Whether they’re a staple in your closet or a remanent of your personal style’s past, the polo shirt is so much more than its seemingly preppy appearance would suggest. The polo infuses even the most polished outfits with a sporty, laissez-faire undertone and strikes the perfect balance of laid-back and chic. The secret to pulling it off without feeling like a golf caddy? Tailored separates and edgy accessories. From the boardroom to brunch, here are three non-preppy ways to work that polo.



To instantly sass up that standard shirt, pair it with a punchy graphic pencil skirt. Bold colors and equally as eye-catching prints balance out the polo’s preppy vibe. Mesh lace-up booties impart a touch of athletic edge, while a structured tote and sleek gold accessories complete the look with a classic yet modern polish.

Lacoste Classic-Fit Pique Polo ($90) + Koshka Triangle Choker ($8), Angela & Roi Sunday Tote II ($150), Au Naturale Lipstick in African Affair ($22), Clover Canyon Spilled Ink Graphic Neoprene Skirt ($139), Dea Dia Ridge Cuff ($173)

Party On


A polo as part of your night-out ensemble? Totally. The key here is pulling together on-trend add-ons and separates with an edge, like a leather jacket, geometric drop earrings and fashion-forward mules to create balance. While this might not be something you’d want to rock on a fancy date at a five-star restaurant, it’s on-point for drinks with your besties or tapas at your favorite bar.

Lacoste Classic-Fit Pique Polo ($90) + River Island Multi-Row Open Ring ($15), Sondra Roberts Clutch ($175), Michael Kors Mule Sandals ($150), Sophie Blake Clara Drop Earrings ($120), DKNY Fringed Mini Skirt ($270), Zara Faux-Leather Biker Jacket ($99)



Play up that polo’s sporty vibe with jazzed-up joggers and casual, contemporary accessories. Leather-look joggers and metallic flat sandals set the tone for the rest of the outfit and ground the look in sports-luxe territory. A color block bag plays up the outfit’s minimalist feel, while a denim jacket is the ultimate topper to drive home this look’s laid-back vibe.

Lacoste Classic Fit Pique Polo ($90) + Eugenia Kim Oceania Turban ($38), H&M Denim Jacket ($40), Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch ($199), Clare Vivier Leather Shoulder Bag ($120), Calvin Klein Prisma Color Block Metallic Flat Sandal ($89), Topshop Paneled Faux-Leather Joggers ($70)

What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!