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 

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.

Dress to Impress for Career Success

DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT

Knowing how to dress appropriately for the job you want is crucial for any man, but for big and tall guys, the real challenge is to find the correct sized clothes that will not only compliment your shape and height, but be a good match for your chosen profession.

These days, dressing for work isn’t always as straightforward as throwing on a suit and tie, grabbing your briefcase and heading out the door. While that may still be the case for many, there are now changes to what we wear to our daily jobs. Creative careers have bred more creative styles in which smart casual clothing has become the norm for many workplaces.

If you choose a creative Casual Work Wearprofession, your daily outfit can vary widely. It is hard to go past mens jackets or dress shirts, but even wearing a well chosen ensemble of large size t-shirt and jeans can create a great look. Allow your creative side to come through in your work-wear by adding a few dashes of colour here and there. Don’t be afraid to accessorize with bold colours and patterns that will expose your inner confidence.

For most us though, the professional look is still mandatory for our chosen career. For big and tall guys, this doesn’t mean we have to be boring and choose dull, lifeless ensembles. There are some things big men need to remember when choosing a Professional Work Wearprofessional outfit.

It is always wise to go with dark coloured, large mens suits and mix it with a lighter business shirt. A good suit should be cut to flatter your figure. Avoid tight suits that constrict your movement. Choose a well fitted suit that skims the body without hugging it or flapping over it.

The same goes for a business shirt. It should not be too tight or too loose, but fall over the body just right, without you having to tug at it or constantly re-tuck it into your trousers.

Light, breathable fabrics that keep you cool under pressure are also essential for larger men. Avoid oversize collars that attract unnecessary attention to the neck.

Smart Work WearYour plus size pants should follow a similar principal and not be baggy, they should be cut perfectly to respect your shape. Avoid pleats as they can draw attention to a big stomach. Straight cut trousers can create an elongated look for your legs while pants with a relaxed waist that stretches can provide superior comfort.

All in all, what you choose to wear to work can determine how well you do your job. It’s important to look your best but be comfortable and allow your inner confidence to shine through.

Fashion Tips for Big & Tall Men

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Knowing how to dress in accordance with your body type is the secret to not only capturing your own distinct style, but also feeling great about yourself. In this day and age, your size and shape should never hold you back as there are retailers out there that cater to big and tall men, allowing you to feel confident and stylish no matter what your size.

With this in mind, it is important to learn a few basic rules. Simply grabbing clothes off the rack will lead to unflattering results. There are easy tips to remember that will make a big difference and have you looking and feeling your best all year round.

TIPS FOR BIG & TALL MEN

KNOW THY SIZE:Size Chart

You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without knowing your foot size. The same goes for the rest of your body. Before your search for clothes even begins, it is important to know the measurements for your chest, neck, sleeves, waist and inseam. This will guarantee your shopping experience will be more efficient and raise your chances of finding clothes that compliment your size and shape.

BE WARY OF STRIPES:

Stripes can be your friend or your foe. The rule to remember is that anything not vertical may make you look bigger. That means horizontal, diagonal or any other strange variStriped shirtation will likely do a big man no justice. Best to stick with vertical stripes as they create an elongated effect and can result in a slimming look. Pinstriped shirts with dark jeans or dress pants is always a great look. For tall, skinnier men the opposite is true. A horizontal striped polo shirt can make you look broader in the shoulders and create a flattering physique by giving you some extra bulk.

BALANCE YOUR COLOURS:

Two striking mixes of contrasting colours can divide a big man up and draw attention to unflattering parts of your body. Best to balance your colours and try to keep your shirts and pants similar in tone to create a cleaner, slimming impression. There is no denying that black does make you look thinner, but nobody is stopping you from breaking up the dark tone with a few nifty colour accessories. Once again, tall guys should approach this in reverse. An all black ensemble can make you look even taller and thinner than you may be, so mixing it up with colours can only work in favour of a tall man.

FIND YOUR FIT:

Big and tall men indexcommonly suffer from two misconceptions. Big guys believe tight-fitting clothing will flatten their bulky areas and create a smoother look. In truth, this merely draws attention to those sections you are trying to hide. Others are of the opinion that loose-fitting, baggy clothes will hide excess flab, when in reality they make you look bigger than you are. Tall skinny guys mistakenly choose baggy items that create a flapping effect, or skin-tight items that look awkward.  The solution for both big and tall men is to find your middle ground. Avoid too tight or too baggy. It is important to go with well-fitted clothing that sits comfortably on the body and complements your size and shape without drawing unnecessary attention to the parts you are looking to conceal. Remember to measure up and know your size.

Being a big and tall guy is by no means a disadvantage when it comes to fashion. Thanks to a number ofretailers that caterto large-sized men, you can now be confident no matter what size or shape you are. No two people are the same and being comfortable in your own skin is the key to a happy, fulfilling life.

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?

Dropping Hints for Fathers Day

Disgruntled Dads unite! It’s time to stand up for your fatherly rights and start getting the presents you truly want on Father’s Day.

You all know the familiar routine; you tear open the wrapping on Father’s Day and find that ugly t-shirt that is several sizes too small or that ghastly pair of bright pink socks you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing. Then comes the Oscar worthy performance; The forced smile, the struggle to pretend looking pleased with your gifts. We know they mean well, but if you want to receive the gifts you actually WANT on Father’s Day, you will have to start being more cunning.

As luck would have it, a huge amount of new spring stock has just landed at Ron Bennett Big Men’s Clothing, so this is a great opportunity to start dropping some subtle hints and if all goes well, you may just get the gifts you have always desired for Father’s Day.

Here are some tips on how to successfully drop hints:

Verbal hints

A few harmless complaints over the breakfast table about how your clothes don’t seem to fit anymore is a good start. Mention how you saw some great looking new Polo’s in stock at Ron Bennett Big Men’s.

Envy

Casually tell your kids how envious you are of your mate’s wardrobe. Talk about how he always seems to wear great looking casual wear and you never seem to have enough clothes for yourself!

Timing

Get in early. Be cunning and put the idea into their heads several months beforehand and then never mention it again. If you’ve left it too late this year, make sure you get in early next year. The beauty of this method is that they will think the snazzy jacket or pair of shorts they bought for you was actually their idea.

Guilt

Don’t be ashamed to get competitive. If you really want something special, why not casually tell your kids how your work mate’s children bought him a great looking present for Father’s Day last year. Give them a little push to get them upping the stakes. It’s a cheeky method, but it may just get results!

Product Placement

Get covert and leave a Ron Bennett Big Men’s catalogue open in the kitchen or on the coffee table with the items you like circled in a bright red marker. If this doesn’t get through to them, nothing will!

Dads of the world have no more excuses. Use these hint dropping techniques and you will be finally getting the Father’s Day gifts you want. If you have left it too late this year, start preparing for next year.

Good Luck!

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.

Brand Focus: CANTERBURY

The Canterbury brand is one of our favourite and most popular brands here at Ron Bennett Big Mens. Originating from the Canterbury province of New Zealand dating back to the late 1880’s, they built their foundations in the world of rugby but have gone on to produce some of the most sought after and respected sports and leisure wear available.

On the field, Canterbury have been responsible for manufacturing the official jerseys and accessories for some of the biggest international sporting teams, with their CCC logo adorning the uniforms of major Rugby Union, Cricket, Soccer and Rugby League teams.

Off the field, Canterbury have cultivated their reputation by producing high quality leisure wear inspired by their sporting origins.

We have always admired Canterbury for their ability to capture the sporting spirit in their casual wear and our customers give us great feedback on their range. Canterbury Polo Shirts have always been popular for guys. They offer a relaxed weekend look suitable for a backyard barbeque or a cheer from the sideline at your local club match.

Our pick for the colder months though, would have to be a Canterbury Sweat Jacket. It’s hard to beat the quality and craftsmanship, but above all that, they simply give off a certain relaxed, sporty cool as they shield you from the chilly winds.

Ron Bennett Big Men’s stock a great range of Canterbury clothing for men online or in store. You’ll find Canterbury T Shirts, Track Pants, Polo’s and much more.