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.

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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!

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Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

 

Mistakes All Big Men Make

There are some mistakes we are all doomed to make, like getting screwed over on rent because you don’t know a thing about the rental market in your new city, but it is the choice not to repeat the same mistakes which truly defines us. sox

For the Big and Tall men of the world, there are a few key style mistakes which we are all bound to make. However if you are one of the lucky few who are yet to hit these milestones, we have saved you the trouble below:

Mistake 1: The Clumsy Leather Jacket

GQ said it best when they stated: “There’s nothing modern—or even retro-cool—about a leather jacket that fits like a rain poncho.”

We have all either been in the position ourselves, or witnessed a poor sod donning what they thought at the time was the height of ” fonz” cool. But if your jacket is not the right cut or bought 2 sizes to large, this will only serve to make you appear bigger than you really are.

Solution: When trying on a new leather jacket, the general rule of thumb is to keep going down a size until you can’t get it on, then buy the next size up. It should feel snug but don’t stress as it is designed to take your body’s shape over time.

If you’re not a fan of the leather jacket trend, we cannot recommend a classic sports coat or blazer highly enough.

obama-dad-jeansMistake 2: The Ill Fitting Dad Jeans

High-waisted whitewashed jeans are not just socially unacceptable, for the Big and Tall man they also emphasize all the wrong parts of your body.

Solution: Unless you are the president of the United States of America, who can count Jay-z and Clint Eastwood as your close and personal friends, these jeans are best left back in the 90s where they belong.

Replace them with a pair of Medium-rise raw denim jeans (we are fans of this Blazer pair) which sit on your hips and follow your legs (instead of saddlebagging out from your waist).

If you are a serial re-offender of the jeans and sneakers combo, it may be time to replace the Seinfeld-esque running shoes with some boat shoes or casual sneakers.

We personally cannot get enough of our new pair of Ferracini casual shoes, which essentially serve the same purpose as the Seinfeld runners except these combine comfort with style effortlessly.

Mistake 3: Right Shirt, Right Pants, Wrong Beltbelts

There is a time in every man’s life when he feels the need to purchase a gaudy, overly large or just plain ugly belt buckle. But the real issue lies in the habit formed around this item, as its sneaks itself into the natural rotation of outfits until it has become an essential part of life.

If your guilty of this, then it is time to allow your cherished eye-sore to retire to a life better served on Tiger Woods (the only man capable of pulling off these belts on a regular basis).

Solution: Invest in a high-quality leather item that’s an inch to an inch and a half wide. As a rule, it should smell and feel like buttery goodness. And the buckle should be subtle. R.M. Williams make classic, reliably high quality belts which will serve you well for many years to come.

But as they say, mistakes are a part of life, but that will still never excuse wearing socks with sandals, no matter how dam comfy it is.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Entertainment Monday: André Leon Talley

It’s Monday, so time to celebrate a big man of style and today we have chosen the former editor in chief of Vogue; André Leon Talley.andre

In 2010, shoe kingpin Manolo Blahnik told Vogueapedia “André doesn’t have fashion. André himself is fashion,” of the high-flying contributing editor to Vogue.

Talley represents the very edge of style, making the call’s which can make or break labels and designers every day. As a man of considerable presence, dressing to suit his height and size could have been an overwhelming challenge for some, but Talley has always dressed with pleasure.

As of 2013 big and tall men are no longer forced to return to their homes frustrated and empty-handed after unsuccessful shopping trips. Stores selling stylish and elegant options for the bigger man have now become widely available, stores such as Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing, which are also available online, allow men to shop from the privacy and comfort of their own homes.

These developments can be traced back to the influence of Andre Talley, bringing big and tall men to the forefront of the fashion industry.

Short History: Born in 1948, Washington, D.C André Leon Talley was the son of Alma Ruth Davis and William Carroll Talley (by day a press operator at the U.S. Patent Office and by night a taxi driver).

As a teenager of above average height—which eventually will reach six feet seven inches—his father had entertained hopes he would someday become a basketball player.

Instead, in 1974 Talley moved to Manhattan with a letter of recommendation from the father of a friend from RISD, he obtained a volunteer position at the Met’s Costume Institute.

From this point, his career truly snowballed. From the Paris fashion editor for WWD to 1983 when he joins Vogue as fashion news editor, then his promotion in 1988 to be named Vogues creative director, Talley embodied the style and grace of the big and tall man proudly.

andre-leon-talley-fashion-bhm-450a0124081His career continues today, shooting a regular video column called Mondays with André for Vogue.com, with talk of his own late-night talk show.

As Talley exhibits on a daily basis, big and tall men can make their appearance with only the confidence to wear it with pride.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

Michael Jordan: Big Men’s Style Icon

With the exception of David Beckham, the majority of sports stars are not renowned for their style icon status.

Tending to focus their talents on their sport of choice rather than concentrate on off the field appearances, athletes are usually demonstrative of the age old ‘money can’t buy you taste’ line. Add to this, the fact most these men are taller and broader than the average off-the-rack sizes allow and there lies the problem.michael-jordan-6001

However, one man has set himself apart from the rest and that man is the great Michael Jordan.

Over the years, MJ has cut an individual style path for himself, with his attention to detail and dapper approach to dress making his 6’6” frame work for him, commanding attention wherever he goes.

Professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats, MJ is widely regarded as one of the most successful sports stars to date, with his biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website affirming, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time”.

Disregarding this, Jordan was unique in the sense that he was one of the most effectively marketed athletes to date and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1980s and 90s. 

With five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honour’s, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, you would think he could do no wrong.

And then, you see the full leather suit. This should teach us a valuable life lesson: we all make mistakes.

leather suitLast year, the basketball legend famously refused to change out of his cargo shorts while playing golf at a Miami Beach country club.

They come to me on the 11th hole and say I can’t wear cargo shorts,” Jordan told ESPN Chicago by text last week. “Wow! The round is almost over and you want me to buy shorts now? Yeah, right!!”

Much like MJ if you are a big or tall man, dressing to your frame can occasionally present some hurdles. Getting ready for any occasion requires attention to detail and a close relationship with a talented tailor to assist with custom bespoke clothing is also an advantage.

To achieve a look like MJ you won’t need an NBA player’s salary. Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing has recently stocked up on classic essentials such as casual leather men’s shoes by Ferracini, Kent & Lloyd Sports Coats and a range of 100% Cotton business shirts by CEO.

When the occasion calls for it, why not take a note from MJ and reach for a button down sports coat and classic white shirt and of course, learn from MJs mistakes and never, ever, commit to a full leather suit. Ever.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

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.

3) The Construction3418553

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 Talent: Entertainment Fridays

big lebouski oneOur attention was recently directed to a blog-spot, whose prime focus is the talents of big actors.

We were immediately hooked. Impressively laying out a short history of each prime example of big talent, we came across one of our favorite actors and our personal choice for number one big men talent: John Goodman.

This lead us to celebrating the careers of a men who demonstrate the versatility and depth of big and tall actors.

1) John Goodman: Born John Stephen Goodman, 1952, Goodman has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, spanning from his first movie in 1988, to the present in which he is still making headlining appearances in both movie and tv.

Perhaps best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988-1997), for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe award in 1993, he will always be know to us, as a volatile bowler in The Big Lebowski.

For this role, Goodman presented a slightly homicidal figure, who favored the t-shirt, vest and cargo shorts look, and rocked it well. In fact, he made such an impression with his depiction of his character, it is widely agreed that Goodman is The Big Lebowski.

james corden2) James Corden. Originally hailing from Buckinghamshire, UK, Corden has carved a name for himself within the entertainment industry as more than just his self described ” Chunky Unit”.

Beginning in television, he soon transferred his talents to the London stage in Alan Bennett’s play “The History Boys“, taking part in its subsequent international tour, as well as the cinema adaptation.

In more recent days, he has continued his acting career to include movies, television series, winning British Film Academy awards for both Best Comedy Show and for Best Comedy Actor.

The always funny actor has also made a name for himself in the style stakes, frequently hitting the best dressed lists with his classic style and impressively tailored suits on the red carpet, while preferring a more casual attire out of the spotlight, favoring polos and jeans in his downtime.

3) Paul Anthony Sorvino. This tall dark and handsome actor was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. Taking a more unconventional route to stardom, Sorvino begun his career with a Broadway debut in the 1964 musical ‘Bajour’, and it was only six years later that he appeared in his first film, ‘Where’s Poppa’.paul

Working in a variety of film, TV and theatrical productions in a career spanning over  four decades, we personally will always associate him with his powerful performance as mob patriarch “Paul Cicero” in the Goodfellas (1990).

An imposing figure in his dark button down shirts and pants, Sorvinos characters power was emphasized with power suits and luxurious silk ties, but it was his personal touch which truely humanized the role and made Paul Cicero come to life.

Blog Writing By Alexandra Jones-Best