The Thursday Buy: Switch Up Your Winter Style with Buck Mason’s Rugby Polo

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Dressing well in winter can sometimes feel like a bit of a taxing chore at times: It’s cold, there’s only so much you can do to layer up while still breathing easy, and it can get just a bit repetitive. But like clockwork, that’s where Buck Mason enters the fray, taking classic winter style essentials and upending them ever so slightly, whether it’s a rugged shawl jacket or an even cozier shawl cardigan for men. The brand isn’t resting on its laurels though, this time taking the traditional polo and turning it into a new winter must-have via the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo.

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Buck Mason shirts — from one-pocket Oxford shirts to toasty flannel pieces — are already a tried-and-true closet staple (at least for this Brooklyn writer), and the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo is an even cooler departure from the norm. Rugby shirts have been a prep style staple for years, and companies like Rowing Blazers have brought them back into the fold.

So it goes with the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo, which subverts the warm-weather nature of the polo and turns it into a distinctive layer you can now wear to the office or to a polished winter gathering.

The Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo, available in colors like crisp blue Jet, classic Black and sharp White, hits the right notes for a preppy staple made modern. The classic fit should prove flattering on several body types, while the three-button placket on the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo frames the face nicely. And lest you should think the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo will prove too lightweight, it’s made from cotton jersey fabric in the same vein as thick rugby polo cloth.

When it’s especially chilly, consider the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo as your base layer, topped off by, say, a Buck Mason sweater and a trusty Buck Mason waxed coat. Note that the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo has been garment-washed for added texture and visual interest, and it’s a ready substitute in place of an Oxford shirt beneath a blazer.

The split hem falls in line with classic polo design details, and the price on the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo ($88) is similar to other stylish Buck Mason shirts. However, the Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Polo shakes up the design just enough to make it a fun change of pace this winter, all for under $100. Sounds like a can’t-miss menswear purchase in the new year.

See Now, Buy Now: The Billy Reid Pensacola Polo Is the Coolest Men’s Polo to Buy Now

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When you find a brand that does one thing extremely well — or rather, in the case of Billy Reid, at least one thing extremely well — it’s more than worth it to return to that same brand consistently, right? And if the challenge in question involves making style essentials that feel casual and laidback, yet still polished and versatile, Alabama-based Billy Reid is perhaps the brand to shop now. That’s particularly the case with the Billy Reid Pensacola Polo, which just so happens to be one of Billy Reid’s Bestsellers.

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It checks all the proper boxes as you shop for one of the best polos for men, from the dressy yet still easygoing four-button placket to the use of soft, breezy organic cotton. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that one of the best men’s polos comes in versatile, goes-with-anything colorways like Washed Grey and Navy, which you can wear with everything from Billy Reid chinos to stretch cotton shorts.

And while the Billy Reid Pensacola Polo is pricier than your average polo — it clocks in at $98 — it’s a worthwhile pick-up you can absolutely rock the rest of summer. Sounds like quite the purchase to start your week, if you ask me.

Style Pick of the Week: Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo – The Most Versatile Summer Polo on the Market

When you think about it, it’s actually easier than ever to spot a classic menswear essential that goes above and beyond the call of duty, so to speak, the kind of piece that stands out subtly and stylishly in a lineup. That’s precisely what Relwen — the old-school-inspired, Ohio-based brand as sold by Huckberry –excels at doing, be it one of the best men’s pocket tees or rugged outerwear. This all brings us to today’s Style Pick of the Week, the Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo. It’s absolutely one of those classic men’s style moves that brings more to your wardrobe than meets the eye, and your summer menswear rotation is all the better for it. Let’s dive in a bit more, shall we?

Crucially, the Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo uses lightweight cotton jersey fabric to keep things breezy and cool, and the details only get better from there. The uniquely shaped collar on the Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo is designed to frame your face nicely, while the extended three-button placket lends this stylish men’s polo some dressy-meets easygoing flair. The Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo also hits the right style notes in terms of color combinations, be it a striped red number or variations on navy and white micro-stripes.

To top it all off, the cotton jersey fabric of the Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo has been garment-washed for softness, so you can rock this one effortlessly right from the second you open it. Whether paired up with tailored chinos or light wash jeans, the Relwen Jersey Stripe Polo is the kind of style upgrade every guy needs.

Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Indigo Dipped Polo – The Best Summer Polo for Men

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When it comes to your rotation of summer style essentials, the classics really are quite simply, the very best sometimes. And when it comes to the work being done by Buck Mason, you can bet that they know their way very well around utterly timeless classics. That brings us to today’s must-buy Style Pick, the Buck Mason Indigo Dipped Polo — it’s an upgraded take on a seasonal style move with plenty of rugged character and refinement.

All of the hallmarks of a timeless Buck Mason style move are there, much like the brand’s take on one of the best short-sleeve shirts for summer, or one of the coolest lightweight jackets for men. Think of the Buck Mason Indigo Dipped Polo like a revamped look at a warm-weather staple, this time featuring yarn-dyed cotton jersey fabric for lightweight breathability. That’s not all the Buck Mason Indigo Dipped Polo has going for it — keep scrolling for more, my friends.

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The specs, as one might expect with Buck Mason, are on-point, including a three-button placket that’s both dressy enough to sit nicely under a blazer and cool-looking enough to be worn on its own. Another reason the Buck Mason Indigo Dipped Polo looks so darn cool on its own? The indigo dip-dye process, with a yarn-dyed finish that results in fading over time the more you wear it.

It’s a polo that you’ll find yourself returning to time and again, all thanks to that easily wearable slim fit — team it with your favorite chino shorts or even light wash denim and some of the best summer sneakers any day of the week. And because it’s Buck Mason we’re talking about, the Buck Mason Indigo Dipped Polo offers up plenty of bang for your buck — it retails for $68, a nice steal given its versatility. Add it to your summer wardrobe ASAP.

The Thursday Buy: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo Belongs in Your Closet Now

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo

Quickly, go over your mental packing list as you prep for your first (or next) summer road trip. You’ve probably got your rugged leather weekender bag all set, and hopefully, it’s packed with men’s style essentials for summer from Taylor Stitch. But something very well might be missing, and that missing item? It’s one of the best polos for men, done the way only Taylor Stitch can craft a rugged-yet-wearable polo. That’s because the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is truly one-of-a-kind through and through, and it checks all the right boxes as far as a polo you can wear for a summer getaway (and well beyond that). Yes indeed, add this classic men’s polo to your wardrobe and your packing list, and get ready to be impressed with how often you can find uses for this versatile men’s shirt.

It’s nothing like the polos you might be used to wearing, which were often too baggy and perhaps featured a large logo (you’ve got a polo in mind already, right?). The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo, however, is all crisp and modern style, featuring a tailored fit and the sort of fabric that’ll make you do a double-take. That’s because this polo is made from the brand’s proprietary Heavy Bag fabric, a blend of upcycled cotton and recycled polyester that breathes easy and looks great.

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As one might expect, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your new favorite polo. Again, the tailored fit is a major bonus, meaning you can wear this polo to the office on its own with Taylor Stitch chinos as easily as you can layer it up with your new summer blazer. Crucially, the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo looks great with everything from slim tan shorts to light wash denim, and you can even wear it to the beach with vintage swim shorts — before grabbing a cold beachside beer, of course. If you fancy wearing easygoing Taylor Stitch lounge pants alongside your Taylor Stitch polo, well, you can certainly do that, too.

Plus, the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo, with its slightly longer three-button placket, is just the right balance between dressy and casual. If you want a polo you can wear with a blazer, my friends, this is the one. It’s also helpful that one of the best polos for men comes in two essential colors that are neutral enough to pair with anything: Both Olive and Natural are going to look absolutely great this summer. The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Polo is your perfect summer style move: Don’t leave home without it.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag 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

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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: 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 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:¬† What should I wear when it’s hot out? And of course, 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 traditional 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.¬†

Online Shopping Picks: The Best Polos for Men to Buy Now

If you’ve been feeling a little over this whole “summer” thing — sick of the heat and such — I’m here to tell you that there’s style salvation in the form of the best polos for men to buy now. Yes, I’m talking to you. More laidback than¬†your favorite dress shirt, easier to¬† wear in the heat than a long-sleeve chambray shirt¬†and more crisp than a plain T-shirt, the polo is the perfect summer go-between in terms of #menswear moves. You can certainly get away with wearing a well-fitting polo to the office to beat the heat in style (I’m partial to an option like the Criquet Shirts Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt, personally).

And when you want to just grab a shirt and go — yet don’t want to look like you woke up five minutes¬†before brunch — a versatile, slim polo shirt can team with your favorite weekend looks. That means everything from tan chinos and leather loafers to light wash denim and classic summer sneakers are fair game.¬†You can’t just throw on any old polo and hustle out the door, though. The key in shopping for a stylish summer polo revolves around searching for a fabric that’s lightweight and breathable, yet textured and visually interesting. And in terms of fit? Look for¬†a polo that cuts out excess fabric and fits a bit like the polo worn by James Bond in “Casino Royale.” You can dig it, right? Feel free to shop these picks below, chime in on Twitter and check out my Instagram account for summer style moves galore. Are you ready? Let’s go.

#1. La Paz Leao Polo — $91.98

An easygoing polo made out of comfortable fabric for a great fit.

Blending breezy and continental style with a versatile color and excellent fabric, the La Paz Leao Polo is the kind of laidback shirt that almost wears more like a T-shirt. With its terry fabric construction, it’ll feel like it, too. That doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up with a lightweight navy blazer, though.¬†Yet, bear in¬†mind that¬†it might look best when worn on a beach or around a bonfire with chinos and a cold Corona. Wishful thinking? I sure hope not.


#2. Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Polo in Navy OR Black$68

Two colors, the same great fit and breathable French terry fabric.

Surely, you’re not sick of reading about Flint and Tinder yet, are you? The brand excels in many¬†a category, making them a Style Guide favorite for plenty of reasons. And the brand’s line of quick-selling Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit polos? Well, they’re not to be overlooked at all. Featuring the modern-yet-accessible fit for which the brand is known, plus airy Supima cotton construction, either the Navy Supima Air Knit Polo or the more sleek Black Supima Air Knit Polo would be a great pick. Pair either with slim off-white chinos and light blue canvas sneakers from SeaVees.

#3. Criquet Shirts Performance Player’s Shirt — $94¬†OR Criquet Shirts Player’s Shirt — $79

Another brand offering you multiple options and plenty of bang for your buck.

We’re going with not one, but TWO options from the excellent folks at Criquet Shirts.¬† The brand’s philosophy is simple — no-frills, no-fuss, classic polos with a¬†¬†reliably tailored fit, organic fabrics and cool looks. The Player’s Shirt is perhaps the style for which the brand is most well-known, what with its crisp collar and array of color options. And the Performance Player’s Shirt? It’s the same fit and styling details as the Player’s Shirt, yet it features TransDRY technology to wick away sweat and moisture. Perfect for taking from the green to drinks afterward — just as¬†Criquet Shirts¬†would want it, really.
#4. Mack Weldon Vesper Polo in Denim/Total Eclipse Blue OR Rum Swizzle Pocket$68

A tailored fit plus micro-mesh fabric and plenty o’ great color options — the Mack Weldon Vesper Polo is an easy winner.

Surely, you all know Mack Weldon quite well — right? The Mack Weldon Vesper Polo proved a big hit last summer (at least in the eyes of this style writer), and the brand has expanded its color offering in the easy-to-wear style since then. What does that mean for you? That means more chances to get an affordably priced polo made from a micro-mesh fabric. Yes indeed, Mack Weldon has once again outdone themselves — I’d wear the Denim/Total Eclipse Blue¬†option¬†with light grey chinos and white slip-on sneakers to your next happy hour.

#5. J. Crew Garment-Dyed Polo Shirt — $45

No set of shopping picks is complete without J. Crew — agreed?

Is it a polo roundup if you don’t include a classic, casual and wearable option from J. Crew? Not quite. For all of the brand’s woes, they still can make an expertly broken-in polo or tee — this garment-dyed option (which has sold quite quickly) nails the balance between breezy and dressed-down. The blue color of this particular option would be a natural fit with rolled white denim and perhaps some classic suede chukka boots.


Here we are at the end of another Online Shopping Picks entry. Remember this: If you start with the right fit — crisp and tailored — and the right fabric (breathable and comfortable), you won’t go wrong when it comes to finding your new favorite summer polo. If you want style that’s fit for kicking back on the beach, the La Paz Leao Polo¬†is a prime pick — if a bit of an investment. If that’s not quite your speed, either of the handsome, slim-fitting Mack Weldon Supima Air Knit polos should set you on the right path to ideal summer style.¬† Still shopping? Don’t sleep on the comfort and affordability you get when you pick up a¬†Criquet Shirts polo. I’m partial to the Criquet¬†Shirts¬†Player’s Shirt, so … maybe you should be, too? I kid, I kid. At any rate, standout brands like Mack Weldon and J. Crew definitely have a plethora of options from which to pick.¬† If you’d like to hear more¬†selections — or if you need guidance on which one to buy — catch up with me on Twitter — I won’t let you down, promise.

Until we shop again — thanks for reading!


Style Pick of the Week: Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt

What’s better to wear on a breezy spring day than a slim, stylish polo? Truly, there’s not much. And that’s even moreso the case with the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt, a piece that could quickly become your new favorite spring and summer¬†polo.¬† It’s this week’s Style Pick of the Week for great reason — plenty of #menswear-centric design details set it apart from your average polo, and that means it’s to be applauded, praised …. and purchased.¬†In fact, you might¬†recognize the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt¬†from a recent #OOTD entry, and it’s back today¬†thanks to its versatility and sharp style.¬†¬†It’s available in a wide plethora of colors, including the crisp Heavy Metal colorway seen in these photos.¬† Other options include the Midnight Cowboy Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt and the Mr. White Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt, so you certainly can’t go wrong in that regard.

It’s a newer take on the brand’s classic Player’s Shirt, and it’s a¬†welcome addition to the brand’s line.¬†Now, just why is it so tough to misstep when picking up a slim polo (or other stylish gear) from Criquet Shirts? Let me tell you, my good man.¬† Criquet Shirts started with the simple idea that today’s polo shirts featured sloppy collars and poor construction — using the idea of their favorite prep-school shirts as well as classic¬†polos worn by the guys in their family, Criquet Shirts set out to upgrade the polo. And after checking out the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt¬†(in multiple colorways) these past few weeks, I can definitely concur that it’s¬†a style upgrade worth picking up for your closet this season. It’s comfortable enough to wear on a spring road trip, it’s stylish enough to layer under a lightweight navy blazer, and it’s well-made enough to work as hard as you do all day long — trust me.



A classic polo paired with crisp chinos and white sneakers — definitely the way to go. Renshaw Sneakers by Brooks Heritage. Standard Issue Utility Chinos by Brooks Heritage. Mod Watch by Timex x Todd Snyder. Notebook by Field Notes Brand. 810 Wallet by Brothers Leather Supply.

It features the sort of welcome design touches that other polo shirts¬†lack — for starters, the sturdy collar sits nicely throughout the day, and doesn’t curl over (collar stays similar to your favorite dress shirt help out with that). And the 100 percent organic cotton jersey fabric is soft, comfortable and breathable — you’ll be comfortable in the heat with any color option of the ¬†Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt. I’ve found mine to be handy and versatile enough to wear with everything from slim Apolis chinos and classic SeaVees sneakers to stylish light wash denim and a classic bomber jacket. And although some are firmly in the anti-logo camp, the small Criquet logo stitched on the left chest pocket is understated enough that the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt¬†works well on its own sans jacket. That’s great news if you’re in need of a polo — or several — to wear to work and then out to happy hour (without any of the bad connotations that bright polo shirts seem to conjure up). Feel free to wear it with tailored swim shorts and slip-on sneakers to the beach or¬†boardwalk, too.¬†And another thing — if you’ve found yourself wearing fewer and fewer polos over the years, it’s definitely time to start again. Make no mistake — the comfortable fabric, refined colors and tailored fit of the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt¬†are all features that could be enough to make you a believer in the power of the polo once again.

So, are you back on-board with a polo for spring and summer? What about the Criquet Slim-Fit Player’s Shirt?

Let me know in the comments — and we’ll see you out there!