How to wear a polo shirt
The polo is the epitome of casual and effortless style. Here’s a look at a few different ways to give your outfit a new lease of life with this versatile wardrobe staple.
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It’s out with the pressed shirts and in with the polos because this is a smart look without the stuffiness. Keep the top simple and understated, and wear it tucked in. Quality Farah shirts will pair perfectly with your sharp, well-tailored suit, finished with a pair of smart black or brown shoes. If you’re not a fan of all-out casual Friday but you still want a little less formality, this is a stylish compromise.
Keep it simple
It may seem a little too laid back and bland to pull off a standalone polo, but a cashmere-blend option can be worn with style. Think Idris Elba, with a quality polo and confidence to make this a distinctive, powerful look. This is a particularly good choice for showing off strong biceps, but it’s still important to get the fit just right; slim fit but not too tight. Opt for tailored trousers and smarter shoes to give it a smart and contemporary edge.
Rock and roller
Plain or fancy, a polo can give your image a facelift. Try mens Farah shirts for a sleek but understated appeal, or go for patterned or silk materials to make the outfit pop. Give it that rock star twist with a dark blazer or leather jacket, and dark narrow fit jeans. For the full effect, baseball sneakers or cuban heel western boots will give you some swagger.
The tendency is to go for darker shades, so shake things up with a lighter polo in grey or white, and try cream or stone-coloured chinos. Finish with boat shoes or leather trainers. David Beckham sports a khaki polo with grey creased trousers and stone-coloured loafers to show that smart casual in lighter tones is possible.
For the warmer temps and casual get-togethers, the humble polo is comfortable and just that tad more formal than a t-shirt. Dark denim shorts or deep blue chinos will go well with boat shoes. For extra coverage, go for an unstructured and soft jacket in more natural materials like linen or cotton.