The Not Pique Polo
When an outfit is restricted to only a shirt, belt, shorts, watch, and shoes, it can be hard to find ways to spice things up and avoid getting caught in the uninteresting, stale loop that makes you feel like you’re a different Big Box sales associate, depending on the color of the day. To counteract the negative ill-fitting look imparted on us by decades of corporate uniforms we have to hammer in hard on the details.
The soft, cloud-like cotton polo shown here from one of our favorite brands, Alternative, is a subtle aesthetic switch up from your run-of-the-mill pique polo. First, the smoother cotton versus the texture of a pique polo can have a surprising dual effect. If choosing to pair with casual shorts and tennis shoes the smooth cotton can play almost like a t-shirt, tapping into the overall casualness. On the flip side however, paired with slim, dressier shorts and penny loafers, a smooth cotton shirt now enhances the dressiness in a way a pique polo can’t.
The collar, placket, and sleeve trim are stitched sturdily, the shirt itself is heathered, while staying polished. This sleek cotton polo makes a subtle statement with its left breast pocket – all very unique details that take this look from boring polo and shorts to something that creates dimension with texture and color.