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