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post #1966 of 2793

I decided to order one of the Lands End Madras shirts,so it says the material is made in India so there is a bit of authenticity,I chose the right day to order as there was a money of offer and a free delivery offer which made the shirt (delivered) £26 which seems pretty good,it hasn't arrived yet so I wont say its a bargain until I have seen it.

 

I then decided to order the Ralph Lauren Oxford Polo which has arrived this morning and I am very pleased with it,I wondered if the collar would stand up and it does with the top button undone,its a 2 finger BD collar which I think looks right,a nice blue quite like the Chambray shirts,even the logo doesnt look too bad.

post #1967 of 2793
Lands End do great polos too. Supima cotton is a classy finish. Long sleeves have a bit more gravitas. Buy in serious colours and in the sale.

Their flannel shirts can also be good. Tailored fit not too blousy. Lovely handle on the cloth. Buy in sale. Unfortunately last years colours were not as good as in previous years.

Interested to hear how madras works out. Looks less full (sleeve length etc.)than I wear. Also interested in the classic striped seersucker.
post #1968 of 2793
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Originally Posted by Kingstonian View Post

Lands End do great polos too. Supima cotton is a classy finish. Long sleeves have a bit more gravitas. Buy in serious colours and in the sale.

Their flannel shirts can also be good. Tailored fit not too blousy. Lovely handle on the cloth. Buy in sale. Unfortunately last years colours were not as good as in previous years.

Interested to hear how madras works out. Looks less full (sleeve length etc.)than I wear. Also interested in the classic striped seersucker.


I like the look of the long sleeve Supima cotton polos,I might try one this year.

I have never had a seersucker shirt but they look good too and some of the Oxford BDs.

post #1969 of 2793
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Originally Posted by Botolph View Post

Beautiful jacket, M-o-M. I love tweed.

Me too! Yeah, it is a nice piece.
post #1970 of 2793
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I like the look of the long sleeve Supima cotton polos,I might try one this year.
I have never had a seersucker shirt but they look good too and some of the Oxford BDs.


Seersucker is nice and keeps you cool but it wrinkles like linen. Looks great from a yard or two away though. Wearing one for travel tomorrow. I'll snap a pic of it if I remember to.
post #1971 of 2793
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Any more for the first The Look Goes On 'event' - the Suit?

The two entries so far show how the Look can be updated for today without it appearing at all like costume.
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Here you go Mister K. I posted more pics on CM WAYWN, and full details are on my blog (see below)

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Great look, @Thin White Duke and I really like your blog.  Congrats on your academic success too.

 

Any more suits, gents?  I'll put one up shortly.

post #1972 of 2793

The  Lands End Madras shirt has arrived,less than 3 days after I ordered it,thats not bad seeing as it was free delivery.

 

I am very pleased with the shirt,nice loose fit which I think this type of shirt should be,sleeves fairly loose,if I was being ultra picky I would have had them 3/4" longer but they are much better than the modern short sleeves that only come to the top of the bicep,worn untucked I think it would be ideal on a hot humid day.

 

The material is a nice light cotton,the inside of the collar is lined with chambray as I should think that's the pressure point where the shirt would wear out quickest.

 

Seems well made,says wash at 40c,it will be interesting to see if it bleeds at all ( I will wash it by hand) I bet it wont lose dye like my navy FP made in China polo did last year,I washed it at about 30c and the water was like ink.

 

The only things that I don't like are the brown buttons which I might change for white,thats just my preference though others might like the brown.

 

All in all though for £26 delivered to house its a bargain I think,nice to get something that's  pretty much how it would have been years ago for a nice price.

 

I have another Lands End shirt,a long sleeve Chambray BD that I have been happy with,bought it in a sale at House of Fraser or Debenhams, I think I might try a short sleeve Oxford or perhaps a striped seersucker BD in the future.

post #1973 of 2793
So to bump this thread back on to the front page ...

Back on the subject of polos - I was straightening out the wardrobe yesterday so took these ...

All Lacoste short sleeved -

Left stack: lilac, Aqua, orange, red, half Union Jack olympics edition, French blue, fuchsia, purple, dark blue, navy, black.

Right stack: white Union Jack badge, white, petrol blue-gray, light blue, Kelly green, forest green, royal blue.

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Left stack are all Lacoste long-sleeved: white, sky blue, yellow, orange, Royal blue, red, navy, black.

Right stack are various brands: Macy's with vertical racing stripes, Wimbledon with green and purple tips, Saks Fifth Avenue in electric blue, purple and bottle green, J Crew in nautical white with wide navy hoops and blue-gray with narrow gray hoops

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And finally a few by Fred Perry: white with navy and red tip, white Bradley Wiggins with broad red and blue sleeve bands, Wiggins cycling shirts in mustard, red and Royal blue, and a navy David Watts with red and blue hoops.

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I also have a couple of knockabout polos my brother sent me with the SAFC badge on and just yesterday got my first ever Sunspel Riviera in navy (trying to work out if I can safely remove the pocket!).

My biggest beef with polos is the fading of darker colours. There doesn't seem to be a successful way to keep the dye vibrant in darker coloured cotton pique polos. That white Fred Perry with the navy and red tips was bought in Tucci during a trip to England 2002 and still looks as good as new. Along with it I had bought a black with silver gray tips and maroon/burgundy with either light blue or gray tips (can't remember!) and dumped them both long ago as they looked so badly washed out.
post #1974 of 2793
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Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post

So to bump this thread back on to the front page ...

Back on the subject of polos - I was straightening out the wardrobe yesterday so took these ...

All Lacoste short sleeved -

Left stack: lilac, Aqua, orange, red, half Union Jack olympics edition, French blue, fuchsia, purple, dark blue, navy, black.

Right stack: white Union Jack badge, white, petrol blue-gray, light blue, Kelly green, forest green, royal blue.

263ixed.jpg

Left stack are all Lacoste long-sleeved: white, sky blue, yellow, orange, Royal blue, red, navy, black.

Right stack are various brands: Macy's with vertical racing stripes, Wimbledon with green and purple tips, Saks Fifth Avenue in electric blue, purple and bottle green, J Crew in nautical white with wide navy hoops and blue-gray with narrow gray hoops

k54je0.jpg

And finally a few by Fred Perry: white with navy and red tip, white Bradley Wiggins with broad red and blue sleeve bands, Wiggins cycling shirts in mustard, red and Royal blue, and a navy David Watts with red and blue hoops.

zj84sp.jpg

I also have a couple of knockabout polos my brother sent me with the SAFC badge on and just yesterday got my first ever Sunspel Riviera in navy (trying to work out if I can safely remove the pocket!).

My biggest beef with polos is the fading of darker colours. There doesn't seem to be a successful way to keep the dye vibrant in darker coloured cotton pique polos. That white Fred Perry with the navy and red tips was bought in Tucci during a trip to England 2002 and still looks as good as new. Along with it I had bought a black with silver gray tips and maroon/burgundy with either light blue or gray tips (can't remember!) and dumped them both long ago as they looked so badly washed out.


Impressive Lacoste collection !

 

i manage to keep the dye vibrant in my darker colored polos by using some special washing liquid they do now for dark colors. It works pretty well. But it depends a lot of the quality of the polo and the dyeing. We are a few here who noticed that for example MIChina ones usually fade much more and quicker.

 

i wouldn't dare to remove the pocket of a Sunspel polo (if i had one) because they are pretty expensive !

post #1975 of 2793

I have been thinking the same about dark polos fading and it seems to be getting worse ( definitely with the FP made in China ones).I am pretty careful,turning them inside out,hand washing at a low temperature using handwash powder,but I think now that its a fact of life that lighter colours will last longer.

 

I agree about the Sunspel Riviera,I don't like pockets on polo shirts,you can get plain Sunspel polos (without pockets ) in pique or jersey knit,long and short sleeves  but although they look ok I think that they are  expensive,I had originally thought that they were made in England but I read online that they are 'designed' in England but made in Turkey.

 

I received a 25% off and free postage offer with the Lands End Madras shirt,I intend to take Kingstonians advice and try one of their Supima polos,be interesting to compare with some of the other polos that I have,one advantage that is noticeable from the pictures...no logo.

 

I washed the Madras shirt and  some dye did come out,the colours seem a bit less bright ( particularly the navy) since it has dried,the material is nice and soft now.

post #1976 of 2793
I've worn Lands End polos (and turtle necks) at work exclusively for 20yrs. The navy color lasts a long time. They're trim, well made, have the longer tail in back and you can get them in tall sizes, which I like. For the pub, etc. I prefer Lacoste (vintage or L!ve, which have the longer tail) and some bright colored FPs. I also have a few pairs of nice and slim chinos, from their now defunct Canvas line, which are really well made.
post #1977 of 2793
A lot of dye seems to come out of navy colour LE in the wash but it still looks OK. Though I do not have a new unwashed version to compare it with.

Logo free is a big bonus. Tailored fit also suits me. It is not slim fit tight but not baggy either.

I also have their LE polo neck (or is it roll neck?) for winter wear. It is the type where the collar folds over on itself.
post #1978 of 2793
I heard that if you soak the item in a solution of ½ white vinegar and ½ hot water for a good ½ hour before washing, it sets the dye. The guy from Drinkwater's( Camridge men's haberdasher) told me this. It also supposedly works on setting the dye so your bleeding Madras doesn't bleed.
I tried it on a type III denim jacket and the thing is as dark as ever after long wash and wear.
post #1979 of 2793
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I heard that if you soak the item in a solution of ½ white vinegar and ½ hot water for a good ½ hour before washing, it sets the dye. The guy from Drinkwater's( Camridge men's haberdasher) told me this. It also supposedly works on setting the dye so your bleeding Madras doesn't bleed.
I tried it on a type III denim jacket and the thing is as dark as ever after long wash and wear.

White vinegar works with natural dyes, not sure it will do the trick on modern/chemical dyes.
I used to do it on some Traditional colored Indigo stuff. Worked very well, but it stinked vinegar a little ! smile.gif
post #1980 of 2793
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White vinegar works with natural dyes, not sure it will do the trick on modern/chemical dyes.
I used to do it on some Traditional colored Indigo stuff. Worked very well, but it stinked vinegar a little ! smile.gif

You've got to WASH it after the vinegar soak, Inspecteur! biggrin.gif
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