Polo Shirts
Make these polo shirts staples in your wardrobe. Courtesy of & Other Stories

There's no denying that button-downs our staples in our wardrobes. They're great for rocking solo or layered under a suit for those times we're in the office. More boxy silhouettes have risen in popularity lately, including shirts with the formerly panned, now almost universally loved shoulder pads. As much as we depend on them, we think they deserve a bit of a respite. Don't worry, we're not advocating for you to bare your bra or bra top as alternatives. No, we're proponents of swapping in polo shirts.

Polos have a similar yet different vibe from button-downs. Yes, the collars are close cousins, but the polo fit usually comes across as more relaxed, laid-back even. Which is part of the reason why they'll look totally fab layered under a blazer. Think of them as part of your work casual, quiet luxury game plan.

It's important to realize, however, that polos all have different personalities. You have the more polished, professional ones. Then there are the slightly oversized striped versions often also referred to as rugby shirts or jerseys. (The sportier versions can still be worn as part of a chic suit.) Some boast buttons near the neckline. Others don't. Speaking of necklines, a few really take the plunge, but we're OK with that. Most identify as shirts, while a handful are deemed sweaters. Either will get the job done as long as they aren't too bulky. It's layering season, after all.

Make one of your New Year's resolutions to introduce several polo shirts into your repertoire. We promise that it's pretty easy to stick to compared to, say, spending less time on social media. Your button-downs deserve some time off to kick off 2024 anyway. No need to shop around. Just pick your favorites from the list below.

Ulla Johnson Liese Ruffled Ribbed-Knit Sweater
Ulla Johnson

Ulla Johnson Liese Ruffled Ribbed-Knit Sweater, $490 at Net-a-Porter

Mango Striped Polo-Neck Sweater
Mango

Mango Striped Polo-Neck Sweater in Green, $59.99 at Mango

Peter Do Knit Polo Shirt
Peter Do

Peter Do Knit Polo Shirt, $376 at Mytheresa

Reformation Hermia Regenerative Merino Polo
Reformation

Reformation Hermia Regenerative Merino Polo, $128 at Reformation

Marrakshi Life Cotton-Blend Polo Top
Marrakshi Life

Marrakshi Life Cotton-Blend Polo Top, $395 at Moda Operandi

Saks Potts Serena Cotton-Piqué Long-Sleeved Polo Shirt
Saks Potts

Saks Potts Serena Cotton-Piqué Long-Sleeved Polo Shirt, $256 at Matches Fashion

Zara Wool Blend Knit Polo Shirt
Zara

Zara Wool Blend Knit Polo Shirt, $45.99 at Zara

Other Stories Knitted Polo Shirt
& Other Stories

& Other Stories Knitted Polo Shirt in Dusty Brown, $74.99 at & Other Stories

COS Rugby-Style Polo Shirt
COS

COS Rugby-Style Polo Shirt, $69 at COS

Pixie Market Caila Grey Collar Knit Top
Pixie Market

Pixie Market Caila Grey Collar Knit Top, $59 at Pixie Market

Maeve Long-Sleeve Scallop Polo Top
Maeve

Maeve Long-Sleeve Scallop Polo Top, $68 at Anthropologie

Mango Button-Down Collar Polo Shirt
Mango

Mango Button-Down Collar Polo Shirt in Brown, $45.99 at Mango

Bottega Veneta Ribbed Cotton-Blend Polo Shirt
Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta Ribbed Cotton-Blend Polo Shirt, $1,600 at Moda Operandi

Lukhanyo Mdingi Striped Wool and Silk-Blend Polo Sweater
Lukhanyo Mdingi

Lukhanyo Mdingi Striped Wool and Silk-Blend Polo Sweater, $417 at Net-a-Porter

Zara Polo Collar Interlock Bodysuit
Zara

Zara Polo Collar Interlock Bodysuit in Navy Blue, $29.90 at Zara

Max Mara Adorato1234 Cotton Twill Polo Shirt
Max Mara

Max Mara Adorato1234 Cotton Twill Polo Shirt, $695 at LuisaViaRoma

Daughter Edith Striped Wool Polo Shirt
&Daughter

&Daughter Edith Striped Wool Polo Shirt, $466 at Matches Fashion

Wales Bonner Sonic Striped Ribbed Stretch-Knit Polo Top
Wales Bonner

Wales Bonner Sonic Striped Ribbed Stretch-Knit Polo Top, $279 at Net-a-Porter

Mango Striped Polo-Neck Sweater
Mango

Mango Striped Polo-Neck Sweater, $59.99 at Mango

Equipment Rory Collared Polo Sweater
Equipment

Equipment Rory Collared Polo Sweater, $325 at Anthropologie

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