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Why do polo shirts have horizontal stripes, but dress shirts have vertical?

bleachboy

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Because of the British royal family.

(That's always the answer.)
 

Master-Classter

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because you touch yourself at night.
 

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they make both in both ways.
 

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Originally Posted by wEstSidE
they make both in both ways.

x2. I've seen them.
 

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You can get dress shirts with horizontal stripes (for those that need a sammich).
 

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If you are referring to short-sleeve polo shirts, they are in the same family as long-sleeve polo/rugby shirts, which are a subcategory of sweaters -- and sweaters, tees and knits in general tend toward horizontal stripes, while shirting and suiting typically feature vertical stripes.

I have seen button-ups with horizontal stripes, but only a few times, and they looked undesirable frankly.

I have no idea about the underlying logic though.
 

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yeah he is asking why knit shirts tend to have horizontal stripes and woven stuff tends to have vertical stripes. i can't actually answer that question myself and i have asked it before. (google, pondering at night b4 bed)
 

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maybe something to do with how the fabrics are woven and then sewen together? So knits are different to broadcloths?
 

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Originally Posted by bleachboy
Because of the British royal family.

(That's always the answer.)


Especially for the members of the British royal family that played polo.
 

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Why? So you don't look like a referee. I believe a few companies tried making them a while back, but customers stopped buying them when people kept coming up to them to settle their disputes.
 

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Vertical stripes are slimming, which is advantageous in the business world.

Horizontal stripes makes you look larger, which is advantageous on the street.
 

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Don't be ridiculous, people! All these posts and EVERYONE has the wrong answer?

Polo shirts have horizontal stripes so that I will look grotesquely fat in them. I thought even children knew this.
 

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