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1 Piece/3 Ways: The Polo Sweater

November 29th, 2013

Since the beginning of Articles of Style I’ve always taken pride in highlighting versatile menswear pieces that we consider to be smart, long-term investments.

As the weather on the West Coast continues to cool down, I’ve been gravitating toward long-sleeved polo sweaters.

Today I’m highlighting one of my favorites; a sporty chest-stripe version by Michael Bastian (available at Saks Fifth Avenue).

Here’s three different ways to wear it.

    1. Fall Polo Shirt


    Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

    It has long sleeves, but it’s still a polo shirt. Feel free to wear it on the skin, perhaps under a lightweight jacket or slim topcoat.

    This is a great look for traveling because it’s simple, comfortable, and has plenty of pocket room.


    Leave the 3-button neckline open and don’t jumble it up with a messy t-shirt poking out.

    Simplicity is key.


    A camel topcoat with white jeans is a very slick combination. Here the navy sweater gives it a dark base and the brown suede boots anchor it all down.


    • Tortoise and silver sunglasses by Matsuda
    • Camel topcoat by Ralph Lauren Polo
    • Blue Long-sleeve polo sweater by Michael Bastian (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations)
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti
    • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks

    2. Lightweight Outerwear


    In transitional seasons this sweater is enough to serve as lightweight outerwear.

    For the business casual crowd, consider wearing it over your shirt & tie for a sporty touch at the office.


    I like to offset my casual/sporty touches with some mean business shoes. I also just love these leather/suede blocked double monks, they were my first pair of custom shoes from Scarpe di Bianco.


    • Blue Long-sleeve polo sweater by Michael Bastian (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations)
    • Blue Club collar banker stripe shirt by Ralph Lauren
    • Navy knit tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Suede watch strap by Alpha Bravo Straps (etsy)
    • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
    • Grey flannel glenplaid trousers (part of suit)
    • Leather/suede double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco

    3. Layer in a Sweater


    Like a v-neck or cardigan, a long-sleeved polo can serve as a smart layer over a button-down shirt and under a tailored jacket (with or without a tie).


    The sporty chest stripe on this one makes it a perfect match for a donegal tweed suit and an oxford shirt – just as Mr. Bastian intended it.


    Again, when in doubt go with sharp, well-made shoes. These special edition “Jefferson” wingtips in cordovan are sure to last me a very, very long time.


    • Tortoiseshell aviator sunglasses by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
    • Brown Donegal Tweed Suit
    • Blue Long-sleeve polo sweater by Michael Bastian (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations)
    • Blue oxford shirt by Thom Browne
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
    • Blackwatch plaid wool socks by Ralph Lauren Polo
    • Cordovan “Jefferson” wingtips by Allen Edmonds


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford. 

    • John

      Hey Dan, how long are you going to be on the west coast for?

    • Juan

      How are those Massimo Dutti chukkas holding up, Dan? Would you recommend them? I’ve been eyeballing their wingtip boots for a while, but I’m worried about quality.
      Anyway, great stuff as always! I’d been waiting for a 1 piece/3 ways article for a while now, keep it up!

      • John B

        I got these chukkas last January I think and they’re holding up pretty good. The suede is in good condition (although the suede is a bit rougher around the ankle than on the vamp, not sure why). There is some discoloring on the sole, as seen in Dan’s boots, but it doesn’t bother me. They’re good value for money if you get them on sale (I paid about 50 euros for them).

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Quality is good, not great. I love the shape and style, and they’re very comfortable, even when walking long distances. I also got them on sale in Europe so it turned out to be a great deal. Hope this helps Juan.

    • http://undefined Joshua

      Look 3 is a COLD… I have a question tho. I myself am a grad student, husband and father to a born 7 month old baby boy. And as much as I’d love to own a truly bespoke suit from M.A.B. it’s not in the budget at this time. I do however own some suits from a few Made to Measure guys. Do have any Made to Measure companies outside of Indochino that have recieved the TSB stamp of approval. By the way, I am a big fan of all you guys. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Ben G.

      #3 is a fantastic look. Simple but powerful, walks the line between dressy and casual. Just great.

    • Hayes
      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Bastian doesn’t come cheap. Good news is, you should be able to find a similar style for a fraction of the price by a brand like Gant, J.Press, Brooks Brothers, Polo, etc. Won’t feel the same tho ;)

    • Kiel West

      This was a nice, practical break from the more overtly expressive stuff you’ve been putting up lately. Don’t stop doing the other stuff, but it’s nice to see something as ground level as a polo every once in awhile.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Kiel. We have a nice mix coming up, and a whole new experience & content schedule with the new website we’re developing…

    • cam

      hi dan hope all is well. love the post as i’ve always thought you were at your best in trad/ivy influenced pieces. not seeing the polo on saks’ website however…

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Saks’ online buys are separate from their brick & mortar. This particular style is only available in select stores, such as Beverly Hills and NYC :/

    • Harrymay

      What width Allen Edmonds do you wear? I recently tried the regular width(d ?), in wingtips and they were pretty tight. They didnt ave my size in wider sizes.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        I have some D (regular) and a couple E. The E is more comfortable, but I find the D will stretch over time. You could also invest in a shoe stretcher, which solves all these inconsistency problems.


    • Jakob

      This site is constantly evolving, which is a good thing. But these kind of posts are still my favorite. Great work, Dan!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Wait for our next evolution! Been working on it for months… It’s going to change the game :)

        Thx for your support Jakob.

        • Jakob

          Totally psyched!
          By the way, is that polo cotton? Or wool?

    • Kyle Leon Norville

      Now this… was a realllly dope post and generates alot of ideas to possibly try out. All 3 looks are great. My favorite has to be the 3rd.

      And now… the search for a camel topcoat continues.

      Keep it up!!!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thx Kyle!