Sure, the buttoned breast pocket and two-button collar look nice, but spin the polo around and what stands out the most is the patterned floral yoke.
The original polo shirt was designed by French tennis pro René Lacoste in the s, as an upgrade on the long-sleeved button-downs that contemporary tastes somehow thought appropriate for charging round a court. Lacoste disagreed, so capped the sleeves and crafted his shirts from knitted piqué cotton, for added breeziness.
The makeover won him seven grand slams and envious glances across the net. Racket hung up, Lacoste debuted his eponymous label, with a crocodile logo inspired by his on-court nickname. It became synonymous with the kind of sports where sweat and smartness are equally valued; the fabric keeps golfers and polo players cool on the turf, but the buttoned placket and collar let them step straight into the clubhouse. Because the polo shirt sits in the sporty-smart sweet spot, it works to upgrade your weekend looks, or reduce the stuffiness of your formalwear.
Though while Lacoste has built a reputation on classic iterations, know that modern — and dare we say it, cooler — choices exist, much like this blue double striped number with an enlarged rubber crocodile motif. Yellow, despite being one of the warmest colours in the book, can often look more bleach bottle than buttercup. While the striking colour takes centre stage, the US outfit tempers the impact thanks to minimal branding and embellishment. Some time after, Fred Perry launched his own namesake label for the Brits, too.
Rather than classic court shapes however, the brand has evolved into something far more trend-led, with this block panel option melding the traditional silhouette with Bauhaus geometrics. Though instead of breathable cotton piqués, the label stuck to its luxury roots with Italian wool and minimal stripe detailing.
Featuring an understated print of what look like Space Invaders, this clean cut pique-cotton polo manages to sneak a bit of fun in without drawing too much attention to itself or coming off as a bit too geeky.
Made from a lightweight cotton polyester blend and coming in two different cuts — slim and standard — this is a choice pick. The cotton tippings on this piece from J. Crew are reminiscent of a kind of old-school cool that you only see in photos from the s and 70s. You can pick this shirt up in three different colors — each as striking as the last. Sure, the buttoned breast pocket and two-button collar look nice, but spin the polo around and what stands out the most is the patterned floral yoke.
Embroidered rackets on a Brooks Brothers polo is a preppy-style deep cut if there ever was one. Pick one up before you head back to school in the northeast. Any item of clothing is as much about the fabric as it is the cut and style. While the look of a polo may not change that much from brand to brand, what does vary is the fabric being used. Made from Gossypium barbadense, a type of plant used to produce Egyptian cotton, this polo from Aether is worth your time in large part due to how great it feels.
For those who love the feel, versatility, and look of synthetic fabrics both in and out of the gym , the Metal Vent Tech Polo from Lululemon is the way to go when it comes to polos. For those who want the benefits of a synthetic clothing but prefer the feel of cotton, merino is the fabric you should be looking for.
New Zealand brand Alchemy Equipment cut their polo from an Much like Alchemy switched up the fabric on the placket and collar, Todd Snyder New York fitted this cotton jersey polo with chambray details along the same area. The contrast between the two fabrics and colors make for a smart and handsome look. Both cut and cloth on this polo make this shirt from the young brand Kit and Ace stand out. The fabric on the shirt is made from a blend of cotton, cashmere, and spandex making it comfortable and yet versatile.
The signature polo from the New York based brand, this shirt is made from an indigo-dyed cotton jersey and features a chambray placket and side vents.
The polo shirt—you probably think of it for tennis, golf, or casual Friday. But a short-sleeved, collared shirt can carry you all the way through a summer day that goes from beach to bar (and maybe back again, depending who you meet at the bar). Men’s polo shirts are appropriate with all kinds of attire, from jeans and slacks, to shorts and golf wear. Although they have their origins in country club, golf, and tennis settings, today, the men’s polo shirts are generally considered appropriate in any setting where an open collar is . Discover the best Men's Polo Shirts in Best Sellers. Find the top most popular items in Amazon Best Sellers.