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Now just because Navarro was styling in the 1940’s does not mean his look is outdated today.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 

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Necessary Man-cessories

jackWith my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60“.  Jack Nicholson

No one puts it quite like Mr. Nicholson.

With over 50 years in the limelight, who better to distinguish the importance of accessories, or as we like to call them- ‘man-cessories‘ than the original ladies man.

In every mans wardrobe there is always room for a game changing add-on, so we have picked out three of our favorites which we deem ‘Necessary Man-cessories‘ to propel any outfit from merely socially acceptable into one to remember.

1. The Everything Tie:

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Bored of your 9-5 work day tie, why not channel the 1950s rat pack men with a statement item.

Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing stocks a huge range of ties especially designed for the big and tall man. Our personal favorite is this Navy Blue number by Terruzzi. Direct from Italy, this blue pure silk tie offers unparalleled elegance and style. Wear with a casual white shirt for a dressed down look, or throw on a suit jacket and you’ve got yourself into a formal wedding.

2. The Neck warmer (also known as The Scarf):

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Scarfs for men are often mistakenly, regarded as a feminine accessory. But lets get one thing straight, Scarves are manly.

They have been a staple in men’s wardrobes for thousands of years. They even feature on the famous terracotta soldiers of China in 3rd century B.C.E, where the tied neck scarves were used to denote rank in a form of early military insignia.

The primary function of the scarf being to keep a mans neck warm and we have found that these babies do a fine job of it. Our pick is a Sovrano classic grey example, delicately crafted from acrylic to give the impression of soft, luxurious cashmere, while the strong charcoal tone and tasseled ends make for a smart accessory to match with virtually any cold weather ensemble.

To wear, generally most scarfs work well if you’re wearing a suit or sports jacket with a deep V-shaped front.  Think the classic lawyer or businessman’s way of adding a scarf to a suit and tie ensemble.

3. The Pant Assistant (Braces):


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As possibly the most under-appreciated man-cessory there is, we felt it was time to highlight this necessary addition to any mans wardrobe; the braces.

Having recently come back into fashion thanks to the current Rockabilly trend, the beauty of braces truly lies in their timeless style combined with its handy functionality.

Braces represent a piece of history which has stood the test of time,  providing a basic foundation for menswear. Wear with some chinos for a vintage  ‘Americana’ look, or as part of your everyday work wear for something new.

Our personal pick would have to be this elastic strap pair from Buckle. Ron Bennet Big Mens Clothing stock a wide range of styles but we cant go past this 1950s throwback pair. Whats not to love about something which holds your pants up and keeps you stylish. Plus, its like a belt, only more comfortable.

As Jack Nicholson kindly pointed out, its those finishing touches which make all the difference.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best 

The Personal Uniform Conundrum

Dale Irby

sweater teacherDale Irby is not just any teacher. He is possibly the greatest teacher of all time.

What did he do to earn such a title you may ask? Well we are not referring to his un-wavering dedication to his students such as the likes of Antonio Banderas character in the movie Take The Lead.

No, we are talking greatness on a scale not seen since the infamous “Cafeteria Dance Off ” teacher of 2012.

Upon discovering he accidentally wore the exact same outfit two years running for his school staff photo, Irby decided to utilize this mistake and become a national hero.

Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Mr. Irby has worn the exact same polyester shirt and vest for his staff yearbook photo for the past 40 years. Even his amazing 7o’s style mustache has remained almost untouched.

Now, while a bit of an extreme example, Mr Irby does present a curious argument for the ‘personal uniform‘.

While we are all for the freedom to express yourself through what you wear, it can be agreed that too much choice can, at times, become overwhelming. Especially for the big and tall men, it is not unusual to find yourself in a outfit rut, where the same tried and true ensemble is reused and rotated on a weekly basis.

We however put forward the question, Whats wrong with that?

steve jobsThere is something to be said for a man who has a uniform. It worked for Batman, Super man and even the late Steve Jobs created an iconic image of himself forever etched in the minds of millions, never without his black turtleneck sweater and blue jeans.

These men are examples of power, consistency and in the some cases, world salvation and we may be wrong, but we don’t remember anyone stopping them to question their attire?

With new social media revolution leading a new wave of peacockery, the idea of not having to create a new and outlandish outfit for their 34 Instagram followers every day might even appeal to some of the younger generation.

Now we are not suggesting the world goes home tonight and decide what their personal black turtleneck and levis will be, but perhaps there is some merit in the case for the simplicity and having one less decision to make of a morning.

As for our new idol Mr Irby, well he sadly retired this year, but he will forever stand as a style icon for years to come.

Blog Writing by Alexandra Jones-Best

Gant: A Fourth of July Celebration

As the Fourth of July or Independence Day, arrives we here at Ron Bennett celebrate one of our most iconic American brands, Gant.

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A quick background into the celebrations of Independence day: The Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the United States, which celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. Typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues, all  traditions we have come to know and love thanks to Hollywood movies.

To celebrate this year, we are shining a light on one of one of the worlds most iconic trademarks and one of our most popular brands here at Ron Bennett’s Big Mens Clothing, Gant, where we stock the brand exclusively for big and tall men.

Established in 1949, New Haven, Connecticut, Gant was quickly recognized as a skilled shirt manufacturer. To satisfy the many customers who wanted to make sure they were getting the same high quality every time, Gant begun labeling all shirts with a diamond “G”, and thus the Gant label begun, with supply hardly able to keep up with the huge public demand. The iconic label then went on to become the principal Ivy League stockist for the next two decades, with casual, clean, and accessible pieces.

the-chino_us_air_fors_khakiTHE FAMOUS CHINO: According to Gants own website, the history of the chino goes back to mid-19th century India. Harry Burnett Lumsden, a British Army officer stationed in Mardan on the Peshawar border, saw that his troops needed a uniform more suited for the region. He dyed his cotton pajama with a plant extract to produce a lighter-weight outfit that was not only more appropriate to the climate but blended in with the colors of the surrounding terrain.

During World War II, chinos became so popular with American soldiers, that many continued to wear them on their return home. Casual yet smart, the comfortable khaki pants were perfect for both work and leisure. Through the G.I. Bill, which enabled returning soldiers to get an education, chinos soon found their way into the colleges and became an essential part of the increasingly popular Ivy League style.

Here at Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing, we love Gant for of their enduring commitment to crafting the highest quality menswear. Their big and tall collections effortlessly capture a classic style and are easily amongst the finest on the market today.

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!

Nautica – Capturing that Adventurous Spirit

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Nautica have become one of the worlds most iconic menswear brands by capturing the true essence of an active outdoor lifestyle. One of our most popular brands at Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing, where we stock Nautica clothes exclusively for big & tall men. There is a great range of T-shirts, nauitica polopolo’s, jerseys, casual shirts and sweaters designed for those with an adventurous spirit.

The Nautica brand was founded in 1983 and has evolved from being a small collection of mens lifestyle wear to a global brand specialising in not only mens clothes, but women’s and children’s apparel and a huge range of accessories like watches and even home-wares.

Taking its name from the latin word, “Nauticus”, meaning “ship”, Nautica is immediately distinguishable by its trademark spinnaker logo. A symbol of adventure and that classic outdoor spirit. Today Nautica products can be foundnautica plaid shirt in more than 64 countries around the world.

We love Nautica because of their undying commitment to crafting the highest quality menswear. Their big and tall collections are easily among the best in the market, as they effortlessly capture a timeless style without having to pander to the latest fads and trends.

When you purchase a Nautica polo for example, you know you are getting a garment that will not only look great with virtually any outfit, but you are also getting a high quality, durable shirt that will last for years.

Right now at Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing, we are giving away a free scarf when you spend over $200. Check out our great range of Nautica wear and get yourself a great deal while stocks last.

BLAZER: Looking Sharp as a Razor

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Quite possibly one of the most popular big men brands in 2013, Blazer have etched a reputation for themselves through high quality, stylish clothing for large men. Celebrating 25 years in the biz, Blazer have garnered a loyal following among big and tall men in Australia. Their range is vast, their fabrics are luxurious and they pride themselves on creating good looking, functional menswear at an accessible price.

Never ones to get caught up in the latest fads, Blazer distinguish themselves by staying consistant and continually producing big mens clothing that is blazer knitmade with the promise of style and durability. This no nonsense attitude has seen Blazer garner a loyal following. Large sized men are always on the lookout for labels they can trust, not cheaply made knock-offs that promise the world and deliver nothing. That really is the essence of why Blazer are so popular with big and tall men. When you purchase a mens Blazer garment, you are buying quality, comfort and unique style.

Even better, Blazer have gear to suit any social or casual setting. Whether it be a pique polo for those warm weekends watching the game, a casual shirt to wear out to dinner with friends, or v-neck sweater for those chilly morning walks to work. You name the setting, and Blazer will have the perfect accompaniment.

So raise your glasses big & tall men, and let’s toast an Aussie brand that have managed to keep us looking stylish no matter what our size or shape. Onya Blazer!

Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing are currently taking 20% off all Blazer products when you order $200 or more. Get in quick to take advantage of this exclusive big men offer.