I used to hate polo shirts. For reasons aesthetic (they simply look too preppy), ancestral (members of my tribe haven’t exactly been welcomed into country clubs), and practical (I don’t even know how to ride a horse).
But then I found an old Lacoste polo at the thrift store (similar to Carla’s above). And truth be told, I like it. Why? It’s a toss-up. Either because it only cost a dollar, or perhaps because it is beat up, thinning, riddled with holes, and a men’s. And as a rule, vintage is almost always better than new, men’s shirts almost always better than women’s.
However, upon some heavy polo research (because of an accidental Wikipedia click I now know all the rules to the sport), it turns out there are a bevy of designers out there not only making new polo shirts for women, but breaking the mold and redefining what a polo shirt is. Whether patterned, textured, deconstructed, modern, or reimagined, these 16 polos will make you do a double-take. (Kind of like seeing a Jew at a country club.)
1. MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela polo. 2. Carven paisley print polo. 3. Leon & Harper polo in grey. 4. Lacoste L!VE half sleeve jersey striped polo in azurite blue. 5. American Appaarel Open Knit Tennis polo. 6. Dolce & Gabbana cotton wool blend polo. 7. Raquel Allegra polo. 8. Ralph Lauren Blue printed polo. 9. Dolce & Gabbana silk knit polo. 10. Stella McCartney polo in antique rose. 11. Hermes Vintage polo. 12. Leon & Harper polo in yellow floral. 13. Jil Sander navy stretch knit polo. 14. Jean Paul Gaultier fuzzi print tulle polo. 15. Antipodium sporting chance perforated polo. 16. Mossoni short sleeve polo in blue white.
Here’s to polo shirts!