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Casual Polo Shirts - In or Out?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lafont, May 14, 2009.

  1. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    I've gotten interested in knit, pique, short-sleeved polo shirts - in particular those of Lacoste. But regarding any knit polo shirts, what's the "rule" determining if it should be worn out or tucked in? a) Depends on if it has side vents (i.e. slits) or not? thus with vents it would be tucked in, with the idea a vent doesn't look good - particularly if the shirt is at all snug and the vents would flare;
    b) Depends on shirt size - if so long it would come down to the crotch area it should be tucked it in; another version: two-button - in; three-button - out;
    c) Depends on the formality of the occasion; I know, one doesn't wear a knit polo shirt to too dressy a setting but it surely is dressier and classier than ripped or distressed attire and the like;
    d) "My kind of thing": could it depend on the designer - i.e. if the designer shows in ads the shirt being worn out it means that designer thinks his or her shirt should be worn out and one should follow suit, or vice versa;
    e) No "rule" at all. If you are one who doesn't tend to believe rules exist in men's fashion at all you shouldn't be responding here - this is for those who believe rules do exist. And please don't respond something to the effect of "personal preference." I'm asking "rules" here. Or say "e." I suppose if one has a pot belly it could color one's decision, too. Or should....
    Okay, I just noticed on Lacost's own website they show these shirts worn both ways (but mostly out, and the shirts don't look all that large on the models).
     
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  3. Wes Bourne

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    I think they are best worn untucked, unless you want to be mistaken for a pro golfer, sales rep or I.T. guy. I always wear mine untucked, doesn't look sloppy at all; they hit just below the belt and have side slits. As for c): if the lack of formality of an event/occasion allows you to wear a polo shirt, whether you tuck it in or not really doesn't matter. Besides, can a shirt that was invented as tennis attire be considered anything other than casual? I don't think there's an actual rule concerning polo shirts, but if you insist, you may want to consider the fact that RenÃ[​IMG] Lacoste wore his tucked in.
     
  4. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    Yes, I was going to look at photos of Rene Lacoste; that's the sort of thing I do....
    I guess some guys dress so ultra-casually they actually consider a polo sort of dressy. I know many offices consider them okay for Fri. business casual but not, say, t-shirts - even if "decorative."
     
  5. Wes Bourne

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    So I guess you may choose to tuck yours in if you feel it makes you appear less sloppy or looks `dressier`. Just remember that no matter how luxurious your Egyptian or Sea Island cotton knit polo feels and looks, it will never actually be `dressy`.
     
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    So I guess you may choose to tuck yours in if you feel it makes you appear less sloppy or looks `dressier`. Just remember that no matter how luxurious your Egyptian or Sea Island cotton knit polo feels and looks, it will never actually be `dressy`.

    Exactly, if you feel the need to tuck it, you should have worn something else.
     
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    A polo should be tucked because gives off a better silouhette that way. If you want a trimmer fit, either size down or buy a Ralph Lauren custom fit.
     
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    I never tuck them and only get the Custom Fit PRL. Nice and slim and short. Great shirts.
     
  9. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    As far as the illustrious Rene Lacoste[​IMG] , I don't know how much weight we can give him as he was from another era.... Note here, at least in his old age, Lacaste buttoned his shirt right to the top:

    http://www.life.com/image/1275976

    When he first wore the shirts (and jackets, etc.) they had to be white, and men wore fedoras and jackets and ties to outdoor sporting events.
     
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    Untucked, never looks bad unless it doesn't fit you properly in the first place.
     
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    I never wear my shirts untucked but sometimes don't look that bad when casual.
     
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    I normally wear untucked but I don't like how tennis tails look.

    I really should just avoid tennis tails in the future.
     
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    If the polo shirt is vented and longer in the back then it should be tucked in ...right? I mean, doesn't it look odd?
     
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    If the polo shirt is vented and longer in the back then it should be tucked in ...right? I mean, doesn't it look odd?

    No, it doesn't look odd. At least to me. I think it looks dorky as hell if you tuck it in though. I think if it is short, the tennis tails matter not.

    Mike
     
  15. Lafont

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    I see about all these shirts have vents, though usually very small, so I must have been thinking of what some of you are referring to "tennis tails." If the back is longer than the front I could see more reason for tucking in the shirt.

    This forum attracts all types -
    Just curious; are there any of you such purists about the tennis shirt you think it has to be white and nothing but?
     
  16. Wes Bourne

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    You're kidding right? Only white? Are you qualifying for Wimbledon? Sure, there's nothing like a crisp white top in summer, be it an OCBD or a pique polo, but it's also the only time of year when I'll wear certain colors. You know, the key to dressing casually is adopting a casual mindset...Just saying.
     
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    I wear my office pants at night...
    Untucked if worn with shorts.
    Untucked if worn with jeans.
    Tucked if worn with chinos (whether they be khaki or another color) or another type of trouser.

    Only exception there would be if you are wearing with jeans and a sportcoat -- probably going to have to tuck, there. But I'm not sure that such a combination would look that great.
     
  18. Lafont

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    Actually I was wearing my RL polo today (Fri.) out and noticed the back is indeed longer than the front. Tucked it in right away! I did think it looked a little funny with the slist spread as they were. Not that the shirt is tight; the slits just didn't look that hot. And yes - I happened to be wearing khakis.

    Do you think a knit polo has to be pique to be classic? Does it have to be two-button?
     
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    Do you think a knit polo has to be pique to be classic? Does it have to be two-button?

    That's all I would really wear, myself.
     
  20. Lafont

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    Moved this to new thread.
     

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