The History of The Polo Shirt

The polo shirt has a classic look that never seems to go out of style. It's an incredibly versatile wardrobe staple that works for many different occasions and events. Let's take a closer look at the polo, from its humble beginnings to how it fits in with today's style.

Polo History

The polo shirt goes by many names. Sometimes known as a golf or tennis shirt, it began its life in the sports world. Its loose body with a signature pocket, loose collar and three buttons gave it a casual uniform look that caught on quickly with athletes. While the first versions of the polo shirt (which were worn in the act of playing polo) appeared in the late 19th century, the shirt caught a surge in popularity from a different sport. It first appeared on tennis courts in the mid-1920's when French tennis champion Rene Lacoste designed his own version of the polo shirt when he grew tired of wearing stiff tennis clothes. The signature crocodile he put on each shirt was a symbol for the nickname American tennis players had given him. He began marketing the shirts in 1933, and they quickly took the world by storm. Over the next few decades, the polo shirt became the standard for tennis and golf outfits.

Modern Style

Today the polo is used in school, work and sports uniforms, as well as casual attire. Well-known designers all have their version of the polo, and each one has a different take on the classic design. This polo from Tommy Bahama uses all the typical characteristics of the original polo design but brings it into today's world with a bright color.

Polos like this one can be worn at casual dress days at the office, at restaurants and clubs and basically anywhere you want to look casual but not t-shirt casual.

The polo has been in style for a hundred years, so we're pretty sure it'll be around for another hundred more. Come out to Frank's Big and Tall at any of our locations in East Brunswick, Ocean Township or Morristown to browse our large selection of polos.