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Polo Shirts--Do not Like.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LabelKing, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I do not like the look of the Polo Shirt. They inevitably bring to mind "professional" sorts wearing some baggy thing at a company outing or picnic. I think I prefer someone wearing a slim tee-shirt than a "pricey" polo shirt. However, the Fred Perry polos that the skinheads used to wear are acceptable. [​IMG]
     
  2. Big Pun

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    Fred Perry are the only ones I wear- I love the stripes on the sleeves and collar and deeper placket. Most polos do bring to mind some boring accountant wearing it tucked into baggy pleated khakis. A rather heinous thought. [​IMG]
     
  3. TheWraith

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    Nonsense, they're a great, casual shirt.
     
  4. LabelKing

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    I'm sorry but whenever they are worn, they have this oozing aura of utter squareness and all that is bad about heterosexuality. [​IMG]
     
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    +1, I cannot stand polo shirts. The only ones I would consider wearing would be something like a RLPL polo, slim fit and IMO it must be tucked in. I refuse to wear anything with a little horse or crocodile on it.
     
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    [​IMG]

    This guy looks rather ok in them.
     
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    Nonsense, they're a great, casual shirt.

    +1

    I don't understand the dislike for polo shirts. I really enjoy them.

    I don't care for the look of polos that are two sizes too large, but as long as the size is proper, I see no objection.
     
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    +1, I cannot stand polo shirts. The only ones I would consider wearing would be something like a RLPL polo, slim fit and IMO it must be tucked in. I refuse to wear anything with a little horse or crocodile on it.

    I was against polos for a while...but I'm starting to wear them more now...but only if they are slim fitting, vs the tents that most people wear.
     
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    I refuse to wear anything with a little horse or crocodile on it.

    [​IMG]

    This guy looks rather ok in them.


    +1 note that Mr. Craig/Bond's polo has no logo.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of polos, particularly ones in obnoxious colors. What I hate the most are the logos on them. Branding should be discrete.
     
  10. TheWraith

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    That's the same for everything, though. If worn correctly (correct sizing etc.), then it looks better than if you wear something unsuited to your size/shape. Polo logos don't bother me too much.
     
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    +1 note that Mr. Craig/Bond's polo has no logo.

    This is important. Also helpful:

    • fitted
    • self-collar, not ribbed like some stretched-out underwear waistband
    • only tucked in if it's really long
    • in Bond's case, probably made by Ted Baker
     
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    [​IMG]
    Surely you could have procured a more flattering model than this grotesque poser, LK. GetSmart does it well. I think polo shirts are decent. Not wishing to sound Xenox, but the presence of buttons does make them more versatile than a t-shirt. I find, somehow, the FP laurels and the Lacoste croc more tasteful than the RL pony. So long as it fits well on the sleeves, the collar is well shaped, and it isn't too short - you're good to go. @Unrefinery: I believe his are made by 'Sunspel'. Won't look so good on a regular guy, though.
     
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    If you have a gut, polos look better on you than t-shirts.
     
  14. LabelKing

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    There is something incredibly generic looking about polo shirts. It doesn't matter if they fit well.
     
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    This is important. Also helpful:

    • fitted
    • self-collar, not ribbed like some stretched-out underwear waistband
    • only tucked in if it's really long
    • in Bond's case, probably made by Ted Baker


    That one Daniel Craig is wearing in the photo is by Sunspel.
     
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    Fred Perry are the only ones I wear- I love the stripes on the sleeves and collar and deeper placket.

    I don't get the Fred Perry love. When I was in London, I tried one on. The fabric was so thin that you could see my pasty white epidermis through it. I've seen better garbage at Old Navy.
     
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    [​IMG] William F Buckley says a small Crocodile is acceptable.
     
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    There is something incredibly generic looking about polo shirts. It doesn't matter if they fit well.
    Agreed. Hard to explain but a tee shirt usually looks better for some reason. And polos tucked in usually look alot worse.
     
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    I don't get the Fred Perry love. When I was in London, I tried one on. The fabric was so thin that you could see my pasty white epidermis through it. I've seen better garbage at Old Navy.
    There is a lot of different materials/fabrics etc. in the Fred Perry line.
     
  20. MalfordOfLondon

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    There is a lot of different materials/fabrics etc. in the Fred Perry line.

    Whenever I see Fred Perry it just makes me think of the cheap faux retro mod shops down Carnaby St - didn't think it had much of a following in the states.
     

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