Two Tricks To Stand Out In A Polo This Summer

You know the famous saying "Sun's Out Guns Out"? Its a quote you shouldn't take literally, yet its something on every guy's mind as we're at the peak of summer. No matter how you like to spend your time when the sun is out, you always want to look your best while at the same time displaying all of the hard work you've been putting in at the gym. 

The polo shirt has been around for over a century now. Do you know why polos were made? I'm glad you asked. 

Lavender is perfect for white jeans - its soft and looks good on most skin tones. Shop at J.Crew Factory

Lavender is perfect for white jeans - its soft and looks good on most skin tones. Shop at J.Crew Factory

Polos were originally made for, guess who? Polo players - go figure. By being able to fold the collar, they were able to stop players' collars from flopping in the wind. Remember much Lebron hated playing with googles on? Well this is how they solved a similar problem in the late 1800's.

What's in it for you (WIIFY)? Luckily polos are still around, and they're something that can take an outfit to then next level if worn the right way. There are two ways to do this:

1. The right fit

I'll make this simple, you want your shirt to come anywhere from 1/4 down to the bottom of your zipper - anywhere in between is safe territory. You want the sleeve to hug your biceps as tight as possible without fabric pulling to the point where it looks too small. 

2. Contrast

Contrast is my secret when it comes to putting together a great outfit - monochromatic (a cheesy menswear geek word for different shades of the same color) has been hot for a few years, but outside of wearing all black I'm not a big fan of it. 

Contrast actually makes a polo looks ten times better. There's a confusing science behind what contrast does when it comes to an outfit, but that's why I'm the guy doing the boring research - your job is to look good.

Navy is a universal color and goes great with pretty much any color pants on the rainbow - looks great with khaki chinos and penny loafers for a modern prep look.

Navy is a universal color and goes great with pretty much any color pants on the rainbow - looks great with khaki chinos and penny loafers for a modern prep look.