Father’s day is coming! For those of you who don’t know, father’s day happens on the third week of June every year. It’s simply a day for us kids to show our gratitude to the man who protected us, supported us and most importantly loved us since the day we are born.
If you are scratching your head for the past few weeks, contemplating on what to buy for your dad. Well, here is a suggestion which I think it’s quite a general item for your dad.
Yes, polos aka collar t-shirt are one of the easiest and valuable gifts for your dad. I give you 3 reasons.
(1) It is a simple gift ranging from below 100 dollars up to thousands, therefore it can be in your budget range.
(2) It will shows an image or a standard that you are having to be able to buy a specific brand polo for your father.
(3) Who doesn’t like polos? Every middle age or old man wears polo! It’s matches everything.
Here is where this blog post really comes to help, ways to choose the right polo for your father, or even yourself for that matter. Why not do some Summer shopping while you are at it? Here are a few factors to consider when getting a polo.
Number 1, budget! Budget, I can say it’s the critical factor when purchasing one of these. What brand to get? How much are you willing to spend on one polo? That’s the question you should ask yourself before buying a polo.
Let me break it down for you. Why are polos ranging from a few bucks to hundreds of dollars?
Quality is one of the simple factor. A branded polo would be able to have a better quality.
Another factor would be the brand. We live in a society where brands sometimes define you even though we try not to, but that’s reality therefore choosing a brand would define you and your position in life. Giving a branded polo would be able to show your dad what position in life you are at and he’s at.
I will list out a few brands of Polo ranging from price and brand. Please note the prices are just estimation and not all brands are listed, just some of my favourite. I am talking about standard polo here with simple one color. I split it into 3 different categories base on the price range
H&M – around 10USD / RM30
Zara – around 30USD / RM100
Topman – around 50USD / RM150
Quiksilver – around 50USD / RM150
Abercrombie & Fitch – 60USD
Armani Exchange – around 50USD / RM300
Lacoste – around 100USD / RM300
Fred Perry – around 100USD / RM360
Ralph Lauren – around 85-100USD / RM360-600
Tommy Hilfiger – around 85USD / RM360
Burberry – around 200USD / RM600
Hugo Boss / Boss Orange / Boss Green 100-200USD / RM600
and the list goes on, but categories the brand of your polo to see where the budget falls into.
Brands that appeal to the younger market like Topman and Zara are mostly slim fit which do not looks well on your father. I will just skip it and talk about more mature brands like Ralph Lauren etc. Brands like that have quite a few cutting for different body shapes to appeal to a wider range of market, therefore choosing the right size and fitting is very important. I will cover the basic ones here.
Straight fit is the standard fitting that the length of the shirt is not long, usually for short or men with belly. Most dad I know would fit in straight fit because of the beer belly they have. This would be the most common one, however there isn’t any shape at the waist of the polo.
Slim fit is longer at the length of the shirt and there would be slightly slimmer at the waist making it nicer for skinny or well-build body. The slim fit showcase the body that you workout so hard for, so if your dad is slim or well-build, get this to showcase his body.
Colour can be a headache when choosing. We usually just get the simple colours that are easy to match or what we don’t have, for instance black, blue, red… Here I would elaborate on what colour to get for what skin colour. We know some colours flatters your skin colour while others don’t.
All the colours listed below are only guidelines, trying them out would be better, however there a saying “the darker your skin tone, the brighter the color you can get away with.”
Pale – Black / White / Red / Blue/ Navy Blue / Light Green / Light Yellow
Rosy-pale or light – White / Pink / Orange / Light Blue / Light Green / Light Yellow
Normal or Tan – Bold colours, eg: Red / Yellow / Green / Purple / Brown
Exotic or Medium – Yellow / Orange / Green / Turqoise
Dark or Native – Black / White / Purple / Blue / Green / Purple
Here is a guideline I found on askmen.
I will update another post talking fully on how to match your cloths from shirts to pants and shoes (full body) to your skin colour. It will be the next post, so stay tune!
These are the 3 main factors when getting a polo and I hope I helped you and gave you an idea to get that for your dad this coming father’s day. Lastly I want to wish all dad a Happy Father’s day! You guys are the best. The times you will try to be brave for your families when you are half as scared as we were, the times that you are willing to blow your own social life to spend time with us, the times when you work overtime to provide for us. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You! To my own dad and all the brave heroes out there. My dad is my Superman. Happy Father’s day!
Photos are from Ralph Lauren and Lacoste.