if there is a taper from the chest to the waist in the pattern then it's probably ladies. i mean you can actually see the stitches decrease as you look along the body side seams. most guys sweaters are patterned straight from the armpits to the waist ribbing. With very fine knits sometimes this isn't the case, i've got an rlpl sweater that is surprisingly tapered. maybe i've been wearing a ladies' sweater? lol. it's pretty big tho, so i doubt it. merino will totally felt in the washing machine. if the reverse is napped then it's probably been shrunk. sometimes wool will get hard and nasty after felting but often it will get pretty soft and spongy! yeah, your photos are not at all helpful lol. as for Polo Jeans, i've never seen anything worth copping. *Maybe* the flag sweaters? But i think anything RL is piece by piece. I brake for Polo, Polo Country, Polo Sport, RRL and don't sleep on Rugby, even some Denim and Supply is worthwhile! Talking sportswear, casual, and heritage stuff here, not cm.