Timeless polo shirt. From tennis court, to star system cocktail parties.
From its birth as a typical sport garment, polo has evolved, in fabrics and colours, to become an “essential” of casual style.
Among those who regularly enjoyed this, there is John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States of America, always considered one of the most fashionable men in the White House. When he was not in the office, JFK loved to relax on his Victura, a modest sailing yatch of only 8 meters in length: and even here, in the middle of the sea, he was able to take style lessons. Flawless and relaxed at the same time, the president showed how elegant could be a simple polo shirt: low collar, all buttons closed but the last one, a pair of well-ironed khaki trousers and, on his face, a pair of Wayfarers glasses.
Filling that gap between shirt and t-shirt, Polo has become an essential item of the male wardrobe, especially when summer is coming. So: how to wear a polo shirt without being obvious or banal? How to match this great classic, extremely versatile, keeping the level of charm “high”?
Our “fashion assistant” have created three different outfits to be used in three different times of the day for three different occasions.
Sportswear – In the morning
Only in the morning, at the weekend for a trip out of town or on a warm weather holiday, wear a polo by Fila, in blue with white stripes on the shoulders. It will bring you back to the time of the famous tennis top players. A definitely athleisure style completed by a pair of GCDS shorts, made of cotton gauze, with contrasting side bands. On your feet, to pay tribute to the fantastic eighties, a pair of Diadora Heritage sneakers, with a marked retro style, perfect reinterpretation of a great classic with new chromatic effects and luxury materials.
Da indossare esclusivamente di mattina, nel weekend per una gita fuori porta o in vacanza al caldo, la polo Fila – in blu con bande bianche sulle spalle – riporta indietro nel tempo, ai famosi top player della racchetta. Lo stile, decisamente athleisure, è completato da un paio di pantaloncini GCDS, in cotone garzato, con bande laterali in contrasto. Ai piedi, per omaggiare i fatidici anni Ottanta, un paio di sneakers Diadora Heritage, dallo stile decisamente retrò, perfetta rivisitazione di un grande classico con nuovi effetti cromatici e materiali pregiati.
Preppy – In the afternoon
The most emulated outfit, inspired by the “uniforms” of the Ivy League students in the ’70s: a polo shirt, a pair of classic chinos and lace-up loafers worn without socks. Preppy is a style, which immediately calls to mind a day on the boat, a cocktail party by the pool, a round of golf in a private club. We have chosen a La Martina polo shirt, in an energetic and bold colour, like red, matched with a pair of chino trousers – an excellent alternative to the much more obvious jeans – white and blue striped, slim fit and with turn-ups. And then, a pair of matching Tod’s Gommino, in blue soft hammered leather. Perfect for hot summer afternoons.
Smart Casual – In the evening
A tailored, impeccably cut polo shirt can become the soul of a smart-casual style, to wear during the day at the office or in the evening for a smart event, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The iconic Ralph Lauren polo shirt – which will have to be solid colour – gain a new dimension thanks to a vibrant burgundy jumper and a jacket by Etro with its ethno-chic patterns, creating a contemporary dandy style. To enrich the look, small, gentlemen details like the Tod’s double-wrap bracelet in woven leather and the Boss leather card holder by Signature.