We gathered some 200 polo shirts from 32 brands—all sized medium. Shape and proportion varied wildly. For instance, shirt sleeve lengths ranged from 7.5 inches (Gant Rugger) to 11 inches (Orlebar Brown), and the total length of two garments from collar to bottom hem had a difference of 10 inches. Don’t get us started on belly circumferences. Remember, these are all the same sized shirt!
We then had eight different-bodied men—real men from our office, not models—try on shirts until we found ones that fit. We noted what brands worked and what styles didn’t. Whether you’re tall and skinny or short and athletic, here are our findings.