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Ralph Lauren Shirts

DandySF

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I just noticed Ralph Lauren's Custom Fit shirt line at the Polo Mansion yesterday.  The body of the shirt is less baggy than other RL shirts I've had.  It closely approximates what I was trying to accomplish by ordering from Jantzen.  I picked one up and am pleased with the overall fit.  One quibble concerns the sleeve placket button hole; it's perpendicular to the length of the placket rather than parallel--a small sign of less precise (and costly) construction.  The other nit concerns the split yoke:  rather than the fabric being angled, it just lines up with the body of the shirt.  Otherwise these shirts are, for me, a quick and easy way to get a shirt without the uncertainty and wait of the custom channel.
 

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I thought that they would be the Jantzen alternative for me but then I took a closer look at the fit. The only size that even is close to fitting me is the small, but the problem is that the neck is probably somewhere between 14.5-15, whereas my neck is around 15.5-16.

I guess I am just too tall/skinny to find a good RTW shirt? I mean, the medium doesn't even come close to fitting me - it is super baggy. For reference I am 6'1" 160 lbs with 31" waist and 38" chest.
 

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I've had mixed success with custom fit. The polo I got was a very slim fit, with short sleeves and a short tail, but the oxford I got didn't seem that much different that a normal RL baggy buttondown shirt.
 

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I thought that they would be the Jantzen alternative for me but then I took a closer look at the fit.  The only size that even is close to fitting me is the small, but the problem is that the neck is probably somewhere between 14.5-15, whereas my neck is around 15.5-16.  

I guess I am just too tall/skinny to find a good RTW shirt?  I mean, the medium doesn't even come close to fitting me - it is super baggy.  For reference I am 6'1" 160 lbs with 31" waist and 38" chest.
yes, you're gonna be a hard fit for RTW. 6'1" and 160 lbs at 38 and 31 is extremely different than the average american.

I'm 6' 1/2" and 185, 42-43 chest and 34-36 waist (depending on my conditioning), and I find almost all RTW shirts to be bulky, especially at the waist.
 

trogdor

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yes -- I picked up one of the custom fit polos and it was pretty slim cut. Quite nice really, because I often find that most polos are too baggy for my taste.

My only quibble was that it was a bit short in the body (as dusty noted), but c'mon ... who tucks in a polo?
 

oldskool

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True. Custom & RLPL polos are shorter to be worn untucked.. the way a 'polo' shirt should be worn. Being used to a traditional size however, it took some getting used to. Now I think my regular polos are gym shirts. The colors and fabrics of the shirts are much better also.

I think RL is concentrating more on the expensive sportswear as the wealthy baby boomers no doubt require this sort of thing. Neiman's has a whole table of RLPL sweat suits in Chicago.
 

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