Fashion

Best men’s polo shirts

What happens when a Seventies menswear revival meets a craze for dad dressing at the same time sportswear is trending hard? You get the return of the polo shirt. This is excellent news, even you don’t fit into any of the aforementioned categories of guy, because it’s the go-anywhere halfway house between a collared shirt and a T-shirt: at once smart enough to wear with a suit and casual enough to slip on with shorts.

The problem is that up until now they just haven’t felt particularly sexy, with strong overtones of school tennis class. They’ve felt functional rather than fun. But now is the time to rediscover them. Polo shirts are booming this season, adopted by a multitude of different style tribes and interpreted by a hugely diverse selection of designers.

Right now you’ll find polos on the market that are more versatile and exciting than ever: larger-than-life collars, zingy patterns and pastels that wouldn’t look out of place on Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name.

In short, polos for 2019 are about as far from your PE lessons as possible – and should be worn as such. Slip a bold logoed model under your best tracksuit, flip one of those big collars over the lapels of your suit, dress it up with a pair of loose slacks and loafers, unbutton all the way and let your gold chain shine bright in the sun.

Here are our favourite polo shirts to convert you to the collared cause...

114

Brunello Cucinelli

214

Paul Smith

314

Lacoste

414

Prada

£415. prada.com

514

Gucci

£490. gucci.com

614

Polo Ralph Lauren

714

Dolce & Gabbana

814

Sandro

£120. At Selfridges. selfridges.com

914

Dior

£370. dior.com

1014

Fred Perry

1114

Bottega Veneta

£265. At mrporter.com

1214

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