HOW TO STYLE A POLO

There’s a reason the humble polo shirt has been at the heart of our casual wardrobes for over 150 years – it’s elegant, comfortable and very easy to wear.

THE GREAT ALL-ROUNDER

At Tyrwhitt, we make polo shirts to suit almost every dress code; from business and smart-casual to off-duty. In a dark colour like navy, charcoal or forest green, they’re easy to layer beneath blazers and chinos for work meetings or well-dressed evenings out. Try a navy piqué polo beneath a blue and white seersucker or cotton/linen blazer with classic stone chinos and snuff suede shoes. It’s an understated look that will take you anywhere.

OUT OF OFFICE

Of course, the polo is the perfect piece for the weekends too – whether you’re relaxing at home, socialising with friends or escaping to the country for 48 hours. This season’s pastel colours are just the thing to give your ‘at home’ wardrobe a lift, and are easily paired with chinos (try our Soft Washed Chinos for a casual look) or even our chino shorts. Finish with our white leather trainers for good measure.

TYRWHITT COOL

New for the season, we’ve introduced a new waffle knit polo made from our technical ‘Tyrwhitt Cool’ cotton. Each polo is knitted from extra-fine pure cotton yarn that’s been spun and finished to wick moisture away from the skin, while the waffle knit structure allows cooling air to flow through your shirt. The result is a warm weather wardrobe staple designed to keep you comfortable throughout the day. The Cool Waffle Polo comes in four colours, including dark green and pastel pink; either of which works a treat with a well-cut navy blazer or with a simple cotton sweater thrown over your shoulders.

FULL WORKS

Our short sleeve Tyrwhitt Piqué Polos come in no less than 14 colours this season, made from smooth cotton with a touch of stretch for comfort. These are garment washed for extra softness and finished with our signature Lapwing embroidered on the chest, a motif taken from the Tyrwhitt family crest. Alongside these, our Smart Jersey Polos are designed to look sharp beneath a blazer, and feature concealed button-down collars that are sized to sit neatly beneath a jacket’s lapels. Try the ice blue or wine versions beneath one of our Proper Blazers. And if you want your polo to steal the show, we even have a duo of dashing Cotton Jacquard Polos this season too.

SPORTING CHANCES

Like so many pieces in the modern man’s wardrobe, the polo shirt’s origins lie in good old fashioned sportswear. You might well have guessed that the clue’s in the name, and that early polos were worn by aristocratic sportsmen atop their ponies, racing around 19th century polo fields with mallets in-hand. The earliest recorded example of purpose-made shirts been worn during a polo match dates to 1859 in Jaipur, India, where the sport was popular among the British aristocracy.