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The polo neck adds a refined touch to any outfit – casual or formal. Take notes as we highlight three ways to wear this versatile piece.
What is the secret to looking more Steve McQueen and less Dwayne-Johnson-circa-1994? Despite what most people think, the polo neck is not just suited to sophisticated French women. Seen on the likes of Armie Hammer at the Hollywood Film Awards last year, and Diddy and Jay-Z, who paired theirs with tuxedos at the 2018 Grammys, this is one winter must-have you don’t want to sleep on. Super versatile, affordable and functional, polo necks have an amazing ability to take your garb from drab to dapper with just a couple of add-ons.
Written by Emma Follett-Botha

1. Casual but cool for the streets

Copy A$AP Rocky’s denim-on-denim threads teamed with a polo neck in a hot mustard colour. A la A$AP, you can get away with wearing a polo neck in an unusual colour like fire-engine red, salmon or baby pink – just make sure the rest of your #ootd is more subdued. Pair it with a utility jacket and boots, or throw over a leather jacket and don a pair of crisp white sneakers for major weekend street-style appeal. You could also take your cue from Tintin’s Captain Haddock with a fisherman-chic thick-weave polo neck in a wool fabric, which serves as a chunky scarf and jersey built into one – perfect for staving off the crisp winter air.
JX denim jacket 899.95; Charter Club knit polo neck 499.95; JX chinos 359.95; cable knit beanie 149.95; backpack 499.95; JX sporty sneakers 399.95

2. The coat is the polo neck’s best friend

Polo necks in neutral hues complement longer-length coats beautifully. Take a page out of Ne-Yo's book and opt for classic white, or choose a grey melange polo neck paired with black jeans, a dark peacoat and sneakers to elevate your cold-weather outfit to new heights without sacrificing on style. This is a great in-between look for when you want to appear well put-together but don’t have the time to put too much effort into your ensemble. You could even choose to throw it back to the 1940s with a structured plaid coat – or opt for plaid pants instead.
Charter Club peacoat 2999.95; Charter Club knit polo neck 499.95; JX distressed denims 599.95; JX quilted sneakers 299.95 SHOP NOW; Persol sunglasses 3490

3. Formalise the polo neck with a suit

Baggy was big in the '80s, but if you are aiming for a clean-lined silhouette, go for tailored suits to wear with your slim-fitting polo neck, just like style icon John Legend. Nothing beats the suaveness of an all-black get-up – the black polo neck is said to be the male equivalent of a Chanel bag. When it comes to colour, grey, tan and ivory are fantastic winter options because they’re soft and blend better with the brown and charcoal tones that dominate the cold-season palette. A polo neck in a deep wine-red or berry tone will shine when layered with a solid-colour suit. Finish off with a pair of Oxfords, brogues or wingtips.
D66 checked suit jacket 1399.95; JX black polo neck 399.95; D66 checked suit pants 549.95; Dune London chelsea boots 1499; Guess leather strap watch 1995

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