Style Tips for Big and Tall Men

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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.

Shop our online range for Big and Tall Men here.

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Cabin Envy, Packing Essentials & Long Weekends

cabin porn 2 As the sun manages to make an appearance in Sydney today, residents tentatively venture outdoors umbrella-less for what feels like the first time in weeks.

Due to this recent bout of wet Winter weather holding weekends everywhere captive, we personally have been spending a majority of our time immersed in the pages of Cabin Porn. A site dedicated to man caves, quiet escapes and inspirational gentrified cabins. This should come with a warning, as you can easily loose a large chunk of your life sifting through the beautiful and remote array of shelters.

This particular man-spiration site got us thinking about travel and weekend packing, something usually avoided until the very last minute, which regrettably, can occasionally lead to realizing upon arrival that all you packed were three shirts (all dirty) and a pair of mismatched thongs.

This situation can become especially uncomfortable for the big man who has no other option but to borrow an unsuitable garment from a helpful in-law, or worse still, attempt to purchase something wearable from the only store open being a tourist corner store which appears to insist on only stocking classic souvenir shirts with a mildly offensive image emblazoned across the chest.

Therefore, we have complied a list of items which will ensure you are travel ready for any long weekend trip with minimal effort or thought required.

The Essentials for any trip: The shoes are the key here. Whatever the weather/climate you are expecting it will always pay to pack a pair of sturdy and comfortable, perfect-for-any-activity-shoes.

A classic cut boot in neutral colors will serve you well, as these can be worn with most outfits, classed up or dressed down as the occasion demands, while being comfortable enough to support any hiking that may be encounter.

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Also vital to any social situation, is suitable pant-wear. No one wants to be the guy freezing in ruggers when that unexpected downpour Plaidstarts. To ensure you are ready for any occasion, try packing a pair of both dark jeans and light shorts.

This will offer endless options, allowing you to mix your outfits up as the weekend progresses.

Throw in one neutral, classic style t-shirt or polo and one casual shirt (preferably of the long sleeved variety) and your almost set.

All that remains now is a versatile jersey or jumper option to throw over a shirt during the day and layer under a coat during the evening. Personally we have found a good thick grey knit to be timeless and once discovered, on high rotation in any wardrobe.

Invest in : A good quality coat will keep you looking sharp even in the most unexpected of downpours. It should shield you from wind and sleet, while being versatile enough to take you through Autumn and Winter. Pair with jeans on a casual, rainy day or opt for dress pants when you want a more classic, professional look.

Following this simple guide will ensure your long weekends away are ones in which you are stylishly comfortable, but most importantly, not required to wear something that smells like your father in laws old spice.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Big Men’s Key Trends for 2013

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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!

To Hang or To Fold?

No need to be embarrassed if you are unsure about what garments you should be hanging up or folding. You would be surprised how many men neglect the basics. Here’s a quick run through of what you need to know and whether your clothes belong on a rack or in a drawer.

HANG IT:

Suits

It is probably a good idea to invest in some decent hangers for your suits. Ones made from solid wood with a strong bar across the middle will work best. Make sure you avoid hanging your suit pants on any hanger with clips.

Shirts

There is no hard and fast rule as to whether hanging or folding your shirts is the best option. There are men who swear by hanging, and others who prefer to fold. This one has more to do with preference and the space you have available.

Ties

A creased, shabby looking tie can completely ruin an otherwise slick outfit. Ties should most certainly be hung on a tie rack to keep them firm, crisp and wrinkle free.

Pants

A good rule of thumb for your pants is to drape them over your hanger about a third of the way up the leg. This will keep the crease looking defined and avoid unnecessary wrinkles.

FOLD IT:

T Shirts and Polo’s

Neatly folded T Shirts and Polo’s will allow them to keep their style and shape for longer. They can reside happily in a drawer instead of on a hanger.

Jumpers and Sweaters

It is important to gently fold your jumpers and sweaters, especially those made with wool. Hanging such items will guarantee a loss of shape. Better to place them in a drawer or on a shelf.

Underwear

We certainly aren’t going to suggest they need to be ironed and dealt with so gently, but underwear such as pyjamas, socks and boxers belong in a drawer and not on a hanger.