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A POLO SHIRT, also known as a golf shirt and tennis shirt, is a T-shaped shirt with a collar, typically a two- or three-button placket, and an optional pocket. Polo shirts are usually made of knitted cloth (rather than woven cloth), usually piqué cotton or, less commonly, silk, merino wool, or synthetic fibers.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, tennis players ordinarily wore "tennis whites" consisting of long-sleeved white button-up shirts (worn with the sleeves rolled up), flannel trousers, and ties. This attire presented problems for ease of play and comfort.

René Lacoste, the French 7-time Grand Slam tennis champion, decided that the stiff tennis attire was too cumbersome and uncomfortable. He designed a white, short-sleeved, loosely knit piqué cotton (he called the cotton weave jersey petit piqué) shirt with an unstarched, flat, protruding collar, a buttoned placket, and a longer shirt-tail in back than in front (known today as a "tennis tail"), which he first wore at the 1926 U.S. Open championship. Beginning in 1927, Lacoste placed a crocodile emblem on the left breast of his shirts, as the American press had begun to refer to him as "The Crocodile", a nickname which he embraced.

PIQUÉ refers to a weaving style, normally used with cotton yarn, which is characterized by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing. It creates a fine textured surface that appears similar to a waffle weave. Commonly used for polo shirts.

A T-SHIRT is a shirt which is pulled on over the head to cover most of a person's torso. A T-shirt is usually buttonless and collarless, with a round neck and short sleeves.

T-shirts are typically made of cotton or polyester fibers (or a mix of the two), knitted together in a jersey stitch that gives a T-shirt its distinctive soft texture. T-shirts can be decorated with text and/or pictures, and are sometimes used to advertise.

The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece "union suit" underwear into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. T-shirts, with and without buttons, were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.

Following World War II it became common to see veterans wearing their uniform trousers with their T-shirts as casual clothing, and they became even more popular after Marlon Brando wore one in A Streetcar Named Desire, finally achieving status as fashionable, stand-alone, outer-wear garments.

A T-shirt typically extends to the waist. Variants of the T-shirt, like the tank top, crew neck, A-shirt (with the nickname "wife beater"), muscle shirt, scoop neck, and the V-neck have been developed. Hip hop fashion calls for "tall-T" T-shirts which may extend down to the knees. A 1990s trend in women's clothing involved tight-fitting "cropped" T-shirts that are short enough to reveal the midriff. Another popular trend is wearing a "long-sleeved T-shirt", then putting a short-sleeved T-shirt of a different color over the long-sleeved shirt; this is known as "layering".

A HENLEY shirt is a collarless men's casualwear pullover shirt, characterized by a 4-6" long slit beneath the round neckline, usually having 2-5 buttons. It essentially resembles a collarless polo shirt. The sleeves may be either short or long sleeve, and it can be made in almost any fabric, although cotton and cotton-polyester blends are by far the most popular. Henley shirts are generally regarded as menswear, although women sometimes wear them, too.

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  • 3 Ways to Fold a T-Shirt - The New York Times.
  • 5 Best Menís White T-Shirts - "A white T-shirt is a blank canvas. You can wear it solo or under a sweater. Or, if youíre the protagonist of a certain Andrť Aciman novel, you can toss it on the dock while you go for an impromptu swim in Italy circa 1983. There are literally hundreds of white T-shirts out there. With help from a fashionable and diverse panel of testers, weíve landed on our five favoritesóstylish, well-made, comfortable, and flattering shirts that will suit a wide range of body types and budgets. Our picks include a universally praised white T-shirt of exceptional quality, a versatile shirt with a boxier fit, a super-soft slim-cut tee, a high-end, splurge-worthy shirt, and an affordable white T-shirt that comes in lots of sizes." Wirecutter | The New York Times.
  • 6 Simple Striped Shirts for Summer - The New York Times.
  • 10 best high street T-shirts & polos - in pictures - "T-shirts this spring have a throwback feel. Look online for tie-dye or graphic prints to wear with relaxed shorts."
  • 10 of the best men's T-shirts - The Telegraph.
  • 10 of the best polo shirts for men - The Telegraph.
  • 11 Stylish White T-Shirts That Elevate the Wardrobe Staple - "Itís hard to argue that an article of clothing as ubiquitous as the white tee is having a moment. But thanks to Jeremy Allen Whiteís portrayal of the damaged, perpetually T-shirt clad Chicago chef Carmy Berzatto on the recent FX hit The Bear, that simplest of clothing items is garnering new interest."
  • 13 Very Best Black T-Shirts for Men - "White T-shirts get a lot of attention, but letís not forget their equally versatile counterpart: the exceedingly wearable, deceptively simple black T-shirt. Itís a staple you can wear to work, the gym, and on a date. Plus a black tee is the perfect high-low uniform."
  • 20 polo shirts to brighten up your spring wardrobe - The Telegraph.
  • 21 best menís polo shirts for the golf course to the office - New York Post.
  • 33 Vogue Editors Share the Best White T-shirts for women - "Throughout the history of pop culture, from Marlon Brando to Kendall Jenner, the white T-shirt has been ingrained in both our lives and our wardrobes. How do you find the best white T-shirt? It might seem like a simple question, but tracking one down that checks all the boxes - from fit to comfort - is quite a feat. After all, the more minimal a clothing item is, the more its flaws become glaringly clear. No one likes the feeling of slipping on a boxy, ill-fitted white tee that is as stiff as cardboard against their skin. Finally, however, the search is over."
  • 60 years of LGBTQ+ T-shirts - "Professor Eric Gonzaba has documented thousands of tops tracing history, humor and activism in the US and beyond."
  • 70 years of the Fred Perry polo shirt - "Since 1952, the tennis starís design has been worn across cultures and generations. Now a Design Museum exhibition relives its rich cultural history."
  • 253 Supreme T-shirts expected to sell for $2M in Christie's auction - "In 2014, James Bogart bought his first T-shirt from the cult US streetwear brand Supreme. In the six years since, he has acquired every single retail-released tee sporting the label's iconic box logo -- a collection now expected to sell for around $2 million."
  • $300 T-Shirt Mark Zuckerberg Didnít Wear in Congress Could Hold Facebookís Future - "Is Zuck's corporate worldview modeled on that of Brunello Cucinelli, the man who makes his gray tees?"
  • A New Wrinkle in Logo Dressing - The New York Times.
  • been there, done that, bought the T-shirt - "Expresses the speaker's complete familiarity with a situation, with overtones of cynicism or exhaustion."
  • Croc O' Shirt - was a line of apparel marketed by Mad Dog Productions, mocking the Lacoste shirts in the early 1980s. When Lacoste sued, the line was terminated.
  • Frank Ocean's blonded RADIO Surprise Drops Two Tees - "Celebrating recent episodes of the multi-hyphenateís radio show."
  • Fred Perry withdraws polo shirt adopted by far-right Proud Boys - "Company distances itself from US fascist group as it halts sales of garment in North America."
  • Germany to redesign Adidas soccer jersey numbering amid Nazi symbol controversy - "German soccer authorities will redesign the number '4' on the country's national jerseys amid claims it resembles a logo used by Nazi paramilitary units."
  • Henley Shirt - collarless pullover shirt, characterized by a round neckline and a placket about 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) long and usually having 2Ė5 buttons. It essentially is a collarless polo shirt. The sleeves may be either short or long, and it can be made in almost any fabric, although cotton, cotton-polyester blends, and thermals are by far the most popular.
  • How Loro Piana makes the most heavenly polo shirt - "For almost 100 years, Loro Piana was known only to fashion insiders. Now, the secret's out - and one piece is the perfect embodiment of its soft power."
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  • How the Knit Polo Took Over Hollywood - "The biggest actors on earth are turning to this shirt. The good news? You can, too."
  • Is Pradaís £270 white T-shirt pure Ďfilthí - or a designer bargain? - "The internet has been up in arms over the brandís plain white cotton top, but, shockingly, it doesnít come close to being the worldís most expensive T-shirt."
  • James Bond's Favorite Polo Shirt Can Be Yours - "The Riviera Shirt, famously worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, reprises its role in Sunspel's Ian Fleming Collection."
  • Lacoste - Wikipedia.
  • PiquÉ (weaving) - or marcella, refers to a weaving style, normally used with cotton yarn, which is characterized by raised parallel cords or geometric designs in the fabric. Piqué fabrics vary from semi- sheer dimity to heavy weight waffle cloth.
  • Polo shirt - also known as a golf shirt and tennis shirt, is a form of shirt with a collar, a placket with typically two or three buttons, and an optional pocket.
  • Quarter-zipper becomes the new status symbol for men of a certain position - "John Lewis says it has sold 62% more quarter-zips than crewnecks since the start of the year. What do David Beckham, Rishi Sunak and Fendi models have in common? Theyíre all big fans of a quarter-zipper. Polo necks with a little zip that runs from neck to chest have become the new status symbol of men of a certain position as they ditch the shirt and tie aesthetic."
  • Reinventing the Humble Tank Top - "The old-fashioned undergarment is enjoying a renaissance. The first look at Matthieu Blazy's much-anticipated debut for Bottega Veneta was none other than a plain ribbed cotton tank top."
  • Suits & T-shirts: the last tailoring frontier? - The Telegraph.
  • The Deeper Story Behind Roman Royís Walmart T-Shirt in the Succession Finale - "Letís overanalyze Romanís (now sold-out) $14 tee from the childrenís section and what it tells us about the showís real winner."
  • The reason Mark Zuckerberg wears the same shirt every day - "'I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community. Even though it sounds silly that thatís my reason for wearing a grey t-shirt every day, it is true.'"
  • The T-shirt, Beloved by All, Gets a New Look - The Cut.
  • The True Cost of a $12 T-Shirt - "The average garment worker earns barely half the pay needed to reach a decent standard of living. The monthly minimum wage for a Bangladeshi garment worker is equivalent to $75, meaning a worker can make less than $3 a day. Many are unable to afford staples like meat."
  • The Very Best Menís Long-Sleeve T-shirts - "Long-sleeve T-shirts are an underrated wardrobe staple. 'Short-sleeve tees may get all the love,' explains stylist and fashion designer Jordan Page, 'but the long-sleeve tee is often the more appropriate choice, for both style and function.'"
  • Upturned collar: tennis shirts - is an otherwise flat, protruding collar of either a shirt, jacket, or coat that has been turned upward. With the advent of the tennis shirt, however, the upturned collar took on a whole new purpose. In 1929 René Lacoste, the French 7-time Grand Slam champion, decided that the stiff dress shirts and ties usually worn by tennis players were too cumbersome and uncomfortable for the tennis court. Instead, he designed a loosely-knit piqué cotton shirt with an unstarched, flat protruding collar and a longer shirt-tail in back than in front. This came to be known as the tennis shirt. Lacoste's design called for a thick piqué collar that one would wear turned up in order to block the sun from one's neck. Thus, the tennis shirt's upturned collar was originally designed by the inventor of the tennis shirt, himself, for ease and comfort on the tennis court, aiding the player by helping to prevent sunburn.
  • Watch: how to fold a T-shirt in two seconds - The Telegraph.
  • Why it's time to dust off your polo shirt - The Telegraph.
  • Why Robots Canít Sew Your T-Shirt - "Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes. But itís hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans."
  • Why Steve Jobs Chose This Designerís Turtlenecks - "The real beginning of the fashion-technology love affair and its legacy lies with Issey Miyake, who died last week."
  • Xinjiang cotton found in Adidas, Puma & Hugo Boss tops, researchers say - "Researchers say they have found traces of Xinjiang cotton in shirts and T-shirts made by Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss, appearing to contradict the German clothing companiesí promises to revise their supply chains after allegations of widespread forced labour in the Chinese region. Recent reports have suggested more than half a million people from minority ethnic groups such as the Uyghurs have been coerced into picking cotton in Xinjiang, which provides more than 80% of Chinaís and a fifth of the global production of cotton."
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