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.
If you’re looking to amp up your warm-weather wardrobe there is no better way than with a short-sleeved polo shirt. While a bit heavier than tees, they’re a great way to add some color and texture to an otherwise bland outfit, and help dress up an outfit when it needs to be just that much more formal.
1) Andersen-Andersen: Short Sleeve Polo
Andersen-Andersen is one of the finest knitwear brands out there, so it should shock no one that they have a killer Short Sleeve Polo shirt. Made in Italy of a 100% cotton knit jersey, these polos are the soft, supple polo shirts that you’ve been looking for. Finished with corozo buttons and bartack reinforcements, these polos are elevated to a level you may have never handled before.
Available for $225 from Division Road.
2) Beams Plus: Cable Knit Polo
If you’re looking for a traditional knit pattern for your next shirt then Beams Plus‘ Cable Knit Polo might be right up your alley. Made from a 45%/55% cotton/linen blend, these polos are a great way to dress up your favorite chinos and penny loafers for that Sunday brunch or evening at the marina. Available in several great colorways, it’s easy to find a version that matches your wardrobe.
Available for $172 ($146.20 for Heddels+ members) from Stag Provisions.
3) A Kind of Guise: Ferrini Knit Polo in Darkest Navy
If you’re looking for an interesting knit pattern for your polo then A Kind of Guise‘s Ferrini Knit is a sexy option with some Milano vibed. Made in Italy from a 64%/36% linen/viscose blend, this knit polo will keep you nice and cool regardless of the weather — and has with the visual interest of classic knitwear and the comfort of a tee — it’s hard not to love what AKOG has put together this season.
Available for $315 from Vestis.
4) Studio D’Artisan: Indigo Pique Polo
As with all Heddels Five Plus One articles, if there is a relevant indigo-dyed version of a garment, we’ll find it. This week it comes courtesy of Studio D’Artisan in the form of their Indigo Pique polo. While I generally avoid lightweight indigo-dyed garments that aren’t denim or chambray, it’s hard to deny the beauty of this made-in-Japan cotton polo.
With its slim fit and single chest pocket, there isn’t anything too radical regarding its design, but the beautiful hues of the indigo rope-dyeing really set this polo apart from the competition and provide some fade potential for the indigo heads out there.
Available for $159 ($143.10 for Heddels+ members) from Redcast Heritage Co.
5) American Trench: Riptide Polo Sweater
Knitwear will always remain the ultimate in heat-regulating garments, and American Trench has really gone out of their way to highlight that with its Riptide Polo Sweater.
This sweater is covered in nearly invisible pointelles, which are decorative holes in fabric that can offer both a unique aesthetic and breathability. The way they’ve been incorporated into this subtle yet decorative wave pattern results in a breathable polo that remains modest.
Available in a range of colors for $248 ($210.80 for Heddels+ members) from American Trench.
Plus One – Corridor: Spacedye Polo
For a polo that’s just a little bit out there then Corridor‘s Spacedye Polo is out of this world. This 100% pima cotton polo features a knit body, single chest pocket, and one of the craziest colorways we’ve seen in a while. It might not be the kind of shirt you reach for every day, but it’s certainly a fun one to play around with or crack out on a special occasion. And whether you pair it with chino shorts, white linen pants — or your favorite pair of raws — it’s going to be a great look.
Available for $345 from Corridor.