Classic Fit Vs Regular Fit Polo Shirts by Tapered Menswear

Classic Fit Vs Regular Fit Polo Shirts - What's The Difference?

Ever wondered why your polo shirt doesn't quite fall right, or why others seem to be perfect in the same size? This is because of the fit type.

So what is the difference between classic and regular fit polo shirts? Classic fit polo shirts typically offer a more relaxed with a looser cut throughout the body, while regular fit polo shirts are (very!) slightly more fitted. But the two terms are used interchangeably and there isn't a significant difference between the two.

In this blog, you'll discover the key difference between classic fit vs regular fit, the specifics of polo shirt styles and the best fitting polo shirts right here at Tapered Menswear.

What Is Polo Classic Fit?

Classic fit polo shirts are polos that give you a generous amount of space in the chest, offering a relaxed feel. These are the kind that you find on your typical high street store.

Unlike your typical t-shirts, the sleeves are cut slightly longer and there's additional length in the torso, making it a perfect garment to tuck in for a neat finish or to leave untucked.

What Is The Difference Between A Classic Fit And A Regular Fit?

As mentioned, a classic fit polo shirt provides a generous cut, giving you room through the chest and waist for a comfortable range of motion without looking overly loose. It's the go-to option for a relaxed look.

On the other hand, a regular fit polo strikes is cut closer very slightly to the body than the classic fit, delivering a more tailored silhouette.

A sleek, dark grey polo shirt with a muscle-fit and short sleeves, crafted by Tapered Menswear to emphasize its high-quality, tapered design.


This fit is neither constricting nor baggy, but rather offers a cleaner line that adapts to a variety of body types

In general I find that these terms are used interchangeably as the fit difference is very insignificant.

Is Classic Fit Tighter Than Regular Fit?

It may surprise you, but a classic fit offers a slightly more generous cut than a regular fit, leading to a relaxed feel that doesn't cling to the body. 

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Classic Fit Vs Regular Fit T-Shirt

The same rules apply here as polo shirts. If you're looking for a t-shirt that allows for ease of movement and a comfortable drape over the body, the classic fit should be your go to.

This fit caters to those who prefer a looser feel, providing ample room across the chest and waist.


Regular fit, on the other hand, is tailored to be less voluminous while still maintaining a level of comfort that suits most body shapes. 

Do Classic Fit Polo Shirts Shrink?

The risk of shrinkage is can happen in any fit, especially when dealing with cotton fabrics known for their susceptibility to high temperatures. The beauty of a classic fit polo shirt though is its roominess in the fit.

So although an inadvertent high-heat wash could compromise the relaxed fit, its still forgiving enough if it shrinks down a size.

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But to avoid this choose cold water washes, which are gentler on fabric and less likely to lead to shrinkage.

Air-drying is also preferable over machine drying for maintaining the classic fit polo shirts' size and shape integrity. 

What Is The Difference Between Slim Fit Polo And Classic Fit?

Now we're getting on to the more fitted styles! Slim fit polo shirts hug closer to the body, providing a silhouette that emphasises the torso's shape and definition without an excess of material around the waist or hips.

This style is particularly attractive to those with leaner physiques. This is a lot more fitted in comparison to classic fit.

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The decision to opt for slim fit or classic fit polo shirts typically hinges on your personal preference and body type. 

If you are slightly heavier set and prefer a baggy look - go for classic. If you're lean or athletic - choose slim.

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What Is The Right Fit For A Polo?

When selecting the right fit, comfort and style must go hand in hand. Imagine a fit that complements your physique without compromising on ease of movement - that's the hallmark of a well-fitted polo.

Consider the shoulders first; they are your fit's foundation. Your polo shirt should have seams that rest precisely where your shoulders end - not extending beyond nor creeping up closer to the neck.

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Coming to length, the perfect polo should finish at mid-crotch, allowing the option to tuck or untuck according to the occasion.

The sleeves should offer be quite snug on the arms - enough to showcase the biceps tastefully without squeezing them. 

Best Fitting Polo Shirts For Men - Tapered Menswear

Now you know the difference between two popular fits in polo shirts, it's time to put the theory into practice and look for your new polo. Call us biased, but we believe that our Tapered Fit Polo Shirts are the best fitting ones out there.

With our polos, you’ll never have to worry about that ill-fitting loose look. Our polos are cut with a v-taper shape so that you don’t have that unnecessary amount of fabric pooling at the waist.

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Polo shirts fitted at the shoulders, biceps and chest too, which sits well on the body, so that you can get the most confident wear out our fitted polo, while flattering those areas.


As an added bonus, we have no logo plastered on the front - let your form do the talking.

As with any fit polo shirt, comfort is paramount. Our best fitting polos are made with 100% super soft heavy-weight cotton that stretches and moulds to your shape. You’ll never feel uncomfortable, but your polo will always stay in shape.

If you’re ready to switch up your fit the best fitting polo shirt on the market, then check out the Tapered Menswear performance polos.

Our revolutionary cut provides a 10" drop from chest to waist.

Fully fitted in chest and shoulders whilst tapering sharply down, giving a tailored look. No more bagginess in the waist.


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Closely Fitted At Biceps

Moulds to your arm and cut to the optimal length to emphasises the bicep peak.


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Stretch Cotton

Super soft, breathable and allows complete freedom of movement.


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Perfect for formal occasions. 

With our non obtrusive logo stitched subtly on the waist makes our TAPERED Fit Shirt ideal for formal occasions.

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Tapered Fit polo shirts are the true solution to your polo shirt fitting problem.

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