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!

Smart-Casual

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.

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!

Casual Friday – how to avoid a wardrobe malfunction

Casual Friday guide for big & tall menFor most people working in a corporate or office environment casual Friday, also known as dress-down Friday, comes as a welcome reprieve from strict business attire. But as anyone who has watched the casual Friday episode of the US version of The Office will know, it can mean many things to many people and can so easily go badly wrong.

So what are the options and what are the do’s and don’ts to avoid a career defining moment?

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. After all, the whole point of casual Friday is that it offers more freedom to express your individual style. It also depends largely on the industry or profession you work in and the culture of your specific workplace.

To maintain a degree of professionalism, many companies’ HR departments have drafted policy guidelines on what is and isn’t acceptable, but here are some pretty obvious no-no’s.

Keep the beachwear (thongs, shorts, crew neck Tshirts and singlets) for the weekend. Also avoid runners and any kind of sports gear – though you might just get away with wearing team colours on the eve of a Grand Final weekend!

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Keep beachwear for the beach

So what can you wear?

As a general rule of thumb, if you choose casual for your top half, keep it a bit smarter below the belt. Alternatively, if you decide to keep it strictly business above the belt, relax a little with the pants.

So, one option is to mix ‘n match a more formal business shirt with a pair of jeans – particularly on jeans for genes day. But make sure the jeans are smart – avoid too skinny or too baggy and leave the old torn-at-the knees jeans for the weekend.

Geoffrey Beene and Nicholby & Harvard make a great range of 100% cotton business shirts in sizes ranging from 46 to 56. For jeans, choose between Chisel, Blazer, Gant and RM Williams. And if you want the ultimate in comfort, you can’t look past Brax and Eurex.

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Casual Friday – above and below the belt

Another mix ‘n match option is to wear a more casual shirt with a pair of cotton chinos or even more formal dress pants. If this is your chosen option, best to stick with long sleeve shirts rather than short sleeve, even if it means rolling the sleeves up on warmer days.

Generally speaking, you should choose a slightly more classic fitting casual shirt. Blazer and Gant offer some great casual shirts for big & tall men. But if you need the room, RM Williams and Nautica will provide a more relaxed fit.

Of course the really big question when wearing a casual shirt, quite often foremost in the minds of bigger men: tail tucked in or left out? This really takes us back to the type of industry you are in and the company culture. If in doubt, take it to the TMO – ask your wife or partner.

In cooler months, a fine wool V neck sweater or vest and/or a smart sports jacket will work equally as well with all these options.

Regardless of which casual Friday outfit you choose, don’t ruin it with the wrong choice of shoes. RM Williams boots are a perennial favourite in Australia, but otherwise any smart pair of leather or even suede shoes will work.

Conclusion
Enjoy the opportunity to express your individual style, but make sure casual doesn’t become sloppy and maintain a degree of professionalism at all times. Finally, check your diary before dressing on a Friday morning… just in case you’ve scheduled a meeting with an important client or the bank manager and don’t let this happen to you…

Casual Friday gone wrong
But, I thought you said ‘boardie meeting’!

Big Men’s Key Trends for 2013

Big Men's Trends 2013

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!

Breakaway Have You Covered This Winter

HP_BANNER_1Since 1976, Breakaway have continually set their standards high, establishing themselves as an iconic Australian menswear label. We love their no fuss, laid back style of casual clothing and smart, innovative designs. It is these qualities that has seen the Breakaway brand become increasingly popular with big and tall men.

HP_BANNER_3Breakaway design their gear in-house, sourcing their high quality fabrics from around the world to create unique big mens clothing for all seasons. Their Autumn/Winter range features products like stylish jackets and comfortable long sleeve polos, all made from high grade fabrics.

What we love most about Breakaway though, is their subtle innovations. These guys are one of the most consumer-focused brands we have come across, always designing their garments according to the wants and needs of their customers and constantly researching new ideas and techniques to stay at the forefront of the menswear market.

A good example of this is their recent patented “Smart Pocket” innovation. Essentially a pocket-within-a-pocket, it is a feature included in all their new season garments. Designed to carry smart phones, glasses or pens without looking4007001 bulky, the contents of the Smart Pocket become virtually invisible.

It is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” inventions that give Breakaway clothes an added edge.

Another great idea is their new range of suede touch blouson’s. They offer two stylish looks by being completely reversible, giving you the flexibility of owning what is essentially two jackets in one. Genius!

So if you are scratching your head trying to figure out what to wear during the approaching colder months, we suggest giving the new range from Breakaway a try. Menswear that is not only high quality and comfortable, but innovative.

For a limited time, Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing are taking 15% off all Breakaway stock. So if you are looking for jackets, polos, pants or shorts, check out this offer as soon as possible.  

Buying for Big & Tall Men Gets a Whole Lot Easier

Christmas deals and new sizing charts released!

This Christmas marks a new beginning for big and tall men around Australia. No longer do they have to politely put up with clothing gifts that are several sizes too small for them. Buying for large size men has become a whole lot easier thanks to Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing.

In the past, purchasing a new shirt or pair of jeans for the plus size man in your life came with a series of headaches. Big men can be shy about revealing their size so you often had to take a wild guess and buy clothing for them based on what size you think they are. This can lead to a number of problems. You may buy that T shirt or polo that is way too big, risking them becoming embarrassed at just how over-sized you consider them to be. Or you may buy the item of clothing that is several sizes too small. This can lead to further embarrassment when they try on the clothes and find they simply don’t fit.

When shopping online for clothes at Ron Bennett Big Mens, you can utilize our free sizing chart that can give you a better understanding of how big that man in your life may be. There are clear visual guides and even videos describing how to measure a big and tall man so you never need to face the awkwardness of buying presents that are too big or too small ever again.

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This year, we have gone a step further and created the ultimate Christmas gift guide to suit your specific budget. Items are divided into three categories. The first is Gifts under $50 for those that are on a budget but still want some quality ideas for presents. This category includes Oxbridge short sleeve casual shirts, printed T shirts from Blazer and great looking Bennett shorts.

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For gifts under $100 there are Sons of Ron pique polo’s and printed cotton shirts, Bennett short sleeve cotton or linen shirts and incredible casual shirts from Blazer.

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For those willing to splash out on their large size man this Christmas and spend over $100, we have a great range of Nautica casual shirts, Gant jeans and a huge choice of high quality products from RM Williams to choose from.

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Buying gifts for the big and tall man in your life does not have to be a hassle. Take a look at our online store and discover how we are making this Christmas a breeze for you.