Right Polo Shirt Collar

Understanding the Right Fit #3: Polo Shirt

The third article in this series and it’s another men’s wardrobe staple : Polo Shirts. In my last article, I discussed about the factors to keep in mind while you pick a polo shirt for you. I talked about 4 main factors : Fabric, Fit, Colors and Logos. Though I covered the other three factors in that article, I am going to cover the fit in more detail in this article. I will categorise the fit in terms of 5 parts : Collar, Neck Opening, Buttons, Sleeve, Length.

Collar

Make sure your collar is slightly stiff and doesn’t lay absolutely flat on your chest. Stiffness adds character to your polo shirt. But also make sure it’s not so stiff that the neck opening doesn’t spread even a little bit when unbuttoned.

Flat Collar
Wrong

 

Extra Stiff Collar
Wrong

 

Right Polo Shirt Collar
Right

Neck Opening

Make sure the neck opening is not too wide when the polo is unbuttoned. Also, it should not be too straight or constricted so that no skin is visible. The opening needs to spread out a little bit to form a nice V shape when unbuttoned.

Wide neck opening
Wrong

 

Right Polo Shirt neck opening
Right

Buttons

The buttons in your polo shirt should end in your upper chest region. Imagine a line connecting the top of your armpits. The buttons should not go beyond that line.

Wrong Polo shirt buttons
Wrong

 

Right Polo shirt buttons
Right

Sleeve

Just like I explained in the t-shirt fit guide – Not Long Not Wide. If your sleeve lightly hugs your biceps, it is going to naturally make your biceps look muscular even if they are not. If the sleeves are too wide, it is going to make your arms look weak. The length of the sleeve should be around mid-bicep and no longer.

Wrong Polo Shirt Sleeve
Wrong

 

Right Polo shirt sleeve
Right

Body

Your polo shirt should be slightly snug around the chest and fall straight along your body below the chest.  Some slim fit polo shirts fit right around the chest , but they run too close to the body below that. This makes a skinny person look too skinny and a heavy person look too heavy.

Skinny Polo shirt
Wrong

 

Right Polo shirt fit
Right

Length

The trick is exactly the same as I mentioned in the article about T-shirts. Wear your Polo shirt and stand in front of the mirror. Raise your hands up and make sure that the polo shirt falls somewhere around your waistline and no skin is visible. If you can see your skin, that’s not the perfect length for you. Coming to the posterior, your polo shirt should hit the top of your butt.

There are some polo shirts that sport tails which means the back side of the shirt is longer than the front. This is more prominent in the pique cotton polo shirts. This is a look I firmly believe you should avoid. The longer backs were meant to help the Polo players prevent their polo shirts from getting untucked when they bent over. Longer back polos are meant to be tucked in always and hence, I don’t recommend these polos.

Long tailed Polo
Wrong

 

I hope you found this article useful. Please suggest clothing items that you want me to cover in this series of “Understanding the right fit”. Keep watching this space for more articles.

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