A polo shirt has been a staple in the menswear universe for well, ever. Seriously—we’re talking since it first appeared during polo matches in the mid-1800s and reinvented by both John E. Brooks, a Brooks Brother legacy, in 1896 and Jean René Lacoste (yes, that one) in 1933, who reimagined the pique cotton short-sleeve style as we know it today for tennis matches.
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 10 best men’s polo shirts. It’s a summer style choice 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 10 — there’s plenty of time this summer to wear them on repeat.
1. Mack Weldon Dryknit Polo Shirt
This might look like just another navy polo shirt, but like all stellar offerings from Mack Weldon, the technical fabric offers superior function with moisture-wicking technology that will keep you two degrees cooler. A polo that can actually help you to beat the heat? It’s a no-brainer.
2. Bonobos Retro Linen Polo Shirt
When it comes to choosing the perfect polo to conquer the summer heat, a lightweight linen option is as good as it gets for optimum breathability with a relaxed-yet-sophisticated vibe.
3. J.Crew Slub Terry Polo Shirt
It’s like a towel but in the shape of a polo. Terry cloth fabric gives this men’s polo shirt a sporty vibe that easily elevates your beach style.
4. Rhone Delta Pique Polo Shirt for Men
Featuring a lightweight mesh fabric, cooling technology, and flat-lock stitching for chafe-free seams, this is the ultimate commuter polo to look sharp without worrying about sweat once you get to the office. 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.
5. Bonobos Men’s Classic Pique Polo Shirt
Turns out your favorite Hawaiian print looks damn good in the form of a polished polo as well. If tropical prints aren’t your thing, this polo shirt comes in 18 other colorways for every guy’s style vibe.
6. UNTUCKit The Damaschino Wrinkle-Free Polo Shirt for Men
Ideal for the dude on the go, this wrinkle-free pick will look fresh even after you pull it out of a suitcase. Bonus? The expert fit will give you that desired untucked-look (i.e. won’t bunch around your bottom area).
7. Buck Mason Tennis Shirt
If you thought your wardrobe had its fill of Buck Mason gear — from the brand’s essential denim to its perfectly fitted Oxford shirts and tough leather jackets — think again. The brand’s new Tennis Shirt is the polo you never knew you needed, what with the type of classic style that’ll be just as relevant decades from now as it is right now. Available in a range of easy-to-wear colors — we like the look of the Faded Black option — these are made with comfortable combed pique cotton and garment-dyed for extra softness and style.
8. 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 easygoing wearability that makes it easy to team with off-white denim and suede chukka boots — the perfect spring uniform, in short.
9. 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 lightweight 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.
10. 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.