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Our first polo shirt in life was probably the ubiquitous Lacoste tee. This iconic sporty top was invented 100 years ago for polo players who needed short sleeves on the playing field. The collar to soak up sweat while the 3 button snug top enabled comfort and versatility. Today it is the universal top for men dressing casual. Here are the 8 top brands and then some. For our year-round hot climate, a polo shirt is cool and classy.






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Designer Marc Jacobs wore a pink polo dress years ago, the other photo is from London Menswear for Summer 2015. Fashion forward forever.





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David Beckham in a total sporty look. Hat, polo shirt and skinny jeans in indigo blue. Don't forget the white trainers.





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Polo dressing is a big trend for Spring 2015, check out this chic number by Numero Uno designer Thom Browne.




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This sophisticated and always young brand is rooted in preppy codes and archival looks. Check their take on the must-have polo shirt.






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You can never go wrong for ease and good taste when you pick out one of their latest re-incarnation of the polo player. This label is strong and sure in the local fashion industry.






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Rhett Eala literally put this label on the Philippine map. Timing and great design sold out millions of versions and colors of the short sleeved item. It became our badge of honor, the excellent gift to bring abroad for gifting friends and relatives with our country's map then our Philippine flag. This company made us nationalistic.






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Owner and CEO Ben Chan published a book on the basic black polo shirt worn by his many celeb friends photographed by maverick lensman Jun de Leon. Every season is the tweaked, re-configured comfy tee in such yummy colors and the price is always right. I love all my Bench polo tops!






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The original is still the best. Now in many weaves like MESH, combed cotton jersey, pique even cashmere. The crocodile logo still gobbles up all competitors. Yes even POLO by Ralph Lauren. This French super brand stays on top of the HIT LIST for the past 100 years.


Larry Leviste

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