Summer’s almost here on the calendar, and it’s definitely in the air outside. So how does one stay stylish in all that heat? Printed short-sleeve shirts can work wonders on the weekends or in casual situations, but some of those might not play well in an office environment. Likewise, an Oxford cloth buttondown shirt can be too stuffy if it’s particularly hot out. That’s where the often overlooked polo can come in. Some shy away from this shirt style because of its preppy connotations, but designers are updating the colors, fits and patterns while ditching obnoxious logos — that makes any of the below five options a solid choice to toss in your shopping cart.
Michael Bastian x Uniqlo Washed Short Sleeve Polo Shirt
This first option is by far the best combination of price and style on the list. The Michael Bastian x Uniqlo collaboration has made waves each spring with its release thanks to unique designs, a touch of both continental and vintage fashion and an outstanding price. The current crop can be picked up for under $18 — an absurdly low price. Plenty of colors and styles are available, but the stripes and contrast color & sleeve details make this one a keeper.
Buy It Now: $17.90
J. Crew Broken-in Pocket Polo
J. Crew really put the polo back on the map in the early part of the twenty-first century, but it seems the brand downplays its polos now, opting instead to showcase pocket tees, henleys and the like. Its Broken-in polo options are still worth the money, with several color options available. The pocket and cotton jersey fabric push this polo into more casual territory, but it would still work at the office with some slim chinos.
Buy It Now: $34.50
Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirt
This right here is the same exact style and cut of polo as worn by 007 himself — and it would be a British classic even without that impressive pedigree. It’s crafted from cotton mesh, making it the most breathable polo on this list. The tailored fit leans classic with being overly tight, and the wide array of color options make it hard to choose just one — although at that price, you very well might have to do that.
Buy It Now: $135
Todd Snyder White Contrast Polo
As one of America’s foremost designers, it’s fitting that Todd Snyder makes an outstanding polo. This particular shirt combines retro and sportswear vibes between the tipped color and sleeves. The button chest pocket is an added touch that lovers of small details will appreciate. A wide range of sizes is available, so this is one polo you should pick up and wear all the time — especially with a khaki blazer.
Buy It Now: $125
Grayers Indigo Stripe Polo
Grayers has been busy making a nice mix of prep and continental-inspired styles that fill lots of different niches in the menswear world. This indigo stripe polo takes the standard navy polo and flips it on its head by injecting slub cotton with indigo dye and a contrast stripe. The fit looks to be a bit more generous, so it could be wise to size down here.
Buy It Now: $68
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