The Knitted Polo Shirt Is A Summer Essential

By Astrid Carter | 21st August 2023
Menswear Knitted Polos

It may be one of summer’s longest running preppy staples, but the knitted polo shirt has had somewhat of a renaissance moment this year. From capsule classics to high street steals, here’s where to get the best ones from this season and how to style them…

A cotton polo shirt on a guy has kind of become the menswear answer to skinny jeans. Not deeply offensive, but you know, not that cool anymore. But a knitted polo shirt? A knitted polo shirt we can fully get on board with. Tapping into this season’s love affair with all things Italian style – we’re thinking Jude Law in The Talented Mr Ripley – the classic wardrobe staple tucked into slightly high-waisted pleated chinos and paired with loafers… * chef’s kiss.

Look to the menswear brands where capsule wardrobe is their USP: J. Crew, Sunspel, Reiss and the like. They all do beautifully crafted, soft-to-the-skin offering in muted shades, from off-white to cool cappuccinos to summer blues.


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If you’re after something that feels a little more elevated and that’s going to make a bit more of a statement, check out Scott Fraser Collection. They create batches of slow fashion pre-ordered pieces so not only is it a unique and exclusive offering but a sustainable one too. The Ripley knit polo in limoncello and off-white gets its name from our aforementioned menswear crush, and it will become a much-loved piece in your wardrobe whether paired with pleated trousers to layered casually over a vest and swim shorts.

On the highstreet, check out ARKET and M&S for pieces that belie their affordable price tags; and AllSaints and H&M for slouchier, statement shirts in knitted stripes which feel a little more contemporary.

‌Shop our edit of the best knitted polo shirts for men below…

Gant may have once been the epitome of dad fashion but they nail it with wardrobe staples. Take this milky off-white knitted polo and pair with baby blue track pants for a contemporary take on retro. Size up for a cooler, slouchier fit.

scott frasesr collection Ripley Ischia knit shirt (RELEASING MID AUGUST)

Ripley Ischia knit shirt

Scott Fraser Collection

Releasing Mid-August


Inspired by Jude Law in the iconic and effortlessly stylish The Talented Mr Ripley, Scott Fraser’s limoncello and ice cream knit will become a much-loved piece in your summer wardrobe

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