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Rank these designer brands polo shirts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ryback, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. NORE

    NORE Senior member

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    That's weird. Was it just the one polo shirt that came apart or more than just one?
    Many people say its durable.

    Also do they stretch a lot after a couple if washes? I don't want a L to fit me like a XXL after a year. Lol
     


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    I have a couple of both the RL and the Lacoste.
    I feel the Lacoste ones are made of a more see through, "open" weave fabric..I find them lighter as well.
    I've had RL's stretch at least a full size, if not more after a few wearings.
    Also have 2 Sunspel which are very nice..a bit old fashioned and 3 Paul Smith multicolor zebra polos and I know I'm going to get told off, but the Gap athletic polo I have, has fared better than all of the above!
     


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    So would the lacoste polo stretch a lot after?

    Should I get a size smaller??
     


  5. NORE

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    Again, you guys have to compare apples to apples here. Compare the shirts offered made of the same or similar materials. I've had RL polos fall apart, too but those were made of that see thru tissue material so it was expected. The pima and mercerized cotton ones, for example are prone to stretching.
     


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    I love the fit and durability of Ralph Lauren Polos. I only buy them from Ralph Lauren because they seem to fit better and be more durable than the ones I bought from a department store.
     


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    I chucked all of my RL Polos -- just too many of them around -- and replaced them all with Lacoste, which I have been wearing for about 45 years . Bought some at full price as I needed a few black and bought a bunch on eBay, which is nice because they have a slightly worn appearance. The shrinkage -- as the store employees will tell you -- is only in the length but unless you're a tall, I would not use that as a reason to go up a size. BB is kind of corny, forget A&F, and I agree with the fellow about the checks on the placket of thte Burberry's --fugly.
     


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    I've mostly tried them all, here's what I have to say, and trying not to be bias:

    Ralph Lauren - Shirts i've owned 7 years ago become sentimental and still a great fit and look like they were made to be worn by me- although their collars annoy me sometimes - with careful care you can make the collars last, but when they go, they go.

    Gant/Rugger - adding this here because they make quite nice Polos, although a bit pricey, they fit well and are pretty good quality. The styles they offer are unique and not as tacky as Lacoste's

    Brooks Brother - several years ago they were pretty bad, but recently have been improved

    Lacoste - the original and best 'Tennis' polo, although I have disdain towards them for their shrinkage and durability over time, surprised others hav emet better success. Otherwise Lacoste is great, and a sentiment and reminder of Rene Lacoste AKA 'the Crocodile'

    Fred Perry - hit and miss, though accurate depiction apart from Lacoste of the 'perfect' tennis polo
    Penguin - sort of a cult following brand from what I've seen. Nothing really inherently wrong with Penguin apart from what any other Polo goes through - at this point its merely preference of fit and style

    Canterbury - don't know enough but others do it better, no reason to come here or consider their polos
    Burberry - sad attempt at trying to plaster their logo, Burberry shouldn't have to do this

    Abercrombie and Fitch - Highschooler's dream, wannabe's - but certainly not 'trash'

    Utter garbage:
    Nautica
    Boss
    Tommy Hilfiger
     
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    The trick to the RL polos is to wash them after each day-long wear. Wash them with the collars up and hang them to dry taking note that the shoulder of the shirt should align with the shoulder of the hanger. I have some shirts that are 20+ years old and still look great.
     


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    Which brands would fall under this category?
    Lacoste? RL? Tommy?
     


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    That's not something brand related, Pima/Mercurized cotton is nearly always prone to stretching.
     


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    Exactly what I do! I wash on gentle cycle with collars up, put in the dryer on air dry for 30 minutes and hang on a plastic suit hanger with wide shoulders. Then fold at put away.

    The Brooks Brothers Polos are garbage, like a majority of their products recently.
     


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    I have had BB polos for years and I'm bored of them so I wish they would wear out but hey don't. I'm not sure what you are talking about. The Black Fleece ones are especially nice.
     


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    I'm talking about the performance Polos, the arm bands and collar stretch out, the mesh material is thin and they are cut off center.
     


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    So are all polos made with Pima/Mercurized cotton?
     


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