With the warmer months approaching here in the UK there begins the evolution of a man’s wardrobe from winter to summer. This transitional period often throws up some men’s style questions on what to wear and how to wear it. One key item that will help men overcome this style conundrum and see you through summer and onto autumn, is the polo shirt.
The polo shirt is such a versatile piece. Whether worn under your suit jacket or paired with chinos, it can cover so many dress code options. But why do we witness so many ill-fitting polo shirts being worn when the suns out? Follow this guide to get the right polo shirt fit.
Over the past few years there has been the habit of fashion brands trying to change a winning formula. By shrinking the collar sizes, they are altering the style of the polo shirt and making it more difficult for men to look good in it. Don’t be swayed by these new fad skinny collars and stick with the traditional.
Rule of thumb is the buttons should go no further than the top of your armpits. Some men may like to keep all the buttons done up whilst others might prefer one or two buttons undone. If you choose the slightly unbuttoned version then this will help frame your face well, sit on the body better, and offer a more relaxed feel to your outfit. Our suggestion would be no more than three buttons.
This can provide a difficult area for those that workout a lot. In that case I would advise not buying a thicker pique version of polo shirt or ones with a ribbed sleeve edging as these tend to restrict and tighten on the biceps. The optimum length of sleeve for a polo shirt is mid-bicep.
Avoid the street style oversized trend at all costs. The shirt should sit mid to lower bum in length. Any shorter and men risk a sight of their stomach being seen when reaching or stretching. This way you also have the luxury of the shirt looking good both tucked in or untucked. Some polo shirts have side splits with a slighter longer back panel, I would steer clear of these.
Polo Shirt Fit
Applicable with the majority of all shirts worn, the suggestions of fashion stylists like Ashley Weston is that men should be able to pinch 1-2 inches of cloth on either side of the stomach for the best fit. We wholeheartedly agree. This goes for all sizes, so don’t feel that because you may be a heavier guy that this rule doesn’t apply.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.