The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

This versatile number will also see you through everything from a day at the office to that all-important first meeting with a girlfriend’s parents

A long-sleeved polo shirt deserves to be held up, alongside your slim-fit chinos and favourite smart sneakers, as a true hero item in your everyday wardrobe. Not least because it promises to work with almost all of the other things already hanging in your closet.

It promises to both keep you cool as the weather gets warmer, whilst still available as a viable extra layer for any chillier days. The ultimate versatile number, it will see you through everything from a day at the office to that all-important first time meeting a girlfriend’s parents.

The renaissance of this all-star piece of apparel (many thanks, Mr. Gosling) means that a polo shirt no longer belongs exclusively in the 1970s, or your father’s golfing clubhouse. So, with this in mind, read on for our round-up of the best you can buy — taking you from your 9-5 working week right through to Saturday evening’s date night.

Your weekend uniform...

Take your weekend attire from the mundane to the Milanese with one of these relaxed-look pieces. The lightweight handle and slim fit make any of these shirts a great option for layering under a lightweight jacket. Team with a pair of smart sneakers and light chinos to complete the look.

The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Caruso Slub Linen Polo Shirt

£260

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The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

John Smedley Lanlay Slim-Fit Polo Shirt

£180

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The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Incotex Slim-Fit Mélange Cotton-Jersey Polo Shirt

£235

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Your warming layer...

These transitional pieces prove that polo shirts needn’t be reserved for the balmier months. Whether finely knitted in Italy using soft, insulating cashmere, or crafted from 100% Merino wool — these hard-wearing staples will see you through the colder seasons in style.

Shrug one on under a camel coat or charcoal blazer — or team this simple style with a bold, patterned pair of woollen trousers.

The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Paul Smith Merino Wool Knitted Polo Shirt

£190

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The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Salle Privee Slim-Fit Cashmere Polo Shirt

£500

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The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Tom Ford Sea Island Cotton Polo Shirt

£740

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Your office-ready essential...

Swap your usual white button-down for a relaxed office alternative with one of these smart polo shirts. Perfect for pulling on under a suit for a business-ready look, why not try rolling up the sleeves and teaming with a pair of sneakers once you’ve clocked off?

The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Berluti Wool Polo Shirt

£650

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The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Luca Faloni Brera Polo Shirt

£125

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The long-sleeved polo shirt will up your layering game

Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton And Silk-Blend Polo Shirt

£440

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