How To | The Underrated Solid Polo Shirt

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One of the big menswear trends this summer is the striped polo. Not to take anything away from the striped polo, but, we think you should show its solid colored big brother some love this summer too! The average guy will usually throw on a polo shirt to play a round of golf, grab a few beers with the fellas or just throw one on when heading out the door to take care of the last-minute errands. We tasking guys everywhere to make the polo a true staple in your summer wardrobe this year. 

In our search for a retro style version of the polo, we stumbled upon the Heritage Slim Jack Polo by Original Penguin. of the Heritage Jack Polo by Original Penguin (featured in this post) is that it’s made from a super soft pima cotton and breathes extremely well in warmer weather. In the production of this style of polo, the end result is a flat, not highly textured finish that resembles something similar to your traditional dress shirt. The non-texture finished makes this polo extremely versatile with the ability to be worn very casually or as an option to be paired with a suit. Yes, a polo shirt can be work with a suit and is an excellent option for any guy attending a summer garden party, has a more casual summer work environment or you just want to try something new.

Style Tips For Rocking A Solid Polo Shirt

  • Use your polo as a grounding agent for bold blazers or a bold suit (see looks 1 & 2 below).
  • Sleeves: proper length should hit mid bicep. 
  • Of course a short sleeve shirt is a great way to keep cool during the warmer months, so don’t be afraid to knock out a few push ups (invite everyone to the GUN SHOW!!).
  • You may have put some time in at the gym or at home working out and hopefully the attention you put into your back and shoulders to fill out  your polo shirts well. Polo shirts are typically constructed with broader shoulders and tighter torsos, think T-shape or swimmers body.
  • If you’re going for a retro look, pair your solid polo with a shadow plaid, glen plaid or chalk strip trouser.
  • The Tuck Rule: Yes, you can tuck your polo shirt in, however; you will want to opt for a shirt with a tailored torso that will contour to your body. 
  • If you are wearing a casual suit (cotton or linen), don’t be afraid to pull your jacket sleeves up some. The look is a bit more playful than being completely suit & tie. 

Summer Geezer Garden Party Fresh

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProRed Pima Cotton Polo Shirt via Original Penguin UK Striped Cotton Suit by H&M | Navy Straw Hat by H&M

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProNavy & White Nylon Nato 18mm Watch Strap via CheapestNatoStraps.com | Timex Easy Reader Watch | Linen Navy Pocket Square via Dragon Inside

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style Pro

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProCanvas Sneakers by Lands End Canvas

Male Patterned Boldness

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProPlaid Cotton Blazer by Jey Coleman | White Chinos by Bonobos | Joseph Marc Gold Rimmed Aviator Sunglasses via Coastal.com | Custom Single Monk Strap Shoe by Mantorii.com

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProPima Cotton Eclipse Heritage Jack Polo Shirt by Original Penguin UK | Tan Nubuck Belt by Frank & Oak 

Mad Men Casual

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProPima Cotton Heritage Jack Polo by Original Penguin UK | Custom Glen Plaid Trousers by Imparali | Ray-ban Blonde Tortoise Sunglasses via Coastal.com 

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style Pro

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style Pro

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style ProTassel Loafer via Johnston & Murphy

Original Penguin Heritage Jack Polo Featured on Men's Style Pro

Photography by Marina T. Peele (@CantWinklefty via Instagram)

Best,

Sabir

Editor In Chief/Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man, Sabir finds his way around the web in an attempt to seek out "the cool" of #menswear. Stay updated on Men's Style Pro doings on Twitter & Instagram @MensStylePro.

  • http://www.dapsongent.com dapo

    Nice one…. Young men needs to know that they can pair their polo shirts with blazer or sport coat.

    • http://www.mensstylepro.com Sabir M Peele

      Hi Dapo,

      The solid polo is definitely going to make a comeback this summer even though striped one have all the steam. It’s great to rock a polo with a sport coat/blazer just because you can remove the jacket and have a whole new outfit. It’s pretty practical.

      Best,

      Sabir

      • http://www.dapsongent.com dapo

        Yeah. I have more solid colours polo than striped. stopped ‘digging’ into striped long ago tho they are cool.

  • http://twitter.com/wizard7926 Ryan Neary (@wizard7926)

    Great looks, Sabir! How much adjusting did the H&M suit need to get it to look that good?

    • http://www.mensstylepro.com Sabir M Peele

      Hi Ryan,

      The only “adjusting” that was done to this suit was a hem and have the waist taken in.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • http://www.tedwilliamsmenswear.com/ Richard Atkinson

    Great post, I genuinely didn’t realise how versatile the Polo could be!

  • http://www.pawelzegarow.blogspot.com Paweł Zegarow BLOG

    very nice outfit, your navy polo shirt is cool

  • http://www.kinowear.com Nicolas Kinowear

    Hi Sabir,

    These are really cool looks. I had always been reluctant to this polo because of the very wide collar but here it does look well. And with the jacket too!
    Nicolas

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  • Charlie

    Looks like an awesome polo Sabir – did you get a medium?

    • http://www.mensstylepro.com Sabir M Peele

      Hi Charlie,

      Thanks. The polos are mediums.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • http://www.djdub.com dubious lee

    Sabir, i’m digging this look completely. Do you think I can do something like this with a blue seersucker suit? Would your recommend a red or navy or nada?

    • http://www.mensstylepro.com Sabir M Peele

      HI Jason,

      I would opt for either a navy or white polo with a blue seersucker suit, unless it’s a navy seersucker suit (then do red or white).

      Best,

      Sabir

      • http://www.djdub.com dubious lee

        Thanks again Sabir. It’s been tough trying to find that Penguin top but I believe I’ve found a suitable alternative from CK. We shall see. Thanks as always. Keep up the inspiration.

  • Cooper Pie

    My feels like she needs to teach me about fashion and about polo shirts, and button down shirts. And all of that fancy business, and I’m fine with her helping me look for clothes. But I don’t appreciate it when she says that I don’t have that good of sense in fashion.