Polo (Not Ponies)

The polo shirt is a summer staple in most men’s (and women’s) closets, and there are literally thousands of styles, colors, and fabrics out there. The legendary Lacoste crocodile and the ubiquitous polo pony adorn many a chest, but so does the Fred Perry wreath these days, and you can even sport a marijuana leaf on your favorite shirt, if that’s your style (you rebel, you). And of course you can go logo-less at virtually every price point; some of the least expensive shirts are sometimes the most understated.

While the piqué polo shirt, with its banded collar and sleeves, works perfectly on the tennis court (as Rene Lacoste discovered way back in the late 1920s), and is perhaps the ideal shirt to wear (and most elegant) while balancing atop a galloping pony with a mallet in hand, the soft cotton version, with a soft collar, is somehow more elegant when wearing a suit or blazer. Strictly speaking not really a polo; rather, just a more casual short sleeve shirt a step or three above a t-shirt, it’s less common in the right fabric and fit (please, no oversized synthetic blends seen on many golf courses or the occasional dad, with his sleeves hanging by the elbows), but Save Khaki, a small NY based outfit makes what I think may be the perfect version; something that Cary Grant might have worn in To Catch a Thief. Available in thin or wide stripes (in their store, but not on their website; although available at other sites such as Steven Alan’s), it’s a reasonably priced, made in America item that to me is the perfect warm weather shirt—whether with jeans or khakis, or with a trousers and a blazer.

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13 thoughts on “Polo (Not Ponies)

  1. Wow, I love your entire outfit — trousers, glasses, jacket, scarf (!), watch. Very elegant. Please keep posting, as I really appreciate your tips and suggestions. (I found your website after reading your name in one of Glenn O’Brien’s books, who I have learned a lot from. I didn’t grow up around stylish gentlemen so I am grateful to those of you who share your knowledge.)

  2. Excellent choice for a truly classic polo shirt. But my question is where did you find those trousers? They have a beautiful custom look to them and are reminiscent of 30′s and 40′ elegance…speaking of Carey Grant.

  3. Thanks, and indeed, you’re right: they are custom, part of a suit made by Michele Savoia of New York City. He specializes in 1920s and 1930s styles, and he made this suit for me in 1998.

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  5. Reading your quote I think you should add – And style is not posting photos of yourself acting like a teenager…

  6. Thanks for your comment, but it’s me who takes the photos and not Hooman. In fact, he usually insists that I cut off his head, which if you check our other posts you’ll see I often do. When we can afford to hire models and photographers, we will.

  7. Utter nonsense! It is precisely those photos of Mr. Majd that add a refreshing touch of class to this blog. Perhaps it’s the slightly grey temples, or the worldliness of his style coupled with the brevity of his prose…whatever it is, Mr. Browar, it WORK! No need for models when the real thing will just nicely , thank you.

  8. Gunther has obviously no idea what he’s talking. This blog is genuinely becoming a go to place (as per GQ and other respected style magazines) for gents with fine tastes who are eager to learn about Hooman’s incredible style.

  9. Hooman, have you heard about Michael Bastien’s collaboration with Uniqlo? I was curious about what you think about the polo shirts from the collection.

  10. Yes, I’ve seen them (and even held them in my hands!). I think they’re great—some I like better than others, but that’s a personal thing. Well-made, stylish, and incredibly inexpensive–for the price of lunch (in NY or LA or London) you can have a shirt that will last, if not forever, certainly much longer than that lunch.

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