Polo Knits Are The Only Tops We’re Wearing This Season

Georgia Murray

This season's hero piece – the knitted polo – is a heady hybrid of two very different but prevailing trends. It makes sartorial sense that the athleisure and '70s trends would come head-to-head at some point, having gained serious momentum over the past few years. The polo top is reminiscent of both the short-sleeved golf shirt and the dagger collar shirts seen on the dance floor of Wigan casino circa 1975.

Herein lies the beauty of the versatile knitted polo shirt: tuck it into a pleated skirt and pair with plimsolls and you have a look suited to the tennis court. Add flared denim, platform boots and gold jewellery and it's time to whack on the Four Tops and take a spin under the disco ball.

On the AW19 catwalks, Alexander Wang brought us traditionally sporty striped numbers with contrasting white collars, while Dior went all ladylike with tight-fitting tops layered under ballgowns and frothy skirts. The polo shows no sign of losing favour for next season, either; at SS20 last month, everyone from ACNE to Fendi via Jacquemus and Lacoste got in on the game.

Our favourites come courtesy of & Other Stories (a dreamy taupe made for autumn) and Fred Perry (classic white). Ahead, we've rounded up the best knitted polo shirts, from the hyper sporty to the vibey '70s.

This duck egg number from Mango will beat the winter blues.

Mango Openwork Knit Polo, $, available at Mango
You can't get more classic than a Fred Perry polo, and this pointelle piece is extra special.

Fred Perry Reissues Pointelle Knitted Shirt, $, available at FRED PERRY
Miu Miu does mint green.

Miu Miu Appliquéd Stretch-Knit Polo Shirt, $, available at Net-A-Porter
We're wearing this alone or layered over a rollneck when the cold weather hits.

& Other Stories Stretch Micro Knit Polo Top, $, available at & Other Stories
Weep: this colour combination is a match made in heaven.

Joos Tricot Exaggerated Point Collar Cotton Blend Polo Shirt, $, available at MatchesFashion.com
Monki's neutral number is ideal for those who find the trend a little out-there.

Monki Short Sleeve Ribbed Polo, $, available at Monki
Go heritage with RED Valentino's checked polo.

RED Valentino Lurex-Check Knitted Polo Shirt, $, available at MatchesFashion.com
Another blue beauty. We're wearing this with ecru denim flares.

Sandro Polo Style Sweater, $, available at Sandro
Of course Preen's offering would have some extra pizzazz.

Preen Line Fringed Cotton Polo Shirt, $, available at MatchesFashion.com
The '70s called! This rust shade is autumnal perfection.

Monki Ribbed Polo Top, $, available at Monki
For the more sportswear-inclined, this ASOS shirt is ideal.

ASOS DESIGN Long Sleeve Knitted Polo Top, $, available at ASOS
Another short-sleeved polo with no buttons, perfect for layering.

Monki Ribbed V-Neck Polo, $, available at Monki
Missoni's red and blue wool polo is a surefire classic.

Missoni Ribbed Wool Polo Shirt, $, available at Net-A-Porter
We love these vintage-inspired buttons.

Fashion Union Tall Knitted Button Front Polo Top, $, available at ASOS
Have you ever seen anything as perfect as this Prada polo? Mustard is our colour of choice for autumn.

Prada Intarsia Silk Polo Shirt, $, available at Net-A-Porter
When it's miserable outside, dress up in sunshine hues.

& Other Stories Knit Polo Top, $, available at & Other Stories
We're digging the rugby-inspired polo shirts from Stella Jean.

Stella Jean Striped Knit Polo Shirt, $, available at MatchesFashion.com
Team with dark denim and platform boots.

Mint Velvet Rib Polo Shirt, $, available at John Lewis
Monochrome and double white stripes? A stone-cold classic.

Moncler Striped Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt, $, available at Net-A-Porter

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