Let’s get to know Farah Vintage Midnight Blue Lloyd Pattern Polo Shirt.
There is, perhaps, less to write about in this review than the previous two reviews for Stand-Out. The simple reason for this being that this polo shirt is a less complex garment than the Baracuta shirt and the bright blue Voi raincoat previously reviewed.
This doesn’t mean that this polo shirt is not of high quality. Farah Vintage is a brand that’s been around since the 1970’s and they have a reputation that’s been built on good quality. It is also a brand that’s popular with the Mod scene and alike subcultures, hence why it was chosen for review on Good Clobber.
This shirt has some lovely details: The yellow embroided ‘F’ on the breast pocket and matching yellow on the inside of the collar placket accompany each other very well. Although, if you’re a man who likes ‘top button done’, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to see the inside of the placket.
I can’t find any references to the ‘Lloyd Pattern’ online other than that from Farah Vintage, but I think this pattern can best be described as ‘tweed-like’; it’s like tweed! In all seriousness, it’s a grey and blue hash pattern woven into the cotton.
As you can see from the styling and the pattern, this polo has a very retro feel. It’s this sort of vibe that’s made Farah Vintage popular with the Mods, but it’s possibly a characteristic that could put some men off; it could be construde as a bit ‘old man’.
As mentioned in previews reviews, to give a realistic appraisal, I try to wear review items in a context they were designed for. I donned this polo for a pub night out. At the end of the night, I stayed at a friends house and slept on the sofa in this shirt. When I awoke the next morning, the sleves still held the ironed-in crease as if it were brand new. This is a pretty good incidcation that this shirt keeps it’s smart, sharp look. The material is a fairly thick cotton which gives the whole garment a rigid feeling, without being uncomfortable.
I tend to take a medium (being around a 38″ chest) and the shirt for this review was a medium. Despite this, I think it’s a little on the short side, not quite eaching past the belt line, but resting at the top of the hips. This is really a personal preference; it’s not a shirt that you’d ever want to tuck in, but it could do with another half inch on the bottom.
All in all, it’s a quality piece of clobber. This polo has some really nice details, it’s comfortable and really sharp. I believe there’s a few variations of colourways, but I’d really like to see a white or cream version.
In terms of price, it’s fairly middle-ground at £39.00. It’s not going to cost you as much as a Fred Perry polo shirt, but it’s certainly not as cheap as something from H&M.