Here’s Why the Polo Collar Sweater Is Taking Off Right Now

editor@purewow.com (PureWow)
·6 min read

Few things are certain in life. But at this very moment in time, it’s very, very likely that your go-to brand has a polo collar sweater in their lineup. Seriously: Madewell, Everlane, Club Monaco, J. Crew, Reformation, and so on all have a polished collar knit—some with three buttons, some with none. And that doesn’t even include some of this fashion editor’s fave designer labels or the niche knitwear brands she’s discovered during some “research” deep-dives (i.e. scrolling Instagram late at night). So, what gives? Why is this design everywhere?

I have two theories. One, it’s at once cozy but pulled-together, ideal for our current era of frequent Zoom calls, indefinite work from home schedules and general sense of uncertainty for the foreseeable future. However, it’s also a major nod to the Lacoste polo trend of the early aughts—and we all know how much fashion loves a nostalgia moment.

Regardless, this style is super easy to wear with high-rise blue denim, the leggings that have become like a second-skin to you or even the spangly sequin skirt you plan to wear for upcoming holiday celebrations. Here, 15 of our fave polo collar sweaters to buy this winter.

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1. Everlane The Cashmere Polo

If we’re being totally honest, we’re not sure what we love more: The loose, casual cut of this knit or the fact that it comes in four covetable colors (from basic black to soft grey). Plus, since it’s made with 100 percent cashmere, it’s not too hard to justify that price tag.

BUY IT ($128)

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

2. Reformation Cashmere Polo Sweater

If you are, however, looking for a cropped style, look no further than Reformation. Available in a lush caramel or classic navy, this particular polo is the type you’ll want to wear out. Seriously, just add leather pants.

BUY IT ($148)

Available in sizes XS to XL.

3. Madewell Plush Ribbed Polo Shirt

Madewell currently has a few polo options (like this and this) on their site, but we’re partial to this looser, more casual number. Why’s that? Well, the thick fabric drapes so nicely on the body, the color options are stark and vibrant...and you can’t beat the $55 price.

BUY IT ($55)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

4. Vince Wool & Cashmere Polo Sweater

The color of this navy knit is technically “Coastal” and for some reason, that makes us want to curl up with a steaming cup of tea and gaze out the window at the stormy seas. Just us? Anyways, this Vince number features a deep-V, so you can show off that decolletage (and perhaps a neck mess, too).

BUY IT ($445)

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

5. Glamorous Curve Oversized Polo Style Sweater

Save for a very subtle ribbing, there are no frills to this sweater. And that’s exactly why we love it. This cream-colored knit will go with just about everything you own. Including, yes, pajama pants.

BUY IT ($51)

Available in sizes 14 to 22.

6. J. Crew Collared Cashmere Sweater

Like a pumpkin spice latte you can wear on the daily, this cozy cashmere style has an ample front pocket. Indeed, it’s perfect for storing your iPhone.

BUY IT ($148)

Available in sizes XXXS to 3X.

7. The Row Abanu Cashmere and Silk-Blend Sweater

Are you working with a sky’s the limit budget for your next sweater acquisition? Then we’d suggest adding this delicate lavender knit from The Row to your arsenal. Slightly thinner than the rest on this list, treat this like more of a top and you’ll be good to go.

BUY IT ($1,400)

Available in sizes XS to XL.

8. Zara Knit Polo Sweater

Looking for a knit with a bit more texture to it? This Zara number feels (and looks) like a statement piece, thanks to the wool blend—that’s made with recycled polyester, FYI. We’d suggest making like the model above and buttoning yours up all the way, for maximum impact.

BUY IT ($40)

Available in sizes S to XL.

9. Tricot Recycled Cashmere Polo

Remember the aforementioned “research” I’d been doing on Instagram? Yeah, one of those sessions resulted in the discovery of this knit from Tricot. Made from recycled cashmere fibers and manufactured in a small family-owned factory near Venice, Italy, this is one sweater that even your most stylish friends will be impressed with. However, if you want to go with a cheaper option, we’d suggest heading to their men’s section and scoring this $89 wool iteration on the same shape.

BUY IT ($199)

Available in sizes XS to XL.

10. Loulou Studio Forana Cashmere Sweater

Cozy cashmere that’s the exact color of hot cocoa? Now that sounds like our idea of a great winter outfit. Plus, this particular sweater is intended to be a touch oversized, so you can get your slouch on.

BUY IT ($405)

Available in sizes S to L.

11. Club Monaco Boiled Cashmere Polo

Featuring a more distinct V-neck detail—sans any buttons—this Club Monaco number exudes luxury (without the breath-taking price tag to match). Wear yours with black leggings and sneakers to run errands or slip it on with mom jeans and some gold hoops for happy hour drinks...even if they’re just taking place in your kitchen.

BUY IT ($289)

Available in sizes XS to XL.

12. Ganni Cashmere Knit Polo

This isn’t a regular polo, it’s a cool polo. Mostly because of those buttons that are actually crystal daisies! Plus, the ¾ sleeve makes this knit stand out from the pack ever so slightly.

BUY IT ($425)

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

13. & Other Stories Sheer Fitted Polo Top

If your polo preferences skew towards something more fitted and sheer, & Other Stories has some options for you. In fact, their options come in khaki, creme and dark grey, all finished off with shell buttons. We’ll take one in each color.

BUY IT ($69)

Available in sizes XS to L.

14. Alexander Wang Ribbed Stretch-Knit Mini Dress

We had to add a dress onto this list, because just look at how great the collar is on this ribbed Alexander Wang sweater dress. Cut a little extra low in the front with dramatic slit-sleeves, this is one way to hit two trends with one piece.

BUY IT ($595)

Available in sizes XS to L.

15. ASOS Design Polo Sweater

You know what helps combat winter blues? Cozy clothing items that bring us joy. Which is exactly how we’d describe this periwinkle number from ASOS Design. We’ll be wearing ours with loose, relaxed jeans, just like the model did.

BUY IT ($45)

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

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