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What is the history of the polo shirt?
Shirts worn by polo players were a nineteenth-century version of today’s button-down collar oxford. Fine for work or a night out, but a little restrictive for a handful of chuckers atop a heaving, sweaty pony. At the turn of the century, polo players wised up and began to switch to a long-sleeved cotton mesh knit shirt. That material provided a little more give and comfort during action. A tennis player in the 1920s adopted that cotton mesh shirt in a short-sleeved style. It more or less remained on the court and in only a few casual wardrobes until 1972, when we introduced our signature logo polo shirt—a new American classic.
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