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Old 11-22-2016, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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I was wondering, for polo shirts, what is your preference - piqué or interlock? For those who don't know the difference, piqué is your traditional mesh knit, while interlock is the softer smoother cotton knit.

I don't really have a real preference (even though most of my polo shirts are piqué), although sometimes when I am wearing an interlock polo shirt in my signature color I feel like I am in a fairy outfit due to the smooth soft appearance of the interlock combined with the color. I have a few short sleeve interlock polo shirts by IZOD and US Polo Assn, as well as two long sleeve interlock polo shirts by Lands' End.

What is your preference?
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:10 AM
 
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Pique.

First time I've ever heard that term.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:45 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Synthetics? I know that's the material rather than the weave. But I associate pique (maybe erroneously) w/ the more traditional all cotton polos.

But as a golfer, I'm all about the new performance synthetics - lighter, stretchier, and keeps you cooler in the sun. So whatever weave they typically come in.

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Old 11-23-2016, 07:08 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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double post.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Synthetics? I know that's the material rather than the weave. But I associate pique (maybe erroneously) w/ the more traditional all cotton polos.

But as a golfer, I'm all about the new performance synthetics - lighter, stretchier, and keeps you cooler in the sun. So whatever weave they typically come in.
Many piqué knit polos are now using cotton/polyester blends. I now have the IZOD Advantage Polo in seven different colors, which is a moisture wicking/sun protection 60/40 piqué polo.

Interlock, on the other hand always seems to be 100% cotton.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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From years of reading Lands End catalogs, I gather that pique is a bit cooler to wear in hot weather. I am female. I wear the pique polos myself in the summer. I also will wear Pima cotton, which I consider slightly dressier.

We buy mostly pique for DH. But he owns some really nice, smooth cotton knit polo shirts for when he wears nice slacks.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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From years of reading Lands End catalogs, I gather that pique is a bit cooler to wear in hot weather. I am female. I wear the pique polos myself in the summer. I also will wear Pima cotton, which I consider slightly dressier.

We buy mostly pique for DH. But he owns some really nice, smooth cotton knit polo shirts for when he wears nice slacks.
Interesting; I would have expected the opposite, for males typically to prefer piqué and females to prefer interlock.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:11 AM
 
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I much prefer all cotton pique, and I'm a female.
All cotton - for everything, if I had my way! - absorbs persperation. Synthetics let it just roll down your skin. The pique weave gives the fabric extra structure and helps it stand away from your body, which better hides my extra love handles! And pique stands up better to more washings.
Cotton is much more comfortable for me. I detest the trend to polyester everything. My husband swears it wicks moisture away, but I find that untrue.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Note that there is a difference between knit vs. woven fabric for those who didn't know. The piqué used in polo shirts is a knit piqué, not a woven piqué. Woven piqué is used for some ties and dress shirts. Woven fabrics have less stretch than knit fabrics.
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Old 11-23-2016, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Interesting; I would have expected the opposite, for males typically to prefer piqué and females to prefer interlock.
Well, I can't imagine why. But, I think you should wear what you like.

Don't golfers golf in nice Pima cotton polos?
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