October 29, 2012  ·  style

Polo Sweater Buyers' Guide 2012

Good staple polo sweaters continue to be difficult to find, which is a shame because few single layers dress up a casual look so efficiently and comfortably. Although cotton sweaters have their place, ideally a polo sweater will be knit with some stronger fibers that will help it hold its shape. You'd like to be able to wear these things to work; saggy forearms and curled-up collars won't cut it. Some options shown here:

Paul Fredrick [$70] — The silk / cotton / cashmere blend is just about perfect for this sort of thing. Light, comfortable and strong. They run big; size down.

Le 31 for Simons [$40] — Cotton with some modal for stretch and lustre. Nice broad collar. True to size.

Nordstrom [$80] — 100% merino, so an undershirt might be necessary for the itch-prone, but a highly durable option. They run really big, which apparently nobody told Nordstrom's model here. (Trust us, when you wear the right size it looks pretty good.)

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