polo shirt is almost like a dogma: there is no questioning it, it simply exists in its discreet and constant way, a reassuring presence in your wardrobe, a security blanket that you can throw on at the very last minute over a pair of trousers without ever, ever looking of feeling too scruffy.
For its providential existence we must thank the world of sports, and particularly tennis, where the polo was born and bred before entering the fashion realm.
The first famous polo shirt is the one worn by French tennis champion René Lacoste, who was tired of playing in a long-sleeved shirt with a starched collar. And although it’s hard to tell if it was this idea that helped him win him the 1926 U.S. Open championship, what we know for sure is that ​​deconstructing and rethinking the shirt by hybridizing it with a T-shirt is something that made history.
After inspiring another famous tennis player who was soon to become a brand - Fred Perry - the lucky tennis shirt prompted the creativity of a talented New York fashion designer - Ralph Lipshitz, a.k.a. Ralph Lauren - who would once and for all officially all rename it "polo shirt", replacing the iconic Lacoste crocodile embroidery with the of a polo player logo.
Why polo? Because even the "Sport of Kings" had long since abandoned the rigidity of the Oxford shirt to embrace the comfort of this lightweight shirt with a soft collar and short sleeves, contributing even more to ennobling its image.
Sophisticated With An Edge: The Polo Shirt According To Zanone
Loosely inspired by the sporty-chic style of 1950s knitted polo shirts, often worn on golf courses or while driving sports cars, the Zanone polo shirt blends vintage references - from the contrasting details to the gently iridescent two-tone pique stitch - with an ultralight and naturally stretch cotton that feels great on the skin.
How to wear it
With denim or cotton five pocket trousers to elevate a casual look.
In a smart casual version combined with chinos and a sport jacket.
With a dash of creativity as shown above: over a dress shirt to replace your sweater.