Once reserved for middle-aged dads at a Sunday barbeque or teenaged boys attempting to be cool and making their first venture into designer territory, the humble polo shirt is back and will be your best wardrobe addition for the upcoming spring weather. Easily dressed up or down, read our tips below on nailing the preppy look.

The Fit:

As always, fit is crucial. The sleeves should hit around mid-bicep and the shirt should end halfway down the trouser fly to avoid showing any stomach when reaching for things and if necessary, to allow for the shirt to be tucked in. Further, it is important to make sure that when the polo is unbuttoned it opens properly, to frame your face and create a streamlined silhouette. Some polos will still stay tightly closed when unbuttoned.


Aside from stocking up on basic polo shirts in solid white, grey, navy and black, get adventurous and start adding subtle prints and detailing into the mix. The polo is the underappreciated workhorse in your wardrobe and simply matching it with a pair of linen trousers will see you through everything from a casual night out to a lazy Sunday afternoon.


Most established brands position their logos onto their respective polo shirts, however we recommend that you avoid buying any where the logo is visible from more than a few metres away. Instead, opt for shirts with small and tasteful logos, preferably placed where the left breast pocket should be.