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How Should a Polo Fit On The Shoulders?

Are you looking for the ideal middle between smart and casual? The answer is always a Polo!

Every guy should have at least a few of these staples in their closet because a Polo is perfect for every occasion. You always look on point every day at the office to casual weekends!

When wearing a Polo, you want to look your best, so getting one that does the job just right is essential.

Finding the perfect fitting Polo comes down to a few simple guidelines, including length, fit, sleeves, and of course - the shoulders.

The Polo Shirt

Polo has an interesting history. It was first introduced in the 19th century in India when the British decided to establish the first Polo club there.

The difference between India and England, though, was the weather and the thick traditional English uniforms didn't work in the humid Indian weather. The uniform was reworked.

Later Brooks Brothers company brought the Polo to the US. Still, the style gained mainstream popularity thanks to the tennis legend Rene Lacoste who adapted and introduced the Polo we know today.

Initially, beloved for polo, tennis, and golf (plus drinks after the games), today, Polo shirt is worn everywhere, from the office to vacations on sailboats.

How to Choose

Usually, Polos are made from thicker cotton than other tees, so they offer a better structure and look good on everyone.

However, the same thicker fabric can make the tee feel tight and uncomfortable if not chosen right.

When it comes to the sleeves, they should fall to the middle of your biceps and hug your arms but still have enough space for you to slide a finger under easily.

The chest and torso should also show off your figure, but make sure you can easily pinch an inch or two on the side.

Classic and Fitted

Generally, you will find classic fit or slim fit Polo shirts, so choose them based on your style and occasion.

Classic fit is looser and has a longer hem at the back, so you can easily tuck it in.

Slim fit is designed to wear untucked and should never be longer than the bottom of your belt line. This fit will have tighter sleeves and chest.

For some excellent Polos, check out Fresh Clean Threads, which has great style, and quality, and is affordable:

The Shoulder Fit

And now let's talk about the shoulders. A sloppy shoulder fit can ruin the entire look, so we recommend paying special attention to this part of the shirt.

First of all, keep in mind that the shoulder seam should always sit on the shoulder and not lower (that's why it's called a shoulder seam, not an arm seam). If it's falling down the arms, the tee will look baggy, which might be okay if you're working around the house, but not much else.

Secondly, you don't want anything too tight either, meaning no pulling or tugging around and under the armpits.

An excellent way to look at the Polo shirt's shoulders is the same as you'd look at regular shirts - you want it just right.

The Polo Collar

Once the shoulders, sleeves, and overall fit are worked out, don't forget the collar.

While it's not the most important part of the Polo, you still don't want any curling, stiffness, or discomfort.

Wear your collar with at least one button unbuttoned, and ensure it's not too flat or too popped up.

You also don't want too many buttons, as a very deep collar cut will make it look like you're wearing a V-neck (and not in a good way).


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