Polo. In the 19th century, the British military began with the earliest version of the polo shirt, which they created when they brought the sport to England from India. The original shirt had long sleeves and was made of thick cotton, and was improved upon by English polo players attaching their collars to their shirts with buttons to keep them down in the wind.
Tennis. The garment became more like the one we have today when French tennis player Jean Rene Lacoste designed a more comfortable, short-sleeved collared shirt made of piqué cotton, an innovative fabric that was more breathable than the previous cotton. The flat collar and button placket also made the shirts more comfortable to wear while playing tennis, and the crocodile-emblazoned brand is still a favorite today. Polo players adopted this new version of the “polo shirt” in the 1930s.
Golf. The polo shirt started becoming popular on golf courses in the late 1900s as attire for the sport became more casual, and some adjustments were made to the button placket and fabric to fit the sport better. Today, a polo shirt is required in the dress codes of many golf courses across the country.
Whether you prefer to call it a polo, tennis, or golf shirt, this item is loved by both men and women today, and can be worn in a variety of occasions with all different types of pants and shorts. Get in touch with Benefit Marketing to get your logo on one of these universal garments today!