Looking to add a few new items to your summer wardrobe? The polo shirt is the summer wardrobe essential. This must-have summer staple is perfect for warm weather plus it’s versatile and comfortable. You can layer it under your favourite jacket, or keep it casual with a pair of trousers or shorts.
Whether you choose a solid or a pattern, a polo shirt is a great wardrobe essential for summertime events, dates, and backyard BBQs or parties. Like a t-shirt, the polo shirt is a casual and comfortable wardrobe essential, but the button-down feature and collar will present you as stylish and put together.
|History of the Polo Shirt
How it evolved from an on-court fixture to a streetwear staple
Before the polo shirt came into a rainbow of sorbet hues, before frat boys ever thought to pop its collar, before it became synonymous with upper-class prep or back-to-school uniforms, the polo shirt was simply, the top worn during polo matches, hence the origin of its name.
The sport in its modern form can be traced back to Manipur, a state in Northeast India, in the 19th century, which was then adopted and disseminated by the British military officers in the mid-1800s. The traditional polo uniform during this time featured long-sleeve cotton shirts, but uncomfortable with how the collar flapped during the game, the players attached buttons to secure them in place. Thus, the button-down polo shirt was born.
When John E. Brooks, a Brooks Brother legacy, caught wind of the button-down polo shirt while watching a polo match in England, he was so taken by it that he affixed button-down collars on all Brooks Brother dress shirts upon his return to the U.S. Hailed as “the original button-down polo shirt”, it made its debut in 1896 to enormous success, going on to change the landscape of menswear forever.