The polo shirt is a true fashion classic, and a staple of many wardrobes. Hailing all the way back to the 1800s, British polo players in India buttoned down their collars to stop them flapping in the wind—creating the first polo shirt. In 1926, world number one tennis player Jean Rene Lacoste took the design a step further and created a short-sleeved version in pique cotton to improve breath-ability during games. And thus the modern polo shirt was born—and has never gone out of fashion since!
Still a fond favourite of designers, the polo shirt can dressed up for smart-casual business outfits, or dressed down for a relaxed look. Fast forward to 2016 and designers have updated the traditional style to suit modern female fashionistas. Whether it’s in a longer polo-dress style, or a feminine colour or fabric—designers have taken a twist on the traditional design to offer on-trend polo shirts for high-fashion women.
Here are our four favourites!
Miu Miu Semi-sheer Polo Shirt
This semi-sheer polo shirt by Prada’s sister label Miu Miu provides a sexy twist on the classic polo. This “sports-luxe” design is a sheer black polyamide with a solid wool collar, breast pocket, cuffs, and hem. With white detailing on the collar and pocket, it has a retro 80s feel. It’s also available in bright purple.
Wear it over a modern cami and tucked into a white pleated cotton skirt for a great sports-femme outfit!
Ralph Lauren Julie Embroidered Polo Shirt
One of the most famous polo shirt designers—Ralph Lauren—never fails to deliver! This “Julie” design polo shirt in “Aruba pink” is the perfect balance of girly and sporty. The longer 5-button design and classic embroidered logo in dark blue is ideal for a preppy look or a smart-casual style.
Team with navy blazer and navy cropped trousers for the office, or cropped jeans and converse for that “All-American” look.
Miu Miu Striped Sleeveless Polo Shirt
Miu Miu are at it again with their reputation for their playful “anti-fashion” designs. This striped sleeveless polo does just that, with its mischievously low chest pocket and multicoloured stripes in contrasting yellow, black, and white. Also available in grey, this wool-look polyester has an 80s “golf” vibe.
Wear it with white cropped trousers and white Adidas all-stars for a cute retro look.
Givenchy Embellished Lace Polo Shirt
For a truly high-fashion feminine look, this Givenchy embellished lace polo ticks all the boxes. With two black silk panels across the bust, and a silk collar with delicate buttons, this polo shirt exudes luxury.
Complimented by a dainty lace floral design, this sheer polo is a contrast of sporty design and luxury execution. Wear it over a strappy cami and tailored trousers in the office, then ditch the cami for a sexy night outfit!
Stella McCartney spring 2016