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The polo shirt is a true men’s style staple.
Yet despite its ubiquity in the male wardrobe, it’s not a garment that typically comes in for much affection or enthusiasm.
Perhaps this is because of the negative associations with which the polo shirt is laden. It is often thought of in terms of a uniform — either literally, as in the required get-up of a pizza delivery man or elementary school student, or metaphorically, as the go-to garb for corporate drones and preppy fraternity brothers. The polo is further seen as the default of the sartorially lazy — something a guy dons when an event requires a shirt with a collar, and he can’t be bothered to even button up an Oxford.
Yet the polo deserves a little more love than it typically gets. Falling between a t-shirt and a dress shirt, it’s the perfect garment for the many events in life that aren’t at all formal, but aren’t outright casual either. It’s a great shirt for summertime first dates, backyard BBQs, and when you’re not sure exactly where the plans for your day or evening will take you.
Even in terms of casual everyday wear, the cool, breathable polo shirt is just as easy and comfortable as a tee, but looks a notch more put together, so that swapping the former for the latter is a zero-effort way to upgrade your summer style.
And far from being blandly uniform, or only worn by one type of man, polos have been popular with widely varied groups, from Nantucket yachtsmen to West Coast skaters; there are different types of polos for different occasions, and they can be worn and styled in many different ways.
In other words, contrary to popular opinion, the polo shirt is quite versatile and can be sartorially interesting. Truly, the polo shirt is clutch.
Today we’ll take a look at how to elevate it beyond the realm of casual Fridays and suburban dad-dom — how to wear a polo with style.
In its early days, tennis had a touch of aristocratic flare and was played in a get-up known as “tennis whites” — flannel trousers, a dress shirt (with sleeves rolled up), and even a tie. Thick, heavy, hot, and cumbersome, these garments obviously didn’t lend themselves well to playing an active, outdoor sport.
Seven-time Grand Slam winner René Lacoste decided to do something about this issue, creating his own ideal tennis shirt. Made of a comfortable, breathable “jersey petit piqué” cotton, the white short-sleeved shirt eschewed buttons all the way down for a placket of three up top, and included a soft, unstarched collar that was still stiff enough to flip up to protect his neck from the sun. The flexible, lightweight shirt also had a longer tail in the back to keep it tucked into René’s trousers.
Lacoste debuted the shirt at the 1926 U.S. Open — which he won in both comfort and style. The following year, Lacoste, who was nicknamed “the Crocodile,” adhered the now famous reptilian logo to the breast of the shirt. And in 1933, the retired player began to manufacture his garment for the masses.
The “tennis shirt” caught on with other kinds of sportsmen, particularly polo players. These athletes had developed their own “polo shirt” — the Oxford button-down (the buttons on the collar were designed to keep it from flapping in your face as you galloped about the field) — decades prior. But Lacoste’s short-sleeve garment proved even more suitable to the game, and was so widely adopted that even tennis players began to refer to it as a “polo shirt.”
Wear Pajamas To Work Day
After spending a hectic day getting your taxes filed in time for the April 15th deadline, it’s time to enjoy the day after by celebrating Wear Pajamas To Work Day. This holiday is celebrated on April 16th and encourages everyone to go to work while wearing their favorite pair of pajamas. Of course, if a person does that they’re going to want to make sure their boss is okay with the idea. Fortunately, there are plenty of bosses who are okay with this holiday and allow their employees to be a little more relaxed while they’re working.
The History Of Wear Pajamas To Work Day
This holiday has been around for quite a few years and can be traced all the way back to 2004. This is when Pajamagram launched an advertising campaign that encouraged people to wear their pajamas to work. It was intended to be a one-off campaign, but people liked the idea so much they have celebrated it ever since.
Facts About Pajamas
While we were researching this holiday, we came across some interesting facts about pajamas. Although most people give little thought to their pajamas—unless they’re scratchy or need to be washed—pajamas are actually an interesting item of clothing that’s worth a closer examination.
It’s believed that pajamas go back to the Ottoman Empire and were first invented in India.
Pajamas could’ve also originated during that time in Turkey or Iran.
In Southern Asia, pajamas are often called “Night Suits.” This is also their name in parts of Africa.
The largest footed PJ party in the world was held on March 11, 2012, in Texas. 309 adults attended.
During the 1920s, some people would wear their pajamas to the beach.
Prior to the 1950s, flapjacks on pajamas were common to make it easier for the user to use the bathroom.
Pajamas originally began as only loose pants tied at the waist.
During the 17th century, pajamas were introduced to England as lounging attire. They quickly fell out of fashion.
At the beginning of the 20th century, pajamas were reintroduced as women’s sleepwear.
Celebrating Wear Pajamas To Work Day
Celebrating Wear Pajamas To Work Day is as easy as wearing your PJs to work—with your bosses’ blessings of course. It’s also a good day to use the hashtag #WearPJToWorkDay on your social media accounts to encourage other people to celebrate this day as well. After all, there are few things better than being able to go to work wearing your pajamas and not get stared at for doing so. It’s just a shame that all of us can’t wear our pajamas to work every day of the year.
Hooded sweatshirts, often referred to as "hoodies" now hold a permanent place in fashion. The hoodie was a piece of clothing that started out primarily as workout wear. Now you can find hoodies made by famous clothing designers and ranging in price as high as the hundreds of dollars for some designs. Why has the hoodie become so popular? Let's take a look at who wears them the most.
The hoodie is definitely geared toward the younger generation. The urban clothing industry is definitely in the lead for the creation and marketing of hoodies. The trend can be traced back to rappers who wore them as a way of looking sinister. Now the trend has taken off and any urban clothing enthusiast would have at least one hoodie in their wardrobe. Famous hoodie brands include Christian Audigier, LRG, and BAPE (Bathing Ape). These clothing designers know what the young crowd want - unique designs that give the individual a sense of personal style.
Hoodies are no longer just popular for males. Clothing designers have created hoodies that fit the frame of young women as well. They do not fit large and bulky the way most men prefer their hoodies. Women'hoodies are made to fit a woman's frame to still accentuate her figure. The urban look of the hoodie compliments both men and women when wearing a cool pair of jeans and some fly kicks.
The hoodie is not limited just to the urban clothing scene. Surfers and skateboarders are big fans of the hoodie as well. It is not uncommon to see both surfers and skateboarders sporting their favorite brand of hoodies on the beach or at the skate park. Popular brands for these hoodies include Element, Billabong, and Hurley. Not only are hoodies creating a fashion statement, but they are practical for a surfer who is attempting to stay warm after catching some early morning waves.
T-shirts come in different styles, colors, and sizes, to suit the unique tastes of global citizens. But something we rarely think about is the history of t-shirts–how did the t-shirt originally come into being?
T-shirts were originally worn by veteran men as undergarment beneath their uniforms, but have since evolved to become a tool for branding and self-expression.
Here’s the history of t-shirts, and how they’ve evolved throughout the years.
The Beginning of the T-shirt: The Earlier Years
T-shirts were first introduced in United States sometime around the time of the Spanish World War. They were given to members of the U.S. Navy to be worn as undergarment beneath their uniforms.
Previously called a union suit, the first form of t-shirt was from New York. A union suit was a one-piece garment in white color with buttons in front. Nowadays, we’d probably call it a onesie, despite the fact that it’s used as an undergarment and is tighter and more close fitting than it’s modern counterpart.
Why sweatpants are the best. No contest.
Some days are made for sweatpants. You know the ones – maybe you feel a little bloated, or after a long week of wearing suits to the office, you just want to unwind. And it’s also nice to have something you can move in when you’re wrangling the kids, running errands or just going for a walk with the dog. These days, sweatpants don’t have to scream, “Hello world, I’ve given up,” as they can look as stylish as anything else in your closet.
They’re not ugly any more. We promise.
Back in the day, your average pair of sweatpants were best reserved for occasions like “I have the flu” and “the baby was throwing up all night.” Baggy, shapeless and unattractive, they were just plain ugly. Sweatpants have undergone a major style transformation though, and you can now find ones with feminine cuts and waistlines you’ll want to show off instead of hide. And they come in every color you can imagine – not just heather gray.
They’re just so comfortable.
Finding a way to feel comfortable while looking good is a must for surviving the roller coaster ride of life. When you need a hip yet laidback outfit, try some slim-fitting sweatpants in black paired with your favorite sneakers and a cute v-neck tee. The soft, stretchy fabric is completely forgiving, but the cut will compliment your curves without offending your style sensibilities. Just tie your hair in a loose bun, reach for some sunglasses, grab a cute bag and you’ll be ready for anything.