Old School Polos Have Never Been Cooler

Best men's pique cotton polos in 2022

Old School Polos Have Never Been Cooler

The best piqué polos to wear right now

I remember growing up, my parents would buy me polos in white, navy and grey. They'd say that these three shirts would go with everything—they were easy and dressy enough for the 10-year-old me. Much like other kids, I just wanted to wear graphic tees emblazoned with my favorite movie character or sports team. But those polos were really just as comfortable. And after all these years, my closet is now full of pocket tees, oxford cloth button-downs, and polos in shades of white navy and grey. Turns out, my parents were right all along.

Polos are an essential menswear item, but you already know that. So let's take a deep dive into the best fabric for your summertime polos—piqué cotton. Although piqué seems a bit heftier than its thinner jersey counterparts, the basketweave texture makes it the most breathable of them all. The tiny waffle-knit absorbs moisture to help wick sweat away while letting in air, so it's really more like a performance fabric. Which explains its history on the tennis court and golf course.

Although this is a classic closet staple, the polo is one of those pieces that's always getting updated in different silhouettes, collars and finishes. Wear a boxy polo with some baggier pants like relaxed jeans or military surplus cargos. For the office, the fit should be a bit on the tailored side, ensuring your “business-causal” look. And for meetings, tuck this in and throw one of your many unstructured blazers or chore jackets on for a nonchalant fit. To help you pick, we've selected a few of our favorite brands in various fits and price points that will complement any wardrobe.

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The Best
Piqué Polos in 2022

UNIQLO Dry Pique Polo

Dry piqué polo,
$29.90 by UNIQLO

Drakes Pique Cotton Polo

Piqué cotton polo,
$225 by Drake's

Reigning Champ Athletic Pique Polo

Athletic piqué polo,
$100 by Reigning Champ

Polo Ralph Lauren Iconic Mesh Pique Polo
Polo Ralph Lauren Iconic Mesh Pique Polo

Iconic mesh piqué polo,
$95 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Everlane Performance Pique Polo

Performance piqué polo,
$65 by Everlane

Todd Snyder Fine Pique Polo

Fine piqué polo,
$118 by Todd Snyder

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J.Crew Classic Pique Polo

Classic piqué polo,
$75 by J.Crew

COS Regular-Fit Pique Polo

Regular-fit piqué polo,
$45 by COS

Noah Pique Polo
Noah Pique Polo

Piqué polo,
$108 by Noah

Lacoste Classic-Fit L. 12.12 Pique Polo
Lacoste Classic-Fit L. 12.12 Pique Polo

Classic-fit L.12.12 piqué polo,
$98 / $57.99 by Lacoste

Closed Official Organic Pique Cotton Polo

Organic piqué cotton polo,
$130 / $95 by Closed Official

Handvaerk Pima Pique Cotton Polo

Pima piqué cotton polo,
$125 by Handvaerk

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Maison Kitsune Tricolor Fox Pique Polo

Tricolor fox piqué polo,
$99 by Maison Kitsuné

Sid Mashburn Pima Pique Polo

Pima piqué polo,
$95 by Sid Mashburn

ARKET Pique Polo
ARKET Pique Polo

Piqué polo,
$49 by ARKET

ASKET Pique Polo
ASKET Pique Polo

Piqué polo,
$95 by ASKET

Aime Leon Dore Crest Pique Polo

Crest piqué polo,
$135 by Aimé Leon Dore

Pelikamo Spread Collar Pique Polo

Spread collar piqué polo,
$143 by Pelikamo

Sunspel Pique Polo

Piqué polo,
$150 by Sunspel

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Keep Those
Short-Sleeves Fresh

This soothing eucalyptus deodorant is made with refreshing natural eucalyptus extract and odor-neutralizing citronellyl that’s appropriate for all skin types. It doesn’t contain aluminum, alcohol or parabens, so it lets the body function naturally—without offensive odor or underarm staining.

Eucalyptus deodorant,
$22 by Malin + Goetz

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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