The dos and don’ts of wearing a polo shirt

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It’s one of the most versatile and popular items in any man’s wardrobe but there are a few no-nos when it comes to wearing a polo shirt.

Do choose the right fit

Ralph Lauren split their polos into three categories — the looser-fitting classic cut, the slimmer custom cut, and the even snugger slim cut — so pick the one that suits you. If you just want a comfy cotton top to wear to the beach, a more relaxed classic cut does the trick. If you’re trying to show off your guns, a slim cut will hug your muscles.

Don’t wear an undershirt underneath

Polo shirts were originally designed for sport (the clue is in the name), so they’re meant to be trim and lightweight — a look that the added bulk of an undergarment only undermines.

Do know when to tuck it in

A longer hem at the back of the shirt is a suggestion to tuck in your polo, but this relies on a smart belt, a nice pair of trousers, and a flat stomach. On the other hand, a shorter cut even hem is meant to be worn untucked, especially paired with shorts in more casual settings.

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Don’t wear it with a jacket

If the occasion is formal enough to call for a blazer, then a polo shirt isn’t formal enough to go with it. Polos aren’t acceptable for semi-formal events, and a simple white button-down will always look better with a jacket in any case.

Do play with colour

They’re a casual top, so don’t be scared of using a little colour — pastel shades of blue, pink, and yellow are popular, green and purple hues are bold options during summer, while more muted neutral tones are a little dressier. Keep the logo muted, too — we get it, you’re wearing Ralph Lauren, we don’t need a polo player on horseback occupying half your chest as a reminder.

Don’t pop your collar

Popped collars are right up there with fedoras, Ed Hardy graphic tees, and shark’s tooth necklaces in the pantheon of douche fashion — the universal sign that the polo shirt was purchased on daddy’s credit card.