One of the most collectively agreed upon reasons why we’re often left with nothing to wear is a lack of simple, high-quality, all-around basics. One such item everyone needs is the polo, a closet staple that has perhaps stood the test of time more assertively than any other piece of clothing.
Women (and men) have a history of wearing polos to the office, but they’ve long shown to be a surprisingly perfect fit for places beyond the workplace. When worn open, it’s an easy bathing suit coverup; when worn with a pair of jeans, it becomes an errand-day must. It can be styled endlessly for occasions casual to formal, proving itself to be a wardrobe basic to beat.
One of our favorite iterations of the polo is an oversized style, with dropped sleeves and a looser fit, that feels more casual, nonchalant, and effortless. It’s perfect not only for how it looks, but also for its practicality in our perpetually hot weather. Today, we’re showing you a few ways to style it, according to fashion influencers.
LOOK: 10 Ways to Style an Oversized Polo
1. White Polo + Crop Top + Mini Skirt + Pumps
Ashley Garcia pulls together basics in white—a polo, cropped top, mini skirt, pumps—to make a refreshing look. She throws on a pair of black sunnies and hoop earrings for a small touch of accessorizing that doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the look. The whole ensemble is the textbook definition of “white hot,” keeping things fresh and sexy all at once.
2. Patterned Polo + Skinny Jeans + Heeled Loafers
Here’s a fashion-girl way to do the classic shirt and jeans combo. Choose a polo that’s on the playful side (like Liz Uy’s multi-stripe pick) and let it be the main attraction. Style it with everyday basics that are just a bit more elevated—like a skinny jean with a rolled hem, and a pair of loafers with a small heel.
3. Polo + Trousers + Sneakers
A polo and trouser combination used to be reserved for the office, but in looser silhouettes, it proves to be street style ready. Take a look at this outfit by Faye Balogo, which sees an oversized blue polo paired with high-waisted gray trousers. It’s finished off with white sneakers and a shapeless bag, making it look and feel more casual. For your next errand day, keep this outfit in mind.
4. Polo + Trousers + Boots
Alternatively, here’s the polo and trouser pairing done with a little bit of an edge. Angelique Manto wears a crisp white polo dangerously low (we recommend keeping a few strips of fashion tape on hand for this), bringing a little sexiness to an otherwise covered-up look. For that final bit of spice, she wears a pair of black boots, making a look that we’ll definitely copy for the next rainy day.
5. Polo + White Tank Top + Denim Cutoffs + Sneakers
Give your go-to tank top and denim cutoffs combo a little texture by way of an oversized polo. It can act as a jacket of sorts, but a lightweight one that’s more appropriate for the year-round heat. Add a touch of sophistication with some sleek accessories, like a nylon purse and white sneakers.
6. Polo + Trousers + Heeled Sandals
Forgo the idea of needing to tuck in an oversized polo. When left hanging down, it can look incredibly chic. Just take a look at this outfit by Tricia Gosingtian, which sees the piece buttoned just at the top, and paired with high-waisted trousers. If you’re heading to the office soon, this is an easy ensemble you can throw on.
7. Polo + Corset + Trousers
Oversized polos, in all their nonchalance, have the ability to make everything look dressed-down cool. This is at work in Aika Agustin’s outfit, which sees a white polo, floral corset, and off-white trousers. The corset is made a little more daytime-friendly with just a polo shirt on top. Practice this with any of your tops for going out, and see how it can extend their wear.
8. Polo + Matching Shorts + Bikini Top + Chunky Sandals
Here’s reason 5000 to get an oversized polo: its versatility! You can wear this staple as frequently on the beach as you can in the city. Such is shown by Camille Co, who wears hers with a matching pair of shorts and a bikini top. It makes for a cool beach look that’s put-together yet effortless.
9. Polo + White Bikini
If your beach outfits feel a little drab, consider adding a pop of color by way of a bright polo. Put on a neutral-hued bikini and cover it up with an oversized polo in the color of your choice. Vina Guerrero goes for a green one, which instantly adds some interest to her all-white look.
10. Polo + White Trousers + White Purse
Wearing white is a no-fail way to get that “clean girl” look. If that’s the aesthetic you’re going for, do it like Rei Germar who wears her lime-green polo with trousers and a purse in white, and finishes the look off with an effortless updo. Consider your next brunch look unlocked.
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