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

1950s Dad

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

Jeans for Genes Day

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 

The Sports Coat: How, Why, Where & When?

sportscoatThere are a few items out there in the world which can truly transform any outfit into a winner in one swift action, one of which has to be the Sports Coat. Thrown over a casual t-shirt you will immediately be granted access to bars which you were previously denied. Now that is power.

When did this start? 

Once restricted to sportsmen engaging in hunting trips, shooting parties and general country life, the look emerged as everyday casual wear during the 1920’s, especially among young men.

During this period, men were looking for clothing which offered a mix of both comfort and high fashion which in turn lead them to the ever-evolving sport jacket as a fashion-forward answer to their social function needs.

Why Invest?

  1.  Most Importantly, the Sports Coat should enhance your silhouette. As a well fitted sports jacket broadens & heightens a man’s shoulders, it can slim the appearance of any midsection creating a more natural masculine appearance overall. This alone should earn its place in any mans wardrobe.
  2. It’s functional – a sports jacket will keep the wearer warm and generally will have plenty of pockets for holding various items that would otherwise have been delegated to the back pocket of your jeans/trousers/pants.
  3. It allows you to showcase your individuality –  Rather than showing up to your next casual business event to find every male in the room (yourself included) is dressed in the off-duty wall street uniform of khakis, business shirt and tie, be the guy who looses the tie and throws on a sports jacket for an effortlessly casual and yet still professional look.

What Defines a Sports Coat?

Sports Coat’s can range in fabric and weave, however a classic old school style will usually be made from wool’s and cottons of various weights. Typically designers will stick to cotton fabric in the summer and wool’s in the cooler months. Blended fabrics are growing in popularity, however we personally prefer a wool blend, just for pure durability’s sake. Some of the most common weaves utilized in sports jackets are tweed, flannel and corduroy.arthur miller

How to Wear

We tend to take our style cues on this one from the great Arthur Miller. I mean….look who he was married to?!”  But generally speaking, a sports jacket is most appropriately paired with a dress shirt.

When wearing them together, consider the same rules which apply when wearing a suit, ensure ¼ to ½ inch of cuff shows and about ½ inch of the top of the collar above the jacket’s collar, just for propriety’s sake.

Casual shirts are especially at home here, think check patterns and light stripe polo’s. Personally, we are not huge fans of the jacket over the t-shirt look, but hey, if you have the confidence to pull this look off, more power to you!

Our Pick?

This classic trim, pure wool sports jacket by Cambridge is a crucial addition to any contemporary wardrobe. From the exclusive Ron Bennett signature collection, this black wool version is cut from a luxurious cloth and specially crafted to ensure the finest quality. Cut in a modern classic fit, this timeless piece sets a new standard in sharp, sophisticated style. Wear it with matching trousers to create a refined, tailored look that will ignite your appearance and provide you with a superior fashion edge this season.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Mens Basics: Belts vs Braces

Mens Basics: Belts vs Braces

lithgow_suspenders_72dpiIt’s not exactly the thought-provoking conundrum which keeps one awake at night, but after recently stumbling across a forum entirely devoted to this debate, we decided it was time to delve a little deeper.

As with any outfit, it is the small touches which truly make the difference and thus mastering the basics is essential.

Important Note: As the old saying goes: “He’s a belt and suspenders kind of guy.”  This paints the picture of a man is so worried that his belt will not hold up, that he wears suspenders, just in case.

This is not exactly a flattering image, so lets avoid this metaphor at all costs. Bottom line: Unless your John Lithgow, lets agree that a belt and suspenders should never be seen.

Belts

As belts are the easier of the two, with less rules and possible mistakes we will start here.

If you are Beltattending a semi-formal to formal occasion, it is still generally considered the done thing to match your belt with your shoes.

This means, if you are wearing a dark brown belt with a simple silver buckle, matching brown leather shoes should follow. The same rule applies if you are rocking a Texas shaped buckle on a star-spangled belt: its time to dust off those cowboy boots.

For the big and tall men, purchasing a belt can be a harrowing and exhausting task, with the “standard” lengths not necessarily representative of the modern man. Luckily, Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing  stocks a huge range of large size belts to compliment the sophistication of a new business suit, or to simply add a dash of style to your favorite pair of jeans.

Our range of big men belts are specifically designed for the modern man and come direct from some of the world’s best brands.

SuspendersBraces:

Once considered the only men’s accessory necessary for day-to-day life, braces or suspenders have re-appeared throughout the ages and are yet again making a solid comeback.

The key to wearing braces is to ensure they match your suit or general outfit colour scheme. Look to the Wall Street movies for inspiration. Braces are perfect for customizing your look to add some flare to any 9-5 workday.

Ensure you stick to neutral colours so they won’t clash with whatever you pair them with – navy or grey are always a safe bet. Much like your Belt,  make sure the leather ends (where they attach to your pants), match your shoes.

Who knows you may never want to wear a belt again!

Which to Wear When? 

Generally for professional events (work, interview, career-related cocktail party or networking function), we would tend to lean towards the belt, as it is usually more appropriate.

However, when attending casual/social events, defiantly break out those braces. Furthermore, don’t just keep them for special occasions, these babies can be used to assist your pant needs any day of the week, just throw over the top of your usual casual attire for the truly dapper look (think Gordan Gekko without the corruption).

No matter what you choose, the best advice anyone can ever give is to wear them with pride!

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Entertainment Friday: Celebrating Big Men Of Style

Its Friday and our favorite day to celebrate Big and Tall Men of style!

Today’s men have gone down in history, not only for their many talents but for embracing their size and wearing it proudly underneath garments that fit great and look awesome. They have paved the way for big and tall men in fashion, demonstrating that size is no barrier to success, instead presenting the ideal that dressing well is about presenting your body in the best and most flattering way possible —without trying to distort the body itself.

FatsFats Navarro:

Born Theodore “Fats” Navarro in Key West, Florida 1923, Navarro became known as the pioneer of the bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940’s as well as the winner of the Metronome jazz poll for 1948. As an American Jazz Trumpeter he was admired by both and fellow musicians alike.

Navarro dominated the scene stealing the audience’s attention with his trumpet solos and loose double-breasted suits. Rocking the Jazz elegance with a dash of devil-may-care attitude, Fats Navarro certainly looked good when he was in his moment.

Now just because Navarro was styling in the 1940’s does not mean his look is outdated today. In fact, with the Gatsby fever still hot, this style is right on trend. Kick it old school and rock a pin striped suit, combine this with a classic pair of dress pants and a statement tie and you will be set for your night on the town, Fats Navarro style.

John Candy:

johncandyPerhaps an obscure fit for this section, as one might not immediately connect the gentle giant John Candy with style but it may surprise you to learn that the trend you’re seeing everywhere, the whole patterned shirt buttoned all the way up with no tie under a sport coat look? Yeah, he started it.

Born John Franklin Candy, 1950, the Canadian actor and comedian rose to fame through a variety of mediums spanning television, stand up and big budget films.

Our favorite look on Candy has to be his fedora, coat, and scarf. Looking every bit the off-duty movie star he was, Candy never shied away from his size instead embracing tailor-made suits always accompanied by a simple accessory which finished off his look in an oh-so-Candy way.

Orson Welles:

orson 1For a man who got his start working on radio, Orson Wells certainly had a look that could shine as bright as any movie star of his day.

George Orson Wells, born May 6, 1915 found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. The infamous performance was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners took Welles sound effects as an indication of an alien invasion. While a majority of these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.

This aside, Welles was also a notable American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater and film.

Favoring a strong look for his broad frame, Welles tended to wear a number of classic cut coats, always finished off with either a tie or scarf, the combination of which presented an imposing and impressive figure.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-best 

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