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Ralph lauren or lacoste?

post #1 of 21
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Hey everyone, I was wondering which polos you guys prefer to wear. Is it the Ralph Lauren polos (not the purple label ones) or the Alligator Lacoste Polos? I personally prefer the Ralph Lauren's because a) they're cheaper and b) I feel they are better quality.
post #2 of 21
I am a fan of the new RL "custom fit" (slim fit) shirts - the fit is much better than their traditional line and I like the new color combinations. However, my RL's do not seem to last as long as my Lacoste polos.
post #3 of 21
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However, my RL's do not seem to last as long as my Lacoste polos.
I agree. Also Lacoste uses mother-of-pearl buttons and the cotton just feels better.
post #4 of 21
lacoste is still the gold standard -- you want that alligator on your chest, not somebody else's logo.
post #5 of 21
The gold standard?  I'd rather not have ANY logo on my chest, and prefer something a bit more esoteric if I'm forced to wear a label.  I personally wear RL since they can be found at massive discount (>$25) and are sufficiently presentable for running errands, Saturday mornings, etc.  For those dreaded business casual events that everyone hates, I prefer Hickey-Freeman, pima cotton polos by Joseph Abboud, Dunhill, and the odd RL PL pique polo I picked up for $25.
post #6 of 21
I'm personally a fan of RL Purple Label, they can be found on Polo.com or in boutiques rarely for $69 on discount, although they are normally $140ish. I think the lisle polos from RLPL are some of the best I have encountered regardless of price.
post #7 of 21
I am a big fan of the ralph Lauren Polo.They seem to fit better, you can cusotmize it to what color pony you want, and come in over 100 colors.
post #8 of 21
I hate both companies. There should be an additional choice on the poll.
post #9 of 21
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I hate both companies.  There should be an additional choice on the poll.
What do you know of Morphine Generation? I'm told I can buy their polos over the phone, but I'd like some feedback before I buy anything sight unseen. Sizing? Average price? (They have a cool logo, though.)
post #10 of 21
Although I'm not a big fan of RL and prefer the history of Lacoste and Rene Lacoste, I have to admit that RL polo shirts fit me much better and have a better variety in material, color and patterns...
post #11 of 21
Not to inject seriousness where it's not needed. I will find it funny when the number of respondents in this poll quickly passes the number in the "mock election" poll. Of course, that one is hidden in Current Events. I could see Kerry wearing Lacoste, though I'd bet he'd polo it up as well. W I see favoring corporate logo golf-style shirts. Alligator, Horse, or Halliburton logo? I think they've both been guilty of the faded denim sport shirt recently...
post #12 of 21
Polo has recently increased the price of its polo shirts from $52.5 to $65. One of the Polo rep inform me that the reason for such a huge increase is to make its product more compatible (in price) with those of Lacoste shirts (regularly priced at $69). As an owner of over 100 Polo shirts by Polo and over 20 Lacoste shirts, IMH, Polo shirts do not shrink very much after putting them in a dryer. Lacoste shirts, on the other hand, do shrink a lot once you put them in a dryer. Now I only line dry my Lacoste polo shirts. Another significant difference between the two is that Polo tend to fade a little bit in colors after many washes while Lacoste manages to hold up its color fairly well after years of washing.
post #13 of 21
wow, 100 polo shirts? I have about 20 by various manufacturers, and think that is too many, did you custom make one of every possible color/horse combo?
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Another significant difference between the two is that Polo tend to fade a little bit in colors after many washes while Lacoste manages to hold up its color fairly well after years of washing.
You're perfectly right.
post #15 of 21
I personally tend to prefer RL Polo's over Lacoste polo's for several reasons: 1) Fit Polo: Regular and Custom Fits Lacoste: Single Fit 2) Logo Polo: Embroidered on Lacoste: Stitched on patch 3) Collar Polo: Almost spread-collar shirt-like in construction and look, fits close to neck Lacoste: flatter looking collar with gap between neck and collar 4) Color Availability Polo: 100 plus colors and custom color / pony design available Lacoste: Standardized colors, less than 50 available At the same time Lacoste wins over Polo with MOP buttons and finer knit material. But, the material is a trade off; since it is delicate it should be air-dried instead of just tossing it into the drying machine, as one would do with RL Polo's. And I personally can do without MOP buttons on my sport polo shirts. Jon. Edit: The RL Polo's of yesteryears use to fade after multiple washes, but as of late they have held their color quite well, especially darker colors like black and blue, which tend to fade more oft than not.
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