Are you looking for a versatile garment that is sporty and elegant at the same time? Choose a polo shirt, which from a male-style piece has become a real must-have of the season also for women's fashion.
The latest trends turn the polo shirt into a perfect piece for everyday fashion
The origins of polo shirt boast a long tradition, because this garment comes from afar and arrived in our wardrobe almost two centuries ago. Coming originally from Asian countries, the polo shirt was born as perfect garment for practicing the eponymous sport on horseback and it was initially used only by men.
But soon its versatile and elegant style have also influenced women's sporty and casual fashion, transforming this piece of clothing into an indispensable element of female wardrobe.
The more traditional basic model includes a fresh cotton fabric such as piqué or jersey, short sleeves, a shirt-style collar and a partial buttoning with five or six buttons. Among the most classic types, there are the solid colored ones or just decorated with a small embroidery.
Being a basic garment, but sophisticated at the same time, it’s proposed by many luxury brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Fay, Moncler, Paul Smith and Comme Des Garçons.
Another of its peculiar features is the collar with contrasting colors, used for example by Burberry, Valentino Red and Emporio Armani.
A touch of creativity for the newest and trendiest polo shirts
But polo shirt is not just classic, it could also be a fancy garment and therefore becoming even more easy-to-wear and to match with other pieces.
The brand-new models decorated with flounces that Prada, Pinko and Tory Burch apply on collars and sleeves, could be matched not only with the classic jeans, but also with casual pants or shorts.
Other important details are zip closures, which Kenzo uses to make its polos innovative and hi-tech, or the V-necks, used by Missoni and Fendi to give a touch of sensuality and femininity to this type of sporty garment.
Another fundamental element to consider choosing the right pole shirt is the fabric, which should be soft to perfectly follow the female silhouette and make more easy the body’s movements.
For example, there are the ribbed cotton fabric versions proposed by Drome, Pinko and the jerseys in silk blended with wool used by Prada. Or the piqué cottons chosen by Burberry and Fabiana Filippi for their long or three-quarter sleeves polo shirts, but also the cotton jersey used for the 90s-style oversize polos by Fay and Tibi.
What color choose for the polo shirt perfect for the casual style?
Polo shirt is one of those garments that fits better than other with strong colors, which perfectly express its feisty and sporty identity. Among the many trendy shades of this season, there are the fuchsia proposed by Pringle of Scotland, the Rochas and Miu Miu’s bright shades of green, the electric blue seen on the catwalk at Moncler, but also the color-block effects used by Raf Simons and N°21.
For who loves more delicate nuances, there are the indigo and light blue shades used by Polo Ralph Lauren or the See by Chloé’s pink. Although the great classics still remain white, navy blue and black, used both by Fay and Burberry Brit.
But if you like special effects and want to combine your polo shirt with a pair of elegant trousers, you could opt for the great seasonal new entries, such as the transparent effects proposed by P.A.R.O.S.H. and Pinko or the metallic gold and silver touches used by Ralph Lauren and Fabiana Filippi.
For casual fashion, instead, there is nothing better than a colorful print to brighten-up the day outfits. Fashion designers propose motifs always different, unleashing their imagination with strong colored prints:
Kenzo proposes prints inspired by mythological animals
Tie-dye effect for Polo Ralph Lauren and M.S.G.M.
The refined and intricate paisley and floral motifs have ethnic inspiration for the polo shirts proposed by Valentino and Etro.
Among the seasonal news, there are also the logo prints by Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana
Great return for the Scottish tartan prints made iconic by Burberry
This year thin stripes could be used as simple details, like in the case of Thom Browne and Tommy Hilfiger’s creations
The large stripes become multicolored patterns that completely decorate the polo shirts of Diesel, J. W. Anderson, Bally and Alexander Wang.