Can polos be tailored? Tailored fit polos in grey and black by Tapered Menswear

Can Polo Shirts Be Tailored?

A polo shirt is a versatile garment that is considered a cornerstone of any good spring/summer outfit. But like any good piece of clothing, it needs to be fitted properly. What options do you have if your polo doesn’t fit like a glove? Can polo shirts be tailored? Polo shirts can be tailored easily and relatively cheaply. Because of the cotton fabric a tailor can make adjustments to the torso, sleeves and length of the garment. 

Can a tailor alter a polo shirt

As mentioned a tailor can make adjustments to practically any garment. But paying for additional tailoring time and costs isn’t ideal. Let’s look at the real solution on how you can get your polo to fit like a glove and enhance your physique like it should.


How Should a Polo Shirt Fit


Body Width

The perfect fitting polo should allow for a little extra room in the torso - but not too much! Regular polos provide way too much fabric around the waist making you feel like you need to tailor this just so that it fits your body like it should.

Can Polo Shirts Be Tailored? Navy Polo fitted properly in waist

A good fitting polo should allow you to pinch between 1-2 inches of fabric around the waist, regardless of your body size or shape.

Body Length

The length of the polo should end between the upper and mid crotch, this allows it to be tucked in depending on your outfit.

Can Polo Shirts Be Tailored? Navy polo shirt by Tapered Menswear fitted in length

More importantly this length avoids showing your stomach when you reach up and the fabric pulls upwards with your body.


The size of the collar is pretty uniform with most polo makers. The only thing to consider is if you like to button the collar up all the way up, make sure you can fit at least 2 index fingers between your neck and the collar to allow you to breathe.

Can Polo Shirts Be Tailored? Tapered Fitted polo shirt

Wearing a polo with the top 1 or 2 buttons open does help frame your face better. When trying the polo on try it with 2 buttons unfastened to see how the collar sits. You want the structure of the collar to be more upright, not flare along your collarbone.


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The sleeves on the polo should slightly hug your arms and sit around the middle of your bicep. Some polo designs contain a ribbed band at the end of the sleeve, this feature is designed to hug the bicep by an extra cm.

Can Polo Shirts Be Tailored? navy tapered fit polo shirt fitted in the waist

You don’t want the sleeves of the bicep to slack around the arms, if your polo is fitted well in the body it should be well fitted in the arms. This is an adjustment a tailor can easily make, they can bring the sleeves in to fit your arms.


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Cost to Tailor a Polo Shirt


Tailoring is a great option for you if you are happy to invest time and money into it. Typically a tailor can charge between £10 - £20 per polo shirt just to taper it in at the waist. Check out our blog here on how much it costs to tailor a shirt.

But a tailor can make many common alterations. If you needed to alter your polo shirt, they are likely to be able to do the following: 

  • Take in the waist
  • Reduce the arm width
  • Shorten the length
  • Shorten the arms 

While all clothes are worth tailoring to get them to fit the way you want, it's not a sustainable solution. Are you expected to buy a polo that fits "close" to how you want then pay extra for tailoring? Absolutely not!

Introducing the Tapered Fit....

With the introduction of TAPERED™ fit polos however, you now have the option for polo shirts that are fitted, but have enough stretch to provide comfort for all day wear. Whether you are slim, athletic or a bodybuilder. Ditch the baggy polos and wear polo shirts that look and feel like a bespoke piece! Check out our best seller here.

Our TAPERED™ fit has been developed by leading Tailors and industry experts to provide you with a revolutionary fit, you won’t ever need to take your polo shirt to a tailor again or give lots of different measurements. Perfect for those seeking a muscle fit polo, or bespoke tailoring - ready to wear! Available in both short sleeve and long sleeve in a variety of colours.


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