The pandemic has dramatically changed work attire. As I dress my male clients for Zoom and the office, every single one of them is talking about a notable dip in formality. Keep in mind, I am located in San Diego where casual is king, so the fact that it has become even less formal is saying something. And it’s not just here.
When To Wear A Short Sleeve Polo
This move to a more casual sartorial culture has been happening across the country in numerous industries. The most noticeable dress change is with my clients who practice law. Lawyers tend to be the most dedicated to professional dress, so the fact that they are allowed to wear polos in Zoom meetings and among colleagues is newsworthy for us fashion folk. Long story short, you can wear polos to work, and all my clients are asking for them. So it is only natural to do a post on the best men’s short sleeve polos right now.
I also like to recommend a stylish polo to my fellas who don’t like the chillness of a t-shirt. I love a quality t-shirt on most men of most ages, but a polo definitely has a more put-together look. But let’s make sure you are wearing the correct polo for the correct occasion.
Do not wear those childish polos of middle school. You need a man’s polo. None of this Lacoste talk. And keep those golf polos on the greens. Also, did I mention there’s a difference between a casual polo and a dressy polo? Well, there is. Below I’ve listed the best men’s short sleeve polos and in the descriptions, I will tell you exactly when to wear each one.
Eton Contemporary Fit Filo di Scozia Short Sleeve Polo
This is a dressy polo that is perfect for work. Eton tends to run long, but I have found that their polos are running small, so order a size up.
NN07 Paul 3463 Piqué Johnny Collar Polo
This is a medium casual polo that you can wear out socializing, or for work. This polo is available at Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue.
Cuts Prestige Curve Hem Polo – Coyote
This is a casual polo that you can wear with jeans on the weekends, or to a very casual work environment. It works great for taller clients. I like this polo so much that you’ll see I’ve included it in three different colors on my list of best men’s short sleeve polos.
Cuts Prestige Curve Hem Polo – Sage
As you may notice, this is the same polo as the one above, but in the perfect shade of gray. It’s rare to find a true gray shirt. I just put this on a client with gray hair, and it looked phenomenal. This is a casual polo that you can wear with jeans on the weekends, or to a very casual work environment. It works great for taller clients.
Cuts Prestige Curve Hem Polo – Cabernet
I absolutely adore this burgundy red color. As long as you have dark red undertones in your skin tone this will flatter you beautifully. You can wear this casual polo with jeans on the weekends, or to a very casual work environment. This works great for taller clients.
Burberry Eddie Piqué Polo
This crisp Burberry polo is perfect for work, and the gorgeous navy blue will flatter everyone.
Robert Barakett Troy Open Collar Jacqurd Polo
I love this Robert Barakett printed polo for socializing, and if you have a more creative environment for work.
Reiss Groove Rib Short Sleeve Zip-Up Polo
I adore this polo! I love this for a night out or as a dressier work polo. If you have a more creative work environment I would also love to see it there. You are a true fashion maven in this polo. It’s for my taller clients — 6 feet and up. This polo is available at Bloomingdale’s, Reiss, and Nordstrom.
Rails Rhen Short Sleeve Terry Polo
I love this Terry cloth polo for casual wear. Pair this with jeans and some flip-flops and head on out.
Eleventy Linen & Cotton Polo
Be still my heart. I love this lightweight wool polo for play. If you are a spicy dresser with an open-minded office, you can wear it to work as well.
Reiss Duchie Solid Wool Polo Shirt
This is another lightweight baby blue polo for you to consider. The fit is almost the same as the one above. I recommend ordering both and deciding which one you prefer best. Although this polo is half the price, so maybe just get this one. This polo is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Reiss.
Eton Contemporary Fit Cotton & Linen Polo
This is a dressy Johnny collar polo that is perfect for work. Eton tends to run long, but I have found that their polos are running small, so order a size up.