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Polo shirts are a classic wardrobe staple. Brands such as Ralph Lauren and Lacoste are known for their bold, crayon-box polos that can be worn at any age in just about any setting. Bring out your preppy side with this fitted, collared casual shirt and up the fashion ante by layering it with a T-shirt. Layering adds color and drama to your outfit by amping up the texture and overall look. A single polo can be the foundation of countless outfits simply by switching up the undershirt.
Choose a well-fitting polo in a flattering, solid color. Black or white are versatile and perfect for work while red, purple or blue work well for weekends and casual days.
Contrast your T-shirt with the polo. Just the collar of the T-shirt will show, so this is a great opportunity to inject a pop of color into your outfit. Try a lemon-yellow tee paired with a cobalt blue polo or wear a bright red tee under a white polo. Don't bother matching your tee to your polo; adding a T-shirt in the same color adds bulk without adding any interest. Use the T-shirt as an accessory to add value and fun to your look.
Check the fit of the T-shirt. Polos typically are well-tailored and slim-fitting, so your T-shirt should fit snugly to your body. If the T-shirt is too big or too long, fabric will bunch up under the polo and make your top look sloppy.
Pull on your tee and tuck it into your pants or skirt. This will prevent the T-shirt from popping out under the hem of the polo. The only tee detail that should be visible is its collar. Anything more looks unpolished.
Pull on your polo and unbutton one button to show off your T-shirt. Fold the collar down or, if you're feeling sassy, fold it up.