to the red carpet, Gandolfini chose to wear items which were tailored to his frame. He utilized the versatility of classic cuts and patterns, and by knowing which looks suited him he was able to build a collection of outfits which landed him as a style icon for big and tall men everywhere. He was often seen wearing casual button down shirts paired with chinos or jeans, a look which he wore with confidence.

A gentle giant who put bowling shirts back on the map and a brilliant enigmatic actor,  he will be missed .

James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. 1961-2013

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The Man-drobe: Building the Ultimate Closet.

As the Wallabies devastating loss to the British and Irish Lions over the weekend established, there are some things in life which are sadly, beyond our control.

The lasting impression we potentially leave in a chance encounter is however, not one of these things.

Being introduced to a potential employer, meeting that new mate with season tickets or just a stranger in the street, all these situations provide the opportunity to influence and impress.

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While, we all know how important first impressions can be, Forbes.com goes further to outline:

The moment that stranger sees you, his or her brain makes a thousand computations: Are you someone to approach or to avoid? Are you friend or foe? Do you have status and authority? Are you trustworthy, competent, likeable, and confident?”

While this statement may encourage a chorus of image crusaders to protest, the sad truth is, presenting a impressive exterior is paramount to getting to the next stage which allows the individual to dazzle with their persona. Even former FBI counter intelligence agent Joe Navarro blogs expansively on the power of presentation.

Researchers from NYU found that we make eleven major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting. These decisions are based almost entirely on visual impressions alone, therefore, taking your man-drobe seriously, is essential.

First Step: The Clean out.

If you read the above line and immediately had an inner panic attack, don’t stress. This process is less of a clean out and more of a culling of no longer essential items, like for example, that much-loved band shirt bought in your teens, which no longer resembles an item of clothing, or those ruggers from your rugby days, so stained their original color has long been forgotten.

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To ensure you have a grasp on your man-drobe essentials, you must first see what you already own.  Be ruthless, lay out your items on a bed or any area which allows you to take a step back and look at them, and then cull any items you haven’t worn in over two years.

Separate the items you use religiously, and decide if they are due for a dry clean, or perhaps an upgrade. Any styles that you find yourself wearing over and over, look into purchasing similar styles and building up a collection of “go-to” outfits, which you know look impressive and most importantly, you feel comfortable in.

Second Step: The Essentials. 

The next step once you have edited down your current , now is the time to step back and see what you really need.

There will always be space for those ultimate comfy pants (the ones your partner keeps trying to mysteriously throw away), but in order to found a Man-drobe full of impression leaving outfits, there needs to be room for the essentials.

The Top Five:

1) A Navy Sports coat

Effortless, and timeless, this will take you through the years and is versatile enough to go with almost any outfit.

2) The Classic White Dress Shirt

Generally reserved for special occasions, a classic white dress shirt will ensure you are never caught under dressed, but don’t be afraid to pull this one out on the weekends: paired with cargo shorts, this makes for a classic and effortless impression.

3) The Everyday Shoe

These shoes can and have literally be worn with everything. They are comfy enough to support you through most social occasions and after they have been molded to your individual foot, guarantee you will find yourself making excuses to wear these babies.

4) Khaki Chinos

The backbone of any mans modern wardrobe, chinos make a fine alternative to jeans and offer a more versatile look that can be adjusted to meet the requirements of any occasion in virtually any climate. Lightweight and stylish, they can be matched with a simple t-shirt in summer or a matching jumper in winter.

5) A Simple Tie

Not too wide or too short, and in a classic color scheme. For big and tall men, it is essential to get a tie which is of the correct length and width, as incorrect measurements will be obvious. Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing has a great selection to choose from.

Any one of these items will find themselves on high rotation in any Man-drobe, with preparing for any occasion becoming a pleasure rather than a stressful stand off with an over cluttered closet.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones Best

Our Top Pick Of The Week

Our Top Pick of the Week

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Before we get into it, we would like to take a moment to remember this great man, James Joseph Gandolfini who recently, tragically passed away. He was and always will be a great actor, and style icon. He will not be forgotten. 1961-2013. Rest in Peace.

Pick of the Week:

Finding and buying a good winter coat is no small task. Good outerwear during the colder months needs to be versatile enough to be worn with everything — formal or casual — day or night — and still look good whilst keeping you from freezing.

With the weather well and truly committing to winter, why not beat the chill in our pick of the week: the ‘Blazer- Duffle Coat‘.

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It is interesting to note that the origins of the Duffle Coat can be traced back as far as 1887, when it was popularized during World War  Two.  A British purveyor of outerwear, John Partridge had began to design and offer the Duffle coat for sale only a few years later.

According to Gentleman’s Gazette, soon after World War Two, the Royal British navy was searching for a hard-wearing, sailor-proof coat, and so the British Admiralty commissioned the Duffle coat, which turned out to be a great success and was thereafter worn on military ships around the world.

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Generals Bubbles Barker & Monty in a huge Duffel Coat                      

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Sir David Stirling, founder of the SAS with Duffle Coat in the Desert

Our Blazer version of the Duffle coat is an undeniably great way to rug up throughout the cooler months. This black version of the coat from Blazer cuts a sharp, stylishly modern tone and is ideal to wear over a suit or dinner wear. Featuring a lace tie hoodie, two front pockets and two inner pockets, this versatile piece will never go out of fashion.

Jump online now to purchase your new second skin, which will last you through many winters to come!

Big Men’s Key Trends for 2013

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The Nautical look

As fashion designers and high street retailer’s alike look towards Spring, one of the leading trends proving to be extremely prevalent for SS13 is the return of the Nautically inspired look. This is a trend which has lasted the ages, disappearing and reappearing every few seasons, but it is one which has truly stood the test of time.

With Dolce & Gabbana (below) taking the theme to the extreme with their latest campaign, Tommy Hilfiger’s SS13 (below) campaign similarly takes an interest, with an entire family portrayed in the current trending pattern, with Breton stripes integrated onto polo shirts, knitwear and shorts.

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How to work this for you: This trend is fantastic in its versatility, as it can be incorporated into any item of clothing, and suits one and all. For a casual foray into the nautical, embrace stripes and thick knits in grey’s and navy’s. Combine this with a light tan pant to achieve a classic look which will never fall out of favor.

The Not-so-Formal Jacket

With Gatsby fever sweeping the nation, men everywhere are taking note of their 1920’s predecessors and suiting up!

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Most noticeably, key players in the fashion industry are playing off this current enthusiasm by resurrecting the dinner jacket.

Historically, the suit was considered as everyday menswear, but in the last twenty or so years, this idea fell into disregard. Ever since the blazer and dinner jacket have been generally only reserved for formal occasions. That is, until the 2013ss collections of main players, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Hermes took to center stage.

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Utilizing a multitude of colors, patterns and styles (three button down to the classic one button) buyers have flooded their stores with blazers, dinner jackets and  sports coats.

Teaming them with jeans, cargo pants and classical dress pants, they have created a range of styles to suit any taste and frame.

To incorporate this look yourself, don’t be shy to throw a sports coat over jeans and a tee shirt to class up any outfit. Just this simple addition to any wardrobe will greatly extend your closets life, giving you endless options.

For a casual weekend look, why not throw a sports coat over jeans and a polo. This outfit will take you from lunch with friends, to dinner and drinks anywhere, without the need to change or feel distinctly under-dressed.

Remember: A suit should always remain buttoned until one sits, when it usually becomes necessary to unfasten the jacket. Once one stands again, the jacket should be refastened. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule!

Suits, Union and a Winning Mentality

Suits, Union and a Winning Mentality

With the Wallabies match against the British & Irish Lions looming ever closer, the focus on these players’ lives will intensify in the coming week both on and off the field.

Remarkably this year, the attention seems to be drawing too the teams personal appearance, as the two teams take the fight off the field and go head to head in the style stakes.

In a recent interview with TheDailyMail UK, British & Irish Lions Tour Manager, Andy Irvine, stated:

‘Everybody knows that the importance of a winning mentality in sport is paramount, and there are several factors that contribute to this. The 2013 Lions will be some of the best dressed sportsmen in the history of The Lions – and we believe that this winning mentality off the field will translate to a strong performance when the Four Nations come together as one on the field.’

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(L-R) Lions trio Tom Croft, Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe   (fr) Richard Hibbard in his new Lions blazer

This is a challenge our Wallabies are sure to meet with passion, as they have proven in the past they are no stranger to style, stepping up to the fashion plate with their own arsenal of crisp tailoring, classic silhouettes and elements of bond-esk panache.

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For these men, as well as countless others across Australia, size is no longer their biggest asset when endeavoring to find suitable attire for their big night.

Having larger than average measurements (for e.g. Manu Tuilagi of the British Lions has a collar size measuring 20.5in and Welsh prop Adam Jones had a chest size spanning an impressive 51.5in), means that articles need to be tailored to allow for a comfortable fit.

With more Sports stars appearing in fashion campaigns, on the cover of style journals and branching out into their own businesses outside of sport, it is no wonder they are trying harder than ever to impress in the spotlight.

For the everyday man, this serves to highlight the growing demand for fashion which meets the big and tall standards of todays ‘Average Male’.

As the fashion industry slowly adapts to this change, durable, well-made clothes that are flattering and well cut become more essential than ever and when it comes to stylish clothes tailored to the king-sized man, Ron Bennett is the undisputed king.

But tailors and suits aside, with anticipation rising in the wake of the countdown to the first Test against the British and Irish Lions, the Wallabies are sure to prove a force to reckon with, both on and off the field.

How does the fit of your suit measure up?

How does your suit measure up?

Over the years, the shape of the average male has evolved. Yet thus far, retailers have failed to adapt to the 21st century male, forcing bigger men to shop with limited options, as retailers ignore calls to cater for this ever growing market.

Choice spokeswoman, Ingrid Just noted back in 2012; “What we’re essentially identifying is that there is a whole market out there that many designers and retailers aren’t necessarily tapping into,” Ms Just said. “Consumers are finding themselves quite frustrated by not being able to buy clothes that suit their bodies.”

When the off the rack collections are based on an ‘Average population’ which as we know, no longer exists, the demand for big men’s clothes escalates. Men’s style blogs and magazines religiously uphold the mantra of clothing fitted to the ‘individual’. But not all men are built the same.

Ron Bennett, originally established in 1888, have understood this for decades opening a division dedicated to big & tall men over 30 years ago catering for larger men from 2XL to 7XL and above. If you want the last word in a perfect fit however, you will need to consider a made to measure or bespoke solution.

What’s the difference between the two? Made to measure is where the tailor will start with a template or ‘master garment’ and make multiple plus or minus adjustments to get the right fit for every individual. Whereas a bespoke tailor will take measurements directly off the client’s body and start from a complete blank canvas.

While a regular tailor might take limited measurements and have you on your way, a bespoke tailor will take over 30 measurements for a suit and shirt combination, to ensure a uniquely personal fit can be achieved.

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More than 30 measurements are required in the making of a perfectly fitted suit

When fitting master garments, tailoring starts at the shoulder, every imperfection of the body is revised and taken into account. A bespoke tailor will understand that while two clients may both have 40” chest 36” waist 42” hips, the patterns could be completely different due to figuration and balance.

They will also take a client’s lifestyle factors into account from fabric selection to body shape limitations and diversity. Consideration of a clients posture/shoulder stance/back curvature and alignment are also critical in achieving the right result.

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A client’s natural posture must be taken into account to achieve the right result

Continuing its lineage of providing the pinnacle of perfectly fitting menswear – regardless of your shape or size – Ron Bennett has recently launched its own made to measure division: ‘Sew253‘. The services available range from bespoke suit tailoring to entire personalised wardrobes.

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If you would like to know more, just contact Jessica Urriola for an obligation-free consultation:
Email: jessica@sew253.com.au or call 0401 522381.

And remember: choosing the right tailor can make the difference between a pricey unwearable mistake and a custom wardrobe that will fill the wearer with confidence.

Top 5 Best Dressed Big Guys

Our list of best dressed big guys is all about attitude. We don’t care what size and shape you are, we believe you can look terrific and exude strength and individual style whether you are big and tall or short and small. So sit back and relax while we present five guys who define everything it takes to be big, loud and proud.

5. James Gandolfini

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James Gandolfini is an acclaimed actor who has played a variety of roles throughout his long career. But let’s face it, whether he likes it or not, Gandolfini will always be Tony Soprano. Seemingly born to play this larger than life character, James is also a big guy who dresses with style. An unashamedly large built man who can look great in a well-fitted suit or a simple polo shirt. Incorporating the right clothes for his build based on a perfect fit.

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4. Zach Galifianakis

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Most famous for playing the strange and disaster-prone Alan from the Hangover movies, Zach Galifianakis was a veteran of the stand-up scene for years before hitting it big in Hollywood. On screen, Zach is often seen playing the slob who has little care for what he wears, but off-screen he is one seriously sharp dresser with great eye for big man style. At film premieres or snapped on the street, he is always seen wearing sleek suits and quirky casual wear. His eye for style makes this funny man a big mens fashion icon.

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3. Jonah Hill

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Skyrocketing to fame playing the awkward high schooler in 2007’s Superbad, Jonah Hill has gone from strength to strength on screen. Last year’s 21 Jump Street and his Academy Award nomination for 2011’s Moneyball has really solidified his status as one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. While his weight has been fluctuating of late, Jonah is a naturally large-framed guy who isn’t afraid to be super-stylish.

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2. Eric Stonestreet

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His role as the eccentric and outspoken Cameron Tucker on the hit show Modern Family has won him praise around the world, as well as two Emmy Awards. What we like about Eric Stonestreet is his “big and proud” sense of style. On Modern Family he is often seen wearing large size shirts that are not only the perfect fit for his shape, but are also bold and bright coloured. Outside the show though, Stonestreet has proved himself to be quite the snappy dresser, not afraid to sport a killer red-carpet tuxedo.

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1. Matt Preston

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OK, maybe it’s our Aussie bias, but we are going with Matt Preston as our pick for the best dressed big man. His style is undeniable and the sheer audacity of single-handedly bringing the near-forgotten cravat back to our attention deserves some serious praise. Whether he is dishing out his opinions on a perfectly garnished seafood dish, or sprucing his latest book, Preston’s sharp fashion-sense sets him apart from the crowd. Often bold, sometimes brash, but always stylish. Well done Presto.

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If you are looking to capture some of that big and tall style, why not check out Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing and give your wardrobe the overhaul you deserve. They have everything you need to satisfy your big men fashion needs no matter what your size and shape.

The Right Ties for Big Guys

TiesLooking for a new tie for work or that upcoming formal function? Well, if you are a big and tall man, there are some things you need to know before you jump in and grab any old tie off the rack. Your size and shape must be taken into consideration. Key attributes like your height, neck and yes, the size of your stomach does play an important role in choosing a tie that will compliment your individual look. For example, if you are a tall guy, you will obviously need a longer tie than the regular length variety sold in most department stores and menswear outlets.

Many big guys find it difficult to locate the right tie for their size and simply settle for these regular, standard length and width ties. This can create an uncomfortable look for big men and give them a disproportionate shape, drawing attention to parts of your body that are not flattering. The good news is that Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing have just added a great new range of neck ties that cater specifically to the big and tall man.

Terruzzi Tie

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The terrific range of ties from Terruzzi not only come in a variety of patterns and colours, but are longer and wider than ties available elsewhere. This is good news for big men. The extra length and width will make a significant difference in your overall appearance, giving you improved proportion and creating a more refined look and fit. This is the perfect solution for men with larger necks and bigger belly’s.

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We’ve all seen examples of an ill-fitting tie. Avoid embarrassment. Overhaul your wardrobe and start wearing neck ties that compliment your natural shape and size. Visit Ron Bennett Big Mens clothing online store and browse their range of exclusive Terruzzi ties for big men.

The Scarf – The Neck’s Big Thing for Big Men

Scarfs for big menYou may think that the humble scarf is nothing more than a basic length of fabric in a rectangular shape. Well, yeah…that’s true, but the scarf actually has an interesting history and is one of the most enduring male fashion accessories.

Here’s 6 historical facts you may not have known about scarfs:

1. In Ancient Rome, the scarf was in fact used as a kind of sweat towel instead of a fashion accessory. Men would wear them around their neck or tied to their belts. When the sweat built up on the face and neck, the scarf would come out to soak it up.

2. In 230 BC, scarves were worn to represent military rank in China. Chinese Emperor Cheng and his warriors wore scarves made of cloth.

3. In the 17th century, Croatian mercenaries also wore scarves to mark their rank.

4. It was in the 1800’s when scarfs began taking off as fashion accessories. Many believe this was largely thanks to Queen Victoria’s obsession with wearing them.

5.  In the 1900’s, a popular dancer named Isodora Dunca introduced long flowing scarves. While the style took off, it unfortunately lead to her freak death. While sitting in the passenger seat of a car, her scarf got caught in the spokes of the wheel and around the shaft, breaking her neck.

6. Men’s scarves became popular in World War 1 when they were worn by aviators who used them for warmth and to prevent chafing.

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Us men have to make do with a more limited amount of accessories than women, so we should embrace a stylish, functional accessory like a scarf. They can not only keep you warm and toasty in the colder months, but they can also make a relatively drab outfit look much more interesting by adding colour and texture. The most appealing thing about a scarf to most men though, is their simplicity. You don’t have to be a fashion stylist to know how to wear a scarf. While there are certainly different ways to tie one, the most popular and reliable technique to put one on is simply throwing it around your neck.

Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing have a great range of Sovrano scarfs for big men looking to add a dash of colour and style to their winter wardrobe. For a limited time, you can add any items to your cart worth a total of $200 or more and receive a free scarf of your choice. 

Choosing Trousers – Tips for Big & Tall Guys

You may have noticed, as we have, that some big and tall men have no idea how to wear a simple pair of trousers. They either choose pants that are too baggy, too tight, or worst of all, sit way too low, hanging down under their waist leaving their butt exposed for all to see. Er, no thanks guys!

Whether you are big, tall or fall somewhere in-between, here’s some tips on choosing the right pants and jeans for you.

For the Big gent:

-Choosing dark coloured trousers is a good idea for big men as they tend to be more flattering than brighter tones.

-If you want to look more lean, we would suggest avoiding pleats and going for regular cut, straight leg pants. They have less fabric build up (and therefore less unnecessary bulk).

-Skinny cut pants and jeans are a big no-no for larger men, they will attract unneeded attention to your legs and create bulk in places you want to avoid. Instead, go for full cut, flat front pants.

Dress pants with a front pressed crease creates a vertical line down the leg, making them seem longer and giving the big man a slimmer look.Big Men Pants

-Wear your trousers high, but not too high. Just below your natural waist if possible. Wearing them low will more often than not require a belt, which is pulled tight underneath the belly, causing the stomach to fall over it and create that unwanted bulge.

-While fashionable among younger chaps, low rise pants and jeans should be avoided by the big man as they do nothing for the large physique.

-A bigger belly means it is more difficult keeping your pants from sliding down. We suggest a flat front, traditional or relaxed cut style pants. Simply buying the biggest size available won’t solve the issue. It’s all about the perfect fit.

-While it’s hard to beat a stylish belt for practicality, big guys should think about the alternative of wearing braces. They can be an attractive option while also a more comfortable one.

For the Tall gent:

-Tall men should always make sure they get full length trousers, as even the smallest show of ankles or socks creates an unflattering lanky look. Your pants and jeans should reach at least the top of your shoe.

-Being tall means you are able to wear virtually any style pants, from regular cut, boot cut to flat front. You just need to choose pants with longer inseam and leg length. Remember that fit is everything.

Tal Guy Pants-High-waisted pants and jeans are rarely a good look for tall guys. Try to keep your pants beginning just below the waist to create the most flattering look.

-Tall men often suit a stylish pair of chinos, which never go out of fashion, or tailored cotton pants.

-If you are tall and thin, the extra fabric of pleats can sometimes work against you to create a baggy look. Tall guys want their pants to look as sharp and crisp as possible.

-Try to avoid supper skinny jeans as they create a towering beanpole effect on a tall man.

In Conclusion

These are just a few tips when choosing your next pair of pants. The biggest tip we can give though, is to take charge of your size. Big or tall, you have got to dress with confidence and pride. Own your body shape and size!
Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing have a huge range of mens trousers and jeans available exclusively from their online store. Check out these just released Brax pants for big men and browse the rest of the store for some great deals.

Sam Worthington: Aussie Guy with Style

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In his latest film, Drift, Sam Worthington returns to his roots by not only starring in his first wholly Australian made film since his breakout role in the uber-hit Avatar, but also by playing a surfer in Western Australia where the Aussie actor was raised.

A NIDA graduate born in Surrey, England but brought up in Perth, Worthington exudes and effortless everyman vibe in both his acting and dress sense.

sam-worthington-tshirtNot afraid to don a sharp suit for an important premier, it’s pretty clear that our Sam is most sam-worthington-in-brown-polocomfortable in a relaxed t shirt and jeans. This laid-back, tough bloke exterior is said to have been what attracted James Cameron to cast him in Avatar. At the time, Worthington had been going through somewhat of a life crisis, selling all his belongings and living in his car. He had forged a decent career in Australian films, but was hungry for something more. It was around this period of soul searching that he auditioned for a film he knew nothing about and got the call back. It turned out to be for Avatar, the most successful motion picture of all time.

In Drift, Worthington gets to do what he loves most, make a film with mates he grew up with and play a character most like himself, someone who would rather walk around in casual clothes and swimwear than red carpet tuxedo’s.

And that is what we find most appealing about Sam onscreen and off. It comes as no surprise that before getting into acting, he was a no-nonsense bricklayer, a guy who epitomised the rough and rugged Aussie style, and it is that side of him that still comes through today.

His ability to look smart in a sharp mens suit and dress shirt while also not afraid to rough it in a pair of shorts and t shirt is something you rarely see in other self-conscious, image-obsessed Hollywood stars.

sam worthington in shortsThis is what makes Sam Worthington one of our chosen “guys with style”.

Drift opens in theatres on May 2nd

Check out the latest deals and the range of t shirts, jeans and quality menswear by visiting Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing and browse the online store.

Fashion Tips for Big & Tall Men

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Knowing how to dress in accordance with your body type is the secret to not only capturing your own distinct style, but also feeling great about yourself. In this day and age, your size and shape should never hold you back as there are retailers out there that cater to big and tall men, allowing you to feel confident and stylish no matter what your size.

With this in mind, it is important to learn a few basic rules. Simply grabbing clothes off the rack will lead to unflattering results. There are easy tips to remember that will make a big difference and have you looking and feeling your best all year round.

TIPS FOR BIG & TALL MEN

KNOW THY SIZE:Size Chart

You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without knowing your foot size. The same goes for the rest of your body. Before your search for clothes even begins, it is important to know the measurements for your chest, neck, sleeves, waist and inseam. This will guarantee your shopping experience will be more efficient and raise your chances of finding clothes that compliment your size and shape.

BE WARY OF STRIPES:

Stripes can be your friend or your foe. The rule to remember is that anything not vertical may make you look bigger. That means horizontal, diagonal or any other strange variStriped shirtation will likely do a big man no justice. Best to stick with vertical stripes as they create an elongated effect and can result in a slimming look. Pinstriped shirts with dark jeans or dress pants is always a great look. For tall, skinnier men the opposite is true. A horizontal striped polo shirt can make you look broader in the shoulders and create a flattering physique by giving you some extra bulk.

BALANCE YOUR COLOURS:

Two striking mixes of contrasting colours can divide a big man up and draw attention to unflattering parts of your body. Best to balance your colours and try to keep your shirts and pants similar in tone to create a cleaner, slimming impression. There is no denying that black does make you look thinner, but nobody is stopping you from breaking up the dark tone with a few nifty colour accessories. Once again, tall guys should approach this in reverse. An all black ensemble can make you look even taller and thinner than you may be, so mixing it up with colours can only work in favour of a tall man.

FIND YOUR FIT:

Big and tall men indexcommonly suffer from two misconceptions. Big guys believe tight-fitting clothing will flatten their bulky areas and create a smoother look. In truth, this merely draws attention to those sections you are trying to hide. Others are of the opinion that loose-fitting, baggy clothes will hide excess flab, when in reality they make you look bigger than you are. Tall skinny guys mistakenly choose baggy items that create a flapping effect, or skin-tight items that look awkward.  The solution for both big and tall men is to find your middle ground. Avoid too tight or too baggy. It is important to go with well-fitted clothing that sits comfortably on the body and complements your size and shape without drawing unnecessary attention to the parts you are looking to conceal. Remember to measure up and know your size.

Being a big and tall guy is by no means a disadvantage when it comes to fashion. Thanks to a number ofretailers that caterto large-sized men, you can now be confident no matter what size or shape you are. No two people are the same and being comfortable in your own skin is the key to a happy, fulfilling life.

Brand Focus: CANTERBURY

The Canterbury brand is one of our favourite and most popular brands here at Ron Bennett Big Mens. Originating from the Canterbury province of New Zealand dating back to the late 1880’s, they built their foundations in the world of rugby but have gone on to produce some of the most sought after and respected sports and leisure wear available.

On the field, Canterbury have been responsible for manufacturing the official jerseys and accessories for some of the biggest international sporting teams, with their CCC logo adorning the uniforms of major Rugby Union, Cricket, Soccer and Rugby League teams.

Off the field, Canterbury have cultivated their reputation by producing high quality leisure wear inspired by their sporting origins.

We have always admired Canterbury for their ability to capture the sporting spirit in their casual wear and our customers give us great feedback on their range. Canterbury Polo Shirts have always been popular for guys. They offer a relaxed weekend look suitable for a backyard barbeque or a cheer from the sideline at your local club match.

Our pick for the colder months though, would have to be a Canterbury Sweat Jacket. It’s hard to beat the quality and craftsmanship, but above all that, they simply give off a certain relaxed, sporty cool as they shield you from the chilly winds.

Ron Bennett Big Men’s stock a great range of Canterbury clothing for men online or in store. You’ll find Canterbury T Shirts, Track Pants, Polo’s and much more.

The Polo Shirt: 3 Ways to Wear It

bigmenpoloWEBThe polo shirt is a trans-seasonal staple every man should own, no matter your size or build – the polo shirt is a versatile item that anyone can wear. Here’s three ways to rock it:

Formal

Traditionally, the polo shirt is associated with being casual wear, but the beauty of the polo shirt is that it can be dressed down or up!

Dressing it up is quite easy, simply slip on a suit blazer on top of your polo as a replacement for the dress shirt. Just keep it sensible, opt for neutral solid colours rather than patterned styles and bright hues. Tucking your shirt in is optional, although not having it tucked in can make it look a touch more laid back.

Remember to make sure you visit the tailor to ensure your suit blazer and trousers are the perfect fit for you!

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Did we mention how versatile the polo shirt is? If you need to look good but not serious, team the polo shirt up with a sports jacket, neutral colours are still best; think beige, grey and black and some straight cut trousers and you’re good to go.

You can add some light colours with your polo shirt or subtle patterns. Accessorise with a classic timepiece on your wrist to breathe some life into your look.

Casual

Need to go meet a friend for a quick lunch or grab some groceries? The polo shirt is perfect for those quick runs you need to make during the day. Just slip on the shirt with some straight cut black jeans or beige chinos – add a splash of colour to your look by opting for a blue or orange polo shirt, particularly during the warmer weekends.

How to Look After Your Jeans

tumblr_mmbyhnyf001s1xhn9o1_500Caring for your favourite pair of jeans doesn’t have to be a big hassle, there is a few simple steps you can take in order to prolong the longevity of your jeans.

Cleaning

Just like with a fine suit, resist the urge to wash your jeans often. The general rule of thumb is once every five to six months. The chemicals used when you wash your clothes wear away the indigo fibers and you’re left with colourless streaks where your jeans crease; which is normally behind the knees and around the crotch.

When you do wash them, turn the jeans inside out, use a mild detergent and water that is a bit cooler than lukewarm. In the meantime, clean up any spills and stains right away with a damp cloth.

You could clean your jeans more often by throwing them straight in the freezer. It’s not as strange as you think, there’s actually some logic to it. The sub zero temperature kills off any bacteria and rejuvenates your pants.

Getting Rid of Odours

There’s a few tricks you can do to keep your denims smelling like the day you bought them. The easiest way to neutralize odours would be to hang them up on the clothesline and let them air out naturally, but remember not to leave them out in direct sunlight but rather in the shade.

Alternatively, when you take a long hot shower, hang them in your bathroom to let the steam unlock and dispose of any questionable smells.

The freezer method also helps in this department, since the freezer kills the bacteria, it takes care of the smell which is ultimately the cause of the scent.

Additional Tips

Looking after your own skin can actually help preserve your jeans – one of the main sources of odour and dirt on your clothes is actually dead skin cells and bacteria that you shed. So it’s not a bad idea to pick up the habit of exfoliating with a simple exfoliating glove, it’ll keep your skin smooth and your clothes clean, for longer!

Winter Layer for Big and Tall Men

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One of the most important things to remember when you’re layering for winter is to avoid placing the emphasis on your waistline. Don’t overdo it with layers of clothing that’ll turn you into a ball of fabric.

The easiest way to keep it simple is to choose your materials wisely so that you’ll ultimately be able to wear less, whilst keeping warm – wools and acrylics are your winter friends.

Slip into a polo shirt or a neutral long sleeved shirt and then layer on a well-fitting jacket for added warmth. Remember to stay true to your size and don’t go the next size up! Or skip the jacket and pair up a knitted V-neck jumper with straight cut jeans. The less busy it is, the better.

Hues and Designs

It’s common knowledge by this point that black is the go to colour for any big and tall person – black is slimming and takes the focus away from your figure. However, don’t be afraid to add a little splash of colour to your wardrobe, as long as you keep it sensible. Loud, bright, fluorescent colours are probably not the best choice. The safe bet would be calm and slightly darker hues like burgundy, charcoal, dark blues and purples.

The good thing about the chilly season is that even if you do wear a bright patterned tee, you can then put a dark blazer on top to achieve a good balance.

Structure

Always ensure that your jackets are firm in their shape to give your silhouette a good structured look, particularly around the shoulders.

Even though it’s always advised to wear V necks or unbutton the top of your dress shirt to elongate your neck, there’s no reason you can’t throw on a scarf to keep you warm – keep it nice and loose if you still want to show off a bit of skin.

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Style Tips for Big and Tall Men

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Shopping for clothes and styling can be pretty tricky for any man, regardless if you’re big, small, tall or short. But today we’re sharing our top styling tips for the big and tall men out there:

Know your measurements and size

Once you know your precise measurements (your chest, neck, waist, etc) shopping becomes a breeze no matter what size you are. It’s vital to know your size because nothing complements a figure more than a well fitting outfit.

Avoid buying the next size up! An oversized shirt or baggy pants makes you seem bigger than you actually are – not only will it look like you’re swimming in your clothes, but it’ll also look very unflattering.

Also, as we’ve mentioned before, your local tailor is there to help – just because you’re a plus size, doesn’t mean you don’t need any taking in. The general rule of thumb is to have your shirt sitting a couple of inches past your hips, and should you need to tuck it in, a pair of suspenders do wonders over a belt.

Styles to Suit You

Everyone has their own taste, but here are a few key rules to remember;

Vertical pinstripes are your friend, they make an observer’s eye go up and down quickly which makes you seem taller rather than wider – something every man strives for.

Avoid big bold graphics or anything that adds volume, opt for light subtle designs. In addition, it’s better to wear strong and fitting clothes that make you look clean and sharp rather than draped soft materials.

Just like with everyone else, your ankles will always be thinner than your waist – when you’re choosing your pants, grab the straight cut to achieve a more streamlined look!

Own it with confidence

Being a large man doesn’t have to mean round and soft, you have the potential to be powerful, strong and imposing.

Take advantage of blazers with nice firm shoulders to give you a definite shape. Wear a pair of shoes that have a bit of a heel in them or grab a hat to give you some extra height.

Don’t overlook your personal grooming habits, they are crucial in the impression you give off. A nice, neat goatee or a bit of a stubble to sharpen your jaw line can go a long way.

Accessorise boldly with some chunky watches to give you proportion with your look.

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