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Difference between RL Polos - Custom fit and Slim fit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by aquatherm, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. aquatherm

    aquatherm Active Member

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    Went to my local Ralph Lauren retailer and they only had slim fit polos so couldnt compare the two. I wont really get a chance to go shopping during the next few days thought I'd ask here.

    I'm aware the custom fit is shorter and slimmer than the classic fit, so does that make the slim fit a slimmer and shorter version of the custom fit?

    Thanks
     
  2. bowtielover

    bowtielover Well-Known Member

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    Slim fit will come in slightly at the sides aleviating any unwated material resultign in a less baggy shirt. A custom fit is a fit that is more designed for a specifit body type, so the shoulders and otehr areas will fit a bit diffrently.
     
  3. aquatherm

    aquatherm Active Member

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    Do you know if its also shorter in length?
     
  4. jmoody15

    jmoody15 Well-Known Member

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    It would be best for you to wait for someone else to respond. He's speaking in regards to "slim fit" vs. "custom fit" in general - not in regards to experience he has with Ralph Lauren polos.

    You'll learn that bowtielover reads 30% of the original post, and quits once he thinks he knows the answer to your question.

    Sadly, I have no experience to help you out in this matter, but am curious to hear the responses. Just for clarification, are you referring to the actual "Polo" shirt, or are we talking a purple/black label thing?
     
  5. aquatherm

    aquatherm Active Member

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    [​IMG]

    I'm talking about the polo shirts
     
  6. Mata_Leao

    Mata_Leao Well-Known Member

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    I was actually wondering about this same distinction a few days ago when someone posted about a sale on RL Polos. From their website, it sounded like the "slim" fit polos might be slimmer than the "custom" ones, but it was not entirely clear.
     
  7. ff4marvel

    ff4marvel Well-Known Member

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    I was actually wondering about this same distinction a few days ago when someone posted about a sale on RL Polos. From their website, it sounded like the "slim" fit polos might be slimmer than the "custom" ones, but it was not entirely clear.

    From the website:

    Custom Fit = "Short-sleeved polo shirt, cut for a trim, modern fit in breathable cotton mesh with higher armholes and a shorter hem than the classic. "

    Slim Fit = "The latest interpretation of our iconic mesh shirt offers a contemporary tailored fit, with a narrower chest and shorter body length than the original."


    To me, those sound almost like two different ways of saying the same thing....can anyone clarify the difference? Is there a difference?
     
  8. aquatherm

    aquatherm Active Member

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    Slim Fit = "The latest interpretation of our iconic mesh shirt offers a contemporary tailored fit, with a narrower chest and shorter body length than the original."
    I saw that too. When it mentions 'original' is it referring to the classic fit? Because the custom fit also fits that description.
     
  9. ff4marvel

    ff4marvel Well-Known Member

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    I saw that too. When it mentions 'original' is it referring to the classic fit? Because the custom fit also fits that description.

    I believe that refers to the Classic Fit, yes, but you're right that the Custom Fit seems to also meet this description.

    I find it interesting that RL chose to emphasize the "higher armholes and a shorter hem" of the Custom Fit while emphasizing the "narrower chest and shorter body length" of the Slim Fit. Is this meant to suggest that one fit has two of these features, while the other has the other two? Are they essentially two different slimmer versions of the Classic Fit?
     
  10. aquatherm

    aquatherm Active Member

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    Something I found on a retailers website:

    'The new slim-fit Polo is similar in shape to the custom-fit Polo. A little slimmer on the body, about 1inch difference in all. The main difference is the fact that it is about 2.5 inches in length shorter than the custom-fit Polo, also the hem at the back is longer than the front, but again a less pronounced difference than on the custom fit. So to sum up the new shape, a little slimmer in the body, but a lot shorter and neater.'
     
  11. jmoody15

    jmoody15 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the custom fit works for me - I've got too long of a torso to fit into Lacoste, so I'm guessing this will be a better fit
     
  12. ff4marvel

    ff4marvel Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone with experience with both the Custom and Slim Fit polos (or even just one of the two) comment? I'd be interested to know if people have found the fit to be significantly better on one versus the other...
     
  13. Sydguy

    Sydguy Well-Known Member

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    I have a custom and one with no designation, so I guess it is a standard polo.

    The custom has shorter sleeve length, the sleeve will ride up over bicep but not down, annoying me to no end.
    I find the custom to be the same length as the normal polo. It is no slimmer than the normal in fact the normal appears more fitted when I am wearing it.
    Side by side you can not spot any difference, I guess you could get a tape out and measure the hell out of it to find a few cm here or there.
    My wife has never noticed any difference other than I preference the Normal, but everyone will be different so just try them all on I guess.
    I prefer both to my Lacoste polo if that is any help either! And my polo's are almost 2 years old so might be new versions around?
     
  14. jtang108

    jtang108 Well-Known Member

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    Here is a general comparison chart from the RL site of Classic Fit vs Custom Fit:

    [​IMG]

    If you take a look at our recent reviews here in SF forum, we, at Vastrm, can offer a made to measure polo to get your fit perfect.
     
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    jhilla Well-Known Member

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