I decided to cover one of my favourite items of clothing this week on the blog. Namely, the polo shirt.
The polo shirt originated in India when British Army polo players altered their shirts to suit the polo playing conditions there. Basically they got terribly vexed by shirt collars blowing around in a Bengali breeze. The polo shirt was thus born.
Nowadays, it is synonymous with the Ralph Lauren and Lacoste brands in particular, it is the holiday and weekend go to item for many a man for his casual look with a preppy accent. It has been off duty uniform for US Presidents. James Bond was spotted in onr when English heritage brand Sunspel made a custom Riviera edition for Daniel Craig to swagger around in. It is now more popular than ever and a real favourite of mine these days.
Why do I enjoy wearing them?
It’s a garment for grown ups
I do feel a bit more of a responsible adult in a polo shirt. If the t-shirt was me in my 30s then the polo shirt is me in my 40s. It does lend a certain sophisticated air to an outfit. The go-to shades would be white, grey, blue and navy. Perfect colours for today’s modern man who has his act together style wise.
A polo shirt can look equally at home under a jacket or blazer, as it would lounging poolside. It’s a wonderfully versatile item that can be worn with almost anything.
Dress-down Friday to family bbq to dinner on a Saturday night. It’s all covered. You just adjust the background music to fit the polo shirt. Denims, chinos, suit trousers all work. Maybe have the polo shirt tucked in with the latter two.
As comfortable as a t-shirt with a bit more style and cachet. Comfort is an essential part of feeling good and relaxed. Luckily, unlike women, we don’t have to endure discomfort for the sake of style. Take the comfortable option every time. The polo shirt fits the bill in this respect. Not stifling like a shirt collar can sometimes be but still smart.
I am a slim guy. This is down more to chromosomes than crossfit. However, I come across many different fits in polos. Slim fit option suits my body shape, so that’s what I go for. Regular fit is a bit looser around chest and shoulders, so works for larger or heavier guys. Keep it plain and avoid stripes if you are a bulky guy. US brands tend to be roomier than their EU counterparts. It does vary though. Ralph Lauren, Sunspel and Stone Island do regular and slimmer cuts as standard offerings now.
Good to see as one size does not fit all of today’s men. It’s good that clothing manufacturers are onto this.
I just missed out on the mods and the rockers era, but would like to think I would have been on modish side of the fence purely due to style preferences. So, that means the top button on my polo shirt gets buttoned. Always. It’s a small statement that I like making. Mostly it’s a statement to myself of course. Pretty sure nobody else notices! Menswear is so rigid at times, that tiny little deviations from the norm can be quite satisfying and puts your own stamp on an outfit.
Until next time.
Thanks for reading.