As the weather gets warmer, we highly recommend you to consider adding the polo shirt, a smarter version of the t-shirt, to your wardrobe.
The polo shirt has a strong history and has always been a symbol of sportsmanship and sophistication. During the roaring twenties, tennis players wore what was known as “tennis whites”. This consisted of a white, long-sleeved button-down shirt, long pants, and a tie. Jean Rene Lacoste was a renowned tennis player who won 10 Grand Slam titles felt it was too stiff to wear tennis whites. He noticed what polo players (hence the term polo shirts) were wearing in London and quickly got his own tailor to make some for himself. Once he retired, he started to create his own line of clothing and the polo shirt quickly rose to popularity. Soon other brands such as Fred Perry and Ralph Lauren entered the market. It was no longer an athletic uniform but a fashionable shirt to wear outside of sports.
How to Style the Polo Shirt
- For a preppy/old Hollywood look pair them with chinos or pressed trousers, loafers and shades. Feel free to wear it with a blazer or sportcoat as an alternative to a dress shirt. It's relaxed and casual.
- For a rocker vibe go for ones with stripes, patterns, checks, and those muted ice-cream colours. Pair them with skinny trousers, jeans or shorts and always roll up your trousers for a cooler vibe. To play with styles switch up shoes: loafers, sandals, oxfords, sneakers. No boots.