Polo shirts may conjure up images of the golf course or stuffy preppy wardrobes, but they are actually more versatile than that. The key to wearing a polo is pairing it with items that give it a more modern, feminine feel -- which means you may want to ditch the khakis and sneakers. Instead, get creative and combine it with unexpected pieces that showcase your curves.
Button It Up
Wearing a polo with the top few buttons undone can make you look like you just stepped off the golf course. Button it all the way up for a fresh, polished look. Wear it with a pair of flirty scalloped shorts or a swingy floral print skirt to give your outfit a more playful feel. Add a more contemporary feel by tucking your polo into your shorts or skirt.
A polo shirt that is boxy and loose can totally hide your curves and give your outfit a masculine vibe. To balance the look of a more shapeless polo, wear it with pieces that offer some sex appeal. A fitted pencil skirt may be the ideal companion to your polo when you want to look flirty and polished. Wear a polo with skinny jeans, particularly in a bold color like cobalt or red. Ditch your flats in favor of wedges or heels to up the sexy quotient of your polo outfit.
Wear a polo shirt as a layering piece. For a casual look, wear it under a fitted denim or corduroy jacket. For a more polished look, wear it under a blazer at the office. Wear a polo instead of a button-down blouse under a crew neck sweater so the collar peeks over the neckline. The layering look also works in reverse – wear a stripped polo over a solid waffle knit long sleeve tee for a sporty look.
While a polo has a casual feel, that doesn’t mean you can’t pair it with statement accessories that give it some contemporary flair. Button it up and wear a colorful bib style necklace, or layer several strands of beads over it. If you’re wearing your polo unbuttoned, a long pendant style necklace may be a better option. Bold earrings can also help make a polo look more modern – pull your hair up and wear a pair of chandelier or hoop earrings to spice up your look. Even an armful of bangle bracelets can give your polo more of a contemporary feel.
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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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