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Prepare to retire your polo shirt this summer

If the last polo shirt you owned was part of your PE kit, you might be hesitant to see the latest Noughties trend make a resurgence. However, the preppy collared T-shirt – which was all over the catwalks in spring/summer – has a fresh take on 2024, which is all about femininity and shine.

Overall, preppy style was huge on the catwalks for SS24, but designers weren’t recreating Jack Wills adverts from 2008 – there was a girly, modern edge to much of the styling. Nowhere was this more true than with the ever-influential Miu Miu, which showed numerous polo shirts in its collection. These were paired with frilly miniskirts and sandals, and layered with other shirts and jackets.

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MSGM, Loewe, Miu Miu SS24

MSGM, meanwhile, took the traditionally sporty staple and contrasted it with something much more feminine. The brand sent an oversized, striped golf shirt down the runway, decorated with beautiful 3D flowers, and another shirt covered in feminine fringe. Chanel paired a striped polo shirt with bikini bottoms and huge heels for his cruise show, while Dries Van Noten deconstructed the rugby top and styled it with sequins and huge eyelashes.

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The polo shirt also received an elegant makeover at Givenchy. The brand showed a sleek black version with a matching ankle-length skirt, while Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon paired a simple gray polo with a lace pink pencil skirt. Emilia Wickstead made her polo shirt part of a summery two-piece cashmere suit and polo shirt aficionado Ralph Lauren brought the design back to his catwalk in the form of a gold lamé number paired with a voluminous tulle evening skirt. Loewe showed them with wide leather pants and Gucci paired one with matching shorts.

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Gucci, Givenchy, Carolina Herrera SS24

Whether worn with eveningwear, tailoring or miniskirts, the new version of the polo shirt is all about injecting a touch of athleisure into your look. We’ve also seen this on A-list and street style interpretations of the trend: Hailey Bieber paired hers with leather and denim, while Sienna Miller paired one with a miniskirt and platform sandals, as did Sabrina Carpenter. Sydney Sweeney wore hers over a plaid shirt, Pamela Anderson made her work with a glittering jersey maxi skirt and Zendaya – in her tennis-inspired Challengers press tour – wore one with a long white skirt and heels.

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A mix of smart-casual or masculine-feminine is the best way to make the 2024 polo shirt work. Dress up your polo with something chic – it will add a nice touch to a tailored suit or layer under your knitwear. Or swap your white tank top or T-shirt and wear a polo shirt with your girliest skirts instead, which adds a nice contrast and a bit of pizzazz.

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