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Body length on polo shirts. Too long versus rising above beltline when arms raised.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by michaeljohnr, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. michaeljohnr

    michaeljohnr Senior member

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    I have a few Hilfiger "Custom Fit" polos. I suppose it's their version of a fit between regular and slim. Other brands might also have this particular fit issue though. I have a RL brand polo that's the same.

    Body wise, they fit me very well, slim fitting on the sides but not too tight, any more fit and they would be too tight.

    My issue lies with the body length.

    I feel they are slightly too long, but if I am wearing one untucked and raise my arms above my head, the bottom of the shirt rises to the top of my beltline.

    Right now, they fall slightly below the halfway point on the zipper line.

    If I tailored the shirt to create a shorter body length, it would be above my beltline if I raised my arms.

    What's the thought on this?

    Should the length of the body be measured so it sits even with your beltline with your arms are raised above your head or should it fall midway between the top of the pants and the bottom of the zipper line?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. AndrewGK

    AndrewGK New Member

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    IMO, midway between the top of the pants and the bottom of the zipper line. Usually you don't have to raise your arms above your head in a normal setting so I wouldn't worry about it too much. And if you do, its an excuse for your abs to peek out. :p It DOES bother me a bit more in the context of tucking the polo though since I hate having to re-tuck shirts.
     
  3. brad-t

    brad-t Senior member

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    why the hell are you raising your arms above your head constantly?
     
  4. michaeljohnr

    michaeljohnr Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it.

    I'll have one tailored to midway to see how it looks. I hate the way they look if the body is too long. It just looks sloppy to me.

    You're right about raising my arms, though I'd hate to be "that guy" on a plane sometime loading my luggage in the overhead and giving the person in the seat an eyeful of (well toned I might ad) abs.
     
  5. jtang108

    jtang108 Senior member

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    michaeljohnr - really great question you have here! We have a lot of customers ask us what the proper length is for polos, where you wear them tucked or untucked. We did write a short blog post on that topic. The image that works well to describe untucked length us here:

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    An untucked shirt at this length will help you avoid showing your abs (or really belly button) when you lift your arms. Difficult to find the perfect length. We find our customers are asking for shorter front length styles, which I personally like. But we risk looking like this image of Homer Simpson :)

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    One other issue I would point out that would help alleviate looking like Homer. In most cases, cotton knit polos will start off with a great silhouette. But after just one or two washes will shorten the front length and the width will actually stretch - creating the dreaded boxy polo!!! We hate that!!!! The best remedy for this is either dry cleaning *expensive*. Or wash cold water and hang dry. We personally have scoured the cotton mills around the world to find knits that retain their shape and color wash after wash. So hopefully none of us will ever look like Homer :)

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    As a final note, we can easily adjust front length or taper the waist on any of our silhouettes to get you into the perfect fitting polo! Ping me if you are interested in giving us a try! jtang@vastrm.com
     

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