How to wear a polo shirt with style!

May 23rd 2019

Polo shirts should be a staple of any wardrobe. But they’re one item of clothing which causes apprehension amongst gentlemen everywhere.

Men who are unsure how to wear this basic garment, maybe even undervaluing its versatility and elegance.

So, guys, this guide is for you. Read it, follow our tips and be emboldened to wear the humble polo in a number of different settings.

Men's polo shirts from Trotter & Deane

Polo shirts in the office

Look at what people are searching Google for and you’ll find a number of questions related to Polo shirts.

‘Is a polo shirt business casual?’, ‘Is a polo shirt considered smart casual?’, ‘Do you tuck in a polo?’.

It’s clear the menfolk of Britain are worried about the formality of a polo. But they needn’t be. A polo shirt effortlessly bridges the gap between formal shirt and casual tee.

It can even be worn with a suit, although we’d recommend pairing with chinos or a smart pair of trousers for a business setting.

If you are choosing to go down this route, stick to solid colours, and avoid logos.

And for those who asked the question, when at work, always ensure the shirt is tucked in.


Wearing polo shirts as smart casual

A step up from a T-shirt, the buttons and collar of a polo make it ideal for any event which requires a smart casual approach.

Combine with chinos and a pair of brogues or even loafers, for a complete smart casual style.

Polos also work well with shorts or cotton trousers during the summer months. In this setting, consider a patterned or printed fabric.

Floral prints are a bold choice which will make you the centre of attention. Alternatively, contrast sleeve trims subtly add personality to a plain polo without overpowering your look.


Polo shirts for the weekend

Polo shirts can, of course, also be worn in everyday situations. Their sporting heritage makes them well suited to lazy days at the beach or in the garden. Simply replace a t-shirt with a polo to instantly create a more composed look.

Pair with swim shorts for a poolside look, or jeans for a trip to the shops.

These can be worn untucked or tucked in with jeans. But always, always, always, leave them untucked with swimwear.


Polo shirts dos and don’ts

  • Ensure the sleeves stop around the middle of the bicep
  • The shirt should finish just below the belt
  • Always tuck the shirt in if it has a longer back than front
  • If tucked in, make sure you wear a belt
  • Unless going for a preppy look, don’t button up all the buttons


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