The Best Polo Shirt for Men
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Because every man should own at least one polo shirt
The polo shirt has survived country club logos, popped collars, and the dreaded layered shirt trend of the early 2000s. But before this timeless shirt was cool, it was necessary. Famed French tennis star Renee Lacoste first sold the shirt in 1933 to keep tennis players cool on the court. He rendered it in a now-iconic woven cotton material called piqué, which has a signature raised pattern that lets heat and sweat escape. The collar let guys wear the shirt to the clubhouse after, making it one of the first truly athleisure styles in history.
Today, most men own one of these shirts, but they don’t always wear them correctly—or to their full potential. The most common mistake is buying a size too big. The best polos fit snugly, especially in the arms with the sleeve seam hitting on the top of the shoulder. If the seam is slouching onto your bicep, it’s time to size down. Not only will it hide your guns, it’ll make your gut look bigger than it is, too.
Of course the polo can be worn on its own, but that’s just a hint of its versatility. Dress it up by wearing a sport coat or blazer over it—just be sure to tuck it in. Think summer weddings and outdoor events. If it’s made of fine gauge materials like cotton, wool, or cashmere, it’s nice enough to wear under a suit. Because this is a slightly more casual option, pair it with nice leather sneakers or loafers instead of traditional oxfords.
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The original is still the best. Lacoste makes them in more color combinations than we care to count, so you can always find your favorite hue. But if you want something unique, try the brand’s Live! line for striped cuffs and paint splatter details. They also have plenty of fabric options. Traditional pique is comfortable, but casual. If you already own that, go for the brand’s woven hemp, luxurious cashmere, or stretch and sweat-wicking fabrics.
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