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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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

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!

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.

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.  

Sam Worthington: Aussie Guy with Style

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In his latest film, Drift, Sam Worthington returns to his roots by not only starring in his first wholly Australian made film since his breakout role in the uber-hit Avatar, but also by playing a surfer in Western Australia where the Aussie actor was raised.

A NIDA graduate born in Surrey, England but brought up in Perth, Worthington exudes and effortless everyman vibe in both his acting and dress sense.

sam-worthington-tshirtNot afraid to don a sharp suit for an important premier, it’s pretty clear that our Sam is most sam-worthington-in-brown-polocomfortable in a relaxed t shirt and jeans. This laid-back, tough bloke exterior is said to have been what attracted James Cameron to cast him in Avatar. At the time, Worthington had been going through somewhat of a life crisis, selling all his belongings and living in his car. He had forged a decent career in Australian films, but was hungry for something more. It was around this period of soul searching that he auditioned for a film he knew nothing about and got the call back. It turned out to be for Avatar, the most successful motion picture of all time.

In Drift, Worthington gets to do what he loves most, make a film with mates he grew up with and play a character most like himself, someone who would rather walk around in casual clothes and swimwear than red carpet tuxedo’s.

And that is what we find most appealing about Sam onscreen and off. It comes as no surprise that before getting into acting, he was a no-nonsense bricklayer, a guy who epitomised the rough and rugged Aussie style, and it is that side of him that still comes through today.

His ability to look smart in a sharp mens suit and dress shirt while also not afraid to rough it in a pair of shorts and t shirt is something you rarely see in other self-conscious, image-obsessed Hollywood stars.

sam worthington in shortsThis is what makes Sam Worthington one of our chosen “guys with style”.

Drift opens in theatres on May 2nd

Check out the latest deals and the range of t shirts, jeans and quality menswear by visiting Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing and browse the online store.

Great Scott! He Did it!

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It’s been a long wait, but thanks to Adam Scott, Australia has its first green jacket! The 32 year old snapped up victory with a nail-biting pressure putt to take out the prestigious US Masters and become the first Aussie to win the tournament in its 77 year history.

The Significant Man crew couldn’t be happier about Scott’s win, especially since us Aussies are all used to seeing this at the Masters:

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Yep, that’s Greg Norman’s infamous “Shark Tank” from the 1996 US Masters when he somehow gave up a 6 stroke lead to hand the green jacket to Nick Faldo.

Those were some dark days for Aussie golf lovers…dark days indeed…

…But lets put that behind us and celebrate this:

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..and of course this:

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We love your work Adam Scott!

Keen golfer? Why not get that winning look and browse our range of big mens mercerised polos. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or just enjoy the odd weekend swing, we have all your golf clothing needs sorted. Our comfy large size shorts are a smart choice for hot days on the course, while our huge range of big and tall polo shirts will have you looking sharp from the fairway to the 19th hole clubhouse.