The 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:
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!
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.
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.
Caring 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
For 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!
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.
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.
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…
“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.
Born 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“.
However 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.
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.