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Polo Shirts and Sartorial Clothes: YES or NO?

Polo Shirts and Sartorial Clothes: YES or NO?

  • YES - It's a perfect combo for a casual look

  • YES - But only with long sleeved polos

  • NO - Polo shirts can never look sharp


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The most recent Friday Challenge, created by @EFV, is providing a lot of inspiration on how to style a polo shirt with sartorial clothes.
Do you like this combination?
Click here to browse the Challenge thread and submit your entry.

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Sure.

Not the biggest fan of them though.

I wish short-sleeved BD shirts were more common and accessible, especially for the summer months.

They can't seem to shed the dork association though.
 

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Well made but simple polos with garment-washed jackets and chinos, sure.

Elaborate polos made with all the #menswear trimmings and worn with CM tailoring, I've learned, isn't for me.
 

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Well made but simple polos with garment-washed jackets and chinos, sure.

Elaborate polos made with all the #menswear trimmings and worn with CM tailoring, I've learned, isn't for me.
Truth!
(See my entry in the challenge!)
I like polo shirts and have accumulated a mountain of them. At one time I’d wear a Lacoste under a blazer for travel or even with a suit in my clubbing days but I dislike the way the traditional polo collar sinks under the collar of the jacket. Those polos made with a bit more of shirt style collar that will stand up under a jacket elevate the look IMO but there is definitely a ‘glass ceiling’ for polo shirts beyond which they just don’t work with more conservative / formal suits and jackets.
 

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No fan of polo shirts with a SJ, with a suit or blazer is just trying too hard and looks silly. I find short sleeves look terrible since the jackets are tailored to show cuff and now just look too short. Also, don't see any need for long sleeve polos since there are so many more casual alternatives in a proper collared shirt. Polos are only a step above t-shirts.

Polos are for sporting activities and at times with casual tailored trousers or jeans.
 

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I hate polo shirts. Always have, and as of yet, I've never worn or owned one. I've always thought they looked plain goofy and dorky, and I've never understood their appeal. And now that they are common uniforms for all sorts of jobs makes it worse in my eyes.
 

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I hate polo shirts. Always have, and as of yet, I've never worn or owned one. I've always thought they looked plain goofy and dorky, and I've never understood their appeal. And now that they are common uniforms for all sorts of jobs makes it worse in my eyes.
If only there was a meme that demonstrated how cool it is tonwear more than one, eh?

Polo shirts are so common saying you don’t like ‘em is almost like saying you don’t like shoes! There are all sorts, good and bad, sharp and sad. I do agree though that there’s a time and a place, and seeing hospital receptionists, bank clerks, uniformed policemen, et al bedecked in polo shirts replete with institution logo on the chest is a sad trend these days.

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Sure.

Not the biggest fan of them though.

I wish short-sleeved BD shirts were more common and accessible, especially for the summer months.

They can't seem to shed the dork association though.
Here is a story. I was a teenager shopping at the Cambridge branch of the Andover shop. I was hanging out smoking cigarettes with Korbin and a woman came in and asked if they sold short sleeved dress shirts- immediately Larry came down the stairs (also smoking) and said - "ill handle this" in his locust Valley Lockjaw accent. He proceeded to tell the woman that there was no such thing as a short sleeved dress short and advised her to have her husband roll up his sleeves like a gentleman. Can't say enough about how this influenced me as a youth...
 

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"sartorial clothes" Is that an i-gent term for tailored clothing?
The preference for latinate nouns is a bad sign. I do wear
polo shirts with blue blazers and/or summer weight linen or silk
blend jackets. I know it makes me look like a senior from the suburbs,
which I am.

Does this look so bad?

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Here is a story. I was a teenager shopping at the Cambridge branch of the Andover shop. I was hanging out smoking cigarettes with Korbin and a woman came in and asked if they sold short sleeved dress shirts- immediately Larry came down the stairs (also smoking) and said - "ill handle this" in his locust Valley Lockjaw accent. He proceeded to tell the woman that there was no such thing as a short sleeved dress short and advised her to have her husband roll up his sleeves like a gentleman. Can't say enough about how this influenced me as a youth...
If I said sports coat, would that make a difference in your opinion?

I'd wear a short-sleeve sports shirt with a sports coat.
 

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Funny. As long as you don't say jacket....
On a serious note, as a hot and sweaty person year-round I really appreciate wearing polos with a sports coat.

Especially ones with a button down collar and lots of roll.

I still don't know why this is still such a hotly debated topic though, to me polos and SCs go together naturally.
 

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On a serious note, as a hot and sweaty person year-round I really appreciate wearing polos with a sports coat.

Especially ones with a button down collar and lots of roll.

I still don't know why this is still such a hotly debated topic though, to me polos and SCs go together naturally.
I agree. Wearing a purple label long-sleeved as we speak with a bespoke corduroy navy smoking jacket. Best to you frattelo
 

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