Consider the Polo, Again

Leandra Medine | May 15, 2014

Last September, I put on a white polo from Lands’ End, paired it with high waist de facto khakis by Dolce & Gabbana and called it a trend.

In hindsight, I looked like nothing more, nothing less than a West Coast gym teacher on her way to a gala. The polo didn’t fit quite the way I imagined it could and the pants were awful. Point blank. But that’s the thing about style, isn’t it? Sometimes you get it right and sometimes you get it wrong and if you don’t get it wrong every so often, you’re either not taking any chances or you’re Caroline de Maigret.

But I digress.

In the throes of a #throwbackThursday, I am climbing back (if that is figuratively possible) through the archives of Stella McCartney (and more prominently, her Spring/Summer 2011 collection), Rochas, Dries Van Noten and if you can call looking back one season “archival research” then I’m doing that with Rosie Assoulin too — and one common denominator keeps pointing its finger, while shouting “Marco,” at me.

Ostensibly, it is hoping for a “Polo” in return, which with the help of Rachel Comey, I am ready to retort.

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See, I think I found the actual polo for which I’ve been looking. With it’s plunging neckline and sensible knit worth, it whispers fashion without also yelling irony. I see the oatmeal colored one working nicely with a white linen sarong or tonal shorts or a really huge white ball gown skirt (prom, anyone?), and the red one looking cool tucked into some high waist denim (again, prom, anyone?).

Here, you know what actually, let me complete the look for you:

In it to win it or eh? LMK.

[Rachel Comey blouse, $253 via Rachel Comey]

  • Wockyjabber

    I love a good polo. I actually sported a black knit one from Zara and loved the look. I think it is a classic piece.

    • Leandra Medine

      Ditto that, Wocky.

  • monkeyshines
  • agnes szucs

    Because they’re not you average piquet polos, they could look stylish in many outfits… but who knows, maybe the ’90s nostalgia will get us back the real ones, too… 🙂


  • GapToothedGirl

    I reconsidered, but no thanks. To my body it doesn’t fit at all, we’re on two sides…
    xox, Gap.

  • The Beauty Inbox

    Old man chic. Loving it.

  • myFashionSalvation

    Love the plunging neckline. Perfection.

  • charmystique

    Old-man fashion? Count me in!!! Really am digging that plunging neckline.

  • Sara

    Polos suddenly look appealing! The fabric really does it.

  • NicholHoosier

    I love to Play a good Polo.