Menswear Pick of the Week: Bench Polos

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With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s finally time to gear up for spring and summer, so ditch the chunky winter knits and shed some layers. Investing in spring pieces is crucial right now, but it’s important to start with the basics: Case in point, the essential polo shirt.

Photo courtesy of bench-usa.com

Photo courtesy of bench-usa.com

The polo shirt is a versatile staple for warm weather style, and every guy should own one (or, really, three). Bench makes these in tough, textured cotton, so they hold their shape, but they’re still light enough to allow the wearer to stay cool. Guys can dress these up by coordinating with a blazer and some bold printed pants or dress them down with some dark, starchy denim and cool low-profile loafers. Think about the polo as a T-shirt, but one that’s a bit more grown-up.

Although it’s a style that’s remained the same for decades, the polo shirt has a history. Rene Lacoste, the legendary French tennis player of the ’30s, made the polo a pseudo-uniform for casual-yet-dressy spring and summer wear by wearing them (with his signature crocodile insignia) in nearly every one of his matches. Although athletic styles on the court have changed drastically since Lacoste, the polo has major fashion staying power. Plus, Rene Lacoste was French, so that automatically makes the history and style of these shirts uber classy. Lucky for us guys, we have a cooler alternative (temperature-wise) that allows us to avoid sweating profusely when dressing up a bit more when the weather is hot.

Bench Polo ($54 in a variety of colors at 10denza)

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