SS22 polo trends

A polo shirt is one of those essential basics for casual wear: sporty, simple but always a little more elegant than a simple t-shirt. Polo shirts can also be trendy pieces that can be found on the catwalks of men’s fashion weeks in Paris and Milan, as shown in the spring/summer 2022 season.

FashionUnited has summarized the trends surrounding the polo shirt and finds that there is something for everyone.

Huge

One of the easiest ways to add variety to the polo shirt is to oversize it. Loose shirts were particularly popular in the skate and streetwear scenes in the early 2000s and were sold by brands like Zoo York and Pelle Pelle. The French fashion house AMI and the Italian brand Ermenegildo Zegna are reviving this trend today. An extra large polo shirt is also part of Tommy Hilfiger’s collection collaboration with actress Indya Moore.

Photos: TommyXIndya, Ermenegildo Zegna SS22 via Catwalkpictures and AMI SS22 by Imaxtree (left to right)

Model

Small detail on a chest pocket or large format, printed or knitted, the patterns of the polo shirts paraded on the catwalks at Hermès, MSGM and Bluemarble. The American label Kid Super shows off a long-sleeved striped polo shirt with a painted portrait in its presentation video and Ernest W. Baker affixed a red rose to his creation.

SS22-Photos: Ernest W. Baker via Catwalkpictures, Bluemarble via Catwalkpictures and Kid Super (left to right)

Knitwear

For those who like something more classic and less playful, maybe the chunky knit polo might be something. Many labels focus on colorful accents but also plain versions. The Parisian brand Casablanca, where polo shirts with wide variations are now an integral part of the collection, plays on color with cream tones. Solid Homme, meanwhile, presents a simple white knit polo shirt.

SS22-Photos: Fendi via Catwalkpictures, Casablanca and Solid Homme via Catwalkpictures (from left to right)

Redesigned polo shirts

But Casablanca isn’t content with just a regular-fit knitted polo shirt. The brand gives a loose look to another knitted model and shortens it into a crop top version. British fashion brand JW Anderson is completely replacing cotton fabric and instead using colored dots, reminiscent of a ruler. Y/Projects Glenn Martens combines his reconstructive design approach with polo shirts from sportswear company Fila, playing with the position of the collar and the cutouts.

Photo: JW Anderson SS22 (left and Casablanca SS22 (right)

Back to basics

If all that is too much for you and you prefer a classic polo shirt, Italian fashion houses like Berluti, Salvatore Ferragamo and Brunello Cucinelli offer simple polo shirts.

Photos: Berluti SS22, Brunello Cucinelli SS22 and Salvatore Ferragamo Pre-Spring 22 (from left to right)

But one thing is clear: there’s no getting around the trendy polo shirt for the Spring/Summer 2022 season. Joseph Brunner, menswear buyer at Browns of Britain’s luxury department stores, agrees. He has a little love affair with fashion polo shirts, which are better knit and a bit edgy, he told FashionUnited in an interview.

You can find out what else Brunner has in store for the SS22 season by clicking here.

This article has been translated from German.

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