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Shrinking RL Polo Oxford Shirts?

Jo Ellroy

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I just bought a new RL Polo Oxford shirt online. I’ve always been between M and LG with this brand, but this LG seems massive, even though it’s Custom Fit rather than Classic. I live abroad so returning them is not really an option. I could do with a little shrinkage...

I did this by accident years ago and the shirt ended up fitting better, but I can’t remember exactly how I did it. Think I washed it on 60c, rather than 40c.

Would washing this new shirt on 60c likely get some result? I guess taking up to 90c would be taking it too far.

What a pain!
 

Phileas Fogg

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I just bought a new RL Polo Oxford shirt online. I’ve always been between M and LG with this brand, but this LG seems massive, even though it’s Custom Fit rather than Classic. I live abroad so returning them is not really an option. I could do with a little shrinkage...

I did this by accident years ago and the shirt ended up fitting better, but I can’t remember exactly how I did it. Think I washed it on 60c, rather than 40c.

Would washing this new shirt on 60c likely get some result? I guess taking up to 90c would be taking it too far.

What a pain!

why is returning it not an option? Just curious.

Would alterations be an option?

I say this because the physics of fabric shrinkage are highly unpredictable. I’m sure a fabric engineer could give more insight, but for the purpose of our discussion, wash it in hot water and dry, but be prepared for the shirt To be ruined.
 

Jo Ellroy

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why is returning it not an option? Just curious.

Would alterations be an option?

I say this because the physics of fabric shrinkage are highly unpredictable. I’m sure a fabric engineer could give more insight, but for the purpose of our discussion, wash it in hot water and dry, but be prepared for the shirt To be ruined.

By the time I’ve sent it back abroad etc and paid for that I can just buy another shirt. Alterations are an option yeah, the issue is that the collar is the part that looks biggest and I’ve always heard they can’t really be made smaller.
 

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Shrinkage may happen, but don't count on it. A lot of mall brands like Ralph Lauren have gotten very good at controlling shrinkage to minimal or unnoticeable.

By all means if you're stuck with the shirt try it. Some cotton shirts may take several washings to reach "stable state". I also don't think hot wash + dry will ruin an oxford shirt.
 

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