Everyone has seen polo shirts, but where did this garment come from? Surprisingly enough, the design originated in tennis. Rene Lacoste, a prominent French tennis player in the 1920s, grew frustrated with the traditional tennis clothes, which were restrictive and uncomfortable for playing the sport. He designed a shirt made of a knit fabric that had a flat collar and a buttoned placket, resulting in something far more versatile. In 1933, Lacoste created his own company.
Polo players soon adopted his design. Polo was such a popular sport at the time that even tennis players began to refer to their shirts as "polo shirts." When Ralph Lauren released his Polo line in the 1970s, the name became further cemented—and the rest is fashion history.
Today, polo shirts aren't just for professional athletes. They're used as part of retail uniforms, school uniforms, and everyday fashion. Girls' polo shirts are cute, breathable, and practical. They're similar to girls' Henley shirts, which are basically collarless polo shirts.
How to Wear a Polo Shirt
There are countless ways for your girl to wear a polo shirt! Pair a solid polo with some jeans for a basic casual look that can go from school to the weekend effortlessly. For more fun, dress her up in a polo shirt with a colorful striped or argyle pattern. Some polos even have butterfly or princess prints that are sure to please.
A polo can also pair well with a skirt. For extra glamor, give your girl a mid-length or full-length skirt. The resulting look will be glamorous yet unexpected. You might even want to try the look for yourself!
Shopping for Girls' Polo Shirts at thredUP
Does the thought of going to the mall to shop for your girl send little spikes of budgeting dread up and down your spine? Regular retailers may charge sky-high prices for polos, girls' T-shirts, and girls' tank tops. Show off your secondhand savvy when you head to thredUP, where you'll find like-new clothes at prices that will leave room in your budget to buy that new handbag you've been dying to have.
You don't have to be afraid of getting sub-par items from us. All of our item descriptions include a note about the item's condition, and many of the things we sell are so lightly used that they could pass as brand new! You'll also find that we offer clothes from the brands you know and trust, including Ralph Lauren and Gap Kid.
If you ever order something from us and aren't in love with it, send it back for free. Then, use your shopping credit to purchase something that your girl—or you—will fall head over heels for.