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Are Ralph Lauren (polo) sweaters any good?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gamblers4, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. gamblers4

    gamblers4 Active Member

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    I'm looking for good quality cotton sweaters and was curious if the polo prima cotton sweaters are decent or should I look elsewhere (if not where to look)?
     
  2. gamblers4

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    bump. c'mon folks, help me out.
     
  3. Night Owl

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    I'm looking for good quality cotton sweaters and was curious if the polo prima cotton sweaters are decent or should I look elsewhere (if not where to look)?

    Their pima cotton sweaters are nothing special. The prima cotton, now that is good stuff, like prime rib.
     
  4. gamblers4

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    Their pima cotton sweaters are nothing special. The prima cotton, now that is good stuff, like prime rib.

    touche

    What brands do you like for cotton sweaters?
     
  5. rjmaiorano

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    I actually like their v-neck pima cotton sweaters for everyday basics. They are comfortable and fit me well.

    You can get them regularly for about 40 bucks and they are a good deal that price IMO.
     
  6. academe

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    I'd throw in a vote for John Smedley. Their Sea Island cotton jumpers are very well made, as are their merino ones.
     
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    Their pima cotton sweaters are nothing special. The prima cotton, now that is good stuff, like prime rib.

    nice screen name. i got watchmen for christmas!
     
  8. coffeequeen

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    Building off the OP's original query, any thoughts on the Polo lambswool or shetland sweaters? I see they are marked down from $100-125 to $40 on their website. Are they worth it? The colors look nice, thought I hate the logo patches.
     
  9. gamblers4

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    I'd throw in a vote for John Smedley. Their Sea Island cotton jumpers are very well made, as are their merino ones.

    Thanks! I've been now checking out their website.
     
  10. constant struggle

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    i don't like the fit on polo sweaters
     
  11. Night Owl

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    Building off the OP's original query, any thoughts on the Polo lambswool or shetland sweaters? I see they are marked down from $100-125 to $40 on their website. Are they worth it? The colors look nice, thought I hate the logo patches.

    Itchy and too many Koreans wearing Polo logo clothing.

    touche

    What brands do you like for cotton sweaters?


    I have mostly Hickey Freeman and like them. Smedley is good. Also check out the Brooks Brothers sea island, they are cheap right now and are decent.
     
  12. TheDiesel

    TheDiesel Well-Known Member

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    i don't like the fit on polo sweaters

    whats wrong with it?
     
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    Here's what I do: if it says "Made in Italy", it's probably a keeper. If it's made anywhere else, I don't buy it or I buy it and don't expect too much from it.
     
  14. litho

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    in my opinion from experience of just buying 2 new sweaters, RL is TERRIBLE quality!
     
  15. academe

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    Here's what I do: if it says "Made in Italy", it's probably a keeper. If it's made anywhere else, I don't buy it or I buy it and don't expect too much from it.

    Another example of mindless GroupThink. I disagree; after buying jumpers/knitwear (~30+ over a 15 year time window) from a range of manufacturers over the years, I don't find that the "Made in Italy" moniker makes a substantive difference. Some jumpers will pill, others won't, and there really is very little consistency or predictability. The only manufacturer that I've found that consistently makes knitwear that shows a very low tendency to pill, lose shape, etc. is John Smedley.
     
  16. TheDiesel

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    in my opinion from experience of just buying 2 new sweaters, RL is TERRIBLE quality!
    which ones did you buy?
     
  17. sarto

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    i havent been very pleased with my 2 ralph lauren merino sweaters. the wool kinda balled up in the back where i sit -- and it's not even that long of a sweater. and i got a small hole near the shoulder. never washed them at home either -- took it to a cleaner. so yeah, not too happy -- at least with the quality of these wool sweaters. that being said, i still do receive a ton of compliments with one of them -- the color is a very nice royal blue -- almost purple. maybe their cotton ones are better.
     
  18. TheDiesel

    TheDiesel Well-Known Member

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    i got cotton and merino wool

    both made in China.

    Merino Wool sweater is much softer and it appears to be longer.

    Pima Cotton sweater seems to be shorter and wider around the shirt collar (idk, hard to explain)
     

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