gamma68

Honors Member
I'm sure the question has been asked before. But there are new offerings each year. So I'll ask again.

Who offers the best short-sleeve polo shirts?

By best, I'm thinking looks good, fits good, feels good, priced reasonably, and durable (i.e. doesn't fade or fray after 3 wearings).

Brands I have in mind now are:


  • LL Bean
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Orvis
  • J Crew
  • Lands' End

RL Polo is probably out of the picture for me because of the logo. Same with BB, unless the logo blends in with the shirt and is relatively inconspicuous.

I'm also not on board with the "wrinkle free" stuff. I have no issue with ironing when needed.

Your recommendations are welcomed. Thanks!
 
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L-feld

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I really like King Louie. They are union made and retail for $27 a pop.

https://www.allamericanclothing.com/made-in-usa/j4500.html

I personally prefer the moisture wicking version, since I typically wear these when it's really hot, but they have the downside of looking slightly underarmor-ish.

I've also had good experiences with Diamond Golf Shirts, which are made from supima cotton in a very fine interlock knit. But they are kind of dressy looking, which may not be your thing. For $60 a pop, you can get a MTM polo shirt. They do MTM the same was Kent Wang does - you get a sample size to start with and then tell them what adjustments to make to the pattern.

https://www.diamondgolfshirts.com/
 
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Pentheos

Advanced Member
LL Bean for me, exclusively. I was wearing a five year old one last week, and a friend asked me if I had gotten a new shirt. They come in tall (important for me), many color choices, fabric choices, no logo. What more could a person want?
 

fred johnson

Senior Member
Not the best of answers but all my polos have been thrifted over the years; BB and PRL. I really don't mind either logo for this type of shirt. Were I buying new I would go with LLB which are of great quality and fit; shop the Bean Outlets if you can for rock bottom prices. For golf I wear polo golf as I like the fuller fit and longer non-banded sleeves, also thrifted.
 

hardline_42

Honors Member
My go-to polos have been PRL custom fits. They wear well enough, have a range of fits and all the details are correct. I don't mind the logo so much. This year I'd like to try a couple of shirts from Criquet. The 100% organic cotton pique and the fact that it's made in the USA has me curious. A lot of people also recommend Southern Tide polos, though I've never tried them. You'll have to deal with logos for both.
 

Duvel

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I like PRL polos. I have one Fred Perry that I like a lot. It has a smallish logo, but I think the logo is actually kind of cool.
 

orange fury

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PRL Custom Fit work great for me too, the logo doesn't really bother me all that much. My favorite polo I own though is one by Corneliani- if I could find more at a decent price (not the $200+ retail), I would stock up on spares.

I do seem to remember hearing Southern Tide polos had gone downhill recently, but I've never tried them
 

Eric W S

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Bill's Khakis. Almost like the LaCoste's of old. Two placket, Pique, Thick, and a longer tail is what I would look. O'Connell's are nice as well, but are three button.
 

gamma68

Honors Member
RL Polo shirts are out of the question for me because of the logo. Although I think I have one in the rotation, it's not something I'd necessarily seek today.

At $98.50, Bills Khakis polo shirts are out of the question. Especially when Pima Cotton polos from LLB are around $35. Are Bills Khakis polos three times better?
 

Duvel

Connoisseur
The PRL logo doesn't bother me for the same reason, I think, that a croc on a polo shirt would also be okay. The reason is that I think it looks a bit iconic. A polo without a logo, in fact, looks almost wrong, to me, and the little pony is so iconic that, as long as it is kept small, it is almost part of the look. For me, anyway.
 

32rollandrock

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Not the best of answers but all my polos have been thrifted over the years; BB and PRL. I really don't mind either logo for this type of shirt. Were I buying new I would go with LLB which are of great quality and fit; shop the Bean Outlets if you can for rock bottom prices. For golf I wear polo golf as I like the fuller fit and longer non-banded sleeves, also thrifted.
This. Polo shirts are, or should be, like t-shirts: Cheap and disposable, so you don't have to sweat if they get stained. I have a few high-end polos (thrifted) that include Paul Stuart, RL Purple Label and Robert Talbott. They're nice, but not worth MSRP, not even close. Some will disagree because some people are "into" polo shirts the way that others are "shoe hobbyists." To each his own. But for me, the best way is to grab them for $2 or so apiece at the thrifts, where there are always tons, wear them for a summer or two, then throw them away and start again. I'm not the sort to wear a polo shirt to an upscale garden party, but if I were, I always have the nice ones in reserve. Otherwise, wear them as others do t-shirts, for washing the car, walking the dog, etc.
 

YoungSoulRebel

Inactive user
Totally agree! The only logos I can tolerate are lacoste and Fred Perry.
The PRL logo doesn't bother me for the same reason, I think, that a croc on a polo shirt would also be okay. The reason is that I think it looks a bit iconic. A polo without a logo, in fact, looks almost wrong, to me, and the little pony is so iconic that, as long as it is kept small, it is almost part of the look. For me, anyway.
 

style417

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My nicer polos come from LLB or CT, though I do have a few BB ones (not a big logo person either).

I also have a bunch of inexpensive polos I've bought on sale from Kohls. When they're new I use them for work rotation when I'm going to be out on the shop floor, when they get old they become gardening/outdoor work shirts. Like 32 R&R above, I wear them instead of t-shirts (though I really don't like t-shirts).
 

Bama87

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Maybe I just havent shopped around enough, but I have a long torso compared to my arms and legs, the only polos I have found that fit me (body to sleeve ratio) are the RL polos. Everything else has been way to short for my torso in a M, or the arm holes way to big on a L. So at this point I must put up with the logo.
 

Reuben

Honors Member
This year I'd like to try a couple of shirts from Criquet. The 100% organic cotton pique and the fact that it's made in the USA has me curious.
Criquet shirts are the absolute best for my money, the longer plaquet, pocket, and collar stays are wonderful details, the fabric's wonderfully soft right off the bat, the fit's fantastic and the stripes they offer are fairly unique. They are not, however, made in America. The earliest runs were but they've moved production to china. I'd kick up a bigger fuss if it weren't for the fact that quality has noticeable improved since the move.
 

Mikestyle49

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i think PRL, slim fit in mesh are are my favorite. i buy a few new ones every year. they are great quality, look great and come in just about any color you can think of
 

ROI

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Bill's Khakis. Almost like the LaCoste's of old. Two placket, Pique, Thick, and a longer tail is what I would look. O'Connell's are nice as well, but are three button.
I like Bill's, too. The model is right. They are domestically made (it would be interesting to know who the contractor is). The white, navy, red, and pink shades are good. Since I don't go in for the fashion-y colors, it doesn't bother me that they are mostly awful. I'd like a tartan green.
 

Himself

Super Member
I wear polos a lot and I'm picky. So I'm shopping all the time. They're my "T-shirts" too.

These days I'd say "best" is a 3-way tie among Lacoste, Polo and Brooks Brothers. But because of price and logo-aversion, I've taken to J. Crew, which are almost as good.

Patagonia are great -- I still have a couple -- but too wide and full for me.

If anyone has measurements, please post (after a couple of washes). I like BB Slim Fit, J. Crew standard/classic, and old Norsport (long discontinued), all about 20" PTP for a Medium.
 
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hardline_42

Honors Member
Criquet shirts are the absolute best for my money, the longer plaquet, pocket, and collar stays are wonderful details, the fabric's wonderfully soft right off the bat, the fit's fantastic and the stripes they offer are fairly unique. They are not, however, made in America. The earliest runs were but they've moved production to china. I'd kick up a bigger fuss if it weren't for the fact that quality has noticeable improved since the move.
I think you're referring to the other styles besides the pique (your comment about collar stays tipped me off). Those are labeled as "Imported" on the website. I would hope that the "American Made Classic Pique Polo" (described twice in the description as "made in the USA) is, in fact, made in the USA. I'm glad to know that you're impressed with the quality, though.
 
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