If once the men's polo shirt was a garment destined for sporting activities and casual looks, in the fashion shows of spring summer 2019 it’s proposed by the designers as a vintage-soul trendy garment, that focuses its attention on details and could be colored with extreme fantasy.
Retro style for the classic polo shirt
Men's polo shirt has an ancient origin because it was born around the mid-19th century as favorite garment for men who practiced polo, a horseback sport imported from the Far East. Its casual mood and comfortable look made this piece of clothing perfect for leisure, that’s why it’s particularly appreciated by who love a more relaxed and classic style.
But the trendiest designers decided to bring the men's polo shirt under the spotlight of catwalk, making it one of the trendiest items of spring summer 2019, to wear with tailored trousers and blazers.
Starting from a vintage style and a vaguely Dandy look, the new trends want the polo inspired by the elegant and refined men of the 50s. The designers propose comfortable models, with contrasting edges and collars, neutral and classic colors, like those by Fendi, Z Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo or the collarless variants of Brioni.
Even Jacquemus looks back in time for its oversized polo shirts with three-quarter sleeves and point collars, while Doriani Cashmere offers honey-shaded versions that blend extremely fine cotton with the most precious cashmere yarns.
Focus on details for the sporty polo shirts
The real novelties seen on catwalks about men's polo shirts are especially in the details, which characterize this even more refined garment.
For Fendi, Woolrich and Brioni the most modern polo shirts have a zip closure instead of buttons. If Dior Homme prefers military-style details, many other designers like Navigare, Corneliani and Fay instead play with contrasting edges in the sleeves and collars.
The most sporty look is that proposed by La Martina, recalling a sport team uniform, or the one inspired by tennis seen in the collections by Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry.
Colors and prints renew the look of the classic polo
Summer season brings a refreshing change in the male wardrobe, with the most joyful shades and colorful prints.
Among the most trendy nuances there are the color-block effects of Issey Miyake and Cruciani, the military green proposed by Corneliani and Valentino, the shaded effects used by Salvatore Ferragamo and Avant Toi. About the solid colors there are the bold and almost vitamin tones proposed by Fay, Dondup, Ralph Lauren, Dsquared2 and Emporio Armani.
Following the trend that sees so much white on catwalks, the most classic and fashionable polo shirt is surely those in total-white seen in the men's shows of Etro, Saint Laurent, MCQ and Burberry.
With the trendiest prints of the season, we can give a touch of fantasy to our beloved polo shirt:
Micro patterns are proposed in the prints created by Valentino and Brioni
Marine-style for prints representing nice small fishes proposed by Brooksfield
60s inspiration for the tapestry-effect floral prints proposed by Versace and for the more geometric ones proposed by Prada
Classic stripes are back in fashion for the collarless polo shirts by Lemarie and Missoni
Even in the smallest details the polo shirts are decorated with embroideries, as in the case of Kenzo and Philipp Plein, or with colorful prints only in the collars, as for Burberry and Versace