Summer might not seem like an intuitive time to shop for long sleeve anything, save for one crucial exception: polos. Because with some semblance of normalcy (?!) back on the horizon, it’s time to turn your attention toward that most pivotal of post-pandemic priorities—looking hot. That’s right, friends. After a year predominantly spent swaddled in a sweatsuit wrapped up in a Snuggie that’s tucked inside of a Slanket—like some kind of unholy fleece turducken—hotness is back on the table. And if you’re looking to ease your way back into the whole “appearing attractive to others” thing, there’s no better set of training wheels than a classic long sleeve polo shirt.
For generations now, bonafide movie stars—from the first James Bond to (fingers crossed) the next James Bond—have leaned on the quiet power of the long sleeve polo shirt to project strength and dignity and, yes, thirst-inducing hotness. Long sleeve polo shirts are the official shirt of press junkets everywhere, because they show off your muscles (sexy!) while simultaneously covering them up (classy!), and also look put together and respectful while still feeling cool and casual.
In a menswear era where big and boxy is king, this is one area where a little snugness is actually welcome—you might even consider [gasp] sizing your polo down to really get that Ryan Reynolds-level bicep pop. Wear these long sleeve polo shirts with a suit, with jeans, with shorts, with whatever you damn please—the results will be the same. You will look hot, and it will feel good. After the winter we’ve all had, it’s the least you deserve.
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