For generations, the polo shirt has been one of the cornerstones of a classic wardrobe. With its unique ability to straddle the often elusive line between casual and formal, the polo is able to carry you from the office to the club. While certainly not appropriate for every warmer weather situation, when paired with a nicely tailored outfit, a knit polo shirt can carry you in style through most any business dress situation. A classic polo fits somewhat close to the body and has a two or three-button placket. Typically made of pique cotton, its design and feel is generally informal while those made from a smoother cotton weave can present a dressier look.
Pairing a polo with chinos is of course a traditional combination and usually works just fine for most situations. This look can work with a worn-in, laid back outfit or an outfit that is pressed and crisp. The magic of a polo shirt is how it can read formal or informal based on what it’s paired with. As a rule, when going for a sharp casual, try boat shoes, loafers, or simple white sneakers.. For a more business look, go with a more tailored chino or slack. You can top it off with a navy jacket and a nice loafer or driver moc. A nice silk or merino polo paired with the right suit is also a classy combo.
Whatever polo look you’re rocking, ensure that the fit is right. This is a rule that applies to anything you put on, even a polo shirt.The shirt’s shoulder seam should actually land on your shoulder. You don’t want any pulling or bunching, just a natural and comfortable fit. The body of the shirt should slightly touch your body, but should not feel tight. The sleeve should hit you mid-bicep and be fitted not constricting. When un-tucked, your shirt should hang no lower than your hips. A more tailored, dressy polo often have unbanded sleeves that land lower on the bicep.
At UWM Men’s Shop we have polo shirt styles for every occasion. Stop in and add some new polos to your wardrobe today!