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 

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When Sweats Are Acceptable Outerwear

Ronald ReganWhat is the first thing you do when you get home from a long day at work? Say hello to your significant other or pet? Start considering what you can hustle up to eat? No? How about free yourself from the confines of your restrictive mandatory work-wear and into something a whole world more comfortable-like your trusty sweatpants.

At some stage in our lives we are all guilty of spending a little too much time in our favourite pair of trackies, but where do you draw the line? Maybe it starts off small, with a causal trip down the road for milk or bread, but before you know it you’re spending your weekends trying to convince the bouncer on the door that you have not wandered in off the streets.

Now, we know it’s tempting to live in a world of soft forgiving cotton 24 hours a day, but there are lines of self-preservation which should not be crossed. Doubly so for the big and tall man, who has a range of stylish and fitted options available to him thanks to stores such as Ron Bennett’s Big Men’s Clothing, rather than resorting to track pants on a daily basis. Unless you are Ronald Reagan, owning the look with a business shirt and tie tucked in; there really is no excuse.

So, this begs the question: When are sweats acceptable out-side wear? 

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1) At early morning sports events as a sideline spectator. Take your style notes from soccer dads everywhere and take advantage of those early mornings which give you a free pass to comfort.

2) Around a campfire, preferably in a camping scenario. On the occasion in which you find yourself reclining around an open fire, it is perfectly acceptable to be donning full, head to toe sweats, as comfort and warmth in these situations is paramount to survival. Or perhaps less dramatically, it is a great excuse.

3) Walking a golden retriever while on a white sand beach. Don’t ask why, just picture it. A Labrador would also be acceptable.

Before anyone hits the streets tomorrow in an old pair of trackies because we gave our blessing for the above three situations, understand this: this is not a free pass to out-right slobbery. The out-and-about look here works because the new structured styles of sweats allow you to dress them up with something like a button down shirt—instead of just wearing a t-shirt.

CanterburyOur chief pick for any number of these events has to be the collection from Canterbury. Inspired by the “spirit of the game”, their range of casual wear uphold their fine tradition of producing only the most stylish and durable menswear.

Aimed specifically at those unwilling to compromise looking good for weekend comfort, the Canterbury brand has built a solid reputation for manufacturing the most practical and sought after range of men’s apparel available. From sweatshirt’s to track pant’s, polo’s to T shirt’s, Canterbury have you covered in every facet of the “game of life”.

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

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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

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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