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How to choose your perfect Polo shirt

The humble Polo shirt is a staple in any well-dressed man’s wardrobe due to it being the perfect mix between formal and casual styles, with the collar lifting it above a T-shirt but the short sleeve allowing a more softer look than a poplin shirt.

Here is our guide for colour style and fabric to help you find the perfect polo for you.

Always have a basic

Even though you might have some more interesting styles of polo’s in your wardrobe it’s useful to have the basics down first before you go exploring other options.

Stick to a classic plain polo in white, cream or black which has a simple breast pocket and plain jacquard collar. It can serve you as a base layer as well as a more formal piece if needed.

To get the best quality basic polos we would recommend Sunspel, a timeless British traditional brand, it even has the famed 007 as its customer so you know its quality.

On the lighter side

If you are looking for a polo for your holiday and you need it a bit lighter than the traditional knit, have a look at Sunspel’s Riviera option which is made from a cotton mesh making it extremally breathable and lightweight.


With poolside vibes, the towelling poncho made from cotton-terry towelling fabric is both absorbent and breathable making it perfect for a sunny holiday. If you are going for this style aim for darker colours, so if you do put it on after you get out of the pool you don’t see the damp patches as you dry off.

This style would look great with a pair of tailored shorts or swim shorts.


More traditional Is the knitted polo, giving you a bit more warmth than your classic style and it adds a bit of a retro feel to your look. The knitted polo is great paired with straight cut khakis/chinos and some boat shoes.

This style looks great in pale tones which have stand out features such as metal zips and placket details.

Maybe something bolder

If you are looking for something a bit bright a polo shirt is a great way to add it, you can choose a colourful option of all the above styles as well as something a bit more modern and evolved. Maybe go for something with a new style of collar or bright orange in colour.

If you choose to make a statement try and tone down the other piece you are wearing, for example, pair an orange polo with grey flannel trousers.

Let us know what your favourite style of Polo shirt is…

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