The Polo Is Back.

Best men's polo shirts

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
in 2020

Ami Polo Shirt

Ami, $150

Todd Snyder Polo Shirt

Knit silk and cotton

Knit silk and cotton

Todd Snyder, $198

J.Peterman Polo Shirt

J.Peterman, $145 / $98

UO Polo Shirt

Lightweight jacquard camp collar

Lightweight jacquard camp collar

UO, $49

Sunspel Polo Shirt

Sunspel, $135

Howlin' Polo Shirt

Howlin', $120

Uniqlo Polo Shirt

Uniqlo, $29.90

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt

Luxe cotton with an ultra-soft washed finish

Luxe cotton with an ultra-soft washed finish

Polo Ralph Lauren, $89.50

Arket Polo Shirt

Arket, $69


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.

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