The polo shirt is a mainstay of prep style. Originating — obviously — in the sport of polo, there was no way that it wasn’t going to end up being a bastion of Ivy League style. Since its polo days, it’s notably traveled through the sphere of tennis and straight into our everyday wardrobes again. That’s thanks to the new era of prep coming through, plus the fact that it’s a style that settles perfectly into spring and summer.
But while we’re certainly not overlooking the classic piqué polo shirt this season, we prefer a more refined take on the style with knit polo shirts. From Don Draper to Tony Soprano, the disciples of knit polo shirts are all you need to understand that this piece is an icon in its own right.
With the help of Browns, we’ve rounded up 8 knit polo shirts to lead you into a sartorial spring and summer.
Shop the best knit polo shirts to wear this season below.
Beams Plus Knitted Polo Shirt
Beams Plus is one of the hotspots for our prep revival. Every item from the Japanese brand succeeds in combining classic silhouettes with more modern sensibilities. This polo is proof with a hairy mohair build that modernizes the old-time piece.
Manors Golf Polo Shirt
Buying prep staples from golf brands is galaxy-brain activity. Obviously, many golf brands can be counted out, but Manors Golf, which offers one of the most stylish takes on golf style, is a hub for fashion-forward pieces.
Andersson Bell Polo Shirt
Of course, Andersson Bell was always going to come with a less-than-classic play on the knit polo shirt. This multicolored, textured piece doesn't disappoint.
Brioni Waffle-Knit Polo Shirt
If you're in the market for classic pieces like knit polo shirts, then looking to the masters of heritage style is a safe bet. Brioni makes a refined men's outfit as few others can, so it makes sense that its waffle-knit polo shirt is one of the most authentic we've seen.
Wales Bonner Polo Shirt
Taking cues from the '70s, Wales Bonner's creations always feature bold hits of color. Here, those colors offer an eye-catching asset to the knit polo shirt. We also love the slightly larger collar for a visual boost.
Isabel Marant Geometric Polo Shirt
Knit polo shirts often feature repeating geometric patterns, but this oversized Isabel Marant detail is a serious head-turner.
Frescobol Carioca Ribbed Polo Shirt
Inspired by the sun-washed streets of Rio de Janeiro, Frescobol Carioca collections really come into their own in spring and summer. This ribbed polo shirt is ideal for a transitional fit or a summer evening.
Brunello Cucinelli Polo Shirt
Much like the Brioni selection earlier, there was never a doubt in our mind that a Brunello Cucinelli knit polo shirt would be a pitch-perfect, premium affair. Forget bold detailing; the fabric does all the talking here.
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