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history Polo shirt

Considered a menswear staple today, the classic ‘polo shirt’ is a knitted short-sleeved shirt, usually made from cotton piqué, with a soft ribbed collar and a three-button placket. Although the name may suggest it derives from the game of polo, the design was actually invented by French tennis champion René Lacoste.

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polo shirt

History Polo Shirt

Considered a menswear staple today, the classic ‘polo shirt’ is a knitted short-sleeved shirt, usually made from cotton piqué, with a soft ribbed collar and a three-button placket. Although the name may suggest it derives from the game of polo, the design was actually invented by French tennis champion René Lacoste.

 

His knitted design was innovative in many ways, offering more airiness and a full range of movement compared to traditional woven shirts with long sleeves. The new unstarched, ribbed collar could easily be turned up to protect the neck from the sun, and the slightly longer back hem prevented the shirt from pulling out of the trousers. Lacoste wore his new creation at the 1926 US Open championship and the style quickly gained approval among athletes, including tennis, polo and golf players.

 

One year later, Lacoste started a company and was soon mass-producing the garment, still known as ‘tennis shirt’ at the time. But with the increased popularity of the shirt among polo players, who were also looking into making their button-down shirts more functional, the term ‘polo shirt’ soon caught on instead, becoming a moniker for the commonly used tennis attire.

 

Today, the polo shirt has moved past its athletic origins and has been adopted as everyday wear, especially popular in spring and summer.