Polo Shirts

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Our 1980 spring catalog had so many polo shirts. Look at them! And that’s not even the full assortment. The turn of that particular decade was a great time for polos. We couldn’t get enough.

For a laugh, look closer and notice these guys’ pieces of flair: kite string, apple, buoy, soccer ball, frisbee and…dictaphone? We aren’t sure what the yellow-shirted guy is holding.

Anyway: Polos. Now’s a good time of year to be sporting them. We’ve had our eyes on this banded collar Kooples polo that is currently on sale, but you’ll want to do your own picking and choosing.

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Nineteen eighty-one: a good year for pastels and polo shirts. Here we see our spring catalog cover, shot on the beach in Mexico. Looking very 1981. But what’s the deal with that one styling choice…

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Plain-white T-shirts hold a special place in our heart, and there’s nothing like a graphic tee for evoking a mood—but when it comes to a summer staple that’s at once subtle yet expressive, a pocket T-shirt really is the best of both worlds.

As always, L.A. brand Band of Outsiders finds ways to take a time-tested artifact of the menswear milieu and make it memorable. Keep reading to see why their colorblock pocket tee caught our eye.

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Sons, daughters, wives: Not sure what to give the dad who has it all this Father’s Day? Do some closet reconnaissance this weekend, when he’s not looking. Have his socks seen better days? Is his wallet coming apart at the seams? Is his favorite cologne down to the last drop?

Upgrade any aspect of his life that needs it with a full spectrum of gift ideas from Polo Ralph Lauren. Because dads are picky. They want something they can get years of mileage out of. And a pony insignia emerging from a silver box on Father’s Day morning puts the odds of an ambivalent look on Dad’s face at slim to nil.

Shop our current favorites from Polo Ralph Lauren below…And if the dad in your life already owns a healthy stack of pony-emblazoned polo shirts? He’s smart enough to know he can never have too many of a good thing.


Polo Ralph Lauren: Polo Shirt | Card Case | Plaid Shirt | Sunglasses


Polo Ralph Lauren: ‘Polo Black’ Eau de Toilette Spray | Seersucker Shirt | Braided Belt | Sweat Shirt


Polo Ralph Lauren: Button-Down Shirt | 3-Pack Socks | Lobster-Embroidered Polo | Canvas Gym Bag

 

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. For more gift ideas,
SHOP: MORE POLO RALPH LAUREN | ALL GIFTS FOR DAD 

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Only a few more of our GQ Spring Trend Reports to go. (View past blog articles here: Loafers |Jean Jackets | Sun-Washed Colors | Camo | Cotton Suits.) With the mercury continuing to rise as we head into summer, today’s installment examines how to put a modern and versatile twist on a perennial warm-weather classic: the Polo Shirt. Here’s Jim Moore and Michael Hainey of GQ with more:

With an eye on dressy details like smart stripes, contrast collars, and physique-enhancing designs at the chest and shoulder, we chose a few favorites below—any of which should hold up as well in a casual work environment as they do on the weekend. Browse additional options here: MORE DRESS POLOS
[Note, the polo shirt up top is by Fred Perry.]


Gant by Michael Bastian | Rag & Bone | Billy Reid


Zegna Sport | Band of Outsiders | PS Paul Smith

 

Look for new GQ Spring Trend Report videos in the weeks to come—
and shop all eight of our GQ-approved trends, from cotton suits to camo, here:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

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Has your wife or girlfriend ever borrowed your coat or wandered the house in your favorite hoodie? If not, you might need better clothes. ‘Let Her Borrow’ is a new series in which Kristina Zias, a menswear expert at our Grove store in LA, shows off her favorite new items from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

Menswear designers seriously stepped up their polo-shirt game this season. With trends like zippered collars, longer button plackets, and unlimited color choices, the polo is your go-to for elevating casual weekend wear. And, if the lady in your life is a tomboy at heart like me, you might catch her nabbing your new polo faster than you can say ‘Hey, that’s mine!'”
—Kristina Zias, Nordstrom at The Grove, Los Angeles

 
 



1. The Classic: Billy Reid. “This Billy Reid polo is second-skin soft. Seriously. You can wear it running around town in the AM, to a casual business meeting in the afternoon, out to dinner in the evening, and you might even want to sleep in it, too. You probably shouldn’t, but it’s so soft and classic that you could. I love this light blue—it’ll look great on almost any man.”
[Shop: Billy Reid ‘Pensacola’ Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Jack Spade Blazer | Tod’s Penny Loafer
Gant by Michael Bastian Chinos | Billy Reid Polo (same as above)
 
 



2. The Rebel: Marc by Marc Jacobs. “Super-slim throughout the body—if you don’t normally wear Marc Jacobs, for sure go up one size. I’m obsessed with this ‘Acacia’ color! We can also call it neon yellow. It’s so vibrant and would look great with a tan. The zipper detail adds some edge, for the man who thinks polos are for prepsters. I know you’re out there…”
[Shop: Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip-Collar Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
7 For All Mankind Jeans | Nixon Watch
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses and Polo Shirt (same as above)
 
 



3. The Popover: Edun. “Slim throughout the body. The narrow collar makes for a more modern shirt, and the rose color shows you’re ready for spring and looks great paired with almost any bottom. I love the extended button placket on this polo—actually, is it even a polo at all, or is it a button-down? Who cares? It’s great!”
[Shop: Edun Woven Pullover Shirt | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Timberland Chukka Boot | Cult of Individuality Pants
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Bracelet | Edun Shirt (same as above)
 
 



4. The Contrast Collar: Ted Baker London. “The purple gingham trim under the button placket is a great pop of color to an already standout polo. The perfect shirt to wear to your girl’s family weekend barbecue! Pair it with flat-front shorts and some boat shoes, and you’ll be ‘mom-approved’ for sure.”
[Shop: Ted Baker London ‘Reeskep’ Piqué Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Persol Sunglasses | Hugo Boss Shorts
Sperry Top-Sider Boat ShoeTed Baker London Polo (same as above)
 
 

SHOP ALL: MEN’S POLO SHIRTS
…And catch our previous installment of ‘Let Her Borrow’ here.

 
 

[By Kristina Zias. Photos by Laura Matsko.]

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