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!

Smart-Casual

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.

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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

4f953cf7d0577f26de81648304cfd56eSimplicity

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.

Shop our latest arrivals at Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing online now.

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’!

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?

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!

tom cruise

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

 

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.

Measuring for a perfect suit
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.

Body posture
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.

Sew253

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.