There will inevitably come a time in a man’s life, maybe on a Thursday, where he’s bored of wearing t-shirts to work, but the office isn’t formal enough for a fully-fledged button-up. Fortunately, for situations such as this, there is an item of clothing that can often go overlooked: the polo shirt.
Polo shirts were 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 out to the paying public. Their popularity has sky-rocketed, and now you can find just about anyone in a 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 won’t turn you into a fifty-year-old bank manager or lad. In fact, a polo is often the crucial ingredient to an outfit that needs to be dressed-up, without screaming ‘it’s my first day at the office’. A polo can work equally well with a pair of chino shorts or a linen suit, such is its versatility.
Of course, no two polos are made the same, but that’s not to say there are good ones and bad ones. On the contrary, with virtually every clothing brand under the sun producing its interpretation of the polo, weaving out the good ones can be tricky.
And that’s where we come in, as we like to think we know a thing or two about style here at DMARGE, and know which brands are a go and which are a no – we can also tell you how to wear your polo, too. So take heed of this list of the coolest men’s polo shirt brands you should be buying.