Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
While I rarely find myself wearing preppy clothing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate Americana classics like penny loafers, chino shorts, and yes, even polo shirts. While most polos come with short sleeves today we’re taking a look at their long sleeved counterparts. Perfect for chillier spring days and great with both shorts and chinos, long sleeved polos are fine fashion filler.
1) L.L. Bean: Long Sleeve Polo
Whether you’re looking to fill a drawer with new long sleeve polos or you just want one to try out, L.L. Bean‘s reasonably priced Long Sleeve Polo is a solid and extremely affordable option. Available in eight different colors, this two-button long sleeve polo is one of the best basics available; made from an ultra-soft cotton fabric, this shirt is a no-brainer for anyone who wants a more relaxed fitting long sleeve polo shirt.
Available for $40 from L.L. Bean.
2) Andersen-Andersen: Long Sleeve Polo
On the other hand, while I would never suggest someone break their budget on a piece of clothing, Andersen-Andersen‘s Long Sleeve Polo is certainly a great option if you’re looking for a new shirt in this style and want to pay for the very best. Made in Italy from 100% cotton jersey fabric, this three-button long sleeve polo is one of the best options out there.
It’s lightweight, has immaculate construction, and comes in several great colorways. If you’re only going to own one polo shirt you’d be hard pressed to find a better pick.
Available for $245 from Division Road.
3) Howlin’: Mister W Polo
While Howlin’ is best known for their sweaters, the Mister W Polo shows that their top-notch offerings extend far beyond the world of knitwear. It’s a solid shirt all around, featuring a terry cloth fabric made from an 80%/20% cotton/polyester and ribbing at the cuffs, collar, and hem. It forgoes that scratchy texture we all remember from childhood, and while I’m all for nostalgia that’s something I can get behind.
Available for $156 from Lost & Found.
4) Barbour: Waffle Rugby Shirt
Barbour‘s Waffle Rugby Shirt is an excellent option for anyone looking to pick up a new, long sleeve polo. The waffle knit fabric gives this shirt a great deal of texture that looks great with the single chest pocket, and give it ever more warmth if you’re going to wear it on chillier days. It features a two-button placket and ribbed collar, which only adds to the great texture of shirt.
Available for $140 from Barbour.
5) DOPPIAA: Aaric Long Sleeve Polo
DOPPIAA might not be a brand you are overly familiar with, but their Aaric Long Sleeve Polo is one of the most compelling options currently available in the category. Made in Italy from 100% cotton, this polo was made with clean lines and soft fabric. Featuring a three-button pattern and ribbing and the cuffs and hem, this polo is easy to wear casually or dress up for Sunday dinner.
Available for $265 from No Man Walks Alone.
Plus One – Belafonte Ragtime: Argyle Long Sleeve Polo
Belafonte Ragtime puts together some truly interesting pieces, as is exemplified in their Argyle Long Sleeve Polo. While certainly not a shirt that stays under the radar, this made in Japan 100% cotton polo is a great piece in its own right. With ribbed cuffs and hem, a four-button placket, and a wide-spread collar, this shirt’s style is all it’s own.
Available for $320 from Clutch Cafe.