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The Great Polo Shirt Conundrum

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Ignor the haters George. Those pics you posted look great. Warm weather off duty casual perfection.
     


  2. jt10000

    jt10000 Senior member

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    The photos Kaplan shows look great. Just because many people wear baggy polo shirts as part of bad overall looks doesn't mean polos are inherently bad. Great informal piece of clothing when done right.
     


  3. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Sorry to say, I'm not feeling that. Any black shirt under a jacket is a no no, and doubly so if it is a polo.
     


  4. erpet

    erpet Senior member

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    Polos are brilliant casual wear, actually as casual as I will ever be seen outside of the gym.

    Having entered my forties, I always wear shirts with collars, i.e. the polo has become what the t-shirt was when I was in my twenties. Dress your age, as they say.

    For the office? Possibly if you work on a Saturday in July.
     


  5. bigasahouse

    bigasahouse Senior member

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    Those look nice. Who makes them?
     


  6. Kaplan

    Kaplan Senior member

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    Both are Sunspel. Top one is with their wowen t-shirt fabric (not the usual polo piqué). Bottom one is their Riviera polo which I had both slimmed and shortened.
     


  7. AE7

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    I have a Sunspel Rivera polo. Mine was a bit short, and I am in Long sizing. The fabric gets very light after few wears, although it makes it look nice at the sea. Why did not you size down in Rivera?

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  8. Kaplan

    Kaplan Senior member

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    Didn't size down as I'm a M in everything else from Sunspel and I think that a S would have gotten too slim over the shoulders. As it is I actually think the sleeves are too short.
     


  9. AE7

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    Yours or mine? Mine too me are short. Yours, in both pictures look quite proportional.
     
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  10. Kaplan

    Kaplan Senior member

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    I would've prefered my Riviera sleeves a bit longer, though they may look fine in that pic.
     


  11. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I personally love polo shirts but context is key. They are great casual weekend wear and polos with a nice pair of linen pants is a dramatic step up from the more common jeans and t-shirt look. As a practical matter, when it gets really hot, they're kind of nice too. The only context in which I can see them in the office, however, is on a "casual Friday" during the summer. They're not a formal garment and shouldn't be treated as one, but they're a hell of a lot more elegant than a t-shirt. Hell, I've been asked why I'm dressed up wearing a polo tucked into linen pants.

    I really like the BB Golden Fleece slim fit and Polo Ralph Lauren custom fit polos. These eliminate some of the boxiness that people in the thread have complained about. I think they're well worth the $40-$50 you can get them for on sale pretty easily. Personally never cared for Lacoste or found anything else worthwhile. YMMV. Some of my older ones will be serving me for the seventh summer and they still look nice.
     


  12. bigasahouse

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    Thanks!
     


  13. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    You know, I have to agree with the PRL polos. If I HAD to wear a polo that would be it. They are the only ones I've come across whose collars don't end up bunched up or askew.
     


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    Love the look Kaplan! Tailored cut with mid bicep sleeve length. Cheers!
     


  15. Vastrm Darren

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    It's difficult to generalize all polos in one category. Like everything in a man's closet, the context of wearing a polo depends on one's style and life. It is certain however that polos are no longer t-shirts with a collar. There will always be lower quality brands that target a lower-priced market which will sometimes resemble something along these lines. But companies like Kent Wang and Vastrm are nice reminders that what is available today certainly isn't your grandfather's polo.

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