The Polo Is Back.
The Polo Is Back. Again.
The “prep 2.0” version of the shirt is cooler than ever
According to designers and menswear experts, American prep is ready for a revival—especially after so many of us have been living in sweats lately. And it appears it's starting with the humble polo shirt. The legendary shirt was all but ignored for a while but, as all things in fashion do, the "casual Friday" favorite has come back around. But this time, the polo is a little more relaxed, a little cooler. This also makes it a hell of a lot more versatile. And while they remain understated, these shirts are anything but simple. Vintage details, saturated garment-dyed fabrics that have been knit with silk or washed for softness, plus a few unusual patterns set them apart from the crowd. After all, it's hard to fault a shirt that's worked for everyone from JFK to Obama and Elvis to Pharrell. Herewith, a dozen options to suit your tastes (and budget).
Best Men’s Polos
Flint and Tinder, $58
Alex Mill, $55
Knit silk and cotton
Todd Snyder, $198
$145 / $98
Lightweight jacquard camp collar
Abercrombie & Fitch, $49
Luxe cotton with an ultra-soft washed finish
Polo Ralph Lauren, $89.50
Lisa Birnbach, in The Official Preppy Handbook, lists the polo as standard issue for preps of every generation—from the years at home to the college quad to the country club.