Suit Direct’s Go-to Guide: How to Wear a Polo Shirt With a Suit

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As good as any button-down shirt when you’re in need of something more smart-casual, the polo shirt comes out on top and should be an essential part of any man’s formal wardrobe.

Also, with summer now in full swing and a new season upon us, it’s the perfect time to tone down our attire and opt for pieces that are comfortable, versatile and, above all else, breathable. The polo shirt is a style saviour for smart-casual days, so it’s only right that it can be dressed up and paired with a suit for a smarter event.

Originating in India in the mid-1800s, the polo shirt was, well, worn by polo players (hence the namesake), and both the game and the shirt soon caught on in Britain. But given its adaptable nature, it’s had a new lease of life with modern-day styling.

If you’re feeling a little stuck on how to wear a polo shirt with your favourite (or a brand-new) suit, Suit Direct’s go-to guide will sort you out. Whatever your occasion may be that’s coming up, we’ve got the suit and polo shirt combination to suit all needs and styles – no tie necessary.

Keep Things Simple

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In need of a more smart-casual approach to suits without breaking the bank, nor do you love making a statement? Pair a navy two-piece suit, like this one from Scott by The Label in a classic navy pin-dot design, with a simple, signature white polo shirt – no one does them like Ben Sherman.

If you’re not feeling the all-white polo, opt for a pop of colour with this striped placket number – both shirts come in 100% cotton for supreme comfort too.

Keeping your attire simplistic and laidback can still be incredibly smart. Unbutton the collar for a more down-to-earth approach, and pair with black loafers or a pair of black Scott & Taylor lace up shoes.

Go Retro With Clashing Colours

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Fancy standing out from the crowd at this event – or enjoy it whatever the weather? Turn up the modern-retro feel with a polo shirt in clashing geometric prints or colourful stripes. Ben Sherman is your go-to hero brand for this look, given its 1960s mod heritage.

Why not team this vintage-inspired red jacquard polo shirt with a suave blue Panama suit by this charcoal suit by The Label.

If you’re not into prints, keep it monochrome with this mustard yellow textured knit polo – a classic you can’t go wrong with. Go for the full 1960s experience with a pair of black desert boots by Ben Sherman, or keep it simple with black brogues – like these from Marc Darcy.

Think Outside The Box

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This is attire to have fun with, so be daring if you want and opt for clashing colours and prints. Try a baby pink suit on for size – like this subtle one from Limehaus – and pair it with a maroon polo with navy tipping, or this signature piece in a vivid sea blue.

Why not test out cool slate grey? It’s Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2021, after all. Rock up to your chosen occasion – be it prom, a wedding or the races – in this grey Ted Baker suit, matched with a lemon yellow shirt or a forest green one for an added touch of colour.

Smart shoes really not your thing? You can easily wear trainers with this look, so slip on some all-white JACK & JONES trainers or a trusty black pair, like these from Ben Sherman.

Fancy shopping more pieces online at Suit Direct? You can buy your favourite polo shirts here, and our suits here. Follow us on Instagram @suitdirectuk for more inspiration.