|Polo-Hickey | Pants and NATO Strap-J. Crew | Watch-Timex | Shoes-Calvin Klein|
Let's be clear, I am in no way shape or form advocating for the polo shirt as any type of formal or professional wear. The polo shirt, from it's roots, has been a casual shirt meant for sport... I can't for the life of me seem to remember what sport, though. Anyway, the most classic of pairings is a polo shirt with a pair of chinos. Polos and chinos go together like Young Jeezy and Shawty Red beats... or Simon and Garfunkel for the non-hip-hop crowd. When rocking a polo with chinos, I like for there to be something interesting about one of the pieces. Whether it be a fun color or an interesting detail, having something that spices up the ensemble can help one stand out in one of the most common outfits (at least in the U.S.). This striped raglan sleeved polo is from Hickey (R.I.P.) and it's an excellent Pima cotton body with a sturdy collar. The way the tangerine, blue, and white come together make the entire outfit pop more than if either item was paired with a more subtle color.
|Polo-Benjamin Bixby | Trousers-Theory | Belt-Bobby Jones | Shoes-Calvin Klein | Sunglasses-Unknown|
A nice trim fit is key with polos. They don't need to hug your body like a base layer, but they should fit comfortably close. The sleeves should totally cover your deltoid and stop somewhere before the mid point of your bicep. Longer polos
should must be tucked in. There really is no wiggle room on this one. If you need to ask someone if a polo looks a little long, just tuck it in. If you tuck your polo into a pair of trousers or more refined bottoms you won't look quite at "dad-like" as tucking them into say a pair of jeans. Looks like this are good for casual business meetings, casual Friday in the office, or the golf course. Just toss some golf cleats in your car and you are good for a round of 9 after work.
|Polo-Polo Ralph Lauren | Sweater-J. Crew | Jeans-Gap | Belt-Land's End Canvas | Shoes-Sperry|
A polo shirt with a v-neck sweater is a nice option for those cooler yet still casual days. I prefer a polo with a slightly longer, sturdier collar that will stay up with relative ease throughout the day. For the guy looking to find something more grown-up to wear to grab drinks with friends but is still scared of a tie, this can be a good look if executed well. This polo shirt is from none other than Mr. Polo himself, Ralph Lauren. It's is a Blue Label custom-fit polo and it has served me well over the years. It has kept it's color through numerous washing, and I have made it a point not to just stand out in the sun in a black polo...
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