Wait! Before You Buy Another Polo Shirt …
Polo shirts are versatile and comfortable, but can look over-the-top preppy if you’re not careful.
By Jamie Wallis
Wearing a button-down shirt in the summer can turn your armpits into a sweat spigot. You can avoid that without sacrificing style with a wisely selected polo shirt. Polos are versatile enough to work for just about any occasion —at work, on a date, saving old ladies from alien invaders.
Of course, that’s all contingent upon you choosing the right fit. (When is the last time you saw a hero save the day in a skintight polo?) For example, if you’re going to be active, a loose-fitting performance polo made with synthetic materials that absorbs sweat is a good option. Cotton blends are arguably the most comfortably option and are perfect for casual office events or a night out, but can shrink when laundered.
In the end, you have to figure out which color and style compliments your build. Otherwise, you risk look too preppy, and we wouldn’t want that would we, Skyler?
Here are six great options …
The Classic Lacoste ($90)
These are 100 percent cotton, roomy, and come in 66 colos. Oh, there’s also a little alligator on the chest.
Gap Garment Dyed Polo ($35)
If you’re not slim, these all-cotton polo aren’t your best option. You have 14 colors to choose from, and it already comes with a broken-in look thanks to the garment wash.
Pategonia Men’s Pique Vitaliti Polo ($60)
They’re mostly organic — 70 percent organic cotton and 30 percent recycled polyester — and provide plenty of wiggle room. Comes in four colors.
Coast Winyah Polo ($73)
Another slim-fitting optino, this two-button style is ultra soft (97 percent cotton and 3 percent lycra), and comes in 19 colors. Perfect for the beach or the bar.
Nike Tech Solid Golf Polo ($45)
Nike’s Dri-FIT UV fabric soaks up sweat, provides an athletic look and fit, and protects your skin from the harmful UV rays. The style comes in 13 colors and fits in perfectly on the links.
Puma Tech Striped Golf Polo ($85)
To pull it off, you have to own it when you wear it. So wear with confidence. This three-button, 100 percent polyester shirt comes in two options — dark with crazy stripes … or light with crazy stripes.