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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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!

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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.

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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’!

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 Men’s Key Trends for 2013

Big Men's Trends 2013

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!

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. 

Dress to Impress for Career Success

DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT

Knowing how to dress appropriately for the job you want is crucial for any man, but for big and tall guys, the real challenge is to find the correct sized clothes that will not only compliment your shape and height, but be a good match for your chosen profession.

These days, dressing for work isn’t always as straightforward as throwing on a suit and tie, grabbing your briefcase and heading out the door. While that may still be the case for many, there are now changes to what we wear to our daily jobs. Creative careers have bred more creative styles in which smart casual clothing has become the norm for many workplaces.

If you choose a creative Casual Work Wearprofession, your daily outfit can vary widely. It is hard to go past mens jackets or dress shirts, but even wearing a well chosen ensemble of large size t-shirt and jeans can create a great look. Allow your creative side to come through in your work-wear by adding a few dashes of colour here and there. Don’t be afraid to accessorize with bold colours and patterns that will expose your inner confidence.

For most us though, the professional look is still mandatory for our chosen career. For big and tall guys, this doesn’t mean we have to be boring and choose dull, lifeless ensembles. There are some things big men need to remember when choosing a Professional Work Wearprofessional outfit.

It is always wise to go with dark coloured, large mens suits and mix it with a lighter business shirt. A good suit should be cut to flatter your figure. Avoid tight suits that constrict your movement. Choose a well fitted suit that skims the body without hugging it or flapping over it.

The same goes for a business shirt. It should not be too tight or too loose, but fall over the body just right, without you having to tug at it or constantly re-tuck it into your trousers.

Light, breathable fabrics that keep you cool under pressure are also essential for larger men. Avoid oversize collars that attract unnecessary attention to the neck.

Smart Work WearYour plus size pants should follow a similar principal and not be baggy, they should be cut perfectly to respect your shape. Avoid pleats as they can draw attention to a big stomach. Straight cut trousers can create an elongated look for your legs while pants with a relaxed waist that stretches can provide superior comfort.

All in all, what you choose to wear to work can determine how well you do your job. It’s important to look your best but be comfortable and allow your inner confidence to shine through.