The Polo Shirt: 3 Ways to Wear It

bigmenpoloWEBThe polo shirt is a trans-seasonal staple every man should own, no matter your size or build – the polo shirt is a versatile item that anyone can wear. Here’s three ways to rock it:

Formal

Traditionally, the polo shirt is associated with being casual wear, but the beauty of the polo shirt is that it can be dressed down or up!

Dressing it up is quite easy, simply slip on a suit blazer on top of your polo as a replacement for the dress shirt. Just keep it sensible, opt for neutral solid colours rather than patterned styles and bright hues. Tucking your shirt in is optional, although not having it tucked in can make it look a touch more laid back.

Remember to make sure you visit the tailor to ensure your suit blazer and trousers are the perfect fit for you!

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Did we mention how versatile the polo shirt is? If you need to look good but not serious, team the polo shirt up with a sports jacket, neutral colours are still best; think beige, grey and black and some straight cut trousers and you’re good to go.

You can add some light colours with your polo shirt or subtle patterns. Accessorise with a classic timepiece on your wrist to breathe some life into your look.

Casual

Need to go meet a friend for a quick lunch or grab some groceries? The polo shirt is perfect for those quick runs you need to make during the day. Just slip on the shirt with some straight cut black jeans or beige chinos – add a splash of colour to your look by opting for a blue or orange polo shirt, particularly during the warmer weekends.

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How to Look After Your Jeans

tumblr_mmbyhnyf001s1xhn9o1_500Caring for your favourite pair of jeans doesn’t have to be a big hassle, there is a few simple steps you can take in order to prolong the longevity of your jeans.

Cleaning

Just like with a fine suit, resist the urge to wash your jeans often. The general rule of thumb is once every five to six months. The chemicals used when you wash your clothes wear away the indigo fibers and you’re left with colourless streaks where your jeans crease; which is normally behind the knees and around the crotch.

When you do wash them, turn the jeans inside out, use a mild detergent and water that is a bit cooler than lukewarm. In the meantime, clean up any spills and stains right away with a damp cloth.

You could clean your jeans more often by throwing them straight in the freezer. It’s not as strange as you think, there’s actually some logic to it. The sub zero temperature kills off any bacteria and rejuvenates your pants.

Getting Rid of Odours

There’s a few tricks you can do to keep your denims smelling like the day you bought them. The easiest way to neutralize odours would be to hang them up on the clothesline and let them air out naturally, but remember not to leave them out in direct sunlight but rather in the shade.

Alternatively, when you take a long hot shower, hang them in your bathroom to let the steam unlock and dispose of any questionable smells.

The freezer method also helps in this department, since the freezer kills the bacteria, it takes care of the smell which is ultimately the cause of the scent.

Additional Tips

Looking after your own skin can actually help preserve your jeans – one of the main sources of odour and dirt on your clothes is actually dead skin cells and bacteria that you shed. So it’s not a bad idea to pick up the habit of exfoliating with a simple exfoliating glove, it’ll keep your skin smooth and your clothes clean, for longer!

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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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.

The R.M Williams Craftsman Boot

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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

James Gandolfini : A Big Man with Big Style

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While around the world people are remembering James Gandolfini, we too are remembering him, but not just as an acclaimed actor, but as a well built man who was comfortable in his own skin.

Having featured previously in our best dressed lists, today we are going to explore his style changes over the years and the key style notes we can take away from his legacy.

While the characters he chose to play tended to be quite brusque at times, Gandolfini himself, was known for being a gentle man who played his cards close to his chest. In interviews he was self-effacing and somewhat baffled by the fame which surrounded him.

During an interview with Vanity Fair (2009) he famously stated (his opinion on acting):

“Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”

Despite finding it strange, he continued to enjoy a long and rich acting career. However, whether he liked it or not, Gandolfini will always be known by his most infinite role as Tony Soprano.

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A role he seemed to be born to play, Gandolfini was soon associated as the mobster with style. An unashamedly large built man who can look great in a well-fitted suit or a simple polo shirt, he incorporated the right clothes for his build based on a perfect fit.

During his time as Tony Sopronao, his style revolved around sharp, peak-lapel suits and French cuffs appropriate for mob boss sit-down formality but via voluminous colour-blocked Nat Nast bowling shirts, patterned polos, wife-beater undershirts.

For a less intimating but still all together mobster- inspired style, why not try rocking a pinstripe suit next time the occasion demands? Or if this isn’t for you, why not try a pair of braces over your formal shirt? This style was embraced during the 1920’s but is currently experiencing a revival thanks to the Great Gatsby fever.

In his personal life Gandolfini embraced his frame and wore a look of comfortable simplicity. By sticking to classic cuts and colours, he ensured his style was timeless and appropriate for any occasion, which becomes especially significant when any picture of you could go global at any moment thanks to the relentless paparazzi.

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When it came to the red carpet, Gandolfini chose to wear items which were tailored to his frame. He utilized the versatility of classic cuts and patterns, and by knowing which looks suited him he was able to build a collection of outfits which landed him as a style icon for big and tall men everywhere. He was often seen wearing casual button down shirts paired with chinos or jeans, a look which he wore with confidence.

A gentle giant who put bowling shirts back on the map and a brilliant enigmatic actor,  he will be missed .

James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. 1961-2013

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Our Top Pick Of The Week

Our Top Pick of the Week

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Before we get into it, we would like to take a moment to remember this great man, James Joseph Gandolfini who recently, tragically passed away. He was and always will be a great actor, and style icon. He will not be forgotten. 1961-2013. Rest in Peace.

Pick of the Week:

Finding and buying a good winter coat is no small task. Good outerwear during the colder months needs to be versatile enough to be worn with everything — formal or casual — day or night — and still look good whilst keeping you from freezing.

With the weather well and truly committing to winter, why not beat the chill in our pick of the week: the ‘Blazer- Duffle Coat‘.

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It is interesting to note that the origins of the Duffle Coat can be traced back as far as 1887, when it was popularized during World War  Two.  A British purveyor of outerwear, John Partridge had began to design and offer the Duffle coat for sale only a few years later.

According to Gentleman’s Gazette, soon after World War Two, the Royal British navy was searching for a hard-wearing, sailor-proof coat, and so the British Admiralty commissioned the Duffle coat, which turned out to be a great success and was thereafter worn on military ships around the world.

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Generals Bubbles Barker & Monty in a huge Duffel Coat                      

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Sir David Stirling, founder of the SAS with Duffle Coat in the Desert

Our Blazer version of the Duffle coat is an undeniably great way to rug up throughout the cooler months. This black version of the coat from Blazer cuts a sharp, stylishly modern tone and is ideal to wear over a suit or dinner wear. Featuring a lace tie hoodie, two front pockets and two inner pockets, this versatile piece will never go out of fashion.

Jump online now to purchase your new second skin, which will last you through many winters to come!