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How To Not Look Like Your Uncle In Polo Tees

David Beckham wearing a polo t-shirt


Here are 5 fresh ways to wear one!

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Polo T-shirts are having a moment. Style gods like David Beckham, Ryan Gosling, Idris Alba and Ryan Reynolds have all been making a strong case for this men’s fashion staple for a while now. If the words ‘polo tees’ conjure up images of your dad or that annoying uncle at Sunday family dinners, those are not the ones we are talking about!  From classic cotton polo tees to long-sleeve, open-collared and striped or knitted ones—we at Man’s Life believe that YOU can dress to impress in a Polo T-shirt!

Why do we love it? Well, it’s a classier alternative to the regular T-shirt—which  you can easily dress up or down, just by adding key pieces to complement it! With its distinctive collar, buttons, and breathable fabric, it’s a piece of clothing you can wear on any occasion or season!

Here are a few looks you can copy….


Let’s start from the basics. Polo tees with shorts = the epitome of laidback cool. Perfect for weekend escapades with the boys. Go for printed polos with plain shorts in contrasting shades for maximum impact.

EDITOR’S TIPS: Take this look up a notch by wearing a polo T-shirt with tailored/chino shorts, canvas sneakers and sunglasses—for total jetsetter vibes.


The thing about a polo shirt is that it can look great with most things in your wardrobe! This combo is great for days when you have nothing much to do, but still want to look good. Wear a well-fitting polo tee with a pair of slim-fit jeans for an effortlessly cool look! Tuck the T-shirt in for a more refined feel. Finish off with loafers or sneakers.

EDITOR’S TIPS: For an athleisure look, team a polo tee with sweatpants and low-top sneakers. Make sure the clothes fit well to avoid looking sloppy. Throw on a bomber jacket to earn major style creds.


This look finds a cosy spot between semi formal and smart casual. Meaning, it can take you from the office to happy hours with ease. Wear a tee with a pair of chinos, tuck it in and add the finishing touches with Derby/boat shoes or loafers, a classic watch, a leather office bag and sunglasses!

EDITOR’S TIPS: Swap the leather shoes with ones with rubber soles when it rains. If you can’t find a buttonless open-collared polo tee, just make sure to leave it unbuttoned for a modern take on a traditional design. 


This looks screams business casual. A polo tee and blazer is great for Fridays at work and also for date nights. Take notes from actor Idris Elba on how to sport this look: With a black blazer with piping and a polo tee with accents on the collar OR pair a pale blue one with a sand-hued, long jacket for cooler evenings.

EDITOR’S TIPS: For more formal events you can either stick to a neutral/classic and safe colour palette OR go bold with contrasting shades, which will make you stand apart from a crowd! Make sure to wear Oxford shoes or brogues with this look.


A polo T-shirt with a suit? Who would have thought, eh? Individually, the suit and polo shirt are usually a part of any guy’s basic wardrobe. When combined, they’re a classic example of using your staple pieces in inventive ways to help you with different looks without you having to buy new clothes!  Take cues from F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton on how to nail this combo with swag! 

EDITOR’S TIPS: Use a polo to create a monochromatic look—it’s much easier than working with a button-down shirt. Go unbuttoned for an effortless yet sharp look. This look also calls for a classic timepiece and Derby/Oxford shoes.

You can also choose striped ones to add a nautical vibe for summer and long-sleeved knitwear ones like Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds for layering during winter or monsoon. Polo T-shirts are now more versatile and exciting than ever: They’re no longer an unimaginative sartorial choice! So, dig them out from corners of your cupboard, and start flaunting them in fun combos!


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