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Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt Fit Guide

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Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt Fit Guide

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One of the most successful American fashion designers of all time, Ralph Lauren made a name for himself with his Polo line. Inspired by its namesake sport, the Polo line captured and distilled the essence of the players’ on and off-field attire. As a result, Ralph Lauren managed to bottle a signature preppy style for a global audience. At the core of the Polo line lies multiple iterations of the brand’s iconic polo, and each fit slightly differently. So, here at Aphrodite, we’ve created our Ralph Lauren polo shirt fit guide to help you out. We’ll uncover the nuances between Classic, Custom and Slim fit, so you can confidently choose the right option for you.

Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Polo

Classic Fit Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt Guide

The Classic Fit polo shirt is directly inspired by polo players’ uniforms, the Classic Fit boasts a longer wider body and an extended rear hem. These dimensions make for the brand’s roomiest, most relaxed fit. The sleeves sit closer to the elbow and the fuller cut allows for a greater range of movement. Thanks to an asymmetric hem, the Classic Fit polo delivers big Ivy League styling worn tucked in or out.

Ralph Lauren Custom Fit Polo

Custom Fit Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt Guide

A fashion-forward version of its more traditional predecessor, the Custom Fit design is less voluminous overall. The Custom Fit features raised armholes and a trimmed sleeve length to complement a reduced body width. The length has been cropped to achieve a closer fit. The loss of length lends the Custom Fit a tidy appearance and is ideal for a typically smarter overall look.

Ralph Lauren Custom Slim Fit Polo

Custom Slim Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt Guide

The next entry in our Ralph Lauren polo shirt fit guide offers something not too slim nor too loose. Enter the Ralph Lauren Custom Slim Fit. Boasting a shorter sleeve and body, this iteration fits close enough for a sleek silhouette while retaining plenty of movement to prevent restriction. Finished with a classic two-button placket and embroidered branding on the chest, the Custom Slim Fit showcases the versatility among the brand’s polo shirt range. Whichever fit you choose, the Ralph Lauren polo shirt is a timeless classic and a true wardrobe essential.

Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Polo

Slim Fit Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt Guide

And finally, the Slim Fit is the newest of Ralph Lauren’s polo shirt designs. Appealing to the tastes of loyal Europeans, the Slim Fit, as you’d expect, is the most narrow in the roster. The Slim Fit shares the sleeve profile of the Custom Fit but is more figure-hugging due to a reduction in the width and front hem. The rear hem is also cropped further for a definitively slim silhouette. If you favour a snugger fit throughout, the Slim Fit is the fit for you.

Top 10 Graphic Print T-Shirts

No matter if you’re team front print or back print, prefer your top half attire colourful or monochromatic, we can all agree that nothing screams summer like a good old-fashioned graphic t-shirt. Lightweight, breathable and packing a sufficiently weighty visual punch they are a great way to add some extra depth to your outfits when the spring layers begin to come away and your shorts finally find their way back from the dark corners of your winter wardrobe. So, with the temperature rising and the allure of the local beer garden becoming almost unbearable there has never been a better time to stockpile your short sleeve essentials and bulk up with a heaping helping of colourful callouts.

Maison Kitsune T-Shirt

Maison Kitsune

With a music label, coffee shops and an astoundingly good ready-to-wear line under their belt you’d probably imagine that Maison Kitsune are about ready to take a back seat and appreciate the multifaceted, tricolour empire they’ve manged to construct around them. Well, as the Franco-Japanese brand unveils its plans to open the first of its Kitsune hotels in 2020, we’re here to tell you that’s where your wrong and we have just the crustacean based t-shirt to prove it. Boasting a ribbed neck and cotton jersey fabric, the t-shirt swaps out the usual fox motif for a crab resulting in both a classically refined Kitsune style illustration and a clever bit of advertising for their Bali based accommodation. Top marks from us.

Paul & Shark T-Shirt

Paul & Shark

Continuing the theme of sea-based creatures up next we have Paul & Shark. Keeping quality high on the agenda the Italian yachting brand takes the humble t-shirt and imbues it seam to seam with their usual premium craftsmanship. Displaying a colourful rendition of the classic shark logo screen printed to the chest the garment is rounded out with double-stitched hems, a ribbed neck and a slightly less weighty cotton perfect for the rising temperatures.

Patagonia T-Shirt


No stranger to the occasional colourful back print, Patagonia again return this season with a fresh addition to their t-shirt line-up. Made From 100% organic in the brand’s typical ecological fashion, the t-shirt comes with taped shoulder seams for improved shape retention and a bold psychedelic mountain sunset scene plastered to the rear. If this doesn’t make you want to power your way to the top of the nearest slight incline we don’t know what will.

Ten C T-Shirt

Ten C

In-keeping with the brand’s militaristic aesthetic this Ten C t-shirt swaps out loud prints for a more subdued approach, instead opting to let it’s Italian made quality do all the talking. With side splits adding an extra dash of functionality and a bound neck for structure the t-shirt is rounded out with a lowkey shoulder logo print.

Paul Smith T-Shirt

Paul Smith

In somewhat contrasting fashion, next up is British designer Paul Smith. Using their affinity for colourful characters the short sleeve top exchanges the usual zebra motif for a slightly more morbid line-up of printed skulls to the chest. Subtly flanked by the brands logo below the t-shirt is made from 100% cotton and comes with the selection of ribbing naturally found in a top-half garment of this stature.

adidas Originals T-Shirt


Tapping into one of our most basic human instincts, the need for an ice lolly when it’s a bit hot, adidas apply a playful approach to the conventional double-sided formula. Working the classic trefoil logo into a vibrant tropical island scene to the front, the t-shirt employs a, ‘juicy mix icecream’ print emblazoned to the back.

Stussy T-Shirt


Of course, it wouldn’t be right to do a rundown of some of our favourite printed bits without mentioning Stussy. With arguably one of the most recognised logos in the streetwear game and an impressive resume serving up some of the best in graphic-heavy garments it doesn’t come as any surprise that they found their way onto the guest list. This particular specimen displays the aforementioned script callout to the front with a circular emblem print to the back for expected levels of effortless appeal.

Comme des Garcons T-Shirt

Comme des Garcons

Brandishing a piquant yellow base this t-shirt from Comme des Garcons is a must have for the more minimally minded among us. With a completely clean front and accompanying logo back print, the t-shirt is crafted from a slight stretch material for bonus comfort points.

Ralph Lauren T-Shirt

Ralph Lauren

Retaining a staunch preppy swagger with an added helping of patriotic flair the best dressed bear in fashion returns just in time for the hot weather. Cut in a custom slim fit associated with the New York based brand, the t-shirt is topped off with some tasteful branding and a contrasting ribbed neckline.

DSquared2 T-Shirt


For those looking for a more high-end addition to their summer shirting Canadian born twins Dan and Dean canten of DSquared2 have got you covered. Put together with fit and quality in mind the t-shirt sees the world-renowned logo reworked into a contemporary overlapped design that takes centre stage for an unmistakable finish.

Shop all the t-shirts listed above as well as plenty of other short sleeve styles online and in store now.

Earn Your Stripes: Summer Stripes Edition

Spending its early life on the torsos of sailors, criminals, clowns and other despicable characters, the striped garment has enjoyed it’s latter years as the classy fashion choice. With its versatility we felt it essential to offer the best in stripes from the Aphrodite1994 range.

Vertical Shirts

Although thought to be exclusive to your wolves of wall street, the vertical stripe to a crisp shirt adds a perfect patterned layer to any outfit. Wear it like you would a regular oxford or chambray offering as an overshirt in the warm or layering in the cold.

Comme des Garçons SHIRT Fine Stripe Shirt
As simple as it comes, the tailoring on offer from Japan’s favourite minimalist brand is unparalleled, justifying the high-quality price tag. With its point collar, single-needle tailoring and a patch pocket to the chest, this usually formal styling takes on another life as an essential wardrobe wearer for finest of casual combinations.
Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt Striped
One of our wardrobe essentials, the Striped Ralph Lauren Oxford is such a staple in Polo archive and so intrinsically Ralph Lauren that other striped iterations of the oxford shirt might, in fact, be mistaken for it. 100% cotton construction woven in a thin slimming stripe, this shirt has been cut in a slim fit for a more tailored look that guarantees a versatility not seen by many, making it perfect for dressing down and up.
Oliver Spencer Hawaiian Shirt
Having covered its blue brother in our recent ‘Kind of Blue’ feature, it would just be flat out rude to not acknowledge the pretty in pink sequel. Styled as a box fit Hawaiian shirt, the striped garment includes a choice of button up or casual collar all developed in a holiday-ready linen fabrication.
Hooped Polos

A sporting classic, any champion of the athleisure wear is sure to provide their spin on the hooped polo. With a look that screams either Wu-Tang or Tiger Woods depending on your preference, there’s a serious amount of versatility in the style.

Paul & Shark Polo Shirt – Navy / Orange
Part of a double bill of Paul & Shark polos (think of this as the Godfather 1 to our up and coming Godfather 2 in a world where the Godfather 3 doesn’t exist) this variant of everyone’s favourite yachting outfitters is a sure fire way to be noticed by its standout colouring and fine quality crafting. Smashing 3 nautical colours into one with its navy, light blue and orange colour combo, it’s a surprisingly easy dress down option for jeans, slacks or a fitted trouser.
Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt 
You can rely on only a number of things in life: death, taxes and Ralph Lauren Polos. The American outfitters will forever be associated with the colourful world of polos, finding a foot in 90s streetwear with their varied design. With it’s red and white design, this polo is a simple and slim staple shirt.

Paul & Shark Polo Shirt – Grey / White / Peach

You didn’t have to wait long for the big reveal, and can you say you’re satisfied with the offering? It’s a unanimous yes from the Aphrodite team, and we’re sure it is from you too. Tempting the simple white and grey base with a pale pastel pink is a stroke of colour blocking genius from the Italian team and offers a colour variation to their rather simplistic variations.
Pinstripe Pants

You haven’t seen this kind of pant style since prison wear, and it isn’t as juvenile as once before!

Oliver Spencer Trousers Armitage
In a league of their own as our singular striped pant option, the Armitage trouser from Oliver Spencer is a relaxed fitting, formal looking, pinstripe weave that you didn’t know you wanted, and we guarantee you’ll need after inspection. We live in a world where formal wear is now comfortable, so get with the craze and strut to the corner shop in style.
Basic Bretons

The industry standard, the iPhone of the garment world, the universally recognised sign of a mature fashion icon, the striped t-shirt says it all with only a small palette to work from, but boy does it work!

Norse Projects Niels T Shirt 
As it goes with Scandinavian minimalism, there’s only a select number of patterns accepted into its new age architect lookbook. It’s a good job that monochrome stripes are one of the foundations of the movement, as there are very few better dress down fashion styles. Norse Projects, your friends from the utmost north of Europe, are champions of the striped garment, adding tiny embellishments to each model. The Niels Tee takes on a sketched line work display in its stripes for a unique look.
 Oliver Spencer Conduit T-Shirt 
What’s better than a single stripe pattern? Double stripes! Also, not a stranger to a striped garment (as displayed above) are Oliver Spencer. Their Conduit t-shirt is the gateway to a finer casual style offering a simple base in this outing, placing navy and grey as the two-tone offering.
Folk Classic Stripe T
No messing around from Folk and their classic Folk T-Shirt stripe offering. This dictionary definition offering of the striped style needs no sell, it’s a solid piece of kit for your wardrobe!
Multicolour Bretons

Lifes too short to be boring, so lighten up a bit and add some colour to your striped wardrobe.

Albam Simple Stripe T-Shirt
It’s simple, it’s striped, it’s yellow. Dubbed as ‘beeswax’ in its subtle colouring; the soft shading to the typically bright colour welcomes a foundational pairing option for a plethora of outfit editions. Treat yourself to this extroverted colouring for the warmer months.
Albam T-Shirt Vintage Stripe
Take the previous caption and place ‘Vintage’ in there and you’ve got yourself a rivalling quality garment
Oliver Spencer Envelope Pocket T-Shirt
Dominating your stripe spectrum are the specialists at Oliver Spencer, and they’re bringing a pocket to the stripey t-shirt design. The sky blue design and contrasting collar are a brilliant addition to a timeless design.
Honourable Mentions:

Colourblock Casual

A quick shoutout to some essential items in the Aphrodite1994 arsenal.

Paul & Shark Block Stripe Sweatshirt
A seamless construction in a nautical Red / Cream / Navy complexion, this block striped sweatshirt is a minimalists statement piece.

Sporty Stripes

adidas 3 Stripe T-Shirts

We couldn’t have a stripe feature without the brand literally made of stripes!

Ralph Lauren Combines the Best of Old and New Polo in the Train100 Sneaker

As the old adage goes, you can tell a lot about a man from his shoes. It’s a subject that many take very seriously; there have been reams of blog posts, style articles and even whole books on the rules, etiquette and symbology attached to our footwear. Fortunately, the quintessential American menswear designers at Ralph Lauren are on deck to kit your feet out for that most important time of year: summer weekends. Running sneakers have long been part of the staple Ivy League look that the brand has made its signature, striking the balance between casual insouciance and a considered retro appeal: neither too neatly-pressed to run errands around the supermarket nor too sloppy for that big barbecue.

The new Train100 running sneaker really nails this sweet-spot with aplomb. Constructed from a blend of lightweight nylon with premium suede panelling that calls to mind New Balance at their 90s heyday, the Train100 rides on a lightweight EVA sole unit with a TPU heel clip for extra stability. Cushioning is handled by the brand’s proprietary RLite technology coupled with a leather footbed for a touch of luxury, while one of the brand’s signature vintage ‘Polo Dry Goods’ labels appears to the tongue for a hit of retro Americana appeal.

Coming in both grey and navy colourways, the Ralph Lauren Train100 sneaker is the perfect shoe to pair with your favourite shorts or chinos this summer for an effortless Ivy-approved look without having to break out the boat shoes. Both pairs are available now from Aphrodite Clothing, priced at a very reasonable £99.

American Idol: Ralph Lauren SS18 Online Now

It’s finally here: the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere has just passed, so it’s officially time to start thinking ahead to the coming longer, warmer days. For a timeless way to up your sartorial game, your first port of call should be the iconic purveyor of American style, Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren SS18

At Aphrodite we have a wide range of the brand’s collection available online, from the classic polo shirts, oxfords and sweatshirts that build the core of the Polo collection, to more seasonal pieces like tech-infused jackets and hoodies that give the brand more of a street edge.

Ralph Lauren SS18 02

All pieces come in a range of colours and styles that are sure to suit any wardrobe, as well as being emblazoned with the signature Polo Pony logo. Take a look at our video below for ideas on how to style Ralph Lauren‘s latest collection, then hop over to our website to shop the whole range today.

Ralph Lauren Bear Hoodie

Polo Ralph Lauren Brand Guide

Ralph Lauren History

The Polo Ralph Lauren brand is almost synonymous with the world of fashion. The iconic Polo logo that is brandished on many of their items is arguably one of the most recognisable in the world, with a reputation and heritage that is almost unrivalled by anyone else provided through a line of menswear, womenswear and accessories that has, in recent times, produced revenues of around $5 Billion, making Ralph Lauren not only a powerhouse in fashion, but also in the economic world.

Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt in Navy

Ralph Lauren’s Life

Born in 1939 in the Bronx of New York, Ralph Liftshitz as he was initially known as (He changed his name to Ralph Lauren when he was 15) led a relatively working-class lifestyle, with an orthodox Jewish upbringing that led him through college as well as working as a sales assistant. However, this was about to change. At the age of 26, Ralph was inspired to design and create a wide necktie that he had seen the famous Douglas Fairbanks Jr wearing, but the idea was scrapped as it wasn’t “commercially viable”.

After leaving the company, Ralph began to create these ties himself, establishing his own company that worked out of a single drawer in the iconic Empire State Building. Referring to it as “Polo”, Ralph Laurens neckties quickly gained popularity amongst businessmen in NYC who wanted a wider, more European tie. After gaining some respect and reputation, Ralph was approached by the luxury department store Neiman Marcus, where an order for 100 dozen of his unique ties paved the way for Ralph Lauren to become a real player in the fashion world.  After investment by Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Ralph Lauren was able to open its first store that sold his now very popular ties. This was the start of Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren

Photo Credit: Ralph Lauren

Ralph developed his first menswear under the “Polo” name in 1968 after wanting to create something that made him “excited” yet maintained a “traditional” value.  Gaining critical acclaim instantly, it was in 1972, just after producing his first women’s items, that one of Ralph Lauren’s most popular items, even today, was introduced; the Polo Shirt. Originally available in twenty-four different colours, the Polo quickly became the most iconic item for the “preppy look”, something that Ralph himself is best known for. This signaled the exponential rise of the brand, spiralling Ralph into the world of fashion, where he consistently produced stylish, preppy menswear whilst also expanding into different areas that he felt passionate in.

From full lines of womenswear to the launch of his own fragrances, to expanding into an infant’s range, Ralph Lauren is now a leading arm for both men and women’s fashion, with vibrant, abstract colours and styles that are now staples in fashion. Ralph’s passion can be felt in all his lines, where inspiration from films, celebrities, and the traditional American culture has allowed him to create all of his designs. Ralph himself says that when designing something he works more “like a writer”, where he is “writing a story” through his garments that people can relate to and really feel themselves when wearing.

Ralph Lauren Bear Hoodie

What Is Polo Ralph Lauren ?

When you think of Ralph Lauren, the image of the iconic Polo player logo that is embroidered onto almost all of their garments instantly pops up in your mind. Emblazoned proudly on the likes of their polos and shirting, the logo has a reason for being there. It is a reflection of Ralph’s original tie business named “Polo”. The name came from the idea that he wanted a brand that drew inspiration from the likes of sport and the idea of using the term “Polo” shares a link between the brand and sport. A sophisticated, trendy sport reflects the brand itself, so the name stuck. Initially seen on Ralph’s first introduction into womenswear on the cuffs of the shirts, the logo is now seen all over the brand, accurately reflecting what Ralph Lauren is all about, even today. Style, trendiness, and a casual attitude are what Ralph Lauren is all about and the Polo player accurately reinforces this idea.

Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts

While the Ralph Lauren brand found its footsteps in the world of fashion with its signature ties, it’s the eponymous labels venture into Polo Shirt’s that has truly propelled the brand to newfound levels. Ralph Lauren combined techniques found in traditional tailoring with durable everyday fabrics to produce an effortlessly wearable piece that can last a lifetime in any mans wardrobe. What’s more, the array of colours, patterns and fits means that picking your own Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt is an incredibly personal experience. But what are the Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts and how do the different fits size up against each other?

Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts Fits Guide

Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Polo Shirts

The Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Polo Shirt was the first of the labels silhouettes. It arrives with a roomy feel, offering a relaxed look to the body which pairs with a loose cuff. This style is loved by those who opt for a more casual aesthetic as it allows them to easily pair the Polo with a straight-leg jean, cargo pant or even Joggers.

Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Polo Shirt

Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Polo Shirts

The Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Polo Shirt is, well… Slim. It offers an extremely tapered version of the brands Classic Fit Polo Shirt, with a more trim waist and a tighter, almost muscle fit, cuff. Its style is perfect for those who love a skinny jean, or perhaps a formal trouser that they pair with some clean white Ralph Lauren trainers.

Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Polo Shirt

Ralph Lauren Custom Slim Fit Polo Shirts

The most queried fit from the Polo Ralph Collection, the Custom-Slim Fit isn’t just a “It does what it says on the tin” kind of thing, it takes a little explaining. The Custom-Slim Fit sits between the happy medium of the Casual and Slim-Fit styles, but with the addition of a more tapered waist. This enhances the wearers body shape and offers a more trim appearance, which is a definite bonus. The Ralph Lauren Custom Slim Fit Polo Shirt is best styled with tapered jeans, or a slim Ralph Lauren Tracksuit pant.

Ralph Lauren Custom Slim Fit Polo Shirt

Monochrome Lookbook

For this weeks Sunday Lookbook we have mixed things up a little bit, instead of focusing solely on a brand, we have taken the best of our black and white pieces for a truly unique monochrome focused lookbook. Black and white has been one of the classic colour combinations for a sharp up market look for many over the years.

This season, black and white has bounced back, trying to bring a new youthful look while mixing it with the same sophisticated feel as before, and as a result many have been branding black and white as the new ‘black’. Weather it be graphic prints, logical stripes and grids or plain pieces, black and white is bang on trend this season, and can be styled on anyone, no matter what your taste or character. Trends come and go in fashion, but black and white has stood the test of time and will always have place in the fashion scene.

We have taken products from a wide range of brands including Ralph Lauren, PS, Paul Smith and Grenson, for the more sophisticated look along with the likes of Hype Means Nothing, Boy London, Y3, Creative Recreation and Fred Perry for the younger casual look. So we are certain their will be something here for everybody.

Y3 – Honja Classic Trainers – White

If you have ever been stuck on something to wear, (don’t be ashamed, it happens to the best of us) you will most likely have fallen back to your staple wardrobe pieces, and that will more often than not include that perfect fitting comfortable plain white tee. Black and white is the background colour to many a mans wardrobe and the backbone of their fashion needs. Don’t be afraid of patterns including stripes, logical grids and even graphic prints, these help bring depth to a otherwise plain clean look.

Carrera Sunglasses

Creative Recreation – Cesario Lo Trainers – White

Accessories can literally make or break the perfect outfit. Adding accents of colour or toning down that colourful bold statement style, they are a must have. Accessories have been huge this season, and are set to continue throughout the year, which gives you plenty of choice when it comes to finding that perfect addition. Weather your looking for a wallet, belt, socks or even a keyring, Aphrodite have a range of top quality accessories from brands including Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Armani and Vivienne Westwood.

Y3 – Sala Trainers – Black

Boy London Collection

Fred Perry Kingston Twill Tipped Plims

Bags are another huge trend this season, particularly big weekend bags and backpacks. Backpacks have been popular with the younger customer, where the bigger holdall style weekend bag have proved more popular with the older more sophisticated customer. Both have the perfect combination, mixing form and function to produce the highest standard bags that will last. Brands including Hugo Boss, Adidas Originals, Sandqvist and Herschel are all available to buy online and instore from Aphrodite Clothing.

PS by Paul Smith – Pattern Shirt

Hype Means Nothing – Steve McQueen T-Shirt

Ralph Lauren – Hanford Trainers – £75.00

Put your best foot forward this season with some designer footwear. If your looking for a more casual laid back style of footwear, or a smart shoe, we have just the thing for everyone.

Picking the perfect shoe can be harder than it sounds for some men, and this is where we can come in. Above shows some of our best selling black footwear, from brands ranging from Armani to Grenson and Hugo Boss Black, showcasing footwear for all times of the day (and night). Black shoes are versatile and can help you have a smooth transition from day time to night time wear, but be careful to pick your footwear appropriate to your choice of clothing. Adding colourful bold socks will add an accent of colour to a suit or formal wear, giving you a fashionable edge and showing your fun side in a subtle way.

All of the above products and a whole lot more can be viewed and purchased instore and online now!

New Arrivals are coming into Aphrodite all the time, so if you want to be the first to see what’s hot, head over to our New Arrivals section of our website.