How To Button A Polo Shirt by Tapered Menswear

How To Button A Polo Shirt

Polo shirts are one of the most essential items you could hope to have in your wardrobe. The versatility they have to offer cannot be compared to any other clothing item, and they are also affordable.

It’s easy to rock a polo with a blazer, pair of old jeans or even with shorts.

There’s a big debate that often takes place between those who wear polo shirts, however. Should you button up your polo shirt? If your polos have buttons you want to make sure you at least leave 1 or 2 buttons undone. Don't do the top button up as revealing more of your neck frames your face.

Should You Button Up Your Polo Shirt? 

First thing’s first, you shouldn’t stress too much about your buttons. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a hard and fast rule as to whether or not you should button up your polo shirt.

If you can’t figure out whether to go for buttoned or unbuttoned, then it’s helpful to default to having it unbuttoned. The reason for this is because it gives you a V shape in your neck, which lengthens its appearance.

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More neck length is never a bad thing, and if you look at most sharply dressed men, you will soon see that they often take advantage of this visual trickery in one way or another.

How Many Buttons to Button on a Polo

A polo button up shirt typically has two to three buttons on the placket, leading up to the collar. Traditionally, you can leave one button undone for a more casual look. For a neater or formal appearance, you may choose to button all of them.

However, it's generally advised not to leave all buttons undone. Personally I think this looks sloppy. But it's all about personal preference and the specific setting or style you're aiming for.

Is It Weird To Button The Top Button? 

It’s not weird at all to button up your polo, even to the top button. That being said, it is weird to pop your collar. Don’t even do it as a joke.

There are some instances where you would absolutely not want to button up your polo shirt though, such as if you are wearing a very casual summer outfit.

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Wearing a fully buttoned polo with a pair of shorts for example can make it look like you’re working at a safari park, and it’s just not the look you want to go for.

If you’re wearing anything other than shorts, or cargo pants, then you can usually button up your shirt right to the top without worrying about looking too weird.

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Why Do People Button The Top Button On A Polo? 

There are a couple of reasons why people choose to button up their polos. Some people like to wear a tie with their polo. It’s not common practice, but in some situations it can work.

You should always make sure that you button up your shirt if you opt for this style. If you don’t, then you can expect to look both awkward and sloppy.

Another instance where you would want to button up your polo to the top would be if you are wearing a blazer.

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It’s not that unusual to see someone style their polo with a blazer, as it helps to create a look that is clean and polished while helping you to remain casual.

When you wear a blazer with your polo shirt, you’ll want to do up the top button. It’s not necessary, but you’ll look better for it.

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Should I Button The Top Button On A Polo?

You should absolutely try and button up your polo from time to time. If you want your polo to look its best when buttoned up, then there is a golden rule that you have to follow.

When it comes to your polo, there’s nothing worse than having an untidy collar.

It doesn’t matter whether it is creased or uneven because it is unflattering, and it will ruin your outfit. This is especially the case if you choose to do up the top button on your polo.

If you can, keep your collar as tidy as possible so you can make sure that you get the best look possible out of your outfit.

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Struggling with collar curling? Use an iron or buy a polo with a shirt-style collar. This will help you to button up the top button while also making sure that you get the best result out of your outfit in general. 

Button Up Polo Shirt

Want to buy the best button up polo shirt? Maybe you just want a polo that doesn’t have the dreaded collar curl problem, or something that you can easily style with a blazer.

Our form fitting polos are specifically designed for athletic bodies. Tapered Fit button up Polo shirts were created by leading tailors and designers to fit the body perfectly, including the collar. With no logo sprayed across the front makes them ideal for formal occasions.

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Our revolutionary cut provides a 10" drop from chest to waist.

Fully fitted in chest and shoulders whilst tapering sharply down, giving a tailored look. No more bagginess in the waist.


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Closely Fitted At Biceps

Moulds to your arm and cut to the optimal length to emphasises the bicep peak.


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Super soft, breathable and allows complete freedom of movement.


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Perfect for formal occasions. 

With our non obtrusive logo stitched subtly on the waist makes our TAPERED Fit Shirt ideal for formal occasions.

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