Lessons We Have Learnt From The 90’s

On this day 24 years ago, the first episode of the television sitcom “Saved by the Bell” aired on NBC, kicking off a decade of fashion mistakes for generations to come, which started us thinking about the valuable lessons we have learnt, usually the hard way.

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The Bandanna

Back in the day the Bandanna, was the height of cool. Whether you were channelling your inner Tupac or a diehard Justin Timberlake (NSYNC years) fan, if you rocked a bandanna you were qualified cool.

But looking back, this is one fad which has not stood the test of time. There is a reason JT re-invented himself from the cornrow, bandanna donning man he was.

Lesson: Bandanna’s, worn ironically or not, will never be socially acceptable again. If you are looking for an accessory to add that extra flare to your outfit, choose a good quality tie which expresses your individuality without sacrificing your dignity.

The Double Reverse Pleated Pant
This one really does not require that much explanation. Especially for the big and tall man, such a loose, billowing pant is not a flattering look. This rule also applies to parachute pants.

Lesson: Stick to the classics. A straight leg pair of chinos will endure any fad

90s-fashions1Neon Windbreakers

Throughout the 90’s, windbreakers were so popular the streets were alive with the colourful palette of vibrant 90’s rainbows.

Lesson: Although it makes us a little sad to admit it, wearing every colour of the rainbow is not a sustainable look. But if you’re attached to the windbreaker look, try a less eye assaulting look with this reversible breakaway by Breakaway. Made from a soft, yet tough polyester blend, it features a full zip front and handy side pockets

seinfeldSneakers with Jean’s

Best epitomized by Jerry Seinfeld, this look does nothing for the wearer, other than make them ready to run short distances at a moment’s notice.

Back by popular demand, Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing has just received a new shipment of jeans by Blazer. Having recently celebrated their 25th year in the business, the Blazer brand is synonymous with stylish, practical everyday clothes for men.

When choosing jeans ideal for everyday wear, try and go for a pair with a bit of give. These terrific stretch jeans from Blazer are made from 98 percent cotton with 2 percent elastane added in for support. This quality fabric blend is guaranteed to keep the jeans in shape and provide superior comfort for years to come. Perfect all season’s jeans that will look great on a night out with friends or more relaxed weekends, they are both versatile and extremely stylish.

Just ensure they are paired with an appropriate shoe, either a classic pair of boaters, like this fantastic R.M. Williams pair, or if you are in for a day of intense walking choose a sensible pair of Ferracini casual shoes, which will provide a stylish alternative to the humble ‘Jerry’ sneaker.

The backwards Cap

If Will Smith taught us nothing else it was this: No matter what the situation, the backwards cap is always and will always, be cool.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Big & Tall Men’s Fashion Basics 101

Every Year, come August, runways across the globe are flooded with summer fashion styles which will soon hit our shores as the days turn from winter to summer.

But forget the trends, these come and go, what every Big and Tall man needs is a man-drobe he can depend on, stocked with basics which will ensure the foundation of classic and timeless style. It can be difficult to find clothing for big men which offer the kind of sophisticated style required by today’s busy professional, therefore, we have put together a list of items we deem necessary for the modern Big and Tall man’s wardrobe.

james bond1) The White Shirt.

In almost every James Bond movie ever made, the principle character is always at some point, wearing the hell out of a classic white business shirt. Be it done up to the collar, with a simple black tie for blackjack in Casino Royal, or casually pouring a drink for a Russian spy, there is no end to the uses this man-drobe basic will provide you.

Worn to work with a pair of light cotton business pants, or on the weekend with your favourite worn chinos, this look is works best with confidence. Our choice is this Gloweave item crafted from 100 percent super fine cotton, which features a two piece fused collar for added comfort and crisp appearance. The top stitched tailored seams make for a more sleek appearance and add strength and flexibility.

Vneck2) The Everything Sweater.

A simple, V-neck or crew neck sweater in a thin-ribbed, light or medium weight natural fibre will find its way into a regular rotation in any wardrobe.  This classic navy V-neck sweater from Blazer will have you feeling warm and stylish throughout the cooler months. Made from soft, breathable 100% cotton fabric, this item is our pick due to it being versatile enough to be worn with virtually any ensemble. Wear it over a smart collared shirt to create a refined casual look.

3) The Perfect Jeans.

You cannot go wrong with an, even, dark rinse wash pair of jeans. Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing has a wide range of jeans for big and tall men from the very best brands. We personally recommend these R.M. Williams pair constructed in Australia from robust denim and specially designed for a rugged yet stylish man. Worn with almost everything, Jeans are the ultimate staple.

Coat4) The Winter Jacket.

While winter may be fading, Mother Nature is regrettably not a tame woman and has a nasty habit of throwing icy curve balls when you least expect it. Therefore, we maintain there is always room in any man-drobe for a good winter jacket.

There are plenty of styles to choose from; double breasted, single breasted but we personally favour the classic black or dark grey double breasted peacoat.

Designed with unique features and built to withstand the forces of nature while staying soft, warm and breathable, this charcoal Bennett jacket was made in Italy from a soft, delicate wool blend.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best