The Polo Coat Gallery

As a follow-up to our last post, here’s an assortment of polo coat images. If you have some of your own, please email them and I’ll add them to the post.

Perhaps because it’s called a polo coat, Polo Ralph Lauren has used them frequently in its advertising imagery. See above image, as well as the following six:

Here are two from Apparel Arts:

The polo coat’s origins go back to British officers in India:

From the Vince Lombardi Broadway show:

And one more of yours truly, shot by Fred of Unabashedly Prep:

16 Comments on "The Polo Coat Gallery"

  1. Christian, I’m traveling to Hawaii on business for the next 6 months. Any advice on preppy/ivy fashion in Hawaii? I’m assuming I’ll stick out like a new englander, but I don’t want to give into untucked aloha shirts, khakis and brown shoes. Twenty years ago suits were worn in Hawaii, but not today.

  2. Go native, but with a nod to your roots.

    Wear Black Watch sarongs.

  3. prehaps this is due to geographic differences, but despite having a strong polo culture in my city these coats are always refered to as driving coats.
    is it an american thing?

  4. Another advertorial for Ralph Lauren. What did he bung you this time, Chens?

  5. I realize the polo coat might be meant to have an oversized fit, but does anyone have a reference for a place which makes one in a slimmer cut?

  6. I don’t think it’s a question of cut, as so few manufacturers make these anyway, but of size.

    I usually take a 40 — 42 in some makers — but this is actually a 38. Good fit around the shoulders and still plenty of room for sweater and sportcoat underneath without being tight when buttoned.

  7. camelcurious | December 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

    what are the measurements of that said 38? would you be so kind?

  8. Christian, You are a douche. Black Watch sarongs? It’s not even humorous. I won’t be reading your blog anymore.

  9. Best comment of 2011 so far.

  10. Ralph really does do an amazing job of making the polo coat look extra-awesome.

  11. This guy in my fraternity got one of those for Christmas. Normally he dresses pretty boring, but I was proud when I saw him at formal chapter wearing one of these.

  12. I have a polo camel hair sportscoat that I love but am trying to decide between getting a longer Polo coat or a toggle coat like Gloverall’s Orig Monty. What’s your take on toggles?

  13. A vintage navy Gloverall for Brooks Brothers duffel coat is my other coat. Pretty much got things covered between these two.

  14. I’m daydreaming of my upcoming winter coat purchase, probably a polo, and will take a stab at reopening this thread…Two questions Christian:
    1) Do you know the background of the tenth illustration, which appears to be of a British officer receiving a post-match prize in his wait coat? I see it in nearly every discussion of polos, but without attribution.
    2) Have you seen Brooks Brothers’ fall/winter 2011 single breasted “polo coat?” Is this something Brooks has done before without my knowing?

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