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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January 19, 2013



You’ve dodged hosting the holiday party in the past, but this is the year you’ve been called upon to rise to the occasion. How will you get your “bachelor pad” in tip-top shape? It’s easier than you think – follow these suggestions for an evening of guaranteed festive fun.

Delectable Nibbles
Food might just be the most important element of a party, but don’t go filling bowl upon bowl with Chex Mix® and potato chips (we’re adults now). Make some room for a few delicious gourmet cheeses, cured meats, and spreads to really impress your guests. Finger foods make a party.

Turn up the Music
Every party needs some good tunes to get everyone in the mood to enjoy themselves. Take the time to make a playlist for the occasion: start mellow, then work in the break-it-down dance numbers (you should definitely include some holiday songs, too – it’s a holiday party, after all).

Wine and Dine
Solo cups and mismatched glasses have no place at a formal holiday party. Invest in a classic decanter with matching wine glasses and have a selection of both light and darker beers on ice. A fully-stocked bar isn’t needed for a successful gathering (though having the mixings for a themed cocktail on-hand might make for a cool party trick).

Warm Up by the Fire
Don’t have a built-in fireplace? No problem. You can pick up a modern and portable stand-in for the traditional hearth. You’ll be convinced it was a wise investment when the festive vibe takes over and all your guests are gathered cozily around the fire.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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December 4, 2012