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Polo Shirts for Men: Game Changers in Your Summer Wardrobe

28 June 2019

Straddling both chic and casual, the polo is one of our favourite menswear pieces for summer.

The ultimate wardrobe chameleon, it combines the comfort of a T-shirt with the elegance of a shirt and can be worn with sportswear or on more formal occasions. Take a look at this summer’s trends for this iconic top.
 

The Classic Polo

The polo was commercialized in 1933 by tennis player René Lacoste, nicknamed “the Crocodile.” Over the years, polos have kept their original design: a short-sleeved style made of cotton piqué with a flat collar that buttons. As elegant pieces that are easy to wear, men’s Lacoste polo shirts come in a wide range of colours.

The best-known brands can be recognized at a glance by their embroidered logos, starting with the iconic Lacoste crocodile and the famous tricolor flag found on Tommy Jeans polo shirts. We identify the laurel wreath with the label Fred Perry and the initials MK with top designer Michael Kors.

In an age of minimalism, polos in solid shades and without logos are also extremely popular. This season, Le 31 offers streamlined styles, particularly those made of pure organic cotton.  
 

The Athletic Polo

Designed for sports and an active lifestyle, athletic polos have an ergonomic, slim fit that lets you move freely. Wider in the shoulders and sleeves, men’s golf polo shirts are perfect for guys with an athletic build. 

High Performance: Stretchy and breathable fabrics ensure all athletes stay comfortable and dry. Many brands provide technology that wicks away moisture and fights odor. For example, Oakley and Under Armour provide the HeatGear system. The brands Puma Golf and Nike Golf have respectively adopted dryCELL and Dri-Fit technologies. And finally, Arc’teryx and Penguin rely on materials that ensure effective moisture control. 

Style Guaranteed: Much more than just performance clothing, athletic polos stand out for their fashion features. They embrace today’s top trends and therefore become your go-to for sports as well as for keeping comfortable every day.

To do preppy right, completely button up the collar of your polo and wear it with a pair of shorts or fitted pants.  Are you someone who’s always hot? Brands like Boss and Penguin have created styles with a zip collar that are convenient for keeping cool and are also trendy for their futuristic look.  
 

The Summer Pattern Polo

When the weather warms up, polos come with patterns and embroidery that are inspired by vacation and the great outdoors. At Le 31, we’ve decorated our polos with flowers, palm trees, sailboats, and exotic birds. 

Perfect for amping up your everyday, polos with large and small patterns are also office appropriate. Pair them with dress pants or dark denim. Layered under your favourite jacket, they add extra oomph to your work wear. On the weekends, sport them with your favourite faded jeans or pants in a relaxed fit.

Moderate Motifs: Want to be a bit more subtle about wearing the summer trends? Pick up polos that only have embroidery on the chest or styles with understated patterns. For example, mosaic-inspired geometric shapes will go great with everything in your wardrobe.
 

The Striped Polo Shirt

A Nod to Nautical
The nautical-inspired polo has major wind in its sails this season. Horizontal stripes, whether wide or narrow, turn our thoughts towards the sea and come in an iconic palette of blue, white, red, and black. 

Blue and white stripes, an absolute wardrobe must, are taking the helm when it comes to colour on Le 31’s comfy knits. Stay looking shipshape with XXL colour blocks inspired by sailing clubs and embroidered nautical flags.
           

Rugby-Ready
Wider stripes, often found on long sleeve polo shirts, give off a rugby vibe that’s making major moves this season. Inspired by the sports jerseys of prestigious universities, these polos usually feature a white collar, which was once a symbol of the elite.

Made of a very thick jersey and at times accentuated by logos, the wide-striped polo can be both casual and sophisticated. Brands like Obey, Djab, and Stüssy interpret the trend through streetwear style, while Calvin Klein delivers a more modern version. 

Polos with Contrasting Details and Textures

Mixing moderation with character, polos punctuated by contrasting details stand out for their versatility. Collars come in different colours or are covered in mini motifs, while thin trims line the sleeves.

If you’re going for an attention-grabbing graphic look, pick up a polo with wide blocks of colour on the sleeves and shoulders. 

Retro Accents: In the mood for vintage vibes? Opt for a style with trim on the collar and sleeves like the ones by Boss Green and Fred Perry that come in many colours. For a look that’s really retro, focus on textured fabrics like checkered knits.

More a fan of minimalism? The Hugo polo, with its sleek style and neutral colours, will win you over. 
 

The Johnny Collar Polo

Bye bye, buttons! Polos are now sporting a retro-inspired open collar, the Johnny collar, which has been reworked in different fabrics.

For instance, terry is gaining lots ground this season. This textured material reminds us of beach towels and gives the polo a vacation vibe that we love wearing on sunny summer weekends. When the mercury rises, pair your terry polo with sporty shorts and slide sandals. Vacation, here we come! 

The soft, lightweight knit polo is also a top trend. Perfect under a jacket, it’s what you’ll want to choose to look chic in a snap. Don’t hesitate to swap out your shirt for a knit polo at work or at an evening out. Its wrinkle-resistant fabric will be your best bet for formal events and will diversify your professional looks. 

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