Nigeria is hot all year round, even during the Harmattan season (during the day). It’s worth it to take a look at the Polo shirt again. Thus here are a few tips to wearing the fashion trend nicely.
The Polo shirt is the best way to dress smart-casual. As the Polo shirt is the T-shirt's more sturdy, well-dressed cousin. If worn right, it's the most laid back way of looking great. However, when worn wrong, it can make you look silly. Here are five tips on what to look out for with Polo shirts:
Normally, the popular 'piqu' (a weave of cotton that adds texture) Polo shirt is longer in the back than the front to allow it stay tucked in when you bend over. But when untucked, which is great, they're menswear mullets. Thus, If it goes past half of your back pockets, it's too long.
Watch the plunge:
Once you find a great length, make sure you watch out for the buttons. A lot of Polos have pretty deep Vs, which when left open and floppy is way too much. However, brands differ. Lacoste, for instance, have two buttons with a placket (the piece of fabric the buttons sit on) that goes down to the nipple line; it should be buttoned. Meanwhile, J.Crew's offering doesn't go quite so low (about midway down the chest), and can be worn totally unbuttoned.
Check the sleeves:
Look out for the ribbing on the sleeves. This depends on the brands and is down to personal preference. Some have no fastening at the end of sleeve, while some hug you like a rubber band. If you’ve been pumping your guns all winter at the gym, you probably want sleeves that hug your arms to show that off. However, don't get anything that's too tight. Nobody looks good when their muscles are struggling with their clothes.
Polos are complimentary:
If you opt for a more old school knit Polo (one with a '50s vibe that feels like a lightweight sweater), you may have to battle with a fastened bottom. This can be tricky with the rest of your clothing. A waistband will cinch everything in and make you look slimmer. However, make sure your pants match. And you don't want any glimpses of midriff. Go for a pair of pants that compliments the vintage vibe of the Polo.
Wear it well:
Finally, there are some tricks to rocking the look with ease. First, do not wear them with an undershirt, as they're meant to be casual. An undershirt will build you up in a bad way and the sleeves might peak out from underneath, which is distasteful. To avoid sweat stains under your pits, apply deodorant and make sure it's aluminum free.
One last thing, never, ever pop the collar! Take these tips into consideration when next you’re buying a Polo shirt and let us know any more tips you may have below.