Is it me, or has the polo market exploded over the last few years? There are so many options now, it almost causes analysis paralysis. Back in the day, it was either Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, or Izod. Lacoste if you were lucky. Today there are hundreds of brands offering largely the same thing.
As we reanalyze what we own and what we wear (MUCH more on this later), adding smart pieces to your wardrobe will not only be stylish but will last longer than some of the trends that have taken hold. Note 1: I’m not a printed polo guy. Note 2: I lean heavily towards tech polos that don’t look tech/shiny. Note 3: I’m over logos. I used to own a ton of polos with country club logos, and other than Masters or clubs where I’m a member, I’m giving it up (with a few notable exceptions).
Here is what I’m digging this Spring:
From Top Left:
1. Holderness & Bourne MacDonald Polo: Every guy should own a white polo – and to be more specific THIS white polo. The fabric is a little thicker, has a nice pique hand, and fits like a dream. The collar is somewhat structured so it holds up for 18 holes or under a sport coat. It goes with everything. No brainer.
2. Stitch Golf Damon Polo: Stitch has done some great work over the last few years making a name for themselves in the polo/outerwear arena. Their Damon polo is great – it has a nice texture and the color choices are unique.
3. TSG Roadie Polo: The ‘do anything’ polo. It’s cotton, so it’ll fade/age nicely. Pair it with baggies or Stand Ups for a cool look at the lake, or tuck it in with 5-pockets and loafers for a more polished look.
4. Onward Reserve Loyalty Vintage Repp Stripe Polo: This is a GREAT addition to the Onward Reserve lineup. A very classic look, it has that old 90’s Ashworth feel in a good cotton blend. The color choices are top shelf as well.
5. Holderness & Bourne Maxwell Polo: The H&B Maxwell polo is about as good as it gets. The fit is perfect, the weight is just right, and the color choices are plentiful. This is a can’t miss polo.
6. TSG Topper Polo: The dressier polo from TSG, this one is a great option for date night or the office. The fit is just right, and the price point is very tolerable.
7. Sid Mashburn Oxford Pique Polo: These polos from Sid have been all the rage since Keith Mitchell started wearing them on tour. It’s a very classic, professional look that is a breath of fresh air.
8. Peter Millar Performance Mesh Polo: Can’t leave out Peter Millar. They’ve gone all-in on the printed polos, but there are still a few of these solids available.
9. Criquet Top Shelf Player’s Shirt: My guys at Criquet are holding strong. They have carved out a niche for themselves, and continue to innovate on their iconic Player’s Shirt. Another do anything polo, with a cool attitude.
What did I miss?