Polo shirts are a must-have for smart casual and business casual occasions. Here are the best polo shirts for men.
The classic men’s polo shirt was originally conceived as activewear for tennis players. But not wanting the ball-hitting elite to have an item of clothing reserved just for themselves, clothing brands decided to push polo shirts for men out to the paying public. Their popularity has sky-rocketed, and now you can find most men in a stylish polo shirt, from slightly-pissed dads at a Sunday BBQ, to British punks who take their fashion seriously.
Don’t let its respective proprietors scare you off though. Wearing a polo shirt won’t turn you into a fifty-year-old bank manager or ‘lad’. In fact, polo shirts are often the crucial ingredient to a man’s outfit that needs to be dressed up, without screaming ‘it’s my first day at the office’. The best polo shirts for men can work equally well with a pair of chino shorts or a linen suit, such is their versatility.
Polo Shirts For Men FAQs
When were polo shirts invented?
While polo shirts can have their history traced back to the 19th century and British polo players, it was Lacoste who designed the polo shirt we know today, back in the 1920s. Designed to help mitigate several problems faced by tennis players at the time, Lacoste's polo shirt has since been imitated by myriad other clothing manufacturers, with specifically-designed versions being applied to the likes of polo and golf.
What to wear with a polo shirt?
The polo shirt's versatility comes from the fact that it doesn't have to be worn for sporting purposes. A slim-fit black polo shirt, for example, can be paired with dark jeans for an evening outfit. You can also find long-sleeved polo shirts that are equally smart in their appearance.
What is a polo shirt?
A polo shirt is a pullover top made commonly made from cotton or knitted fabric, with a turnover collar, two or three buttons and an optional pocket.
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The Jetsetter Performance Polo
The Jetsetter Performance Polo fits nicely in the latter category. Made from soft, premium Pima cotton and with moisture-wicking capabilities, it will happily carry you from boardroom to bar.
The Delta Pique Polo
Rhone’s Delta Pique Polo has been designed with the golf course in mind, thanks to Goldfusion anti-odor technology and flatlock seams to prevent chafing, but this super-breathable polo shirt for men will look just as good paired with some smart chinos for a casual work look, or a suave date-night outfit.
The High Tide Terry Polo
The Performance Polo
The Rino Knit
The Stretch Pique Polo
The Hemp Polo
The Jarrett Polo
The Pique Cotton Polo
The Long-sleeve Classic Piqué Polo
The Made In L.A. Montauk Polo
The Evolution Polo
The AIRism Polo
This AIRism polo shirt uses the company’s AIRism fabric technology, which promises exceptional breathability and comfort, making it one of the best and most affordable polo shirts for summer.
The Classic Cotton Polo
American Giant’s Classic Polo for men is as timeless as they come and rocks a more vintage-inspired look. Available in a small range of colours, it’s incredibly easy to start filling up your wardrobe with some essentials.
The Sueded Cotton Polo
This Sueded Cotton Polo shirt for men is made from a heavyweight 145 GSM sueded cotton to provide incredible levels of softness. The combination of colour and texture makes this polo shirt one of the best you can own. And don’t just take our word for it, just check out the numerous positive reviews!
The Golden Fleece Polo
The High Twist Recycled Jersey Polo
This High Twist polo shirt for men uses recycled fibers and exhibits a lived-in look for optimum comfort. Available in an essential range of colours, its one of the best luxury polo shirts money can buy.
The Riviera Polo
The Riviera Polo Shirt was originally tailored for Daniel Craig during his appearance in Casino Royale and can now be yours in one of the largest ranges of colours we’ve come across. Made from a soft, lightweight and breathable cotton mesh, with the extra bonus of a chest pocket, it’s an absolute essential.
The Classic Polo
The Apollo Polo
This Apollo Polo shirt for men is "the most comfortable on the planet"; they're made with NASA-grade temperature regulating fabric that's 19 times more breathable than a cotton pique knit.
The Versa Polo
Mizzen & Main’s Versa polo shirt for men is perfect for golf and everyday wear. Made with performance fabric and available in multiple colours and patterns, the Versa polo shirt is anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, and offers UPF 50+ sun protection.
The Lassen Heavy Slub Polo
The Go-To Polo
Public Rec has a huge range of men’s polo shirts, which includes this Go-To polo. Designed to literally be your Go-To, it’s been designed to wear anywhere, anytime, whether it be the office, golf course, or just lounging around at home. With breathable, wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking properties, not to mention a great range of colours, it’s one of the best men’s polo shirts we’ve come across.