How To Wear Polo Shirts Without Looking Like A Caddy

Remember women's polo shirts? They were our staple piece for years and years, but fell out of favor as their collars got popped, their hems "fashionably" frayed, and they became the piece of choice for bros and bimbos from putting green to sandlot. However, the recent '70s trends has pulled our attention back to the collared knit shirt, and we're seeing them in a fresh, new light. It's hard to rock this trend without feeling a little cheesy, but we think that there are more similarities between a polo and a button-up shirt than you might think. Ahead, five ways to think about wearing the polo shirts you stored away half a decade ago. It's time for an exhumation!
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All The Way—Like your button-up shirts, polos look fresh and prim when each button is fastened. Tuck it into a flirty skirt or a pair of shorts to make it more playful.
ASOS Washed Polo Body, $35.86, available at ASOS.
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Get Campy—A slightly rolled sleeve, high-wasited trousers, and a soft, jersey fabric might scream 'Camp Counselor', but we think it works if you pair it with blingy jewelry, high heels, and a confidant swagger.
American Apparel Tri-Blend Shirt, $35, available at American Apparel.
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On Its Own—Margot Tenenbaum is still your style icon, so pay homage to her with a tennis dress. Make sure the cut is loose but still flattering, and forgo your belt this time.
Petit Bateau spring '11, image via Petit Bateau.
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Learn To Layer—The polo is the perfect layering piece. Pair a colorful windbreaker with a long, striped shirt, and a heathered polo, and you'll have a mix of looks that feel new, not dowdy.
A.P.C. Sport Polo Shirt, $275, available at A.P.C..
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Borrowed From The Boys—A boxy, loose-fit polo can tone down a sultry pencil skirt. Keep it untucked for a look that epitomizes thrown-together ease.
Band of Outsiders spring '11, images via Style.com.
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