A few weeks later it hit me: the polo shirt combines formal with casual in a very stylish way. It keeps the collar from the dress shirt and borrows the short sleeves from the regular t-shirt.
There are good and bad ways of combining casual with formal. Wearing sandals with a suit is a bad example. Wearing a slim tie with a polo shirt is a GREAT example.
The best part when it comes to polo shirts is that you can wear them with almost anything. Try any of these (just make sure you coordinate the colors):
- Dress pants
- Slim ties
- Leather shoes
Here’s a nice looking outfit of a green polo shirt and a sports jacket:
(Don’t wear your polo shirt’s collar raised, like the guy in the above image does it, though. It’s not very stylish.)
Notice how you can wear a bold looking color like green and look stylish. The black of the blazer is what tones the whole outfit down for a classy yet stylish look.
A warning when it comes to polo shirts. Never wear them in formal situations. If you’re a salesperson or a businessman, never show up at your meetings in one. Nowadays, when dress shirts are making their way more and more into the world of casual, it’s silly to start wearing polo shirts to important business meetings.
If you’re looking to get more out of your polo shirts outfits, try layering them with vests. This will show everyone that you pay attention to the way you dress. This is me wearing a blue polo shirt and a white vest: