Familiarizing yourself with how Original Penguin styles its shirts will help you be comfortable, look great and avoid returning your newly purchased polo, shirt or their other men’s clothing.
Slim or Classic Fit?
While Original penguin offers a shirt size chart, they use it for different shirt styles: Slim Fit and Classic Fit. Which suits you? Besides knowing how to select the right size, covered below, the answer also depends on your personal style and comfort preferences.
Classic fit shirts (such as The Daddy polo) offers a relaxed fit, meaning it is made with a little more fabric, giving you more freedom of movement across the chest, waist and arms.
Slim Fit, also known as Heritage Fit, shirts more closely follow the body, meaning a cut that is trimmer across your chest, waist and arms. Its slimmer proportions will emphasize your body shape, the good and the not as good.
If you are a classic dresser, but like a specific style that is only offered in slim fit, like The Earl or The Jack polo shirts, consider this alternative. First, measure your chest and waist. Then locate your size in the chart below, but consider a shirt one size larger. It might be a comfortable polo shirt for you.
A size chart is helpful, but men have many body shapes and varying proportions within any size. You may even find you are between two sizes, such as a large and extra-large.
Before checking the size chart, take your chest measurement:
1) Locate a flexible measuring tape. Wrap it around the fullest area of your chest;
2) Keep the tape level (horizontal to the floor) and loose-fitting, but not slipping down;
3) Match your chest inch size to the Original Penguin size chart, below. Which size (or sizes) are a match?
4) To be more exacting, measure your neck and waist using our measuring tips image below. If you are considering a long sleeve shirt, also measure your arm length.
Other Shirt Considerations
Shirts are made of different fabrics, a knit polo shirt and long sleeve woven shirt use materials that are constructed differently. A knit shirt, like a polo or sweater, has more give or natural stretchiness due to its fabric construction, while a long sleeve woven shirt, except if of a stretch fabric, has less give or ease.
> If you fall between two sizes, choose after considering how loose or fitted you want its chest, waist, neck to be.
> For button-down shirts, check the shirt’s fabric description and determine if it is a blended fabric with stretch included.
A Helpful Tool
A very useful tool, our website has checkbox filters that help you focus on which types of clothing interest you, including by brand, like Original Penguin and its classic fit and/or slim fit men’s clothing. Just check the website’s vertical boxes along left-side margin. It also lets you browse by polo shirts, woven shirts, shorts, and sweaters as well as characteristics like sleeve length, material and price.
Men’s Apparel Service
We offer a service at FreshPolos: You may request specific shirt measurements, like an armpit-to-armpit, collar-to-hem, or other apparel proportions. Find out before you buy! Just send a message to [email protected] or call us at (877) 778-4758.
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