Outdoor to Indoor: Tips for Styling Polos

Polos are the kind of shirts that command respect in the realm of men’s fashion. It’s a timeless classic that you can wear both indoors and outdoors. However, it’s the style that might matter most. That’s why we put together this guide to help make a polo look good - whether you transition from an outdoor setting to an indoor one (and vice versa). 

These shirts can be worn both in a casual or semi-formal setting. At the same time, they offer comfort, style, and functionality. So let’s dive right in and discuss the following tips on how to style for polos. 

Choose the right fabric 

The first thing to look for when selecting a polo shirt is the fabric it’s made from. High-quality materials like cotton or a cotton-polyester blend might be the best options. Especially if you are looking for something that is polished for when you are indoors. A good choice we recommend is Vintage 1946’s Garment Dyed Slub Knit Polo shirts.  

Nonetheless, cotton and cotton-polyester are breathable in terms of fabrics. Thus, it’s important to avoid jersey or performance blends if you plan on wearing polos indoors. However, they are appropriate for the purpose of outdoor activities so be mindful of that. 

Fit is key 

Your polo shirt’s fit is also important. A tailored fit will make it perfect as opposed to one that is too tight or too loose. If necessary, you can have them altered by a tailor. Baggy styles can be unflattering and sloppy.  

Bear in mind that you’ll want to look for the perfect size that fits you best. It may not be perfect when buying them off the rack. If you’re lucky, they can be a perfect enough fit to where tailoring them isn’t necessary. 

Consider experimenting with colors and patterns 

Polo shirts come in all kinds of different colors and patterns. This includes Vintage 1946’s Micro Bar Knit Polos.  Whether you’re looking for a bright pastel color or something dark, you can never go wrong. However, a lighter color may be the best option if you are planning on being outdoors on a warm day.  

Because wearing dark colors on a warm day is not always a good idea. Lighter is better so you feel much cooler rather than feel like you’re sweating to death. If you are indoors, dark colors are appropriate. There’s nothing wrong with the classic colors like navy, black, or white. 

Be strategic with layers 

Layering can be a good idea if you plan on elevating your polo shirt. However, this will be more appropriate for indoor settings. It can be paired with a cardigan or a lightweight blazer - whichever is the best fit for you. Before you add layers, it’s important to make sure the color and texture are able to work with each other rather than against. 

If the event is going on during cooler months of the year, adding a vest or a sweater can be a good idea. Especially when you want to keep warm while maintaining style at the same time. 

Accessorize or not? That is the question 

Of course, adding accessories to your ensemble is always worth considering. It can be something like a minimalist watch, a leather belt, or even a pair of dress shoes. Be mindful of the kind of accessories you want to wear. Don’t go overly casual however - baseball caps or sneakers won’t be appropriate with such an ensemble. 

Those accessories are best fit for the outdoors. Focus on accessories that are versatile for both indoor and outdoor use. 

Don’t forget the footwear

Finally, there’s footwear to consider as well. Indoor styles may call for dress shoes like loafers. Like accessories, it’s always a good idea to refrain from wearing footwear designed for the outdoors. Specifically, you want to avoid wearing sneakers or sandals. Comfort and support - albeit for long hours - will be the best option when it comes to the footwear that you want to select. 

Final Thoughts 

Putting together an ensemble that includes a polo shirt can be easily styled. Thanks to this guide, you’ll have a good idea of what to include. Polos can be quite useful in both an indoor and outdoor setting. And Vintage 1946 has the polos you want to look your best - no matter what the event is or if it’s held outdoors or indoors. 

Want to see what we’ve got for selections in our store? Don’t wait - check out our polos today and see which ones stand out to you.