Simple in design and very comfortable to wear, men’s polo shirts go very well with jeans, chinos or casual pants. Men can wear polo shirts when they are out on the golf course or taking their wife out to dinner. These polo shirts can be worn just as appropriately by blue collar workers as they can be worn by college students.
A polo shirt is usually made of a tightly knitted cotton cloth as opposed to woven cotton cloth, giving them more strength and the ability to hold their shape quite well over time. They are available in just about every colour including white, black, blue, green, red, pink and yellow polo shirts.
Better constructed and more expensive than a basic cotton tee shirt, a men's polo shirt features a collar that opens about 6 inches below the neck and two or three buttons to close that opening if so desired. Most men prefer to leave the buttons undone because the shirt is more comfortable to wear that way. Polo shirts usually have short sleeves, although some manufacturers also make a long-sleeved version. They may or may not have a chest pocket.
The origins of the polo shirt actually date back to the late 19th century when polo players dressed in a very similar collared shirt with buttons that they could fasten and keep the collar from flying up as they raced their horses through the wind. These shirts were long-sleeved, absorbed sweat and provided some protection from flying dirt.
Over the years similar shirts with slight variations were introduced by shirt manufacturers. Rene Lacoste, a champion tennis player during the early half of the 20th century made a more comfortable collared tennis shirt that soon became all the rage. There was no starch in the collar like properly attired tennis players had been forced to compete in at Wimbledon, the US Open and all of the major tennis tournaments. The back of the shirt was designed to be a little longer than the front so it could be tucked into the tennis shorts and not pull out during play. This feature was known as a tennis tail. Lacoste put a symbol of a crocodile, the nickname he was tagged with by the American press, on the left breast of each shirt.
Shortly after retiring, Lacoste collaborated with a clothing merchandiser and mass-marketed his now very famous cotton knit sports shirt. Many other manufacturers produced imitations of his design. Somewhere along the line, Lacoste's crocodile became more commonly referred to as an alligator shirt.
In the 1970s, Ralph Lauren revitalized the original polo shirt by producing a line of high-quality cotton knit polo shirts with his polo player emblem embroidered on the chest. The shirt has become one of the great successes in men's clothing, right up there with the silk necktie and blue denim jeans.
The Men’s Polo Shirt collection includes all your favourite polos from designer polo labels. Polo Shirts are the staple of everyone’s mens wardrobe and there is always room for another polo shirt. So if you want a polo shirt for going out or just everyday wear we have what you need online here at Dressnimpress.com and dispatched within 24 hours.