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Matching hoodies and boxers anyone?

As I headed for the office this morning I saw a guy wearing a green hoodie with MATCHING green and black checked boxers – how? He was wearing his cargo shorts low so that you could see a good portion of the boxers at the back. I thought this was quite well thought out as an outfit, imagine going to the effort of matching your shorts to your hoody each morning! I’ll definitely have to check our stock when our new season hooded tops arrive next week to see whether we can recreate the look!


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New Duke Joggers for Autumn

News from The Extra Large Clothing Specialists – These joggers arrived in our warehouse yesterday and we are thrilled with them. I noticed a distinct chill in the air this morning so I think now would be a good time to order them in readiness for cooler days. Ideal for loungewear or your new autumn fitness campaign (well we all have good intentions at the start of a new term!).

They are super high quality heavyweight jogging trousers by Duke London. These jogging bottoms are made of soft, warm sweatshirt material and are fleecy on the inside with stripes and applique badge hip detail.

Three colour choices (our problem would be which to choose!):

  • Dark navy blue with gold stripes (illustrated)
  • Black with grey stripes
  • Grey with navy blue stripes

IN STOCK NOW FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY – Phone on 01780 755 490 to place your order – these will be up on the website early next week.

We will also be getting the matching hooded sweatshirt to go with the navy blue/gold striped jogging trousers.


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Extra Large Clothing Big Trousers Collection

Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles all carried their weight with great panache…‘ so why ‘shroud yourself in unflattering sportswear?‘ (Claudia Croft, Sunday Times Style Section, 27/06/10)

Here is our fashion collection for the bigger gent:

  • Classic styled chinos or fashionable cargos in 100% cotton
  • Pinstriped waistcoat and trousers – perfect for weddings or evenings out.
  • Black is the new black – where would we be without black trousers for work?
  • The Milan 007 suit – stunning Italian tailoring for big men
  • Bedford cords – a change from jeans but nothing too formal – in textured cotton

Go to to shop!

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PURE London Fashion Show – Key Trends for Men 2011

Our whirlwind visit to the PURE London fashion Show at Olympia this month gave us a huge insight into what the key ‘trend’ themes are for both the Autumn/Winter 2010 and the Spring 2011 seasons.

There were strong themes within the ‘youth’ trends of the military look, the country look and the collegiate look.

Themes that are set to continue are check shirts – so no need to throw those away if they are lurking in your wardrobes! Yet!

If you are looking for a few key items to stock up on as you look in the shops are –

  • A hacking jacket/tweed jacket
  • Printed T-shirts – photo prints, digital prints etc.
  • Chinos
  • The basic staple of a pair of jeans is still required – with hand finished texture and panels if possible

Jeans with texture and panels

Checked Shirts and Hoodies with Embelishments for Men

The great casual look of jeans, t-shirt and checked shirt over the top is still ‘in’. There are some great styles in hooded tops – not always the traditional ‘hoodie’ look but also some new styles with buttons and epaulettes to add more shape and interest.


As for footwear the main word for men is – boots! Ankle boots, high tops, brogue styles shoes and boots which is great because they go with just about anything!


Happy shopping! If you want more advice please contact us.

Katy and Vicky

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New Life & Limb Smart Summer Trousers

We have just taken delivery of some really smart trousers in big sizes from Life and Limb by Oakman – they are charcoal grey with a fine pinstripe and would be excellent for evenings out. Waist size 44 – 54 in tall fitting too. If you have a wedding or christening to go to, you can team them with the matching waistcoat. View these trousers at:


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Big Mens Fashion Day Out

Plans are progressing for the NEW  ‘Extra Large Clothing‘ mail order catalogue of big sized menswear: I visited one of my suppliers today to look at the Autumn 2010 collection.

We are going with the country/outdoors casual look but mixed with an edgy, modern urban take – so a fabulously fashionable high collar waxed jacket in black with buttoned pockets on the front – I saw something very similar in the Sunday Times Style mag last week – the perfect barbour/biker mix but in extra large up to 7xl and extra tall sizes too!

We also have a black zip jacket, believe it or not in stab-proof fabric – now the designer told me not to mention this in case we get sued for incitement to violence (or sued if it didn’t work, lol) but talk about edgy/urban – the styling is perfect: a real head turner and the fabric has that certain ‘feel me’ factor.

Then we have a hacking jacket in herb green with subtle checks in toffee, wine red and blue/grey – similar to Barbour and seen at twice the price (and half the size) in London! To go with this we have a couple of striped shirts (stripes and checks together? You may ask, but it really does work – it’s a city take on country gent), or for a more subtle look, wear the jacket with the plain pigment dye twill shirt in russet or midnight blue and team with jeans. Just don’t do checks with more checks or you really will look like the squire (unless you are, of course, in which case you can put the jacket with our pink striped shirt and still look, well like the country squire).

The range includes suits sold as separates, shirts up to 7XL for daytime casual, work and nights out and a comprehensive range of trousers and jeans, jeans, jeans up to waist 70, as well as a couple more casual, subtle jackets thrown in for good measure.

For clothing in big sizes up to 8Xl please visit the website

To request a copy of the mail order catalogue, please send an email to or call 01780 766936 and leave us your name and address.