In Praise of the Tipped-Collar Polo Shirt (And 11 of Our Favorites)
A bit of contrast on the collar adds a lot of personality
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Polo shirts are an ideal layer, with one big caveat.
But first, the superlatives. The polo is more elevated than a tee, thanks to that collar, but less stuffy than a button-down. They’re also endlessly versatile (sporty, business casual, etc.) and usually long-lasting while maintaining a modest price point.
Still, many polos — particularly the solid patterns — possess what I’d call a “golf dad” vibe (though there are worse connotations).
If you’re not into crazy patterns, a polo with tipping on the collar and sleeves provides contrast and definition. And a better backstory.
For many, the association with tipped polos arrives via music. While GQ correlates their popularity with decades of Brit-rock, for me the style was a staple at the ska, punk and hardcore shows I attended in ‘90s and early oughts; I spent several years sporting a black Sick of It All polo with white tipping.
Several brands both classic (Fred Perry) and modern (Todd Snyder) are keeping the tipped polo alive. Below, 11 standouts:
The original “British subcultural uniform,” a twin-tipped classic with a two-button placket.
A slightly more modern and slimmer variation of the classic M12.
Unbutton this shirt and you’ll find yet another contrasting color that matches the collar tipping (also, this is your $20 option).
You want contrast? You want texture? This unique TS take is crafted from Italian cotton-silk yarn, and features contrast tipping on the placket, collar, pocket, waistband and cuffs.
A tighter fit with more aggressive contrasts — witness the black with double rust tipping.
A subtler tipping (collar only) and the added stretch makes this a comfier wear. Also? Now 60% off.
The contrasts here make this a bit more interesting than your typical white polo, and the technical aspects here mean it’s ideal for sports and summer.
Nothing punk rock about a $500 polo, which seems more appropriate for the designer’s annual Superyacht Regatta.
The mottled two-tone design adds a bit of texture to the design, and the linen adds a literal coolness.
A more timeless style and subtler tipping, this refined take is your country club entrance card.
A “thyme” colorway with fitted cuffs to show off those ‘tats.
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