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Proper polo

Update : 15 Sep 2015, 12:05 PM

Believe it or not, there is a proper way of wearing a polo shirt (short sleeves). T-shirts can be great. They are super comfortable and easy to deal with. On the other hand, if you really want to add that sophistication to your casual or semi-formal look, a polo can be the perfect fit for the autumn season. And, like everything else in the closet, there is a right way and a wrong way to wear a polo.


A pique (a weave of cotton that adds texture) polo shirt is traditionally longer in the back and shorter in the front. The reason for this is quite simple: it helps the shirt to remain tucked in when you bend over. The way to measure the perfect length of a pique polo (if that is the type of polo you are wearing) is to make sure it doesn't cover more than half of your back pockets. That is, of course, if you decide to keep the polo untucked. For all others, it’s better to keep your polo tucked.

Not too deep

Once you’ve chosen the perfect length, you’ll want to take a look at the buttons of your shirt up front. A lot of polos actually have very deep Vs, so when you unbutton the shirt, you’ll be exposing a bit too much. Remember, different brands have different designs. Some have two buttons, while others have three. The main point is to make sure you aren’t exposing too much of your chest. If there is a deep V, then keep those buttons locked. If not, feel free to get that extra whiff of freedom for your chest hairs.

Sleeves matter too

One detail after another, it’s important to check out the ribbing of your polo’s sleeves. Again, different brands, different styles. Some sleeves have no tension at the end of the sleeve, while others hug your biceps like rubber bands. No matter the tension level, never wear anything that is constricting those pythons. Just like any other fitted clothing, it should hug your arms not suffocate them.

The right touch

As elegant as a polo may look, it’s still considered a casual item. You’re supposed to feel comfortable, which means no undershirt. If you’re worried about those pit stains, well, what the heck is deodorant for? If you add an extra layer underneath the polo, it’ll bulk you up in the wrong way. And at times, the sleeves might sneak out under your polo’s sleeves. This, gentlemen, is not a proper or stylish look. Last but not least, and we can’t stress this enough, do not pop your collar. Seriously. Don’t. 

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