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

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Sabir @MensStylePro

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