In 2017, a polo shirt can be a little preppy and a lot of badass.
The polo shirt universe can be divided neatly into two camps: the baggy, shapeless collared shirts (the kind beloved by a certain breed of golfer) and the streamlined versions favored by style gods like Aziz Ansari, Idris Elba, and Justin Theroux. And just in case you weren’t 100% sure, right now the second category is where you should want to be. Some of the world’s most stylish men trust in this version of the menswear staple for it’s ultimate goes-with-everything-ness. It’s a smart summer office style fix under a blazer, it can dress up any casual layers, and it looks as cool buttoned-up as it does opened up. Like the color-blocked polo worn by Lucky Blue Smith in the pages of GQ, these fashion-first polos come with luxe touches, in uncommon colors, and with details like tipped cuffs and collars.
If you have one already, you should be wearing the hell out of it right now. And if you don’t, well there’s still plenty of time to wear one—even into this fall. Like our man Lucky, the best way to make sure you get the most style miles out of a proper polo shirt is to wear it with a leather jacket. Think of it as a greaser-meets-do-gooder mix that brings a little badass edge to your wardrobe. Just make sure the jacket and shirt you choose are a solid pair by mirroring the jacket’s color and a secondary or tertiary color in your polo‘s design. Still not sure how to pull the look off? Here are three examples of how it’s done (that you can buy right now).
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