29 Mar 2016

New season Johnny Bigg

Well helllllllllo 2016! How did you sneak up on me and where have you already gone?! It's been a quiet on the blog front, lately there seems to have been less time for the laptop and more Instagram photos on the go. Well, no time like the present, I've got some fun things in the pipelines ready for you team! So let's kick this year off (albeit three months late!), with a bit of husband handsomeness!

I was so excited when the Johnny Bigg team asked us to choose some pieces for Ben to wear again. It was great fun dressing him up last time and a nice change for me to get behind the camera. Plus it's always fun to see the man you love looking handsome! And handsome he does!

Ben wears:
T-shirt: Hawkins Pocket Tee, size 2X
Jacket: Marlon Hooded PU Jacket, size 2X
Pants: Monae Stretch Cuff Pants, size 40
Shoes: Molano High Tops

For the first outfit, we went for a casual look. Ben had wanted a tan jacket for as long as I can remember, so when the Marlon Hooded PU jacket popped up in the new arrivals, I snapped it up and we built an outfit around it. The jacket has a great, relaxed, slouchy feel with a zip off cotton jersey hoodie. But it still has such awesome structure that it makes even the comfiest of looks seem pulled together. 

We had to ask for the high top sneakers, they have a totally cool, vintage-basketball feel to them. Plus they are going to get heaps of wear heading into the cooler months. I swear he's never mastered the casual, closed in shoe look before, but these shoes made it easy! The pants are a different style for Ben, but I loved the idea of him wearing the elastic cuffed ankles, I knew they were going to look awesome on him. He always jokes about what great legs he has, not going to lie though, they are pretty fantastic! Plus how totally rad do high tops and cropped pants look together?! Instant sport-luxe!

He wore the outfit last Sunday afternoon, when we popped out to play around with a recent op-shop find. This Russian made, 1970s Zenit-E camera was $20 at Chandler markets, I couldn't resist! We both get a kick out of old cameras and between us we've collected quite a few. (Check out this 8mm video camera I found a few years back too!)

Ben has become such a fan of Johnny Bigg that we snapped up almost a whole new wardrobe for him in the Christmas sales. The brand has been a real eye opener for Ben, and truly, I think it's got him thinking more about what he's wearing. He's always been a bit of an old soul when it came to dressing up. Ben was the one in grandpas hand-me-down loafers while the other guys were wearing Etnies. He had this insane collection of vests when I first met him as well. The style was always there, he just wasn't very good at bringing it all together. Especially being a bigger guy, it was always hard to find the right cuts and sizes that he wanted. I feel like Johnny Bigg has given him a bit more insight into what he feels (and looks!) best in.
So when I suggested adding some navy suspenders (or braces?!) to his more formal look, we ran with it! I love the classic twist it gives to the outfit, it looks almost like I could have plucked him out of somewhere in the early 1900s. Looking back at these photos the next day, I felt like there was a bit of 'make it count, meet me at the clock' Titanic-Jack-ness about it. The look is cheeky and playful, dressed up, without being ostentatious. And it's sexy. Sexy for the win!

Ben wears:
Shirt: Ruben Check Shirt, size 2X
Jacket: Usher Stretch Jacket, size 2X
Pants: Coniston Stretch Dress Pants, size 40
Shoes: Barber Lace Up Shoe

I love brown, smart lace-ups. They add such a punch to any outfit and these did not disappoint. Ben wears his old black lace up JB shoes to work everyday and they are still in such good condition. It's worth the investment when you know you're buying a shoe like this that can easily be worn dressed up or down and will last through the seasons. Plus the colour looks fantastic with the grey and navy hues.

Ben has always been a fan of stripes and checks, the print makes up a large quantity of his wardrobe, so the check shirt was a definite must have. We actually had a totally different outfit in mind for the smart casual outfit originally, but the stock sold out so fast we missed it! Nonetheless, both looks started with a simple check shirt and we went from there! I love the solid coloured inside cuffs on the Ruben Check shirt, little details like this are so chic and add so much style. Ben is wearing a size 2X here and it fits him perfectly. He often has trouble with shoulders being too big if he sizes up for his belly, but these are cut so well, the great fit is what keeps him going back to the website to buy more. God forbid they open a store near us, I'd never get Ben out of it!

Grey dress pants are such a style staple. No matter the year, no matter the current fashion, a grey pair of slacks will always look fashionable. Think about it next time you notice a well dressed man, he's probably rocking some grey tones. Ben has always been a slacks fan (you've probably read me whining about how it took years to convince him to wear anything BUT dress pants), so it was a no brainier that his more formal look would feature a pair. The Coniston Stretch pants are so effortless, they tie the whole look together perfectly. Ben wore this outfit out for some drinks last Monday afternoon and he got so many compliments about how great he looked. Even my Mum, a notoriously tight lipped, tough-to-impress lady (imagine Meryl Streep in Devil Wears Prada-esque and you'll get an idea), commented how much she liked the look when I sent her a photo and if that isn't the greatest praise, I'm not sure what is!

Which outfit was your favourite? Relaxed or smart casual?

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