No wardrobe is complete without the workhorse of men’s fashion: the polo shirt.
As you shop for a polo, choose a polo shirt in a soft fabric with a subtle sheen, like the Vince Camuto Men's Liquid Cotton Polo in 100% cotton, to maximize your wearing options Like any shirt, make certain the polo fits correctly; a shirt that is too large will look sloppy. The key areas of telltale fit are the shoulder, the sleeves and overall length. Shoulder seams on the shirt should hit exactly where your arm meets the shoulder on the body. Sleeves should hit mid-bicep and gently hug your arm. The length of the shirt should hit just below the top of your belt, so you are never tempted to tuck it in.
The staple polo can be worn almost year-round. The shirt if comfortable, good-looking and can be worn on the weekend, while traveling and even dressed up for the workday.
Work. Dress up your polo with a blazer, dark jeans and this season’s monk strap shoes. Avoid polo shirts with knit collars, which can look messy under a tailored jacket, and opt for collars that come to a point, just like the ones on your other woven shirts.
From far left, moving clockwise: Vince Camuto Men's Two-Piece Tailored Suit; Vince Camuto Men's Liquid Cotton Polo; Vince Camuto Men's The Executive Watch; Vince Camuto Slim Fit Denim Pant; Vince Camuto Bridged Wayfayer Sunglasses; Vince Camuto Men's Tedesco monk-strap shoe
Weekend. Ditch the logo t-shirt and wear a polo shirt for a put-together look. Layer it with a woven, button-up shirt for a smart alternative to a lightweight jacket.
From top left, moving clockwise: Vince Camuto Men's Tesino deck shoe; Vince Camuto Men's Liquid Cotton Polo; Vince Camuto Men's Marled Button Down; Vince Camuto Men's Slant Pocket Shorts; Vince Camuto Men's Translucent Frame Wayfarers
Travel. Comfortable and easy to wear, a polo shirt paired with soft, zip-front hoodie make for perfect travel companions.
From bottom left, moving clockwise: Vince Camuto Men's boots (available fall 2014); Vince Camuto Men's Liquid Cotton Polo; Vince Camuto Men's zip-up sweater (available fall 2014); Vince Camuto Men's Slim Fit Denim Pant; Vince Camuto Men's The Master watch
Stan Williams is a fashion and grooming expert based in New York City.