While it sometimes feels like the polo shirt has been around forever, it’s less than a hundred years old. Ever since its invention by tennis legend Renée Lacoste in the 1920s, men all over the world have adopted and adapted the polo shirt as part of a casual wardrobe. Its lightweight feel and construction lends itself to a huge variety of looks, and the wide variety of polo shirts on offer ensures that there’s a perfect version for everyone.
Here at Aphrodite we have a huge selection of men’s designer polo shirts. But sometimes too much choice is a bad thing, so we’re here to help with our selection of the 9 best polo shirts for men this summer. Whether you’re looking for a luxury take for those special nights out, a bold option for everyday layering, or a non-traditional take from one of our top brands, you’ll find some great ideas in our selection below.
Polo Shirts Over £100
While known for their highly luxurious, down-filled jackets, Moncler always has a top-notch polo or two in their seasonal lineup. For Spring/Summer 2019, the standout piece is this version, which boasts striped detailing to the cuffs, along with jacquard-woven text branding to the left arm and, of course, the all-important Moncler felt logo to the chest for that iconic finish.
A perennial fixture of Stone Island‘s lineup, the polo shirt appears this season in this summer-ready washed lemon colour. Nodding to classic versions with twin-tipped detailing to the collar, and improving on the formula with engineered shoulders for exceptional comfort, the finishing touch comes with an embroidered square logo to the chest.
From the brand that brought the polo shirt from the sports field into the fashion sphere, this version replicates the iconic Polo logo across the full body of the shirt. A nod to the preppy classic ‘critter’ garments, which also boasted all-over embroidery, this polo is ideal for wearing solo with shorts for that elusive collegiate vibe.
Polo Shirts Under £100
Bringing their signature garment-dyeing techniques to this most classic of garments, CP Company present their take on the polo shirt. Coming in a wide range of colours, we’ve selected this slightly washed-out blue that would look the business relaxing on a yacht in the French Riviera, perhaps — or, more likely, your favourite beer garden.
One of the newest brands in our lineup, Maison Kitsune tap into the polo’s Gallic origins perhaps better than anyone else. Crafted in Portugal from a fine cotton piqué fabric, the cut and quality are both spot on. But the real selling point is that fantastic tricolour fox logo embroidered to the chest.
One of the most iconic polo shirts in the business, the Fred Perry polo shirt requires no introduction. This season the heritage brand has unleashed a brace of polos in the kind of sun-drenched colours that are begging to be worn all summer long. The signature Laurel Wreath embroidery to the chest is the icing on a particularly summery cake.
Alternative Polo Shirt Picks
While the polo shirt is already one of the best casual garments for warmer-weather wear, Paul Smith really ups the classic factor with this knitted version. The knitted polo has a storied history with some of the world’s most iconic snappy dressers — think the likes of Steve McQueen or John F Kennedy — and Paul Smith has nailed that vibe perfectly.
If your tastes skew more towards the dark and urban, Y-3 have the polo for you. While the polo shirt isn’t necessarily part of the streetwear canon, Y-3 have really made it work with their version. Boasting a looser cut and heavier fabric than the norm, this polo would fit perfectly with an all-black ensemble and your latest sneaker purchase.
London-based tailor-turned-designer Oliver Spencer has made a name for himself with his use of custom-crafted jersey fabrics, so it follows that his namesake brand would provide us with some excellent polo options. This version comes in a super-soft striped jersey fabric and boasts a rugby inspired collar along with a chest pocket for a subtle yet unexpected upgrade.
Find all these designer polo shirts along with many more choices in-store and online at Aphrodite today.