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Why Lacoste is so popular? | Story, Size, Fit & More

Celebrating Wimbledon this month we thought it was only right we dived into the brand that’s been associated with the sport for over 80 years. Lacoste’s iconic crocodile logo and heritage polo shirts have stood the test of time, but why are Lacoste polo’s still so popular and is the brand worth it? 

We take a look at the brand heritage, the story behind the logo, the growth of the brand and lastly the style, fit and quality of the clothing. Here’s our complete guide to Lacoste… 

The History of Lacoste

Lacoste was set up in 1933 by René Lacoste and the French textile magnate André Gillier. René Lacoste was a very successful tennis player known for his analysis of his opponents and relentless commitment after only picking up a tennis racket at the age of 15. 

René Lacoste won several Grand Slams at French Internationals, won three events at Wimbledon and won 2 more victories at the U.S. Championship. At the time tennis players wore button-down shirts, with trousers and a tie which didn’t give them much room for movement. He realised he would be able to improve his performance if he wore more comfortable clothing which led him to design the infamous polo shirt. 

Why is Lacoste so popular?

The iconic Crocodile logo was inspired by René Lacoste’s nickname, as he was known as the ‘crocodile’. Many say it was for his tenacity with his opponents but others argue it was because of his recognisable nose. René was one of the first designers to add the logo to the outside of his clothing which has remained a prevalent part of the brand. 

Lacoste Beginnings

Early in the 1920s Lacoste designed a tennis shirt inspired by a polo shirt. He removed the long sleeves, to keep cooler made from a piqué material which was far more breathable. Popularity soared in the 50s when he expanded away from whites into brightly coloured. 

In 1952 the brand started cooperating with Izod which expanded them into the US market. The collaboration lasted until 1993. In the 1960s licensing deals were popular and the brand saw more growth in leather goods, fragrances and other sports garments. 

Today 50% of the brand is owned by a Swiss company but the remainder of the company is still run by the family. It is currently run by Ronwin Lacoste and will be then passed to Elliot Lacoste, keeping the brand in the family. 

Recent Years

In October 2018 Lacoste announced that its creative director would be Louise Trotter, the first female lead for the brand. Sunderland-born, Trotter began her career at Whistles, the British high street brand, and went on to Jigsaw and Joseph. 

Why are Lacoste so popular?

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Her first collections for the brand deconstructed the iconic crocodile with crocodile loafers and green, white and red dressy tops and outerwear. Soaking up René’s legacy with a post-pandemic fashion landscape, the Spring Summer 22 collection perfectly paired functionality and punchy flare. Digging into the crocodile archive and the meaning behind the heartfelt symbol, Trotter has elevated the designs by giving the logo new meaning and making it less repetitive, this has resulted in a significant rise in popularity for the brand again. 

Is Lacoste a designer brand?

Yes, Lacoste is a high-end designer brand, with a well-established name in ready-to-wear apparel.

The Lacoste Polo

The Lacoste polo features straight-cut sleeves and a waist. It is made from Petit Piqué Cotton which makes it comfortable and lightweight to wear. 

The collar has two visible buttons front and centre of the shirt with the signature green crocodile over your heart.

As easy as a t-shirt, as elegant as a shirt: here is the Paris Polo from Lacoste.

The Lacoste polo shirt is well known for its huge variety of colours. It is available in more than 40 colours.

Why is Lacoste so popular

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Are Lacoste Shirts worth it?

When people ask are Lacoste shirts worth it, they are often referring to the quality. As everyone can already see their style is worth the price tag because they are a timeless investment that will always be on-trend. 

Reviewing the quality of the shirts, some styles explicitly state that they are made from Pima cotton. Pima cotton is extra-long-staple cotton, which has the same qualities as Egyptian cotton. Silky soft to touch and resistant to fraying, tearing, pilling, wrinkling, and fading. The main difference is that Pima cotton is mainly grown in the United States. Other Lacoste Polo shirts are made from organic cotton or 100% cotton which refers to the production of cotton. 

How do Lacoste shirts fit?

The brand overall fits true to size. Some comments on the Men’s Lacoste Polo’s are that they are slightly wider and shorter in comparison to other American brands but we would still recommend getting your usual size. For example, if you are a medium, get a medium. 

If you are struggling with finding the right size, here are the Lacoste sizing charts to help you… 

Men’s

Alpha Sizing

XS

S XL  2XL  3XL  4XL  1XG 

2XG 

Numeric Sizing 

2

3 4

5

6

7 8 9 10

11

Bust Circumference

87 

90-93  97-101 

105 -109 

113 – 117 

121-125  129 134

139

144

Pant Waist Circumference

73

77-81

85-89 

93-97

101- 106 

111-116 

121

126

131

136 

Women’s

Alpha Sizing 

XS

S M

XL 

Numeric Sizing 

32

34-36 38-40  42-44

46-48 

UK sizing 

4

6-8 

10-12 

14-16

18-20 

Bust Circumference

78 

82-86 

90-94

98-102 

107-112 

Waist Circumference

60 

64-68 

72-76 

80-84

89-94

Low Hip Circumference

86 

90-94

98-102 

106-110 

115-120 

Arm Length

57 

57-58 

59 

60-61

61-62 

Why is Lacoste popular?

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Boys 

Numerica Sizing 

1A 

2A 3A 4A 5A 6A 8A 10A 12A 14A

16A

Bust Circumference

50

53 54 56 58 61 64 71 78  86

92

Waist Circumference

49 

51 53  54

55 

56

59  64 68  73

76 

Low Hip Circumference

50

53 56 60  62 64

68

74

81  89 

94 

Total Height

80 

92 98  104

110 

116 

128  140  152 

164 

176 

Girls

Numeric Sizing 

2A 

3A 4A 5A 6A 8A 10A  12A 14A

16A 

Bust Circumference

53

54 56 58 61 65 72 78 83

87

Waist Circumference

51

53 54 55 56 58 62 66 67

69

Low Hip Circumference

53

56 60  62 64 70  77 84 88

92 

Total Height

92

98 104 110  116  128 140  152 164

166 

Lacoste Trainers

Lacoste has become known for its tracksuits, jumpers and leather goods. The Lacoste trainers have become a firm favourite bridging the gap between smart, casual footwear that you can wear to work and out of the office. 

Why is Lacoste popular?

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Are Lacoste trainers true to size?

Lacoste trainers are not available in a wide or narrow widths. They are overall true to size. The kid’s trainers reviews have noted that they can run a little bigger, so you might need to size down.

If you are looking for a pair of Lacoste trainers and want to convert your size, use the size charts to help you…

Mens – US / UK / EU

7

6

39.5 

7.5

6.5

40

8

7

40.5 

8.5

7.5

41

8 42

9.5

8.5

42.5

10 

9

43

10.5

9.5

44

11

10

44.5

11.5

10.5

45

12

11

46

12.5

11.5

46.5

13

12

47

14

13

48

15 14

49 

Womens – US / UK / EU

5

3

35.5

5.5

3.5 36

6

5

37

6.5

4.5

37.5

7

5

38

7.5

5.5

39

8

6

39.5

8.5

6.5

40

9

7

40.5

9.5

7.5

41

10 

8

42 

10.5

8.5

42.5

11 9

43 

Kids – US / UK / EU

3.5

3 19

4.5

3.5

20 

5

4.5

21

5.5 

22

6.5 

6

23

7.5

7

24

8

7.5

25

9.5 8.5

26

10.5

27 

11

10

28

12 11

29

12.5

11.5 

30 

13

12.5

31

1.5

13 32
2 1

33

3

2 34

3.5

2.5 35
4.5 3.5

36

5

4 37 
5

38 

6

39 

Iconic Lacoste Collaborations

Why is Lacoste popular

One reason Lacoste has remained so popular, along with its iconic polo shirts and 80 + year relationship with athletes is the many collaborations to remember.

  • Lacoste X Supreme

The Lacoste X Supreme collaboration had 3 drops from 2017-2019 of apparel and accessories. It included wool varsity jackets, velour tracksuits and pique long sleeve polos which were best sellers.

  • Lacoste X Kidrobot

In 2007 Lacoste teamed with Kidrobot to reimagine a range of trainers. The trainers all came with limited-edition toys which were something different to their usual collaborations.

  • Lacoste x National Geographic

With the fashion industry waking up to global warming Lacoste set the bar with a collaboration with National Geographic. The collection was a celebration of the animal kingdom focusing on four key animal prints.

 

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