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Sunspel Polo purchase?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Colonel428, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. creed13

    creed13 Member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hi all,

    Looking to order the Riviera but I am undecided as the size,my chest measure is 105 cm so please advice if must choose the L or XL size.
    On Orlebar Brown Sebastian I wear XL.
    Thank you !
  2. Bryan101

    Bryan101 Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Sorry to resurrect this old thread but I was Googling around on this issue and wanted to add my 2 Cents.

    I'm 5'10 and 180 LBS (on a good day). I have a barrel chest, and I normally wear a Ralph Lauren "Custom Fit" large polo. My jacket size is 42R and I tend to wear Ermenegildo Zegna suits.

    In order to save a little bit on those cost of these Polos (since they don't seem to be available stateside unless through Mr. Porter) I've picked up a few on e-bay. The two "Large" polo's were "like new" and pre-washed. The Extra Large one I just bought was brand new with tags and not washed.

    Now that is all out of the way... the two "Large" Sunspel Riviera Polos were very tight and very short. So short that I wouldn't want to raise my arms above shoulder level. They are very clingy and have tried to stretch them out a bit to see if I could make them work to little or no avail.

    I figured XL must be my "true" size. It came today, and it's the closest thing to a "Polo Nightgown" I've ever seen. The lower hem practically dangles down to my crotch. As I type this I have it in the wash and I'm trying to shrink it to see if that will do the trick, but so far I'm massively disappointed in these polos. Lacoste also has sizing that seems "off" all the time, but this is taking it to an entirely new level.

    If shrinking it doesn't work I'm going to take it to the tailor and have them lop about 2+ inches of material.

    I'd highly suggest not buying one unless you can try it on first and see how it fits you.
  3. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

    Sep 1, 2011
    I'll chime in for posterity's sake here.

    I'm 5'8, 180lbs and have a 41" chest size. I'm a large in RL custom fit polos, which fit perfectly snug but not too much. I just bought a Sunspel tee in Large, which it says is appropriate for 41-42. I find it to be big on me and not fitted at all. I will proceed to intentionally shrink in the dryer and see if that works, or I may just buy a Medium to compare.

    By and large, I am surprised that the material is not thicker. This is a tee shirt and not an undershirt I bought, and yet the cotton - while very fine - is perhaps a bit too thin to not be used as an undershirt. My $.02

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