A Popular Shirt Tale

Few garments have as firm a claim on the title of fashion classic as the polo shirt, or, as Ralph Lauren calls it, the Polo shirt. The exact origin of the knitted-cotton, soft-collar shirt with a floppy tail is unknown, but its widely recorded debut came in 1893, when it was worn by polo players at the swank Hurlingham Club, near Buenos Aires. Compared with traditional British polo wear of the era, the new tops were cooler and less restrictive. In 1920 one of Argentina's polo stars, Lewis Lacey, opened a sports shop in Buenos Aires, where he sold the shirt...

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