Knit polos are everywhere. The style’s rise to the top isn’t all that hard to understand: they’re comfortable, come in a million different colors, and promise to up the swank factor considerably on any outfit you’d usually wear with a tee. (The slew of high-wattage celebrity endorsements helps, too.) Really, what’s not to like?
If you’re reading this, we probably don’t have to do much convincing. So allow us to formally introduce a variation on the silhouette that might not be on your radar: the buttonless polo, an ever-so-gentle upgrade that—wait for it—does away with those pesky buttons entirely. If you’re the type of fella who already considers the buttons on his polos ornamental, ditching them for good shouldn’t be much of a stretch. But the simple tweak lets the polo do what it does best: help you look pulled-together no matter where you find yourself—a fancy dinner date, an impromptu run-in with the in-laws—while saving you from the starchy clutches of a stuffy dress shirt.
An added perk: The lack of buttons also creates a sharp “V” at the neckline, so the collar flatteringly frames your face. Combine that with shirt’s bicep-hugging, shoulder-swaddling sleeves, and it’s no wonder big-time action stars can’t get enough of it. And that pitch-perfect cut is precisely what makes one so easy to wear. Simply pair with pleated pants, loafers, and an A-list smile, and then toss on a necklace (or five) to eat up all that newfound real estate around your clavicle.