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Wear Polo Shirts For a Stylish Summer Look

I have a confession to make: the first time I took a closer look at a polo shirt I didn’t know what to make of it. Most men wear t-shirts all summer long, making them very common. The guy wearing the polo had a refreshing look. There just was something about that dress-shirt-versus-t-shirt combination that made him stand out.

A few weeks later it hit me: the polo shirt combines formal with casual in a very stylish way. It keeps the collar from the dress shirt and borrows the short sleeves from the regular t-shirt.

There are good and bad ways of combining casual with formal. Wearing sandals with a suit is a bad example. Wearing a slim tie with a polo shirt is a GREAT example.

The best part when it comes to polo shirts is that you can wear them with almost anything. Try any of these (just make sure you coordinate the colors):

  • Shorts
  • Dress pants
  • Jeans
  • Slim ties
  • Leather shoes
  • Sneakers

Here’s a nice looking outfit of a green polo shirt and a sports jacket:

(Don’t wear your polo shirt’s collar raised, like the guy in the above image does it, though. It’s not very stylish.)

Notice how you can wear a bold looking color like green and look stylish. The black of the blazer is what tones the whole outfit down for a classy yet stylish look.

A warning when it comes to polo shirts. Never wear them in formal situations. If you’re a salesperson or a businessman, never show up at your meetings in one. Nowadays, when dress shirts are making their way more and more into the world of casual, it’s silly to start wearing polo shirts to important business meetings.


If you’re looking to get more out of your polo shirts outfits, try layering them with vests. This will show everyone that you pay attention to the way you dress. This is me wearing a blue polo shirt and a white vest:

Whatcha think?

George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based in the UK, George enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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