In 1972, when he designed his original Polo shirt, Ralph Lauren—who had long drawn inspiration from the heritage and glamour of polo—was inspired not by the sport of kings but by the art of living. The shirt he created was made to be worn, in all of life’s moments, and in any setting, from beach to city sidewalk. It was conceived and crafted to stand the test of time, to get better with age. And it would help define the best of American style, both at home and abroad, and from one generation to the next.
Explore our guide below to find your own version of Ralph’s iconic Polo shirt.
the perfect fit
Roomy without being oversized, it’s cut straight through the body for a timeless, borrowed-from-the-boys look.
Size Medium: 25" front length; 26" back length, 38½" bust.
A sleeker alternative to the Classic Fit, it’s equally chic with a skinny jean or pleated chino
Size Medium: 24 ½ " front length; 25 ½ " back length, 36" bust.
A body-conscious silhouette with a narrow, five- button placket and a hint of stretch. Wear it under a tailored blazer, or on its own
Size Medium: 24 ½ " front length; 25 ½ " back length, 35" bust.
CRAFTED, NOT MADE
Each mother-of-pearl button on every Polo shirt is meticulously cross-stitched in place.
The shirts signature rib-knit collar and armbands are meticulously constructed to resist stretching; a specially designed placket enables a flat, clean appearance.
The iconic Polo pony is itself a feat of craftsmanship, requiring a full 982 stitches to create.
BETTER WITH AGE