The Best Polo Shirts to Style Out This Summer

Best Men’s Polo Shirts

The Best Polo Shirts to Style Out This Summer

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So you want to get dressed up this summer? What do you do when the weather is so warm you know you’ll be uncomfortable in a standard button-up and sweaters are definitely out of the question? The perfect blend for casual to dressy summer occasions is the polo, a mix between a button-up and a t-shirt.

You’re probably familiar with the polo, but just in case you’re not, you should know that:polos have cut collars (usually with buttons), making them feel more sophisticated than t-shirts. They also have shorter collars than button-ups, making them seem a bit more casual and less intimidating, especially for an event where you don’t want to go full out dressy.

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Polos are perfect for summer, but what should you look for so you’re not a sweaty mess? The answer is to pick a breathable fabric:

  • Linen — One of the most breathable fabrics, is a natural fiber with a light weave to allow for maximum breathability.
  • Cotton — Probably the most familiar fabric, is also a natural fabric that allows air to circulate through it to help cool your body.
  • Seersucker — A thin, puckered fabric that’s usually part of the cotton family or made of a blend, is an extremely lightweight and a popular choice for summer clothes.
  • Synthetic blends — Promoted for their moisture-wicking abilities. Mostly blends of rayon, lyocell, viscose, polyester and spandex in multiple combinations. Think of something that’s a bit more activewear-ish.
  • Terry cloth — A fabric you’re most likely familiar with for towels. Heavier than most other fabrics on the list but absorbs moisture and dries quickly.

That’s what you need to know before shopping. These are the best polo shirts to shop this year.

OAS Terry Towel Polo from Huckberry


You’ll be seeing terry towel polos everywhere this summer. This OAS Terry Towel Polo takes your favorite terry towel and turns it into a wearable top for summer outings. It’s especially great for the beach or pool as it doubles as a towel when you’re fresh out of the water. Terry is heavier than cotton and linen, however it does absorb moisture and dries quickly, so it’s ideal for summer. Wear this to brunch and head straight to the pool or beach on a whim. It’s even versatile enough for work.

$99 at

Robert Barakett Zip Polo

Robert Barakett

If you want the softest polo you’ve ever felt, this one’s for you. Rober Barakett is known for its incredibly soft and comfortable tees, and this polo is made with the same exclusive Georgia fabric. Made with 100% USA-grown Pima cotton, it’s luxurious and keeps you cool. The zip front provides a more modern look while staying sophisticated. It’s a quality polo you’ll have for years to come.

$115 at

Jos. A. Bank Travel Tech Pique Polo Shirt

Jos. A. Bank

Available in 14 colors and two base sizes (Regular and Big & Tall), the Travel Tech Pique Polo from Jos A. Bank is a perfect pick for summer. It’s made from a blend of cotton and recycled polyester, giving it a lightweight and breathable feel, removing vapor from your body before it can condense into moisture. We also love the subtle style added by the contrast stitching along the sleeve and lapel area.

$45 at

Dandy Del Mar Sebastian Shirt

Dandy Del Mar

The buttonless neck, also known as a Johnny Collar, is also a huge trend going into summer. Dandy Del Mar’s version is effortlessly refined with the knit Sebastian Shirt. It’s a stylish short-sleeve sweater that’s made from 100% cotton, so it’s breathable for warm days. The ribbed collar, sleeves and waist add some dressier flare that compliments the diamond-shaped pattern. Pair it easily with shorts or a cropped pant for a nicer outing or event.

$169 at

Mango 100% Linen Polo


This 100% linen polo is a lightweight pick for those really hot summer days. It’s a slim fit that allows for breathability with a modern, elevated look. Simple yet chic, this linen polo should be in every man’s wardrobe.

$50 at

Zara Seersucker Polo Shirt


This Zara polo is made with seersucker fabric which has a puckered, crinkly texture that adds depth while keeping it lightweight. The cotton/polyester/elastane blend circulates air while providing some stretch for movement. Vertical stripes help slim the body while adding an air of class. The spread collar may not be loved by everyone as it can be quite large, but with a shorter neck cut and no buttons, it hits at just the right spot to add interest and keep you cool.

$40 at

Abercrombie Johnny Collar Geometric Sweater Polo


Another no-button polo, this Abercrombie Johnny Collar polo combines an exciting geometric design with single color accents for a beautiful piece that’s perfect for the office or the beach. Made of a cotton/polyester blend, it’s comfortable in the heat while feeling soft. The knit fabric adds an extra lavish texture that looks and feels expensive. Pair it with a blue pair of pants for a chic monochromatic look or rock with a contrasting neutral.

$50 at

The Tie Bar Full Placket Birdseye Stone Polo

The Tie Bar

This polo offers a different style with a full placket that buttons all the way down. It features a 100% cotton birdseye textile that feels nice to the touch. The contrast tipping and banded sleeves and waist make this polo feel even more elegant. It’s easy to throw this on unbuttoned and over a tank for a more casual look or wear it on its own or under a suit for more formal occasions. It’s a versatile piece to have in your closet at a great price.

$55 at

Lovert Premium Organic Cotton Polo


This polo provides a classic look with subtle tips on the sleeves and collar. It’s enough to add excitement without going overboard. Made from 100% organic and sustainable cotton, this polo is breathable and marked as Climate Pledge Friendly for a better planet. It’s classic comfort at an affordable price.

$35 at

UNTUCKit No Sweat Polo


This is the do-it-all, easy-to-take-care-of polo of your dreams. The sweat-wicking technology is designed to keep you cool and dry in every temperature. Made of polyester and spandex, this polo is wrinkle-free and provides plenty of stretch, so you can look sharp and feel comfortable without even trying. It’s great for golfing, the beach or even hiking if you want. The tipping details make this extra sharp to easily wear to dinner or drinks.

$78 at

Buck Mason Avalon Knit Polo

Buck Mason

Knit polos are stars of the summer, and this Buck Mason model is a neutral versatile enough for anything you’ve got planned. It’s a sweater shirt knit with textured 16 gauge cotton jersey, so it’s soft and refreshing in the summer heat. It has a slub texture to add more dimension and visual interest with ribs at the sleeves and hem to keep it in place. It’s a simple staple to wear all year round.

$95 at

Orlebar Brown X WHAM! Ridley Shirt

Orlebar Brown X WHAM!

Want to stand out? Behold this long-sleeve Orlebar Brown tropical print polo. It’s a lively collaboration with the band WHAM!, inspired by their song Club Tropicana. It comes in a lively bold print with a retro-inspired no-button collar so you can throw this right on with no fuss. The long sleeves will protect your arms from the sun, and the viscose/linen blend fabric will let air in to cool your body. There’s even a matching swim short if you want to rock a set and be the talk of the pool or beach.

$375 at

Three Sixty Six Long-Sleeve Quick Dry Polo

Three Sixty Six

If you’re looking for a technical long-sleeve to protect your whole upper body from the sun, this one from Three Sixty Six is your match. It’s rated UPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while also being made of material that’s moisture-wicking, four-way stretch and anti-odor. Wear it the next time you’re out in the sun for an extended period of time and look good while doing it.

From $23.95 at

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