The early part of this century was not kind to even the best polo shirts. Between The 40-Year-Old Virgin and guys like Phil Mickelson, the polo’s time-honored knack for helping all types of dudes look suave and put-together in a snap all but vanished, swallowed whole by a black hole of fusty, dorky, billowing sleeves.
It’s taken a decade or so, but as all things in fashion eventually do, the polo shirt has reclaimed its rightful spot in the menswear canon. The casual Friday hall-of-famer is back in a big, brasher-than-normal way. And we say it’s about time, because there’s are a lot of reasons to celebrate the humble polo. They’re as laid back and versatile as a T-shirt, only, you know, with the added bonus of a collar. You can trust ‘em again to help you look handsome in a host of situations—with shorts on the weekend, with denim at the bar, with a cotton suit at an outdoor wedding. Oh, and did we mention they are a cornerstone of the most essential dress code of our time, Zoom Casual?
Here’s the best part: You don’t just have to stick to the plain Jane polos you wore when you were younger. Like you already have with the rest of your wardrobe, get weird! We’re talking abnormal colors, vintage details, and yeah, oversized—but not Mickelson oversized—proportions. Here are 14 of the best polo shirts for all tastes and comfort levels to get you reacquainted with the resurgent classic.
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