Are RLBL dress shirts top quality?

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  1. Bexcellence

    Bexcellence Senior member

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    Was mainly looking at them cause they have a good brand name (RL) behind it and it has the slim fit. But how would it compare to other luxurious brands?
     


  2. Klobber

    Klobber Senior member

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    I would not say they were top quality, but the ones I own have decent fabric and MOP buttons. I reckon for under $150, they are a good bang for the buck. You pay a hell of a lot less for RLBL than several other SF approved shirt brands. Only you can decide whether the cost - quality trade off errs in favour of cost.
     


  3. ijesse

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    They're ok.

    They shrink at the sleeves quite a bit. Although the MOP buttons are nice, they crease like mofo's and are really delicate.

    I found that Polo RL shirts are much more durable, and if i wanted much better quality I would jump up to RLPL. :slayer:
     


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    +1
     


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    I had a white RLBL that lasted 3 years with regular wearing and dry cleaning. I also had three RLPL that lasted about the same time but with even more frequent wearings and dry cleanings. The fabric on the PLs were nicer but I don't think I'd pay the premium for either anymore. I replaced them all with RL Polo Custom Fit.
     
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  6. jim10

    jim10 Well-Known Member

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    The problem with those shirts is they only sell by neck size, instead of neck and sleeve size like most dress shirts. I have slightly long arms, and their sleeve length for my neck size won't fit me.
     


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    I have long arms too so its unfortunate that Polo Custom Fit switched to neck size only but in doing so they totally redesigned the shirt to be a slimmer fit throughout the arms and body. They also went wit ha relatively long standard arm length and I have no problems with shrinkage after multiple trips to the cleaner. Also, the necks on the Polo Custom Fit are more "forgiving" than their PL and BL counterparts. For BL/PL you better be a 15" and no bigger when you buy a 15", but with custom fit they're just mildly looser so you can adjust it to fit perfect just by moving the button slightly.
     


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    shakattk Well-Known Member

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    Inferior quality to the top brands. Mass produced mid-tier shirts, including RLPL.
     


  9. Bowtiedlad93

    Bowtiedlad93 Senior member

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    They are a high quality but not so easy to maintain. they are easy to crease and do not resist to wrnkles well but are a great fabric and the buttons are nice.
     


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    Man, I wondered why they stopped using sleeve size.

    If I was a 15 32/33 with the old Custom Fits - what (approx) should I buy now for the same fit?

    15/38?
     


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    You'll do fine with the 15/38, 32/33 is a normal sleeve length. I'm a 34 and I fit fine into the 15/38.
     


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    I recently purchased two RLBL shirts off the B&S forum.

    Firstly, there are nice shirts and look very nice with good collar and cuff construction - they aren't stiff, so comforable to wear. However, as pointed out earlier, the sleeve lenght leaves much to be desired. The cutting is also very slim. Being 6 foot tall and weighing 192lbs, my arms and chest barely fit into these shirts. RLPL, which I normally wear, are way too large for me, so I have had them tapered in.

    If I was of a smaller build, I would definitely buy more RLBL shirts.
     


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    always wondered what made the PL so much more expensive than regular custom fit?
    is it the MOP?
     


  14. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Affiliate Vendor

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    I like PRL for everyday shirts and RLPL for nicer shirts. RLBL is a bit of a no man's land for me. They are not as durable as Polo and not as luxurious as Purple Label.
     


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    Hey guys, new here and wanted to jump in. Love the look of the RLBL shirts but the fit is what I dislike as well. I read a few other's stating they had problems with the fit being correct based on weight/height etc...Pretty dissapointing for a nicer quality shirt.
     


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