The history of polo shirts dates back to the 7th century when the name of the garment itself was the “Pulu”, originating from Persia. It was a game in which men on horseback used to hit wooden balls with sticks. The attire that those horse riders wore is not known, but as this game came to India, during the British occupation, British players used to wear a long sleeved, button down shirt to take part in this sport. Then, in the mid-18th century a tennis star, Rene Lacoste, made a short sleeve version of the earlier polo shirt, to play tennis. Hence, Rene Lacoste is credited with designing the very first, modern-day polo shirt.
After retiring from the sport in 1933, Rene Lacoste started selling polo shirts in France. At first, these shirts were not available in United States, but then, in the 70’s, Ralph Lauren marketed the classic version of these shirts. Soon, other brands also followed and polo shirts became highly popular in the world.
Polo shirts are a classic fashion statement for a smart and comfortable look and are an essential for summer time wardrobe. It’s perfect for casual or formal occasions, and is often associated with business-casual wear. Some sporting clubs even require polo shirts for their dress code.
At GotApparel.com, we sell both versions of the polo shirt (i.e. the long sleeve and the short sleeve polo). Considering the fact that business-casual is currently in trend these days, we recommend that you try on the Canvas Hudson three button polo shirt which comes in seven different colors and has short sleeves. For those who are looking for a full-sleeve version, the long sleeve knit polo of Jerzees is a great choice for business-casual attire because it comes in seven colors, is stain resistant, and is sure to maintain you fashion sense at work.