The Knit Polo Shirt Is Having Its Moment, and We’re Here for It


Sure, maybe some of these look like your grandpa’s polo shirts. But that’s OK because your gramps was freakin’ awesome.


Steven John, Reid Webb Commerce Manager

Updated Jul. 26, 2023 3:20PM EDT / Published Jul. 26, 2023 11:24AM EDT


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The first “polo” shirts were worn by 19th century polo players, but while you likely picture a short-sleeved shirt when you think polo, they were always long-sleeved. The short-sleeve polo shirt as we know it today was actually made famous not by polo players, but by tennis players. By the late 1920s, the polo shirt had gained widespread wear in the pro tennis community, largely thanks to its adoption by star player Jean René Lacoste. (Yes, that Lacoste, the crocodile logo brand.)

The retro “knit polo” is having a moment once again, but while polo shirts have always been knit (not woven), what’s in style at the moment are polo shirts designed with visible texture and a soft-to-the-touch feel, which gives the sporty top a luxury appeal. If you want to feel great while looking great while playing tennis, sailing, or enjoying a luncheon, we’ve got you covered with an assortment of vintage-inspired knit polos for just about any occasion.

India Street Indigo Dyed Slub Polo

The polo shirt with the subtlest knit we’re featuring here today, the India Street Dyed Slub Polo nonetheless has more texture to it than, say, an Iconic Mesh polo from Ralph Lauren (which, keep in mind, is still technically a knit shirt). This 100 percent cotton garment has a lived-in feel from the first wear and will only get softer and more comfortable with each washing. The subtle ticking around the sleeves, hem, and collar add some interest, while you can’t go wrong, color-wise, whether you choose the deep, dark India Indigo or the Oxford-like India Light Blue shade.