I posted a while back if anyone had tried the new Brooks Brothers Slim-Fit polo shirts and no one responded that they had, so I took it upon myself to purchase a few to see how slim they really are. Unfortunately, the stores no longer carry the slim-fit polo's, they can only be ordered from the website or the catalogue. The slim-fits only come in performance polo style: 2-button placket, tennis tail, and long, hemmed above-the-elbow sleeves. My package arrives and I see that the colors seem to have improved; they are brighter and seemingly better dyed than in previous years. The buttons are still perfectly tied onto the shirt and there is little or no chance that they will fall off. Also, the use of a vertical buttonhole for the lower button and a horizontal buttonhole for the upper button is a nice touch. At the same time, when BB redesigned the Polo shirt for a slimmer fit, they severely miscalculated the proportions of the shirt. I have "˜original' BB polo shirts and when I lay one shirt upon the other, the sleeves were basically the same size, the slim-fit was just a hair smaller in circumference, but still kept the same length. The same applies to the body of the shirt; it is much slimmer than the original, but barely Â½ inch higher. Overall, it looks like they made the body really slim, and left almost everything else with the same dimensions as the original-fit shirt. When I took a look in the mirror, I looked ridiculous; especially, when compared to the regular RL Custom-Fit Polo's, which truly are slimmer, shorter, well proportioned. I am going to exchange the BB polo's for more shoetrees and then purchase more RL Custom-fit Polo's. Jon.
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6/25/04 at 12:20pm