Amp up your wardrobe with modern takes on this menswear staple.
A polo shirt has been a staple in the menswear universe for well, ever. Seriously—we’re talking since it first appeared during polo matches in the mid-1800s and reinvented by both John E. Brooks, a Brooks Brother legacy, in 1896 and Jean René Lacoste (yes, that one) in 1933, who reimagined the pique cotton short-sleeve style as we know it today for tennis matches.
But the life of the polo has been quite dubious over the past few decades when you think about bad ‘70s iterations or the boxy cuts made famous by your dad’s golfing crew. Regardless of past notions, there’s nothing frumpy of the latest batch hitting now. This season’s polos are flattering (cut slimmer) and highly versatile with the ability to be dressed up with slacks and brogues for the office or down with jeans and sneakers. The best polo shirts will do it all for you this season—from staying cool and dry on the beach with moisture-wicking fabric, to looking seriously stylish as you hit the bar in a flatting-fit.
Here, 19 no-fail polo shirts that’ll amp up your wardrobe just in time for summer.