How To Wear: A Polo

I know, I know, everyone and their mother has a polo in their closet. And I’m sure you’re thinking “Um, it’s not that difficult to wear, thanks.” But I feel like it’s still something we need to discuss. Because, really.

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The key here, as with everything, is fit. There are a whole lot of polos out there that are basically duvet covers with armholes. And that’s a no go. Polos should be slim and trim. No ifs, ands, or bulges about it. I love this one — from American Eagle — because it hits right at the waist, is very slim and trim to the torso, and the sleeves hit at a great point on the bicep. I’m definitely not ripped, but this bad boy makes me look like it. A lot of polos out there have arms that go down to the elbows and are super baggy, which in turn makes you look scrawny and unpolished. Avoid those.

A polo is the perfect piece to make you look comfortably put together and professional, while still allowing for a casual je ne sais quoi, in the form of a mussed-with collar. If the fit is perfect, then you really don’t need anything else — you’re good to go.

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Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.