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The Ubiquitous Polo There are many varieties of polo shirts. Here are the ones you actually want.
“The polo shirt was invented by René Lacoste, a world champion tennis player. He created a short-sleeve, knit body shirt with a collar as an alternative to the long-sleeve, button-down shirts tennis players wore as athletic attire,” reveals equestrian fashion designer, Arianna Anderocci-Vastino. Lacoste debuted the “tennis shirt” at the 1926 U.S. Tennis Open. Within a few years, it was adopted by English polo players and soon after became known by its current moniker. Lacoste was most likely less than pleased about that last development, since he was a tennis player. But, we’re pretty sure he’d be delighted by Anderocci-Vastino’s top picks for riding polos. By Carley SparkS
Show Polos »
With a sport, polo-shirt body and a show-shirt collar, show polos offer the comfort of the polo without sacrificing the look of the show ring. MuSt Have: The Kingsland lovita Show Shirt ($86) Kingsland’s Lovita has classic polo styling and a polyester/spandex blend, technical, quick-dry fabric. It comes in two options—solid with the sport striping on the shoulders and sleeves or colorblocked striping on the body. Both have great contrasting sleeve cuffs. LuSt Have: le Fash luxury Show Polo ($140) With the signature, hidden magnetic-closure collar, Le Fash’s Luxury Show Polo has a cotton/bamboo spandex knit body that allows for total mobility, and the technical performance needed to stay cool and dry. Wear it unbuttoned with jeans and a v-neck sweater, or under a show jacket for a classic show look.
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Fact: the tennis shirt was originally worn with the collar popped to shield the player’s neck from the sun. Technically, it’s a functional fashion statement.
MuSt Have: Goode rider® Cargo Polo ($48) Made out of a cotton/lycra blend, Goode Rider’s Cargo Polo is easy to care for, breathable, and has a flattering streamline fit. We love the shirt in the ivory and mocha diamond color (not shown) with contrasting stripes on the sleeve. LuSt Have: Gersemi Tyra Functional Polo ($72) Gersemi’s muted colors are great for crossover into multi seasons. Grey is a huge color trend for summer and fall. The body is made of a moisture wicking, Dry Zone material with UV protectant and four-way stretch, so it’s really soft. The six steel snaps and extra-long placket give it a sexier look. Carley Sparks writes editorial on the hunter/jumper community at getmyfix.org. Arianna Anderocci designs the luxe equestrian shirting line Le Fash (LeFashNY.com).
| March 2013
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