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

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Lessons We Have Learnt From Superman

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SupermanStanding at a full 6′ 1″, Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, our latest Superman, is no slight bloke. As the most recent adaption of the Superman (Man of Steel) hit our screens in Sydney last night, we decided to take a moment to look back at our previous hero’s and what they have brought to the table.

For a little background, after first being introduced to cinemas in 1941 as series of animated cartoon shorts, and two serials in 1948 and 1950, the first Superman feature film, Superman and the Mole Men, was made and released in 1951. This starred the silver screens first Superman, George Reeves.

Standing at a Cavill height of 6’1″, Reeves was a big man for his time, especially in the acting world. Reportedly taking his new position as “role model” to generations of young children very seriously, Reeves became increasingly conscious of his public image,  even going as far as to quit smoking.                                                                                                                                               George Reeves

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During his down time, Reeves would oftern be pictured wearing a mix of formal casual/attire, which was fashionable at the time, usually consisting of knitted sweaters, over chinos, considerably suitable gear for the mild mannered Clark Kent, especially during the strict 1950s.

Moving forward to 1978, “Superman” (the movie) is released, starring Christopher Reeve.

Christopher Reeve was the epitome of all that is Clark Kent. With his tall and broad build, he was a ideal candidate for the 70s revival. During his time touring for the movies many premiers, Reeve became known for his love of sports coats and business shirts, keeping the clean living image of Kent alive and well.

He famously refused to wear fake muscles under the iconic suit, and instead went through an intense two-month training regimen, in addition he doubled his food intake adding over 14kg of muscle to his already broad frame. Standing at 6’4″ Reeves never looked under dressed, with his tailored suits on the red carpet making a lasting impression on his fans.

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christopher-reeve-640-altThis takes us to one of the most recent adaptions, the 2006 “Superman Returns” featuring Brandon Routh donning the iconic red and blue.

As a notably younger Superman than had been seen thus far, Routh tended to stick to laid back casual attire off the red carpet. Committing  to a uniform of jeans and a t–shirt, Routh appears to be the first of many to not attempt to replicate Clark Kents style at the end of a days shooting, rather choosing to express his own individuality.

                                                                                                                A casual Brandon Routh 

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Which finally brings us, once again, to our recently released 2013 edition “Man of Steel“. Originally hailing from United Kingdom, Cavill made quite the impression at the Man Of Steel Sydney Premiere, arriving on the red carpet wearing a sharp three-piece pinstriped navy suit, tailored to perfection on his Clark Kent Frame.

All in all, each interpretation of this celebrated DC Comic has brought a new face and style to the screen, with each expressing a individual flair and connection to the mild-mannered, well dressed Clark Kent.

Blog Writing By Alexandra Jones-Best 

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!

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.

The R.M Williams Story

As a proud Aussie company, we have always been happy to be associated with a proud Aussie. Reginald Murray Williams (better known by his initials R.M Williams) was a famous Australian entrepreneur who created his own distinct style of bushwear that became popular the world over.

From humble beginnings, R.M Williams started out as a rugged bushman, spending his formative years living off the land as a camel driver trekking through the harsh Australian outback. He later acquired leatherworking skills and began producing his own horse bridles, saddles and boots.

Through sheer resilience and dedicated craftsmanship, R.M Williams went on to build his small leather business into what is indisputably one of today’s most iconic and successful Australian brands.

After his death in 2003, his famous name has lived on through the proud clothing brand he created. While they still make the same style leather boots R.M Williams himself created, the brand has expanded into manufacturing a wide range of clothing from t shirts to jeans, knitwear to shoes. All crafted in that tough, durable style without sacrificing that hard working bushman-inspired vision that would make R.M Williams himself proud.

Here at Ron Bennett Big Mens, we have seen the range of R.M Williams  clothing specialized for the big and tall man continue to be our most popular items.

Our R.M Williams big t shirts and polos are some of our most sought after stock. Any king size man will tell you that it is hard enough finding a large size t shirt that fits, let alone one that looks as good on you as one of these R.M Williams polos.

If you like your casual shirts big, you can do no wrong with an R.M Williams designed shirt for that year round comfort and style.

Same goes for this R.M Williams big jeans. Made in Australia and built to last.

Ron Bennett Big Mens Clothing are proud of our association with R.M Williams and we believe every man should have the opportunity to look their very best, no matter what size they are.

As RM Williams himself once said, “A man doesn’t work any worse for looking a whole lot better”.