Rockin' the Polo: How to Wear a Polo Shirt With Style

How to Wear a Polo Shirt With Style

It was long believed that the Polo Shirt was invented by Jean Rene Lacoste, the famous French tennis player. However, before the polo became a staple in fashion, it was the uniform of a sport that it gets its namesake from. In the mid-1800s players in Northeast India inspired British military officers, who then brought the fashion home with them.

It wasn't until the 1930s that the polo shirt we know and love today came about. John Brooks, the grandson of the founder of Brooks Brothers, emulated the look in the U.S. after seeing the style abroad. In the 50’s & ’60s, iconic brands Izod and Polo Ralph Lauren capitalized on the polo style, building it into the preppy, American dream symbol it is today.

Today everyone from rappers to Wall Street knows and loves the polo.

But how can you rock yours? Keep reading for ideas for the whole family.

Men's Polo Style

When it comes to wearing a polo, embrace the casual nature. Now is the time to get creative and embrace color.

Go Retro

How about embracing a little mid-century feel in your outfit? Pair your polo with a pair of embroidered pants! To keep it fresh, opt for a more fitted cut in your pants.

You should also choose a polo that has some interest. Look for one with texture in the weave or a bright color and pattern. Traditionally made in a pique knit cotton, polos of today come in blends and performance fabrics, built to keep you cool and dry in all activities.

Finish the outfit with a pair of cool sneakers for a casual weekend look.

Dress It Up

With athleisure trending, the suit has taken a beating in the popularity department. Why not breathe new life into that old suit by pairing it with a crisp polo?

With spring and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to embrace the polo and suit look!

This makes it easy to go from office to happy hour with the removal of a jacket.

You could even pair your polo and suit jacket with a pair of shorts. This is the perfect outfit for summer evening drinks with friends.

If you decide to wear shorts, you can pair them with a relaxed pair of boat shoes. Stick with summer fabrics for your shoes. So leave the leather loafers at home and rock a pair of canvas ones instead.

Women's Polo Style

You want to look put together, but you also want to be comfortable. The polo is perfect for this!

Get Short

As the weather heats up, now is the perfect time to show off some leg. So pair your polo with a skirt or short shorts.

First, the short length will help keep you cool. Second, the more conservative top will pair well with your bottoms that are more revealing!

Pair your outfit with a pair of comfortable sandals or tennis shoes.

Embrace Prints

When your polo is a solid color, you can pair it with a pair of patterned pants. Look for prints that are bold. This could be simple stripes or a floral pattern, or a fun embroidery!

If you want something a little less revealing than the last suggestion, find your print on a midi skirt or a pair of capris. These are both styles that work well in warmer weather but cover your legs a bit more.

You could then pair your outfit with a pair of casual sandals for a comfortable backyard bbq, or a day walking around town. Or if you want something a bit chicer, opt for a pair of low wedge heels. Don't go too high or they will look out of place.

Children's Polo Style

Picking out children's clothes can be a minefield of deciding between what is durable to your children's activities and what looks good. We have a couple of ideas to help you style your children so they look great but can still be kids.


Nothing is more "aww" inducing than seeing a grown man and his adorable son in matching outfits. Whether you're planning family portraits or heading to a Saturday BBQ, matching polos are always a good choice.

To make the outfits more fun, opt for an outfit that has a fun print. Choose a solid colored polo and then pair it with shorts that have a fun print like blue crabs.

Matching isn't just for the boys though. Moms and daughters can match with their polos and shorts too! Mom could look more adult with a skirt while daughter can wear an easy shift dress style.


Don't we all remember wearing our favorite pair of overalls as a child? They make the perfect outfit as they are durable and stay in place through whatever adventure your children decide to get into.

Choose a pair that are made of cotton that is woven into a classic canvas weave. This will allow you to throw them into the wash when they get dirty for easy care.  

Pair the outfit with a pair of comfortable sneakers. We're sure your child has a favorite pair of shoes they love to wear!

Rock Your Polo Shirt

As winter begins to fade and spring comes into view, now is the perfect time to start planning your family's polo shirt outfits. You could create a matching look for your whole family.

Or you could let each member of your family rock their own personal polo style.

When deciding on an outfit, think about the weather and the activity. This will help you decide what is the most appropriate outfit for the occasion.

Outfit your family in polos today!

1 comment

  • zoe foster

    i loved this blog, thanks for sharing, well written content

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