How does the fit of your suit measure up?

How does your suit measure up?

Over the years, the shape of the average male has evolved. Yet thus far, retailers have failed to adapt to the 21st century male, forcing bigger men to shop with limited options, as retailers ignore calls to cater for this ever growing market.

Choice spokeswoman, Ingrid Just noted back in 2012; “What we’re essentially identifying is that there is a whole market out there that many designers and retailers aren’t necessarily tapping into,” Ms Just said. “Consumers are finding themselves quite frustrated by not being able to buy clothes that suit their bodies.”

When the off the rack collections are based on an ‘Average population’ which as we know, no longer exists, the demand for big men’s clothes escalates. Men’s style blogs and magazines religiously uphold the mantra of clothing fitted to the ‘individual’. But not all men are built the same.

Ron Bennett, originally established in 1888, have understood this for decades opening a division dedicated to big & tall men over 30 years ago catering for larger men from 2XL to 7XL and above. If you want the last word in a perfect fit however, you will need to consider a made to measure or bespoke solution.

What’s the difference between the two? Made to measure is where the tailor will start with a template or ‘master garment’ and make multiple plus or minus adjustments to get the right fit for every individual. Whereas a bespoke tailor will take measurements directly off the client’s body and start from a complete blank canvas.

While a regular tailor might take limited measurements and have you on your way, a bespoke tailor will take over 30 measurements for a suit and shirt combination, to ensure a uniquely personal fit can be achieved.

Measuring for a perfect suit
More than 30 measurements are required in the making of a perfectly fitted suit

When fitting master garments, tailoring starts at the shoulder, every imperfection of the body is revised and taken into account. A bespoke tailor will understand that while two clients may both have 40” chest 36” waist 42” hips, the patterns could be completely different due to figuration and balance.

They will also take a client’s lifestyle factors into account from fabric selection to body shape limitations and diversity. Consideration of a clients posture/shoulder stance/back curvature and alignment are also critical in achieving the right result.

Body posture
A client’s natural posture must be taken into account to achieve the right result

Continuing its lineage of providing the pinnacle of perfectly fitting menswear – regardless of your shape or size – Ron Bennett has recently launched its own made to measure division: ‘Sew253‘. The services available range from bespoke suit tailoring to entire personalised wardrobes.

Sew253

If you would like to know more, just contact Jessica Urriola for an obligation-free consultation:
Email: jessica@sew253.com.au or call 0401 522381.

And remember: choosing the right tailor can make the difference between a pricey unwearable mistake and a custom wardrobe that will fill the wearer with confidence.

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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.

Style Showdown: AFL Grand Final

We are a fickle lot here at The Significant Man. We have decided to go against the grain and try to pick the winner of this weekends AFL grand final in our own unique way. It has nothing to do with team consistency, ball handling skills or even individual player stats. Our system of picking the winner is based on off-field menswear fashion style.

So let’s take a look at two big name players from each team. For Hawthorn we have chosen captain Luke Hodge, and for the Sydney Swans it just has to be co-captain Adam Goodes.

                             

Luke Hodge has a certain effortless charm that allows him to look sharp in virtually any outfit. As a born leader, Hodge can wear something as simple as a plain tank top and still exude confidence and style.

Of course, having that confidence can so easily lead to some fashion mishaps. We are not sure what to make of this shiny grey suit with black trims. On the one hand we admire Hodge’s boldness. The suit is certainly a head turner and the matching black tie and crisp white shirt gives it a bit of retro charm.

What are your thoughts on this glossy grey suit?

For an evening at the Brownlows, I think we would probably go with this more refined look. Luke Hodge brings out his inner James Bond here with his wife Lauren, wearing a classic black tuxedo with bow tie.

Dual Brownlow medalist Adam Goodes is well known as one the nice guys of AFL football. A superstar on the field, in person he has a relaxed, laid back vibe. We like his casual “just from the gym” look with printed T-Shirt and sweat jacket.

When he steps it up a notch, Goodes shows he has definite style. Check out this three quarter length jacket with open shirt look. This shows some serious fashion chops and suits his size and shape extremely well.

In a more formal setting, Goodes continues to show style. This black suit and tie with crisp white shirt ensemble is hard not to like and Adam wears it well. A well fitted suit can always set you apart from the crowd.
Once again, it’s almost too close to call! Both Adam Goodes and Luke Hodge have their own distinct style and both men seem to enjoy taking some risks with their menswear.

A quick show of hands around The Significant Man office and the AFL grand final style showdown goes to…Adam Goodes!

There really is nothing in it. We suspect there may be some suspicious voting from a couple of diehard Swans fans here in the office. Nevertheless, the vote stands. We are tipping a Sydney Swans win on the weekend!

Who do you guys think has the style edge? Adam Goodes or Luke Hodge?

Style Showdown – NRL Grand Final

With the NRL grand final coming up this weekend we have been scratching our heads trying to pick the winner. Both Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm have had such strong seasons that we simply can’t separate them. We have been left with no other choice than to ignore the on-field attributes of both teams and instead base our decision on their off-field menswear style.

Let’s look at two of the biggest star players from the Bulldogs and the Storm. Hotshot players Ben Barba and Billy Slater.

                                     

Both are Dally M award recipients and both are key players for their respective teams, but how do these two powerhouse players match up in off field mens fashion style?

Ben Barba showed up to the recent Dally M awards in a slick looking black tuxedo with glossy tie, trims and lapels. This well fitted suit really made him stand out from the crowd and matched the tone of the evening perfectly.

At last years International Rugby League Player of the Year awards held in London, Billy Slater went with a no tie, open shirt look. This casual ensemble matches his personality well and creates a fresh looking, laid-back and approachable style.

It’s a tough one to pick. Do we go with the slick, formal look of Ben Barba or the more Laid-back casual charm of Billy Slater?

Both men look great but after taking a quick vote in the Significant Man offices, the result goes to Ben Barba by a small margin. His classic black dinner suit is hard to beat, and while Billy Slater nails the casual suit, Barba’s sleekness wins through on the day.

Whether Ben Barba’s off-field menswear style translates to on-field prowess this weekend remains to be seen but we here at The Significant Man are basing our tip on style. So it’s a Bulldogs win in a thriller!

Good luck to both teams!

To Hang or To Fold?

No need to be embarrassed if you are unsure about what garments you should be hanging up or folding. You would be surprised how many men neglect the basics. Here’s a quick run through of what you need to know and whether your clothes belong on a rack or in a drawer.

HANG IT:

Suits

It is probably a good idea to invest in some decent hangers for your suits. Ones made from solid wood with a strong bar across the middle will work best. Make sure you avoid hanging your suit pants on any hanger with clips.

Shirts

There is no hard and fast rule as to whether hanging or folding your shirts is the best option. There are men who swear by hanging, and others who prefer to fold. This one has more to do with preference and the space you have available.

Ties

A creased, shabby looking tie can completely ruin an otherwise slick outfit. Ties should most certainly be hung on a tie rack to keep them firm, crisp and wrinkle free.

Pants

A good rule of thumb for your pants is to drape them over your hanger about a third of the way up the leg. This will keep the crease looking defined and avoid unnecessary wrinkles.

FOLD IT:

T Shirts and Polo’s

Neatly folded T Shirts and Polo’s will allow them to keep their style and shape for longer. They can reside happily in a drawer instead of on a hanger.

Jumpers and Sweaters

It is important to gently fold your jumpers and sweaters, especially those made with wool. Hanging such items will guarantee a loss of shape. Better to place them in a drawer or on a shelf.

Underwear

We certainly aren’t going to suggest they need to be ironed and dealt with so gently, but underwear such as pyjamas, socks and boxers belong in a drawer and not on a hanger.