Here at GQ, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all style solutions. Each of you—our precious readers, our adoring subscribers, even our relentless Instagram comment section trolls—has a set of sartorial codes entirely and distinctly your own, and it would be rude of us to presume that a piece of clothing will work for and look good on each and every one of you. We are not here to prescribe things you absolutely must own or police any sort of fashion laws; we’re merely here to recommend (hence the name!) stuff that we love in an attempt to complement and amplify your personal tastes. All that said: we found the perfect shirt, you guys. It’s going to look awesome on all of you. And you can wear it pretty much everywhere.
Folks, allow us to introduce the full-placket polo shirt. It is exactly what it sounds like: a polo with a placket that extends the full length of the shirt, the way a button-up’s might. That one minor adjustment gives an already versatile, highly attractive silhouette all the flexibility of an Olympic gymnast. Suddenly, your go-to, bicep-enhancing polo shirt is now also a cardigan that’ll look fly over tees, a dress shirt you can suit up with a blazer and slacks, and a vacation shirt you can leave wide open poolside in your flashiest trunks. They ooze midcentury, Miles Davis cool, but also feel right-now, Tom Holland-on-a-press-junket fresh. They are, the way U2 records used to be in the ‘80s and ’90s, everything all at once to everybody everywhere.
So the next time you catch yourself asking, “What in the world should I wear today?” take a deep breathe and relax, because you now have a definitive answer. Meeting a blind date at a bar? Slip one of these bad boys on with a ribbed tank, slim gold chain, and some tough blue jeans. Heading to your pal’s outdoor wedding? Cotton suit, shiny loafers, full-placket polo shirt with the collar spread wide. Got your regular Saturday tennis sesh in the morning? Leave a few buttons undone over some swishy shorts and crisp white sneaks. Whatever plans you have, whatever your body type, whatever your taste in fashion, one of these next-level, shockingly affordable polos is all but guaranteed to enhance your fit and earn you plenty of compliments. If you’ve got a torso and some place to be, these are the shirts for you.
All products featured on GQ are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.