Celebrating 80 Years of #TheOriginalPolo with Lacoste

Time sure does fly when you’re producing iconic sportswear year in and year out. It was 80 years ago when Rene Lacoste introduced his pique cotton polo shirt to the tennis world. Since then the polo shirt has become piece in the wardrobes of men and women alike. 

To help celebrate this great feat in sportswear, Lacoste reached out to me to style the original L.12.12 polo shirt. When tasked with this challenged, the one question that came to mind was, “how would I wear this shirt if I was 80 years old?” Even though I have just over 50 years until I hit the big 8-0, I thought it would be cool to imagine myself as a wise, old and somewhat stylish cat. 

Something I’ve admired about how old men dress is that they could give a rat’s ass about what people thought about them or their style. If you happen to take a walk outside right now, you will probably see a cool old dude wearing a polo shirt, a random sport jacket, dress pants and sneakers. It was a no-brainer for me that the “geezer” style would influence the way I styled my L.12.12 Polo shirt

Lacoste 80th Anniversary of the 12.12.1 Polo Shirt via Men's Style Pro

The Original Polo L.12.12 by Lacoste | Navy Pinstriped Trousers by Hackett London from suit | Canvas Tennis Sneakers by Lands End Canvas

Lacoste 80th Anniversary of the 12.12.1 Polo Shirt via Men's Style ProBlonde & Tortoise Ray-ban Sunglasses via Coastal.com | Zub Zen-V Silicone Watch via Nooka.com |

Lacoste 80th Anniversary of the 12.12.1 Polo Shirt via Men's Style ProGreen Cotton Double Breasted Blazer by Sottono | Linen Pocket Square by Dragon Inside

Lacoste 80th Anniversary of the 12.12.1 Polo Shirt via Men's Style Pro

Special thanks and congrats to Lacoste for selecting Men’s Style Pro to help celebrate 80 years of iconic polo shirt excellence.

Follow them at @Lacoste via Twitter #TheOriginalPolo. Learn more about the 80 year collection here -> http://www.lacoste.com/80#/80.

Photos: Marina T. Peele @CantWinkLefty


Sabir @MensStylePro

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & 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. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well.

Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • William

    I really like how you mixed the casual polo with the pinstripe slacks

    • Hi William,

      When I thought of this particular outfit, all I could think of was ” I want to be a fly ass old dude”.



  • Dominic

    What fit did you get Sabir? Also what size are you?

    • Hi Dominic,

      Hi Lacoste polos, I’m a 3. My chest is a 38.5.



  • Oh! Nooka! One of my favorite brands

  • Apart from the occasional tweak to the logo or trim to the cut, René Lacoste ‘s L.12.12 polo shirt hasn’t changed a great deal since it was launched it 80 years ago, cementing itself as a menswear classic much like a navy Brooks Brothers blazer or a pair of Grenson brogues. However, according to a new video the company has made to celebrate the shirt’s eighth decade in production, big changes are afoot. By 2092 we can expect shirts that will keep score, change colour, glow in the dark and change sleeve length off the cuff… Still no sign of hoverboards, though.

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