Polos came into style in the 1930s but became a true closet staple in the 1970s when women embraced the androgynous look for the casual collared shirt that men had enjoyed for decades. While polos are typically considered a male garment, they are a whole lot more versatile than just that. Though they indeed have their sporty reputation, polos can actually also be quite chic. While polos tend to be more in the semi-casual zone, they can actually be stretched into a more professional look if you know how to style them.
Aside from being comfy and casual chic, women’s polo shirts are also a great choice to wear while working from home. The clean-cut collar appears really professional on video calls. For the perfect work-from-home look, a nicely fitted polo shirt will usually do the trick of helping you feel dressed for the job while also keeping you comfortable. Whether you’re working from home or going out somewhere, read on for our tips on how to make a polo shirt look chic for any occasion.
Whether you identify as a minimalist or not, the sleek look offered by a minimalist approach to dressing can make a polo shirt look good. Sleek often leads to chic, and this is especially true for a polo look. Minimalism means taking advantage of your clean-cut neutrals for an outfit that looks super chic and classy. Wear a neutral-tone polo shirt with a pair of high-rise jeans or wide-legged pants. Tuck in the polo shirt and slip on a pair of heels, and voila, you have yourself a super chic polo look with a minimalist flavor.
Similarly, wear your polo shirt with a fancier pair of skinny jeans or slacks and a pair of heels or mules for a chic approach to wearing polos. Pairing your neutral polo shirts with other neutrals in your wardrobe, such as slacks or sleek pants, will help your polo shirt feel a little more chic.
The monochrome approach is another method of styling that will make almost any garment look chic, including polo shirts. Women’s polo shirts come in just about every color, making it easy to style them in a monochrome fashion. Wear a women’s black polo with a pair of black slacks and a bright accessory that gives you that pop of color for a sleek and timeless look.
Alternatively, let your polo shirt be the pop of color. Wear black suit pants and a blazer set over a bright red or white polo for a chic and cool look. Get creative and experiment with different polo colors combined with various monochrome palettes. As a rule, sticking to neutrals (e.g., khaki) will look a little more professional than wearing bright colors.
While polo shirts aren’t necessarily included in one’s “work wardrobe” selection, they can be dressed up to make them look the part. Styling polo shirts so you look more professional is a great way to make your favorite polo feel chic enough to wear to a wide range of occasions. While polo shirts always look great with jeans, up your game by dressing up your polo with a pair of women’s black jeans and a tailored blazer. Because polo shirts are the perfect balance of pulled together and off-duty, they are certainly easy to dress up while still maintaining that special down-to-earth look.
Accessories can change the feel of an entire outfit, including a classic polo look. Adding the right accessories to your polo outfit can help your ensemble look chic. Adding a silk women’s scarf, for example, to your polo look will help give it a more classy flair. Some other great accessories are a stylish handbag, classic jewelry pieces, and the right pair of sunglasses. Feel free to get creative here and try on different pieces of accessories with your polo shirt to see what looks best for you.
One of the easiest solutions in the book to make something more stylish is to throw a skirt on it. Opt for a nice pencil skirt instead of a pair of jeans for a classy look. You can get a little more adventurous and wear your polo shirt with a maxi skirt or midi skirt for a stunning look.
Alternatively, dress down one of your favorite dresses that are too over the top for daytime wear by slipping a well-fitted polo underneath. While this may not sound fashionable, we keep seeing this look pop up everywhere from the street to the catwalk, so it’s worth giving it a whirl to see if this look is for you.
For those who thought polos were a long-gone piece of uniform, think again. Polos are versatile pieces that can be easily styled to have you look sleek and stylish.