It’s been a style choice that’s undergone a lot of changes through the years — from the brightly colored iterations of the ‘90s and ‘00s to its resurgence as a style favored by James Bond, so there’s a great case for stocking your wardrobe with one of the 25 best men’s polo shirts.
The polo shirt is a summer style essential that can be both breezy and casual or dressed-up and refined. Today’s best polos are cut slim, made with breathable, versatile fabrics and available in colors that are subtle, stylish and definitely not too bright or loud.
A great polo shirt can upgrade your style where a simple T-shirt wouldn’t (although a slim-fitting T-shirt can even work with a suit nowadays); you can rock a polo on its own with chinos and white sneakers, or you can pair with pieces like your favorite pair of slim chino shorts. Grab one, grab two or grab all 25 — there’s plenty of time this spring and summer to wear them on repeat.
Proof 72 Hour Merino Polo Shirt
Most polo shirts are now a cut above the rest — forgot the baggy, overly stuffy polos you might have worn back in high school or college. No sir, the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo is one of the best men’s polo shirts you can spend your money on, made with versatile merino fabric for extra breathability and moisture-wicking qualities. From the links to the runway to an evening on the town, the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo just gets the job done. Plus, the two-button placket is visually interesting and subtly stylish — in short, this has all the qualities you should look for in a summer weight shirt.
Todd Snyder Made in LA Montauk Polo
When we really want the best of the best in every category — from denim to henleys to, yes, the best polos for men, we often turn toward one designer. That designer is American menswear luminary Todd Snyder, and pieces like the Made-in-Los-Angeles Montauk Polo make it easy to see why. Like the rest of the designer’s versatile, classic, ever-so-slightly rugged gear, the Montauk Polo features fine fabrication and the sort of easy going wearability that makes it easy to team with off-white denim and suede chukka boots — the perfect spring uniform, in short.
Rhone Delta Pique Polo
It’s ideal when you find a menswear essential that you can wear in more than just one situation — take the normally humble polo, for instance. Rhone has flipped the traditionally preppy style staple on its head with its Delta Pique Polo, a crisp and fresh polo shirt made to cool your body while maintaining its fit and feel. All of that is to say, this is a new modern classic, made to wear for 18 holes on the course and then just as stylish and durable to wear to drinks afterward. We’d pick up one in every color if we could.
Wellen Hemp Polo
Just when you thought Huckberry couldn’t possibly stock gear that’s any more stylish or essential, they come through with the Wellen Hemp Polo. Courtesy of the Wellen brand — a newly launched in-house line focused on style and sustainability — the Wellen Hemp Polo is easily one of the best men’s polos, made to be worn at the office or at a summer BBQ in equal measure.
We appreciate the range of color options and the breathable-yet-flattering fit, while the use of a blend of hemp and organic cotton makes these stylish polos all the more essential in terms of space in your closet. In fact, you might want to wear nothing else other than these polos all season long — they’re as comfortable as your favorite T-shirt, yet more polished & durable, too. That, to us, sounds like a recipe for a new style essential — don’t you agree?
GoRuck American Polo
You surely know GoRuck for the brand’s wildly dependable, ridiculously well-made everyday carry gear, tough bags and tough apparel — add the GoRuck American Polo to that list now, no doubt about it. It’s refreshing when a brand can apply the same principles across a wide variety of categories, and thanks to the trademarked Tough365 fabric, the brand really has done just that. This is truly a go-anywhere polo, as at home on the beach or the boardwalk as it is scaling a mountain or strolling through a park. Add in a slew of neutral color options, and you’ve just found your new favorite polo.
Bonobos Softest Performance Polo
What better way to complement a pair of classic, slim Bonobos chinos than with an equally classic, well-fitting Bonobos polo? We’re big fans of the ways in which Bonobos continues to branch out from the “pants that started it all,” as it were, and the introduction of performance fabric into a sharp, easy-to-style polo only reinforces that. We’d wear this all spring and summer, and suggest that you do the same. While you’re at it, stock up on Bonobos chinos and denim for a range of options — complemented perfectly by one of the best men’s polos we’ve seen.
Billy Reid Pensacola Polo Shirt
There are certain things that separate Billy Reid from the pack — by a long shot. The all-American designer takes a nuanced approach to classic men’s style staples, in this case including one of the best men’s polos. The Pensacola Polo Shirt has all the right bells and whistles you want in a versatile polo, for starters. It’s made with garment-dyed cotton (in a wide array of colors) and features a dressy-yet-wearable four-button placket. Pair it with Billy Reid chinos or denim for everyday spring and summer style.
Faherty Reserve Pima Polo
The Faherty Reserve Pima Polo is part of the brand’s upgraded Reserve line, one that upgrades classic Faherty silhouettes with rich, luxurious-yet-wearable fabric. The Pima Polo is one of those menswear pieces that call to mind breezy spring and summer days, and perhaps a good, strong cocktail in hand. We particularly love the rich Deep Navy colorway, as wearable with slim stone chinos as it is with light wash denim and leather loafers.
Todd Snyder Fine Pique Polo
The polo’s sporting origins are channeled into modern style by one of our favorite menswear designers, NYC’s own Todd Snyder. The polo is a classic-yet-modern menswear staple that’s far from stuffy or overdone when designed by Snyder. In fact, this particular take on the polo gets a breezy fabric upgrade thanks to the use of Turkish cotton-tencel for stretch, comfort and breathability. This is an all-day polo to wear as often as you can this season (in any colorway you like).
Filson Polo Shirt
For all the prep-inspired connotations the polo has, it’s great to see that plenty of rugged heritage brands are still stepping up and delivering their take on this menswear staple. Take Filson, for instance — you’ve probably got a hard-wearing waxed jacket and maybe a cozy thermal from the brand in your wardrobe, but what about a polo? The Filson Polo Shirt is made from a custom-developed cotton pique fabric and available in colors like Redwood and classic Black.
Rhone Commuter Tech Polo Shirt
The thing about the best men’s polos these days is that so many brands are going beyond the typical in terms of fabric, design and construction. In fact, many polos these days are downright modern and stylish — such as, for instance, the Rhone Commuter Tech Polo Shirt. Four-way stretch fabric — fabric that just so happens to be moisture-wicking and quick-drying — sets this polo apart from the average, and it’s also available for a very affordable price at the moment.
Lululemon Evolution Polo
It’s time to give lululemon menswear a shot if you haven’t in the past, and that’s as true for its hard-wearing and durable workout gear as it is for off-duty staples like the Lululemon Evolutionn Polo. In a clean silhouette and in smart colors like a versatile shade of navy, this polo, as the brand says, is “anti-stink” and made from soft, four-way stretch fabric for all-day comfort.
Nordstrom Tech-Smart Piqué Polo
Nordstrom is branching out beyond the gear it normally stocks and sells to craft its own line of solid staples for the modern man via the Nordstrom Men’s Shop. The Tech-Smart Pique Polo updates the more straightforward pique polo with cooling stretch fabric and an agreeable, versatile fit. Wear this polo with your favorite chinos or with light wash denim for a bit of cool spring contrast (just add canvas sneakers).
Orvis Performance Polo Shirt
Orvis is another heritage-minded brand that is looking toward the future with performance-focused updates of traditionally preppy menswear staples — take the Performance Polo Shirt, for instance. The blend of pima cotton and acrylic fabric is designed to keep you cool and wick away moisture, while two fresh spring color options provide all the stylish versatility you need for the season.
Public Rec Performance Polo
The good folks at Public Rec know a thing or two about going above and beyond when it comes to taking the ordinary or the everyday … and then amping it up just a bit (or a lot, for that matter). From its travel-friendly bomber jackets to breezy T-shirts, Public Rec just gets plenty of details right — and if you seek one of the best men’s polos, you can rest assured they’ve got that dialed in for you with the Performance Polo shown here.
J.Crew Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Polo Shirt
Is it any wonder that J. Crew makes one of the best men’s polos — and does so at an agreeable price, for that matter? The Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Polo Shirt is a menswear staple you’ll want (and need?) to wear all season, made with classic J. Crew quality and the easygoing feel you only get from garment-dyed knitwear from the brand. Wear it with some expertly cut chinos from J. Crew for a warm spring or summer evening.
Ted Baker London Infuse Slim Fit Polo
If you want to go classic-yet-modern with your next polo purchase, why not step up and snag this slim-fit number from Ted Baker London? The fit is slick and of-the-moment, while the color options and textured fabric are as timeless as it gets. Ted Baker London is delivering on multiple fronts when it comes to standout menswear, and this slim-fit polo is no exception to that approach.
Lacoste Slim Fit Piqué Polo
It really wouldn’t be a list of the best men’s polos without including a pick from the brand that pioneered the form and function of this now-legendary silhouette, would it? The Slim Fit Pique Polo is an iconic take on the style, one that never fails to impress or to match up with everything from slim light wash denim and leather loafers to tan chinos and sharp grey leather sneakers. Wear it as often as you can, in as many ways as you can, this spring and summer.
Arc’teryx Captive Polo Shirt
We’re not quite done with our list of the best men’s polos. Last but certainly not least on this list just so happens to be Arc’teryx, with the technically inspired, well-made Captive Polo Shirt. It’s a rare polo that gives you form and function for under $70 (kind of like some of our other favorites on this list), and the use of DryTech technology only helps the cause. Pick one up in a bold and bright color, then hit the links or hit the road this spring and summer.
Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo
Where can you find one of the best men’s polos for under $60? First of all, that price tag is absolutely correct — we had to double-check, as the Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo (as sold by our friends at Huckberry) absolutely delivers when it comes to quality and style in spades. It’s an essential spring polo, made with a light weight and easy style in mind. Pair up any of the multiple colors with slim chino shorts and clean white sneakers — it’s really as simple as that.
Bonobos Classic Pique Polo
With a strong expertise in crafting the kind of clothing you want to wear all the time, Bonobos has turned its attention to another summer essential — the polo shirt you need in your closet right now. Available in an array of striking colors (including cool options like Faded Burgundy and Olive), the Bonobos Classic Pique Polo is just that — a classic. Available in two fits, both reliably tailored for any body type — you could do worse than to pick up a handful of these polos to wear all summer.
Smartwool Merino 150 Polo Shirt
We think that merino is some of the most versatile, useful fabric in the world — and Smartwool does a better job than any (as the brand’s name would imply) at turning merino wool into all manner of timeless, useful menswear essentials. Case in point: The Merino 150 Pattern Polo Shirt, a subtly stylish yet effortlessly cool take on the polo shirt, made with a classic fit that complements your best Sunday brunch picks easily.
Rag & Bone Standard Issue Polo Shirt
If you normally think of staple pieces like slim black denim and minimal, slightly distressed tees when you think of Rag & Bone, start thinking of summer basics like your new favorite polo shirt instead. Crafted in a very cool and unique midnight blue cotton, this polo is simple yet stylish, and just the right option to wear with slim light wash denim and white leather sneakers. It’s also office-ready thanks to the tailored fit, and would look great with a navy blazer and breezy linen trousers. It’s everything you need in a polo, and then some.
Mack Weldon Vesper Polo Shirt (total eclipse blue)
Perhaps the best polo introduced this summer season comes from a brand who draws on style inspiration from 007 himself. The Vesper Polo — named for 007’s original martini — uses a micro-mesh fabric for extra breathability, and comes with modern details like a slim fit & a two-button collar that stands on its own underneath a suit or a lightweight summer jacket. It’s available in four neutral and very versatile colors — the navy shade would be ideal to rock as Bond does, with a pair of beige chinos and brown suede chukka boots in warm weather. It’s perfect secret agent, summer style made easy.
Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirt
As if the above homage to the polo worn by James Bond wasn’t enough, this list wouldn’t be complete without the style pioneered by the secret agent in the groundbreaking film Casino Royale. The Riviera is a timeless classic, cut with a modern fit and a two-button collar for a breezy-yet-tailored feel. The Navy color is the same shade worn by 007 in the film, and while the price is definitely an investment, it’s one that’s worth making if you want to channel seriously killer style — that holds true if you’re heading to a casual patio date or out on the town.
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