The polo shirt is a classic wardrobe piece, thanks to its combination of comfort and “smart casual” style. But no two polo shirts will fit or flatter the same. So Bloomberg looked at 200 polo shirts from 32 brands and how they fit on eight different-bodied men to help you find what would work best for you.
The body types are various combinations of tall, average, or short plus attributes like skinny, athletic, “Dad bod,” and more. For each body type, the site recommends four polo shirts (ranging in from $22 to a couple hundred dollars), but more importantly, you can hover over the shirt photos to see specific shirt feature recommendations.
It’s a little annoying to try to hover around to find the clothing tips, but worth it. Some sample tips: Jersey is a good material if you’re in shape, while a thicker weave is more flattering if you’re concerned about looking heavy. If you have muscular arms, look for sleeves that hit mid-bicep for “maximum muscle flattery.” If you plan to wear the polo untucked, ideally, the bottom of the shirt should hit just below your belt.
Although the shirt suggestions are geared towards men, many of the clothing tips could be universally applicable — depending on your body type, that is.