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After years in the recesses of dad fashion and stuffy offices, the best polo shirts are back and cooler than ever. Today, brands are breathing new life into the business-casual staple, with refreshing tops that channel everything from off-duty Sixties attire to modern, minimalist style.
This return of polo shirts couldn’t come at a better time. Most of us are currently looking for ways to make our office attire more casual and more comfortable (whether for in-person or Zoom meetings), and polo shirts provide a middle-ground: they’re more comfortable than dress shirts, yet more sophisticated than tees. Plus, the best polo shirts are downright flattering as they frame the face and create a V-shape through the torso.
Because polo shirts have been around for decades, there are plenty to choose from — perhaps even too many for the average shopper. But to help find some of the best new polo shirts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.
The Best Polo Shirts to Buy Right Now
From a retro-inspired Todd Snyder shirt to a sweat-wicking polo, you can’t go wrong with these picks.
1. Todd Snyder Seed Stitch Sweater Polo
With seed-stitching and tipping on the collar and cuffs, this polo from Todd Snyder evokes a look favorited by Hollywood stars of the Sixties. The brand has certainly succeeded, creating a polo that can be worn with slacks and loafers to a wedding or swim trunks and sneakers to the beach (à la Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley). Thanks to the seed-stitching technique, the shirt is very lightweight, yet easy to wear over a tee during the fall and winter.
2. Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Mesh Polo Shirt
Ralph Lauren’s polo is a prep staple that’s been proven to look good with just about every personal style. It’s especially versatile in classic white, making a substitute for dress shirts in upscale situations or a fun alternative to tees when paired with casual staples. The shirt’s mesh construction is also very breathable, and a massive amount of color options means there’s something for every personal style.
3. Everlane The Performance Polo
The Performance Polo from Everlane modernizes the polo both stylistically and functionally. With clean lines, a hidden button placket and a minimal look overall, the shirt is ready to pair with other modern basics from track pants to crisp slacks. The polo’s breathable pique fabric, meantime, works to wick away sweat, reduce odor and stretch as you move.
4. Fred Perry Men’s Twin Tipped Polo
Fred Perry’s polo shirts have changed very little over the years, and it’s easy to see why. The twin-tipped classic delivers vintage tennis style that can now be worn with everything from tennis shorts to jeans or office-worthy slacks. Stripping on the collar and sleeve hems bring a balanced splash of color, and the shirt’s cotton piqué fabric is extremely comfortable — especially in the heat. We’re especially big fans of this colorway — snow, gold and black — because the snowy white is crisp yet not blindingly bright off the rack.
5. Mr P. Striped Cotton Golf Polo Shirt
Long-sleeve polos are having a moment, thanks in part to stylish stars such as Tyler, the Creator. We especially like this one by Mr P., which was made in Italy using premium cotton. The shirt oozes throwback vibes with navy and white striping running down a dark red base. Pair the golf polo with other vintage pieces, such as wool slacks and loafers, or go modern with chinos and sneakers.
6. Uniqlo AIRism Polo Shirt
For another modern option, check out Uniqlo’s AIRism polo shirts. The name refers to their material, Uniqlo’s AIRism fabric, which is a silky material designed to stay cool and dry. This techy fabric is complemented by an equally modern look, with details such as a hidden button placket, reduced seams and lengthened sleeves. Overall, the shirt looks very clean and pairs nicely with chino shorts, minimalist chinos or black jeans.
7. Lacoste Men’s Short Sleeve Polo Shirt
Lacoste’s polos are another classic choice that works with just about every personal style. They’re made of pique cotton that hangs nicely and provides breathability for hot days, and the fit is a bit wider than the usual slim-fit polos you find nowadays. Coming in a wide range of colors, there’s plenty of options for everyone, although we’re partial to Lacoste’s more out-there, throwback colors such as this yellow shirt below.
8. Missoni Space-Dyed Cotton Polo Shirt
Italian designer Missoni is best known for its bold, colorful patterns, as showcased by this space-dyed polo shirt. Like most of the brand’s prints, the space-dyed motif is somehow both noticeable and easy to wear. We like the shirt with subdued chinos or shorts and bold sandals, such as Birkenstocks.
9. Tod’s Logo-Appliquéd Wool-Blend Polo Shirt
When the temperatures drop, reach for this long-sleeve polo from Tod’s. It’s knitted in Italy using wool-blend fabric that lends enough warmth to make it a sweater substitute, although it’s certainly just as wearable by itself. You’ll also notice a unique neckline, which features a raised button placket and a sturdy, Seventies-inspired collar. This one is great for upscale lunches (think, with designer jeans and boots) or wearing into a casual office with slacks and dress shoes.