Everyday Polo Shirts, for Effortless Style


Polo shirts are essential to any man’s wardrobe, particularly in the UK, where transitioning from cold-weather to t-shirt weather can happen in mere minutes. Similarly, they’re a real favourite for transitioning from casual to formal dress.

Today I’m covering a few of my favourite polo shirts which I’ve enjoyed in recent months.

Giorgio Armani

Armani have offered exception polo-shirts since their rise to promience in the 1980s. After all, they emerged only a few short years after Ralph Lauren. I still have the odd garment from this era, and they truly stand the test of time, with only minor UV discolouration.

While Armani now offer a range of polo shirts, many of which feature questionable logo placement, I find myself drawn to the most “plain” and open designs, which retain the best of the garment design, without being too… how do I say this… garish?

Regardless, both in wool and stretch cotton, the classic short sleeved polo design is a delight. From the woven collar, to the atypical button spacing, these shirts have a personality of their own, without doing so in an overstated manner.

These are my go-to short sleeved polo shirts for everyday use.

John Smedley

Perhaps a designer that many of you won’t be familiar with. Established in 1784, John Smedley is one of the oldest names in British fashion.

Of their polo designs, I usually rely on them for long-sleeved shirts. Made from extra fine Merino wool, these are the ideal choice for winter months, and I’ve ordered a range of shirts ahead of the November chill this year.

Furthermore, they make a great effort to show how they work towards sustainability goals to make the fashion industry greener. It’s refreshing to see a “traditional” brand be so forward looking.

Burberry

Burberry polo shirts might not be everyone’s tastes, particularly given some of the questionable fabrics blends used in many of their shirts, however they excel in one area; for me atleast.

Burberry’s “oversized” polo shirts are a joy for wearing around the house, particularly on days when you have no intention of going outside.

While 2020 was a challenging year in many ways, I have fond memories of sitting in front of an open fire, wrapped in a dressing gown, with comfy slippers, and all-together too big Burberry polo.