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Difference Between Classic Fit and Custom Fit

Classic Fit vs Custom Fit

If you love polo T-shirts, there is every chance you know about different fits offered by Ralph Lauren in men’s polo T-shirts. People often go to stores and ask the fit and choose the color. But there are two types of fit; classic fit and custom fit, which makes the selection confusing. This article intends to remove doubts from the minds of polo enthusiasts about differences between classic fit and custom fit.

Fashion is one big circle that repeats itself every few years. There were times when loosely fit T-shirts were in vogue, and such T-shirts are today termed classic fit T-shirts. This is one fit that is aimed towards professionals and elderly people who need to be relaxed at all times. As such, this fit is looser than other fits as far as polo T-shirts are concerned. In sharp contrast are custom fit T-shirts, that are a lot slimmer than classic fit and are aimed towards teenagers, youth and those who want to have a stylish look, and are prepared to forego comfort in favor of style.

To begin with, a classic fit is one where one finds more room at the chest, a bit longer sleeves and a little longer shirt tail that makes the t-shirt look more formal while providing more mobility to the wearer. But, if the individual has a leaner build, a custom fit is more suitable as narrower chest makes one feel more confident, also looks good on the person. To be precise, custom fit is about 1½ inches smaller at the chest than classic fit. It also has shorter sleeves, and are hemmed to give a smarter look. There are people who are not satisfied with even custom fit, and for such people, there is the third option of slim fit which is ½ inch narrower than custom fit at the chest, and is shortest at the front as well as back in terms of length.

What is the difference between Classic Fit and Custom Fit?

• There was a time when there was a single fit for men’s as far as T-shirts were concerned. It was labeled as Classic fit and meant for cool, relaxed fit.

• Custom fit is ideal for those with slimmer built as it is 1 ½ inches smaller at the chest, also has shorter sleeves (1 ½ inches)

• Custom fit is also shorter in length from front as well as back, and is hemmed to give a cool look.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/marguerite.t.white Marguerite Turner White

    I have found this to be completely opposite as I just recently purchased the “classic” fit for my son. The custom fit shirt was longer (about 3/4″) and easily 1″ fuller in the chest. He would need a full size bigger in the Classic fit as he is a football player.

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