The polo knit – the ultimate layering piece


Ever since the 1950s the fine knit polo neck sweater has been associated with style and sophistication.

Greta Garbo adopted the look as early as the 1930s in the film Anna Christie. While subtly powerful, the attitude is also easy and relaxed.


Greta Garbo in the movie Anna Christie 1930

From the 1950s through to the 1970s, the black polo neck became associated with the beatnik set, artists and intellectuals. Actors such as Michael Cain, James Dean and Steve McQueen adopted the black polo launching it into the orbit of sexy sartorial style.


Steve McQueen in the move ‘Bullitt’ 1968

Versatile and undeniably flattering, the polo neck was soon framing the faces of the female stars and the fashion set as a wardrobe basic.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Photographer: David Cairns


Diane Keaton in the Columbia Pictures Movie: ‘Something’s Gotta Give’

The secret of the polo’s success lies in the fact that it draws the eye to the face.  Free of complication, a well fitted polo shows off the face and hairstyle from all profiles.

Audrey Hepburn, Funny face (1957) starring Fred Astaire

Audrey Hepburn, Funny face (1957)

Adaptations have been made over time.  The sleeveless version and the ribbed knit, either in black or white, join the fine knit black staple as iconic pieces.


Charlotte Rampling pictured in Paris in 1974: Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail UK


English model Twiggy Photograph courtesy 1960s

The polo is the ultimate fusion of comfort and sophistication that has remained on trend with the style heavy weights since the 1930s. Polished, structured and minimalist, what more is there to say except it’s time to get yours.

When making your choice –

  • Opt for black or white. It will put you a cut above
  • A fine wool knit is sophisticated and allows for layering
  • Look for a snug fitting neck and cuffs
  • A well fitted shoulder line adds structure