You don't hear much from the humble polo shirt around here. I have a history of deep loathing for the polo, probably because when I was a kid my mom made me wear one to a family occasion when I wanted to wear my Speed Racer shirt instead. That aside, my company instituted a rule recently that you must wear a collared shirt at a minimum when working after hours. At all other times it is business casual. This has seen the exponential growth of polo shirt appearances at work, and while I am no closer to loving the polo shirt, it does make me curious. What does everyone think of them? On what occasions are they appropriate? Are they to be considered wardrobe essentials? Personally I don't care how essential they might be, that wayward collar and boxy appearance are not for me.
The Great Polo Shirt Conundrum
Great comment. Personally, I think polo shirts have come a long way. Many brands have been offering trimmer more tailored cuts. While others are also incorporating style elements seen typically on woven shirts. (Read: accent trims inside collar band or on plackets.). Beyond this, we, at Vastrm, have also added woven collars that give a dressier look to the common polo and allow our polos to be worn under a blazer or sweater and still have a collar that stands tall. For other brands, there is a great thread on top polo brands here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/317388/rank-these-designer-brands-polo-shirts
Polos under a blazer??? I'll reserve judgment until I've seen them but a polo with a jacket is a major peeve of mine.
Well, I when I think polo, I also think T-shirt with collar, is not meant for work. Rather use it to mess about in boats, mow the lawn, dig the cess pit, that kinda thing. You shouldn't pay more that 10$ max 15$ for it. Don't let brand names fool you either, 2 weeks ago i was out shopping, and a dept store had JCrew polo's for 15$ and facconable was selling the exact same thing (also made in china) except that theirs had their logo on the front, and facconable printed across the back, and do you know, they were wanting 185$ for it. I just don't get it.
No until a few years ago Lacostes were all made in France. Now some come from Peru and some other places, I still don't think they've outsourced to China yet.
A few years ago I was working at a job with a business casual dress code. I detest the OCBD and khakis look so I wore polo and sport coat in various combinations. (Sorry purists!). I still have a hard time wearing a dress shirt with no tie and open neck and I don't like OCBDs but it still felt wrong to me. Didn't want to replace the polo with an open neck shirt so I just went with dress shirt, tie and either SC or suit. Higher than what was required but as I'm autonomous on the job and usually work alone its not like I had a boss sneering at me like Orgetrix has lately.
I still have a soft spot for polos in the right context, and Lacoste are the best for me due to the open weave being a lot cooler in the summer. I usually wear them in the Texas heat with linen strides, or under a casual suit (khaki, linen, seersucker) if I want to dress it up.
I've found that standard Lacostes are a bit boxy so either go for slim fit or get my seamstress to take in the side seams for a tenner. I don't like any branding and would be quite happy to cut the crocodiles off if I thought I could do it without ruining them!