I have 7 Lacoste, 4 Ralph Lauren's, and half a dozen assorted Jaeger, Alexander McQueen, and Penguin offerings.
I think the reason I never got into FPs was that they were always cheaper than Lacoste.
In the early 80s the look was mostly about appearing to have money and dressing as expensively as possible- aspirational marketing men would call it, which didn't work in FPs favour.
I always thought Lacoste was slightly less preppy looking than Ralph Lauren.
Im guessing the rebranding exercise Lauren undertook a few years back with the outsized polo player on horse emblazoned on polos was to counter their safe image.
Personally, I don't like this style at all, and the polos I own are of the older, more subtle variety, albeit it bright colours- pink, turquoise, and emerald green alongside the cant go wrong with white.
How do we feel about collars up with polos?
Bit too Hooray Henry for me..