The 23 Best Polo Shirts for Men to Wear in 2023 That Are a Must

Polo shirts are a must. What are the best to wear right now?

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Any and every men's capsule wardrobe requires a polo shirt. We repeat, any and every men's capsule wardrobe requires a polo shirt. What is it exactly about polos that make them such a necessity? Well, all you have to do is look at their history, which dates all the way back to the 1850s when they were being used by polo players in India. Fast forward several decades, and polo shirts were then being used by polo players in Great Britain circa the early 1920s. Similar to other historical fashion items such as bomber jackets and aviator sunglasses for example, polos eventually caught on to the general public who realized they too wanted a shirt as a part of their wardrobe, and now over a hundred years later we're here—with polo shirts being the ultimate foundation for your day-to-day styling. If you happen to be on the hunt for one, we've rounded up the best polo shirts for men to wear in 2023 and beyond.

We'll talk more about this later, but remember the key to a great polo is all within the fit and the fabric as comfort is always a priority. These polos are well-made, comfortable, tailored, work with different prices ranges/budgets, and have a nice design as the final selling point.

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A Shopping Guide to the Best Polo Shirts for Men:

1. Todd Snyder Plaid Merino Polo in Golden Brass

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Todd Snyder

Best Polo Shirt for Men, Overall

  • Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, easy to care for, nicely tailored
  • Cons: Only comes in one color
  • Material: 100% Merino Wool
  • Colors: Golden Brass
  • Fit: Classic

Todd Snyder has long been in the business of making a variety of polos ranging in design and material type, which is why they are our option as the best place to go to. The Plaid Merino Polo in particular is a polo that stays fresh and clean regardless of whether you are at work or making your rounds on the golf course. This is mostly thanks to the merino wool material the shirt is made with, which provides a lightweight and breathable element that will keep you clean and comfy. We also have to call out the many detailed features on this shirt, specifically the smoke shell buttons and the Montauk collar. Sizes go up to 2XL, with the price tag being $268.


2. J. McLaughlin Callahan Cotton Polo in Stripe

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J. McLaughlin

A Sporty Option for the Golf Course

  • Pros: Fits nicely, affordable, comes in multiple colors, comfortable
  • Cons: Only goes up to 2XL, limited sizes in certain colors
  • Material: 92% Cotton, 8% Lycra
  • Colors: Fresh Green/Bimini, Light Pink/Light Blue, Rich Desire/White, White Pink/, French Blue/White, New Wedgewood/White
  • Fit: Classic

J. Mclaughlin keeps it simple and minimalistic with their Callahan Cotton Polo in Stripe, which is made with mostly cotton and a tab of lycra material (I.E. meaning it's very comfortable). The brand recently updated the model to give the shirt what they call a "more streamlined fit for a modern, but still classic look," which also includes classic polo shirt features such as the short-sleeve design and chest pocket. Sizes can go up to 2XL in certain colors, and we'd have to say the shirt is pretty affordable at $118. Not bad. Not bad at all.


3. Polo Ralph Lauren Custom Slim-Fit Stretch Mesh Polo Shirt

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Polo Ralph Lauren

A Polo That Represents History

  • Pros: Has rave reviews, has been around a long time, comfortable, nice design, affordable
  • Cons: Only goes up to 2XL
  • Material: 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane
  • Colors: Lafayette Blue/White, Old Royal/White, Essex Green/White, Fall Yellow/White
  • Fit: Slim

Ralph Lauren is literally the originator of the polo shirt, and this model in particular has been around for over fifty years. If there's any one polo shirt that you can bet money will be a perfect match, it's the Custom Slim Fit Stretch, which is made with a cotton/elastane blend. Four iconic Polo Ralph colors accompany the Slim Fit, with sizing going up to 2XL. The small percentage of elastane is what allows for just the right amount of stretch in the shirt, and what's more, the Slim Fit is tailored through the waist in a way that brings more attention to your biceps, shoulders, arms, and torso. You can also wash the shirt easily without having to worry about it losing its shape. Another bonus.


4. Paul Stuart Cotton Piqué Logo Polo

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Paul Stuart

The Best Luxury Polo Shirt for Men

  • Pros: Great quality, wide variety of colors, affordable, good for layering
  • Cons: Sold out in certain colors
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Colors: Black, Butter, Cadet Blue, Lavender, Lemon, and 6 others
  • Fit: Classic

Paul Stuart's Cotton Piqué Logo Polo is the perfect example of a luxury polo being offered at a non-luxury price. Sitting at just $95, this is a great polo to pick up if you are interesting in layering up or down depending on the season. This shirt is boosted by a three-button placket, ribbed knit collar, and banded sleeve cuffs amongst other features, and is crafted with 100% cotton to make it smooth comfortable, and breathable along with the side vents that are also built into the shirt. With certain colors already selling out quickly in certain sizes, it's safe to say this is a polo that is in high demand.


5. Huckberry Proof Men's 72-Hour Merino Wool Polo Shirt

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The Best Sweat-Wicking Polo Shirt for Men

  • Pros: Sweat-wicking, prevents odors, affordable, durable
  • Cons: Only has four colors, could run too small
  • Material: 89% 16.5 Micron Merino Wool, 11% Nylon
  • Colors: Stone Black, Navy, Wild Dove
  • Fit: Slim

You can prevent sweat and odors at all costs with Huckberry's Proof Men's 72-Hour Merino Wool Polo Shirt, which features a micron merino wool and nylon blend that repels odors, airs out sweat, and prevents those awful sweat stains we all can't stand. Crafted in a slim-fit design and nicely tailored, the shirt goes up to a 3XL and has four color options that you can select from, all of which make them versatile options that can be paired with a range of items in your closet. Additionally, the Merino Wool Polo apparently never shrinks or wrinkles as long as you follow the instructions of machine washing on cold and tumble drying on low. All of this for $98. Again, not a bad deal at all.


6. Kohl's Men's Sonoma Goods For Life Pique Polo

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An Affordable Polo Shirt for Men

  • Pros: Comfortable, affordable, multiple colors
  • Cons: Limited sizes/sold out in certain colors
  • Material: Cotton, Polyester
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Modern White, Medium Mineral, Sailor Water, Scott Blue, and 18 0thers
  • Fit: Classic Fit

When it comes to a quality polo shirt that is top-tier in terms of quality and comfort, it doesn't get any better than Kohl's who has gotten several polo options to select from. Our favorite is the Men's Sonoma Goods For Life Pique Polo which can be worn in the daytime for work, meetings, etc., or in the evening for a date night. The shirt fits well and qualifies as comfy with its cotton/polyester makeup, goes up to 2XL in sizing, and has over 20 colors available at your disposal. The fabric is one that is breathable, and there's a button placket to give the look that final oomph. Best of all, this polo is only a whopping $14.39. Talk about a deal!


7. Tommy Hilfiger Classic Fit Pique Polo

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Tommy Hilfiger

A Classic Polo Shirt Option for Men

  • Pros: Lightweight, versatile, durable, has multiple colors, comfortable
  • Cons: Only goes up to 2XL
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Colors: Bright White, Navy Heather, Almond Blossom, Medium Heather Blue, Dark Sable
  • Fit: Classic

If you want to take it back to the classics with a brand who has been in the business of making polos for decades, you can also rock this Classic Fit Pique Polo from Tommy Hilfiger. Cut with 100% cotton material, the shirt is designed to have room in the chest and shoulders area without being deemed too loose. The result is a breathable polo with an ample amount of room that allows you to do an activity like golfing without having to worry about tightness or ripping. Additionally, the shirt is machine washable, goes up to 2XL in sizing, and is regarded as being a fan favorite over at Tommy Hilfiger. Considering the $35 price tag, this is definitely a good buy in our honest opinion.


8. Lululemon Evolution Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt

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A Polo Shirt for Training

  • Pros: Sweat-wicking, breathable, versatile, affordable, multiple sizes
  • Cons: Limited sizing in certain colors
  • Material: 82% Recycled Polyester, 10% Lyocell
  • Colors: Espresso, Nautical Navy, Trench, Black, Heathered Black
  • Fit: Slim

Our choice for training is the Lululemon Evolution Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt, which Lululemon claims is shirt "designed for being on the move." Crafted with recycled polyester and lyocell, not only is this shirt sweat-wicking, it's also anti-stink thanks to the brand's built-in No-Stink Zinc technology. What is that you ask? No-Stink Zinc prevents growth of odor-causing bacteria within clothing. That means no matter how much you sweat, your polo will absolutely not stink. This shirt also comes in a range of colors and quite a few different sizes depending on which color you select.


9. Peter Millar Solid Performance Jersey Polo

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Peter Millar
  • Pros: Lightweight, affordable, multiple colors, has sun protection
  • Cons: Limited sizing in certain colors
  • Material: 92% Polyester, 8% spandex
  • Colors: Cottage Blue, Iron, Navy, White, Black
  • Fit: Classic

Peter Millar's Solid Performance Jersey Polo is a shirt suitable for the office and easy to transition for after-work hours. Crafted with a lightweight nature, polyester is what makes up majority of this shirt's material, but that very small percentage of spandex (8% to be exact) is what allows for the built-in four way stretch component. Again, the multiple color options are there for you to choose from, and the knit collar accompanied by trocas shell buttons is what finishes the shirt off. Finally, the Performance Jersey Polo features UPF 50+ sun protection. Gotta love a shirt that prioritizes safety.


10. Mack Weldon Pima T-Shirt Polo

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Mack Weldon
  • Pros: Easy to layer, affordable, versatile, easy to wash
  • Cons: Limited sizing, could run big/small
  • Material: 100% Pima Cotton
  • Colors: Spearmint, Lemon Ice, Bright White, Total Eclipse Blue, True Black
  • Fit: Relaxed

Mack Weldon continues to be regarded for their contemporary menswear, and of course, fewer clothing pieces are more contemporary than the polo shirt. Our favorite from the brand is the Pima T-Shirt Polo, which is slightly different from some of the others we've featured thus far due to its open collar design. Another neat feature are the side slits included on the shirt for extra movement. The extra soft pima cotton composition will keep you cozy and comfortable, with sizing going up to 2xL. Plus, the $68 price is on the wallet-friendly side.


11. Goodfellow & Co Men's Everywhere Polo Shirt

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  • Pros: Versatile, comfortable, affordable, multiple sizing options, sustainable
  • Cons: Limited sizes/sold out in certain colors
  • Material: 100% Recycled Polyester
  • Colors: Black, Dark Blue, Gray, Red, Soft Blue, and 3 others
  • Fit: Standard

If you want to keep your spending to under $20, this Goodfellow & Co Men's Everywhere Polo Shirt from Target checks that box completely clocking in at $12. Not only that, but the quality is both fantastic and sustainable as it's made with 100% recycled polyester. The simplicity of the shirt is what makes it easy to work with so many different pants and layering options, and seeing as though this polo is only 12 bucks, you can grab multiple shirts for the average price of one. Plus, the shirt is built with stretch (bonus), and is fade-resistant (even bigger bonus). Additional features include a collar neckline that's finished with a button closure.


12. Bonobos Stretch Pique Polo

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  • Pros: Different fit choices, multiple colors, has good stretch room, affordable
  • Cons: Only goes up to 2XL
  • Material: 98% Pima Cotton, 2% Spandex
  • Colors: Black, White, Heather Navy, Heather Light Grey, Bright Navy
  • Fit: Slim or Standard

If a polo shirt with a pop of color is what you want, then you'll get it with the Stretch Pique Polo, which gives you ten color choices full of flavor. Cut with pima cotton and spandex for a little bit stretch, Bonobos gives you the choice of either a slim or standard fit depending on how exactly you like your shirts fit-wise, and features flat-knit rib trims. What's more, this another polo aimed directly at preventing the funk as the shirt fights back against odor and stains with its moisture-wicking properties. For $75, we'd also consider this to be a good buy.


13. Nike Dri-FIT Victory Polo

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  • Pros: Sustainable, has good movement, comfortable, performance-ready
  • Cons: Sells out quickly
  • Material: Recycled Polyester
  • Colors: Pink Oxford, Burgundy Crush, Oxygen Purple, Obsidian/White, White/Black
  • Fit: Standard

We're digging the sustainability Nike has been committed to with their products as of late, and their Dri-FIT Victory Polo is an example with its recycled polyester craftsmanship. This Nike pick has a standard polo design and fit with a ribbed blade collar and buttoned plackets. The recycled polyester makes the shirt feel incredibly soft, and seeing as though this is Nike we're talking about, there's an element of performance within the material thanks to high-quality yarn incorporated into its fabric. The only real negative is that sizes and colors tend to sell out quickly, other than that this pretty much a perfect polo shirt option.

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14. Rhoback Don't Mess Men's Polo

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  • Pros: Durable, performance-ready, comfortable, multiple sizes, moisture-wicking
  • Cons: Only one color
  • Material: 92% Polyester, 8% spandex
  • Colors: White/Blue
  • Fit: Classic

You don't mess with the Rho-Back! This polo stays true to its performance roots with moisture-wicking properties and UPF 40-50+ sun protection. The four-way stretch allows for easy movement and seamless transitions, with the shirt being somewhere in the middle between loose and baggy. Made with polyester and spandex, the fabric is sweat-resistant and breathable, and keeps its shape thanks to the self-collar that's made specifically to avoid what they call the "bacon collar." The $94 pricing makes this another budget-friendly choice as well.


15. Jacquemus Off-White Le Papier 'Le Polo Neve' Polo

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  • Pros: Keeps you warm, comfortable, roomy, good for cold weather
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Material: 97% Polyamide, 3% elastane
  • Colors: Off-White
  • Fit: Standard

Who said polo shirts have to be short-sleeve? Polo's come in the form of long sleeve shirts as well, and our first example is this Off-White Le Papier 'Le Polo Neve' Polo from Jacquemus which is the creme de la creme of luxury polos. Made with shag knit stretch nylon, the polo is made to accentuate your shoulders, and slightly tapers towards the bottom to flatter your torso. The fuzziness of the shirt will keep you warm during the cool seasons, while still being lightweight enough to transition to spring. Additionally, the shirt is finished with a spread collar, two-button placket, and rib knit cuffs.


16. L.L. Bean Men's Premium Double L Polo

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L.L. Bean
  • Pros: Affordable, keeps you warm, transitions well between season, comfortable
  • Cons: Could run large
  • Material: Cotton Pique-Knit
  • Colors: Clover, Deep Sapphire, Atlantic Blue, Black, Camp Green
  • Fit: Traditional

According to L.L. Bean, their Premium Double L polo "doesn't shrink, doesn't fade, and doesn't wrinkle," and apparently they tried to do things that could cause all of the above to happen and it still hasn't worked. Designed to have a relaxed fit through the chest, sleeve, and waist areas, the shirt is made with dream cotton pique-knit fabric that keeps you warm when it's cold, and cool when it's warm. You can also choose from multiple colors and add a monogram if you wish. L.L. Bean's products are known to hold well over time, which is a great deal considering you'll only be spending roughly $45 to $50 on this one.

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17. Lacoste Stretch Cotton Piqué Contrast Collar Polo

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  • Pros: Fits nicely, cool design, performance-ready, versatile
  • Cons: Could run big/small
  • Material: 94% Cotton, 6% Elastane
  • Colors: Black, Red, Grey, Dark Green, White
  • Fit: Regular

Lacoste in an excellent brand known for giving you the perfect balance between stylish and sporty, and their Stretch Cotton Piqué Contrast Collar Polo is no exception. The polyester and elastane blend provides premium comfort that's smooth to the touch along with being soft on the skin, and the polo comes complete with three buttons, along with the brand's embroidered green crocodile on the chest to make it clear you're indeed wearing Lacoste, which is further enhanced by the three-tone design built dispersed through the shirt. Sizes go up to 4XL, and the polo is priced at $92.99.


18. JW Anderson White Printed Polo

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  • Pros: Nice design, cool features, versatile, lightweight, comfortable
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Colors: Off-White
  • Fit: Loose/Relaxed

If you really want to get jiggy with it, you can cop JW Anderson's White Printed Polo which at first glance doesn't appear to be a polo shirt, but very much indeed is. Great for a special event or a night out on the town, the dropped shoulders is what makes this polo "couture," along with the interesting graphic printed on the front of the shirt. The polo can be dressed up or down, and features a spread collar, two-button placket, and a tennis-tail hem to complete the look. Sizes go up to an XL.


19. Casablanca White Cotton-Blend Bouclé Polo Shirt

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  • Pros: Great quality, nice design, durable, offers versatility
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Material: 73% Cotton, 27% Nylon
  • Colors: Off-White
  • Fit: Classic

Speaking of couture/designer, this White Contrast Polo from Casablanca fits the bill of being a great Polo with a load of luxury. Light as cloud, the shirt feels smooth and rich thanks to cotton/nylon blend, and compliments your shoulders while the low taper emphasizes your torso and waist. What's more, the shirt also features a point collar, ribbed edges, and is finished by its pearlised button. Of note: you'll have to take this specific polo shirt to the cleaners as you can't wash it regularly. Sizing goes up to a 3XL.


20. Vuori Strato Tech Polo

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  • Pros: Great quality, nice design, durable, offers versatility
  • Cons: Limited sizing
  • Material: 96% Polyester, 4% Elastane
  • Colors: Heather Grey, Navy Heather, Charcoal Heather, Platinum Heather, White, and 5 more
  • Fit: Classic

According to Vuori, the Strato Tech Polo is the brand's softest-yet, which is saying something because this has also been one of their best-sellers for a long time. Made with a comfortable polyester/elastane design that also features UPF 30, this shirt is the definition of a performance polo as it is both moisture-wicking and quick drying. 4-way stretch and anti-odor properties are also built into the Strato Tech, which has a total of ten colors in their palette, and does up to 2XL in sizing. Priced at $64, this is another polo that is quite affordable.


21. Hartford Polo Shirt

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Mr. Porter
  • Pros: Performance-ready, breathable, transitions well between seasons, great quality
  • Cons: On the pricier side
  • Material: 100% linen
  • Colors: Blue, Light Blue, Green
  • Fit: Classic

We definitely couldn't leave Hartford off this list as we feel they are quite underrated when it comes to their polo game. In fact, out of all the brands we've included so far, they just might have the most polos in their catalog. Cut with 100% linen and designed to be relaxed, the Linen Polo is propped up by its rich coloring, tapered fit, and button fastenings. The linen makes for easy wear during the fall and spring seasons, with sizing going up to 3XL. This polo is a little pricier compared to several others we've mentioned, but considering it's Hartford we think the $140 price is a still reasonable one.


22. Faherty Movement Short-Sleeve Polo

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  • Pros: Performance-ready, flexible, versatile, multiple colors, comfortable
  • Cons: Limited sizing in certain colors
  • Material: 58% Pima Cotton, 38% Modal, 4% Elastane
  • Colors: White, Cardiff Blue Heather, Horizon Line Stripe, Sea Navy Melange, Madaket Stripe, and 2 others
  • Fit: Relaxed

Consider Faherty for your polo needs as well. We recommend trying their Movement Short-Sleeve Polo, which is a polo that gives you the elevated basic while still keeping it casual and cool. Giving you the ability to transition from the office to after-work hours, the Movement Polo has enough stretch to give you room to let's just say swing a golf club, but at the same time still isn't too loose to the point of discomfort. There's also a spread collar that conceals buttons and prevents flyaways, alongside a three-button placket and a vented hem. The $118 price is also another attractive feature that doesn't have you spending too much either. Sizes on this shirt caps out at 2XL.


23. Prada Piqué Polo Shirt

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  • Pros: Minimalistic, versatile, great quality, comfortable
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Colors: Black, White, Navy
  • Fit: Slim-Fit

Prada's Piqué Polo Shirt is an excellent designer option to consider as its regarded for its sleek slim-fit and dynamic triangle logo. Refined, polished, and minimalistic, the shirt is made with 100% cotton, and checks all the boxes of what makes up luxury polo shirts. In addition to the short sleeves and slide fits, there's a sleekness to this shirt that gives it a slightly glossy and fluid appearance that still captures attention. Sizing goes up to 3XL, with the price sitting at $775. Not to shabby for under an $1,000 designer shirt.


What to consider when shopping for the best polos:

What should you consider when polo shopping? Let's go through each step one by one:

Color: In general, white and darker colors are considered to be more formal. If you look at the all-white and darker polos currently on the market, you'll notice they tend to have a dressier/more formal appearance. On the opposite more playful colors (green for example) and designs (stripes as another example) are boast a more casual look. While it isn't a hard rule that you can only wear white and dark blazers formally, you may want to keep that in consideration if you are looking for something to wear for work or at an upscale event.

Fit/style: For polos you can choose either a slim, standard/classic, or relaxed/loose fit. You'll need to take into consideration your body type when shopping. If you are slim slide, then obviously slim is going to work best for you. However, with muscle mass being deceptive, it's also possible that you could still fit a slim polo. Standard and classic fits offer looser room in the chest and shoulder, with relaxed and loose being designed to be oversized and not cling to your body.

Material: The most common material for polos is cotton, which has proven to be very comfortable. However, we also saw quite of polyester and elastane blends along with some linen while selecting the shirts for this article, and those are great quality and comfortable material too. You'll also want to factor in the season you're shopping for as well. Some options, for example, are made with merino wool which works better for cooler weather, whereas a polo made with linen works better with warmer weather.

Occasions: This kind of goes back to the color selection. What is the occasion for your polo purchase? Do you plan on wearing the polo to work? Is it only going to be for work or do you plan on doing some kind of activity (golfing for example) afterwards? Do you only plan on wearing your polo casually? Knowing the occasion you're shopping for can be very helpful in making your decision on which polo you want to purchase.

Button style: Some polo shirts only have a one button closure, whereas others have a three-button placket. This is a smaller feature as many are more concerned about other things such as the overall cut of the shirt, but one that you'll want to look at to see if you like or want it on your shirt.

Logo or not: For the most part you won't have to worry about a logo unless you're dealing with a luxury brand, but even then we'd have to say that most logos are non-distracting to the shirt. Some logos (our Prada inclusion for example) even blend into the point where you hardly notice it. Still if you are anti-logo, you'll want to double check that your polo doesn't have one on the front.

FAQs about polo shirts:

Here are some common FAQ's about polo shirts:

How do I fold a polo shirt?

To fold a polo shirt neatly lay your shirt on a flat surface, fold the sides and seams, bring the bottom seam below the collar, and then smooth any additional wrinkles with your hands.

How do I wash a polo shirt?

This depends on the instructions. Most polo shirts can be machine washed on cold and tumble dried, but there are a select few that need to be taken to the cleaners. You'll want to check the tag on your shirt for washing instructions.

What to wear with polo shirts?

Polo shirts are very versatile, and can be worn with a range of jeans, chinos, khakis, dress pants, or even shorts. You can also layer them when it gets cooler by wearing a blazer, sweater, or coat on top of it. As for the shoes, you can rock sneakers, dress shoes, flip-flops, slides, or any shoe really. We'd say the shoes mostly depend on whatever bottoms you choose to wear with your polo.

Who invented the polo shirt?

As we mentioned earlier, polo shirts were being worn by polo players as early as the 1850s in India, but the piqué polo shirt that we are most familiar with today was invented by tennis player René Lacoste, who was looking for something more suitable to wear on the court while playing. Lacoste designed the polo himself, adding a crocodile logo as the finishing touch.

What is a pique polo shirt?

To that point, a piqué polo shirt is a polo that has a knitted weave-like texture that results in something of a geometric or "waffle print." Piqué polos are made with 100% cotton, and are regarded as being the most popular polo shirt style.

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