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The Great Polo Shirt Conundrum

post #1 of 53
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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.

post #2 of 53
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
post #3 of 53
Kent Wang IMHO has the best polos. Well worth looking at....
http://www.kentwang.com/polos
post #4 of 53
Plenty of polo shirt comments around here. Use the forum search engine. It is your friend.
post #5 of 53
To me, J Crew makes the best slim polos. Can usually pick them up in a range of colors and fits for about $30-35.
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To me, J Crew makes the best slim polos. Can usually pick them up in a range of colors and fits for about $30-35.

 

J Crew? Wouldn't have thought. 

post #7 of 53
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Originally Posted by jtang108 View Post

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.

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To me, J Crew makes the best slim polos. Can usually pick them up in a range of colors and fits for about $30-35.

Yes. It's not like the quality of Lacoste or Kent Wang is very different. All made in China
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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.

post #10 of 53
Count me in the tee shirt with a collar camp. I mainly buy cheap ones with bold colors and stripes, but having something like a plain navy to go with those cream linen trousers and a striped belt is critical too. A well fitting polo looks great on a trim figure, and they're essential summer wear in my book.
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Yes. It's not like the quality of Lacoste or Kent Wang is very different. All made in China

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!
post #12 of 53
Polo shirts are great! When you are playing polo. Alright, fine. Also for tennis.

Couldn't you just wear an OCBD? Please? Polo shirts are fine for really casual things like BBQs but they really don't have any place in the office . . . and certainly not under a jacket.
post #13 of 53
Polos have their place e.g. in casual setting (way to the beach/pool/sailing/BBQ/picnic/hanging out at a park...) in combination with shorts or jeans. However, I do not see how they can be considered appropriate for a business setting (and yes, I have seen office workers at a fortune 500 company in Atlanta wearing them tucked into flannel trousers with black oxfords, which was truly weird).
post #14 of 53
I pretty much only wear polo shirts while on vacation, and maybe a few times during the Danish 3 week summer.

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It just struck me how alike these fits look, even though none of the items are the same across the two pics.
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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.

Ill post a couple more photos but check these out...

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