Extra-sharp knit polos are heavy enough to wear this winter, and mellow enough to roll into spring.
A polo shirt is a wardrobe staple that doesn’t really need reinvention, but we’re game for a remix now and then. We recently saw the resurgence of the polo’s rough-and-tumble cousin, the rugby, which comes in every color under the sun right now. Another twist on the classic all over shelves this winter are ’70s style polo shirts—the kind with retro collars and striping on the sleeves. We’ll admit these clingy knits are slightly tougher to wear than a thick cotton rugby—they leave nothing to the imagination—but if you’ve got the upper body to pull one off, nothing is cooler. If you’re a fan of the look but need to work off a few holiday-season pounds consider this (and shirtless Kylo Ren, and Mark Wahlberg on the beach) the fitspo you need to stay motivated.
Follow the lead of Italian showroom owner (and street style hall of famer) Domenico Gianfrate, above, and tuck it into a pair of equally right-now pleated pants. For an even more dressed up spin, wear one under a slim-cut suit. (They’re also a bit more forgiving this way.) If you want something more casual for your weekend adventures, channel Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley and wear it with a pair of off-white jeans or chinos, loafers, and classic tortoise sunglasses. Or, if you manage to escape work for a warm-weather vacation, you could make Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name your inspiration, and wear the shirt with above-the-knee shorts and canvas sneakers. That particular look might require slightly more dedication in the gym—but what else are you doing for the next three months?