Comfortable, versatile and long lasing, they give you great value for money and a proven timeless sense of quality and style. Nowadays polo shirts are available in a huge range of colors and styles and most labels produce a version and one of the best is the Lacoste Polo Shirt.
In 1933, Lacoste started a business with a knitwear manufacturer to mass-produce la chemise Lacoste, a short-sleeved pullover with a turndown collar, three buttons on its placket and a refreshing piqué-cotton body.
The shirt was not stiff, but there was a rectitude to it. It promoted physical comfort while adhering to social strictures. The line from there to casual Friday runs straight.
Just like with a dress shirt, the shoulder seam should lay on the shoulder bone. The sleeves should come down about halfway to two-thirds of the way of your biceps. Anything shorter looks old; anything longer too trendy. What you really want is a very slim fit in the sleeve.
Average polo shirts are longer in the back than they are in the front and look better when tucked in. If tucked in, the shirt should not go further from your buttocks in the back or your fly in the front. When untucked, the polo shirt should end just below the waistband.
Nowadays and with the popularization of the Jeans these two have been the ultimate combination when it comes to a casual and care free look, but when it comes to a more formal occasion you can wear the Lacoste Polo Shirt with some gabardine pants.
For the most casual get-up, pair your untucked polo with khaki flat front shorts, canvas sneakers, a field watch, and a pair of aviator shades. Or you can swap the shorts for dark denim for a classier look. It is a smart move to choose another color beside khaki to get away from the conservative uniform look. To go up another level of formality, swap a cotton polo for a retro-styled wool knit shirt.
To climb up the formality ladder another rung, keep the polo but change the jeans for actual trousers. Tuck your shirt in for greater professionalism, and match with a nice belt and leather loafers. You generally want to stick with a solid colored shirt instead of a shirt that’s patterned or striped.
Tuck or untuck, depending on the occasion. A polo shirt can go either way. Tucked in, of course, gives you a more formal look, and while tucked out is more casual. If your shirt’s longer in the back than the front, then it was designed to be inside of your pants.
To take the polo up further, it can be paired with a sports jacket and with some nice jeans, or trousers. To formalize the polo to a greater degree would mean wearing it with a full-on suit, which is even more difficult to wear than pairing with a sport coat.
An exceptionally flexible shirt, it is predominantly worn in the warmer summer months due to its short sleeves and breathable fabric. Perfect for the outgoing gentleman, it is a common sight on golf courses, tennis courts, beaches and around town for leisurely strolls through the shops and an al fresco meal at a quaint bistro.
If the polo shirt can be not entirely anti-elitist but even the correct costume for thuggery, it can and will be anything an everyman’s everyday everything. Without risking the uncouth of a simple T nor the stiff ceremony of a button-down, it’s just a shirt, which defines virtue. The shimmer of its heritage figures in the fact of its propriety. But only a shimmer. The best polos are 100 percent cotton, but the Platonic one is, in its meanings, entirely elastic.
It’s all in how you dress it up or down. Dressed up or dressed down, the polo is a men’s wardrobe staple.
You can have a core collection of solid, basic colors like blue, black, and white. Polos with stripes or contrasting colors on the sleeve bands/collar aren’t always a bad choice but tend to be more casual, trendy, and young.
If there is something this piece of clothing has taught us is that basic doesn’t have to mean bland.