The Thursday Buy: The Billy Reid Pensacola Polo is the Casual Summer Shirt to Buy Now

Billy Reid Pensacola Polo

Picture this: Your weekend dawns, some (safe) outdoor plans are finally on the horizon and, well, you feel like you’ve got nothing to wear. A T-shirt might be too casual, a dress shirt is too stuffy, but here’s the catch: One of the best men’s polos truly hits the sweet spot, and that’s why we’re here today. The brand to shop for the best polo for men does it even better than you might expect, too. And if you’ve read the blog as of late, you know this to be true: Alabama-based Billy Reid delivers, and that’s certainly the case with the standout Billy Reid Pensacola Polo. Of course, that’s not all one of the country’s best menswear brands can do.

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Be it the iconic Billy Reid Denim Shirt (it’s been a staple of the brand since the early 2000s) or any number of the best men’s style essentials from Billy Reid — trust me, I have plenty of favorites — this is one designer that delivers season after season. But back to what makes the stellar Billy Reid Pensacola Polo such a crucial seasonal pick-up. For starters, it’s the perfect blend of premium style and affordability; even when not on sale, you can get this stylish polo for under $100. I’d call that a bingo, folks. It gets better, so keep scrolling.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Pensacola Polo

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The Billy Reid Pensacola Polo is the sort of polo that defies convention. It’s not stuffy or too heavy, thanks to the 100 percent Peruvian cotton blend. That makes it super soft and breathable compared to thicker pique polos. The fabric is also garment-dyed for extra softness and comfort right out of the box. In short, your new favorite polo is going to feel as easygoing as your favorite T-shirt (also from Billy Reid, in an ideal world!).

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Even the details are on-point, including chest pocket stitching that plays off the brand’s signature ribbon stripe. Better still, the cut is fitted but not overly tight, resulting in one of the best polos for men across the board, the kind that looks great on any guy. Take your pick from five richly crafted colors, then mix and match the Billy Reid Pensacola Polo to your heart’s content with light wash denim and canvas sneakers, or else chino shorts and leather loafers. That’s truly the tip of the menswear iceberg, and it’s worth keeping in mind you can find one of the best polos out there for only $88 at Billy Reid (that’s a downright steal in my mind).

SHOP: The Billy Reid Pensacola Polo

Style Pick of the Week: Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

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A classic men’s polo in a modern fabric, featuring a modern fit — all courtesy of Huckberry.

If there’s one thing I know about myself when it comes to the best menswear for spring (and beyond), it’s that I’m about as appreciative of a “one-stop shop” as anyone. By that, I mean I like knowing where to go and what to buy with just a few clicks, which brings me to today’s Style Pick of the Week on one of the best men’s polos. Of course, the culprit at hand (in a good way!), is Huckberry, a longtime favorite of the blog that excels at stocking and selling everything from the best seasonal menswear to the best spring jacket and more, as you no doubt know. That includes today’s must-buy, the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo.

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As the thermostat climbs ever higher, the best polo for men ranks high on my shopping list this season, and it should rank highly on yours. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, meet the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo, a favorite of mine that packs a punch in terms of style points, affordability, functionality and plenty more. That sure sounds like one of the best men’s polos, does it not? You’re correct there, sir.

SHOP: The Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo review

This essential men’s polo features comfortable fabric and comes in an array of versatile colors, like Dark Olive.

The Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo stands apart right in its very name, and that’s very good news indeed. Merino wool is an underrated fabric that, when done right, is much lighter and more breathable than regular wool, and here, it’s incorporated into this modern polo the right way. The result is a lightweight polo with anti-microbial and anti-odor properties (hence, the 72-hour designation) — you really can wear Proof merino T-shirts and polos for as long as you pleased on road trips or through hot spring and summer days alike. Again, that takes us back to the fact that this thing really is one of the best polo shirts for men out there.

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The trim and tailored fit makes this suitable for everything from a round of golf to a day at the office to a backyard BBQ, cold beer in hand. Plus, the fact that it’s reinforced with nylon within the fabric means you can wash it without worrying that it’ll wear out too quickly (not that you’ll need to wash it all that  much, that is). As if that wasn’t enough, the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo uses two button snaps for a low-key finish. And last but not least, your new favorite polo shirt comes in six neutral, versatile colors and retails for under $90 at Huckberry. How’s that for checking all the right boxes, ehh? Not bad at all.

SHOP: The Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

 

#OOTD: Here’s How to Wear A Polo This Summer

The days of the old polo shirt you used to wear are over — at least, I think they should be. That’s where we’re going with today’s look, led by perhaps the best new polo on the market. Said polo shirt is a performance polo that also incorporates serious style points via Western Rise — as you’ll see below — but let’s get into the “Why” and “How”‘ first, shall we? Now, to be clear: Our #OOTD series has covered quite a bit of ground already this summer, from how to style your short-sleeve shirt to how to wear a rugged henley. On that note, consider this latest entry a bit of a step up in dressy, refined style for the summer, to say the least. The right polo shirt can go sharp or casual, and we’ll mix in just a bit of both today. Let’s say you’re very, very slowly but surely heading back to the office, or more likely … just looking to mix up your at-home style a bit. If you’ve grown tired of sneakers and even slim light wash jeans, then today’s look is going to suit you quite nicely. We’ll pair your Western Rise polo with stylish five-pocket pants, and we’ll go a step further with a pair of the best leather loafers. As to the rest of the ensemble, I think you’ll find it’s crisp, razor-sharp and ready to shake up your summer. Long story short: If you’ve been wondering how to wear a polo this summer, allow me to point you in the right direction. And if you like this look, feel free to let me know on Twitter.

A classy, sharp, refined way to wear a polo this summer.

Alright, that wasn’t too bad … was it? When you shake things up right from the get-go with a merino polo from Western Rise, you’re naturally stepping up your game from other polo shirts. It’s going to keep you cool and refreshed on a hot summer’s day, as are the rest of your key ensemble picks. Take those Crockett and Jones loafers, for instance. They just so happen to be stylish and refined loafers that work on a sweltering day by keeping you cool (margarita not included). When you team them up with some Buck Mason pants in a durable-yet-lightweight canvas, the look gets all the better. And your new favorite watch — from Timex, naturally — helps keep you on schedule in seriously cool retro style. As ever, the details make the difference here. Because you’re wearing stylish brown leather loafers, you need one of the best leather belts for men to properly accessorize the whole ensemble, and Billykirk gets it more than right. To stay organized at home or at work, something like a stylish leather tech folio from Bellroy is going to get the job done (pun intended). I’m also a fan of the Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses — they’re a bit dressy and a bit casual, and all classic. Last but certainly not least, a pair of the best wireless headphones delivers a rich, truly excellent listening experience, whether plugged into your home system or your laptop. I think we covered all the bases, did we not? Feel free to let me know your thoughts on Twitter or follow me on Instagram for more style content. Thanks for reading! 

See Now, Buy Now: This Fisher + Baker Polo is the Best Polo for Summer

A classic, performance-minded men’s polo.

When you start searching for the best style essentials for summer but feel stumped, where do you turn? We’re digging into the menswear rolodex today to tell you all about your new favorite polo, going back to a brand I first tested in 2017 on a road trip to Pittsburgh. And hey, would you look at that — there’s Minneapolis menswear brand Fisher + Baker, back today in fine form with one of the best polos for men in our See Now, Buy Now series. If you’re new here, this series has touched on everything from the best shirt for spring and summer to a rugged indigo overshirt. That being said, we’ve only recently touched on that most critical of summer style essentials, especially in the “business up top” era of Zoom calls we live in. I’m talking, of course, about outfitting you in one of the best men’s polos, and that brings me right back to Fisher + Baker and the Fisher + Baker Kent Polo. Available in a classic range of colors (including Navy as seen above, plus Coral and Black), this is a polo that blends performance and style in equal measure. The fact that it retails for $118 and offers a heck of a lot of bang for your buck? Icing on the cake.

SHOP: The Fisher + Baker Kent Polo

A few of the details that make this polo so essential.

Made from a polyester and merino wool blend for mobility, breathability and anti-microbial properties, this slim navy polo is made with all kinds of considered details in mind (including Fisher and Baker’s Drirelease technology). Take the friction-reducing shoulder panels, providing for a smooth ride no matter whether you’re hauling your golf clubs or your messenger bag. The Fisher + Baker Kent Polo should also feel extremely soft and wear easily on hot summer days or breezy evenings. Plus, curved side seams offer a slimming effect — you can wear this classic men’s polo with everything from tan chinos and white leather sneakers to chino shorts and stylish leather loafers. No matter which color you decide to buy it in, the Fisher + Baker Kent Polo is the best men’s polo for summer to buy now — and if you don’t believe me, you should check it out yourself.

SHOP: The Fisher + Baker Kent Polo

 

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

A seriously cool, modern men’s polo from Taylor Stitch.

What if I told you that, in addition to its full lineup of some of the best menswear around, the good folks at Taylor Stitch were now busy cornering the market when it comes to crafting the best men’s polo for spring and summer? That’d be pretty remarkable, right? Remarkable and almost too good to be true? Well, that’s not the case anymore: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is everything you need in a stylish polo for spring and summer, and it’s arrived not a moment too soon. The best men’s polo can be worn to work (in your home office, that is) just as readily as it can be worn to have a back patio beer (again, at home for now). And when you finally do get the chance to gather with friends again, you’re going to want to be wearing something as stylish, cool and laidback as the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo. Plus, you can get your new favorite polo for up to 30 percent off right now (no code needed!), and you’re also getting $20 in Common Club credit for orders over $200. Not bad at all. True to what one expects from Taylor Stitch,  this classic men’s polo is almost more like a T-shirt than a stuffy, preppy polo of years gone by. It starts with the use of upcycled cotton and polyester for a breezy, breathable fit — you should check out the full line of Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag knitwear while you’re at it, too. But back to what makes the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo so great.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

Also available in a neat, classic navy colorway.

First off: Classic color options like Navy and Natural place this classic polo as a must-have in your spring and summer wardrobe — heck, buy both those colorways of the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo, and you’ve got versatile outfit options aplenty. Try the navy polo with slim tan chinos and white canvas sneakers, and pair the Natural Heavy Bag Polo with some of the best men’s shorts and stylish leather slip-ons — talk about easygoing spring style at its finest, right? The three-button placket on this classic men’s polo gives it some dressy polish, enough that you could rock it with a unstructured navy blazer for that Zoom call if need be. The tailored fit also makes the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo one of the best men’s polos on the  market — believe it. And one last kicker here: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is available for $68 right now — that’s a heck of a deal. At that rate, you’re going to get more than one polo … correct? Correct. Head over to Twitter to let me know if you pick it up.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

#OOTD: How To Wear Your New Favorite Polo for Spring Weather

Mark my words: The right #OOTD doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it simply spring from your closet, fully formed and ready to be worn to your (home) office and out on (socially distanced) spring adventures. No sir, the right #OOTD requires careful planning, foresight and an eye toward buying up the best spring style essentials right here and now (unless, of course, you’re already in possession of a few of these seasonal style picks below). And if you feel like your spring style has some catching up to do, you’re in luck — we’re telling you all about how to wear a polo today in a way that’s fresh, modern and certainly versatile enough for a Zoom happy hour. It really starts, as one would expect, with a stylish spring polo made with fabric that’s breathable and anti-microbial. As you’ll see, the look gets a shot in the arm with a durable workwear jacket that doubles as a blazer or as the perfect casual jacket (it’s all up to you). Gone are the days when your polo was paired up with baggy pleated chinos (although we’ve all been there) — instead, you’ll find slim five-pocket pants (also available in a Straight fit via Huckberry), and of course, sleek leather slip-ons to nod to the spring weather. When you can wear a polo in a manner that’s just as laidback and cool as your favorite T-shirt or classic chambray shirt, that’s very good news indeed. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why I hope you check out the rest of this look below (keep scrolling!). To see how I’m getting dressed this season, head to my Instagram.

Versatility is the key when dressing for spring, and so it goes when finding one of the best men’s polos — and then, trying to find as many ways to wear it as possible. For guys like you and me, that’s actually easier than it sounds. In this case, it involves starting with your new favorite everyday pants, and then pairing them with a rather unexpected footwear choice, a pair of the Astorflex Patnoflex — they actually wear like leather loafers but have the cool, breezy, coastal style that we’re going to see more of come later spring and summer. Of course, one of the best men’s polos stays office-ready, too, particularly when paired up with an updated chore coat that wears like a blazer and offers excellent spring travel style. Things get even better, though — throw on a rugged stainless steel field watch for the ultimate in style on the road and at home, then accessorize in sleek fashion with a slim leather wallet — you’re not missing a beat, that’s to be sure. Before you leave the house, step out with the Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses for a dash of old-school cool. But take it a step back, because before you’re going to want to do that, you should kick back with a fresh face mask for a bit of a spring grooming refresh. Play your cards right, rock these menswear essentials, and prepare to have one heck of a fun spring day. Cheers!

See Now, Buy Now: The Wellen Hemp Polo Is the Best Polo for Summer

A breathable, sustainable, stylish polo to wear all summer long.

It’s pretty simple, at least in my mind: Wellen, the in-house brand from our friends at Huckberry that’s focused on both sustainability and style, is making the best new polo for summer 2021 as of right now, and that’s a fact. That’s certainly high praise, but as one would expect from the fine folks at Huckberry, it’s praise that can easily be backed up by the Wellen Hemp Polo.

It all starts with the use of both hemp and organic cotton, creating a unique fabric blend that’s breathable and yet not flimsy — that’s critical if you’re looking for versatility in your summer polo (I.E. The type of polo that can be worn on its own or underneath a classic cotton blazer or a rugged denim trucker jacket). The variety of colors shown here is also an asset — take your pick among options like Washed Navy (seen below) or a very James Bond-esque Black.

SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Polo
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The Wellen Hemp Polo can even be dressed up, if you please — try it with tan chinos and leather loafers at the office, or wear it in a more laidback fashion with durable field shorts and white vintage-inspired trainers. It’s kind of like an upgraded take on your favorite T-shirt in terms of style and versatility, as it were.

A personal favorite option in terms of color and style.

Yes indeed, the Wellen Hemp Polo is among the best men’s polos you can pick up, particularly if you’re concerned with treating the environment with as much care as you approach your wardrobe (both should be priorities!). So, the fabric is a bonus and the fit is easygoing-yet-versatile — what’s not to love, right? Wellen is a brand that’s easy to love across the board, all thanks to a combination of organic, recycled and also Bluesign-certified fabrics, plus production focused on sustainable and ethical factories (that goes for the brand’s denim as well as pieces like the Wellen Stretch Chore Coat). Those are huge bonuses in my mind — and again, don’t forget that the Wellen Hemp Polo assuredly reigns supreme among other polos on its own merits, fabric and sustainability aside. So, are you going to add the Wellen Hemp Polo to your wardrobe this summer? There’s no time to waste.

SHOP: The Wellen Hemp Polo

 

The Friday Read: The Strokes, OluKai Sneakers & Memorial Day Weekend

The dependable sneakers to wear all summer long.

Looking to get acquainted with perhaps the perfect pair of summer sneakers? A pair that’s going to outfit you for anything and everything you need, from outdoor grilling to early morning training? It is Memorial Day weekend, after all. In that vein, turn toward the OluKia ‘Inana Sneakers (as seen above) this weekend — they’re some of the best new sneakers to throw on your feet. Now that you’ve got your stylish sneakers sorted out for the weekend, let’s turn toward the matter at hand — as we mentioned, it’s Memorial Day weekend! This long weekend marks the official (unofficial?) start of summer, plus a great opportunity to head to the beach or pool, open up your cabin for the season, and naturally … shop some of the best summer style essentials around. My travels won’t quite be taking me to a lake, though.

A legendary band returns to the U.K. for the first time in four years this weekend.

I’m actually heading across the pond yet again this year to take in the newly icnonic All Points East Festival, headlined by none other than world-famous rockers The Strokes! My last trip overseas took me to chilly Dublin, but I expect a warm London weekend brought in by an iconic rock band this time around. The Strokes were a seminal band for me during college and beyond, and it didn’t hurt that they defined the sound of the early-’00s NYC rock revival! It’s fitting that they’re joined at this festival by none other than post-punk rock champions Interpol (another favorite!) and … *cue the applause* Jack White’s The Raconteurs! It’s an action-packed lineup for one heck of a great price at All Points East, and the perfect chance for me to explore London (and particularly the cool Shoreditch neighborhood near the festival) for a few days. Care to follow along? Head to my Instagram or my Twitter to check out all the action. Maybe throw on some tunes by The Strokes as you do. Now, that’s all I’ve got today — I’ve got a flight to catch!

  • If ever you peruse the pages of this blog, or the pages of one of my other favorite sites (GearMoose!), you might know I love recommending a stylish polo for summer. In that same vein, I wrote about the Wellen Hemp Polo, a sustainable and well-made menswear essential that’s going to keep you cool, yet sharp, as the thermostat climbs.
  • Every week, we (and by we, I mean me) try to tell you about the men’s basics that aren’t so, well, basic. On that front, I can’t recommend the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee enough — I wrote about it recently here on the blog, and it’s surely worth your time if you want a dependable summer T-shirt that gets the job done.
  • Style and toughness is the name of the game when it comes to the best men’s dive watches — wouldn’t you agree? It’s with that approachable aim in mind that I wrote about my favorites for my friends at The Manual.  Taking on summer just got a whole lot more stylish.

So with that, it’s time to wrap up today’s edition of The Friday Read — before you head out for Memorial Day weekend, I’d advise you to check out my #OOTD (quickly!) on the best travel gear to wear for spring and summer. You won’t regret it. Until tomorrow’s Style Pick of the Week, cheers!

#OOTD: My Guide to Wearing a Polo Shirt This Summer

Perhaps thinking of a polo shirt conjures images of baggy, overly stuffy iterations you wore back in middle school or high school — rest assured, that’s not the classic navy polo we’re talking about today. No sir, today’s #OOTD on how to wear a polo shirt this summer is all business, and we mean that in the best way possible. The key with taking on the polo in these trying modern times starts with finding one that’s versatile, functional & stylish — decidedly not like the first polo you ever wore. Take the Proof Merino 72-Hour Polo as seen below, a performance-minded polo that really doesn’t look all that different from the navy polo worn by James Bond back in the day. We’re mixing and matching it with other rugged, casual-yet-sharp pieces, from a washed denim jacket to stylish canvas slip-ons, all the better to help you “choose your own adventure,” as it were. What I’m trying to say is, you could reasonably wear this classic navy polo to the office and to happy hour during the week, or else out to a sharp weekend brunch or a round of afternoon cocktails. All these pieces work together in harmony (I think), so that’s to be applauded. See how it all shakes out below.

 

 

There’s the normal way to wear your polo shirt, and then there’s THIS way.

  • The Polo Shirt: Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo, $78 — Think of the classic navy polo, and then think of a merino polo that’s made to wear for travel and a day at the office, all thanks to its breathability and performance.
  • The Jacket: Levi’s Trucker Jacket, $89.50 — Want to switch it up from your typical blazer or spring windbreaker? A rugged trucker jacket from Levi’s — in a spring-friendly light wash — is the way to go. Perfect for lightweight layering.
  • The Chinos: Flint and Tinder Cool Chinos, $98 — Shake off the overly preppy connotations of the polo-chinos combo by reaching for these slim chinos from our pals at Flint and Tinder.
  • The Sneakers: Vulcanizer Canvas Slip-Ons, $125 — Another way to shake up this outfit? Throw in some stylish slip-on sneakers that you can slide right on (use this foot powder from Duke Cannon before and after).
  • The Watch: Uniform Wares Rose Gold Dress Watch, $700 — Am I recommending you splurge on this stylish leather watch? I am, precisely because Uniform Wares has succeeded in making one that’s both casual and sharp — like this #OOTD.
  • The Sunglasses: Garrett Leight Co. Brooks 47, $340 — In keeping the whole theme of “casual-cool” going, reach for these Garrett Leight sunglasses, probably some of the sharpest on the market.
  • The Pomade: O’Doud’s Standard Pomade, $12.98 — Because this is the type of outfit that can pull double-duty at the office and on the weekend, reach for some of the best men’s pomade to complement the sharp styling accordingly.
  • The Grooming Essential: Ursa Major Daily Force Field SPF, $54 — Among men’s grooming tips you can’t go without, using a daily moisturizer or sunscreen like Ursa Major’s Daily Force Field is seriously underrated  (but critical).

So, what’s the verdict on this #OOTD? Where would you wear it? And do you think all the parts work together quite as nicely as I do? The idea of taking something as simple as a merino polo is only amplified by the equally versatile pieces with which you pair it.. Add a rugged trucker jacket from Levi’s, as we’ve done here, and you’re good to go to the office or the bar (swap in a blazer if you feel so inclined). On that same note, slim chinos in a unique shade of Rust shake off the preppy vibes one gets from a polo and chinos typically. You’re also getting unique style and plenty of comfort from stylish slip-on sneakers — another change of pace from leather loafers or brown brogues . But remember: Don’t forget to use this foot powder from Duke Cannon before and after. The beauty of a go-anywhere ensemble like this one has to be the fact that a stylish leather watch can dress it up as you  please — the Uniform Wares watch showcased above is seriously sharp and office-ready, should your day require it. Particularly if you find yourself hanging out on a rooftop patio for hours on end, you’re going to need the Garrett Leight sunglasses seen above, and you’re particularly going to be thankful you used Ursa Major’s Daily Force Field before heading out the door.  The last step in this equation? Nailing the perfect haircut with some of the best men’s pomade your money can buy. Do you feel ready to take on spring and summer yet? One can only hope.

 

See Now, Buy Now: The Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo Is A Game-Changer

A well-cut polo in breathable fabric — just what you need to change up your shirting situation for spring and summer.

My dear friends, we’re here today to tackle that age-old style conundrum, one that’s particularly vexing in warm weather: How on Earth can I find a stylish polo for spring and summer? One that’s made out of quality fabric in a modern fit, and logo-free to boot? One that works on casual Friday and for a weekend round of drinks in equal measure? The answer to all of the above questions is, quite simply, the Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo. We’ve got everyday brands like Todd Snyder and Bonobos to thank for modern iterations of the polo, focused on a better fit and better fabric, but for your money’s worth, the Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo just might cross the finish line first. It starts with the basics — the quality Supima cotton (as the name would imply) blends both durability and breathability, unlike more traidtional pique cotton polos. Flint and Tinder — a Style Guide favorite season after season — also uses a special knitting technique to make the Supima Air Knit Polo soft and easy to wear, no matter the color you pick. Are you sold on the polo yet?


If not, think of the humble polo like a more crisp, upgraded take on your favorite T-shirt, and feel free to style it accordingly. That’s because the logo-free, tailored fit of the Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo works well with spring style essentials you surely already own. I’m a fan of the Navy Supima Air Knit Polo in particular — wear it with slim stone chinos and Oxblood loafers for a slightly modified take on a preppy look. Heck, wear this polo under a badass moto jacket and black denim for a seriously cool Friday night bar-hopping look. Lastly, I’d style the Navy Supima Air Knit Polo under a rugged denim jacket with olive chinos and classic suede boots for a bit more edge. It’s really as easy as that. And the Navy Supima Air Knit Polo has a bit of modern style pedigree, too — a navy polo is a favorite of James Bond. OK, you’ve got to be sold on it now … right?

Planning on buying — and styling — the Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo? Let’s keep the conversation going on Twitter.