According to historians, polo originated in Asia over 2,500 years ago. The first version of polo originated in India. The term "polo" obviously refers to the equestrian sport of the same name. In the 19th century, Joseph Sherer (a lieutenant attached to the Bengal Army) discovered polo and decided to bring the sport to the British Empire. At the time, polo players wore long-sleeved shirts made of thick cotton. The problem at the time was that when moving, the collar wandered a bit, which could be annoying. To remedy this, they added a button to hold the collar in place. It was one of the founders of the Brooks Brothers who, attending a polo match, found the idea brilliant and brought it back to the United States.
It was not until 1920 that the real polo shirt as we know it today appeared. It was a tennis player of the time named Jean René Lacoste who rebelled against the thick, long-sleeved shirts that tennis players had to wear. He decided to create a short-sleeved shirt with a shortened buttonhole and a longer back panel. In addition, he changed the material and used piqué cotton. The polo shirt was born. Since then, many variations have been created, such as short and modern collars, all kinds of colours and prints, and long and short sleeves.
The most important thing to know is that you should choose your polo shirt according to your body type. If you're a slimmer person, don't wear a shirt that's too close to the body, but rather something that's a bit snug. If you're of average build, as you probably know, you can wear anything. So it's best to go for a polo shirt that fits your shape without constricting you. Finally, if you're a strong person, choose a wider cut than a straight one.
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