You’ve seen them on the golf course; you’ve seen them with alligators on them.  You’ve seen them on the pensive model couples that need to eat more cookies.  They’re everywhere.  They’re the collared shirts with button up plackets.  They come with long sleeves, short sleeve, and no sleeves.  The color options are endless.  Pair it with a cardigan or sweater vest and a pair of khaki pants and you’ve just nailed casual Friday.

Other knits include turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, and those casual Friday cardigans.

While the most common styles of polo shirts are solid colored, styles can vary with piping accents and stripes, fancy panels, or specialty fabrics.  A quick breakdown of some of the most popular options are:

100% Cotton – Natural. Breaths well but does not dry quickly. Resists pilling. Tends to wrinkle and/or shrink.

Ring Spun and Combed Cotton – Natural cotton fiber that has been processed or spun creating a much softer feel and extended durability.

Polyester – Synthetic. Wrinkle and stain resistant. Holds shape and color. Durable. Garment feel is less popular than cotton.

Spun Polyester – Synthetic fiber with a much softer feel.

Jersey – Knitted instead of woven. Soft and breathable. Slight stretch. Softens with washing.

Pique – Knit fabric characterized by raised cords or ribs in an all over waffle, honeycomb, or diamond pattern. Quite popular with the golf pros.

Spandex – Super stretchy. Retains shape. Resistant to washing and perspiration. Spandex is usually blended with another fabric for polos.

Moisture Wicking – Draws moisture away from the skin to be quickly evaporated.

Anti-Microbial – Treated or natural benefit of the material (such as bamboo) to reduce odor causing bacteria.

Performance – Many of today’s performance fabrics combine moisture wicking and anti-microbial features.

Because embroidery has a higher perceived value, it is generally the choice for higher end garments like polos and knits.  Screen printing is, of course, always an option on polos and knits, too.