When it comes to men’s fashion, there are a few things that remain timeless: bow ties (yes, there will always be someone awesome rocking one), dapper loafers, and polo shirts, to name three. But what is it about the polo in particular that seems to translate to all types of style? From athletes to punk rockers to Nantucket-bound prepsters, you can find them all rocking this casually comfy staple, and here’s why:
1. The Collar: Whether popped or laying classically flat, this is possibly the most important part of the polo’s anatomy. Ever since the dawn of time (a little dramatic, but close enough), it’s been debated whether or not this staple should be popped or not – Esquire investigates.
2. Casual yet Dressy: It’s almost as if casual Friday was invented with polos in mind. For those occasions where you’re unsure of the dress code, for first dates, for meeting the parents, for a night out with the guys… the list goes on. And don’t get me started on the layering abilities.
3. Versatility: These toppers can be worn paired with just about any bottom. From jeans to khakis (even shorts can be coupled in here), there’s no limit to your pairing options. As for suit pants? Stick with a buttoned-up number.
4. Golf: As long as business meetings, resorts, and movies like Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore are around, so will this beloved game and its not-so-secret uniform. Most country club dress codes even require you to wear a polo in order to play a round.
5. History: Originating from the sport of polo in the 18oos (only with long sleeves), the polo shirt didn’t take off in the fashion industry until 1926 when Rene Lacoste first donned a short-sleeved version at the U.S. Open Championship.
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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor
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