Pop your collar

You can be versatile and make a statement. Here are our five favourite polo shirt looks

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Gingham

Imagine Brigitte Bardot frolicking along in this lemon and white gingham number with pedal pushers and espadrilles and you’ll know exactly how to wear it. The straight fit and soft cotton piqué make this a timeless classic that you’ll pull out year after year. As ‘50s French Riviera’ as pétanque. £120, Lacoste

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Britpop

If a single item of clothing can sum up three different eras, it’s got to be an icon. Fred Perry made his polo shirt a trend setter in the ’50s, it was adopted by the Mods in the ’60s and revived by ’90s Britpop kids. It hasn’t changed much in seven decades and with its sharp double stripe and famous logo, this navy version oozes sullen indie style. £55, Fred Perry

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Hamptons

Pick any pastel from sugar pink to baby blue and you’ve got the unofficial Hamptons wardrobe. Uniqlo has an impressive range in ice-cream shades, which evoke endless summer afternoons strolling on the beach in Montauk. Channel Anna Wintour and wear with a pleated tennis skirt or chic city shorts. £14.90, Uniqlo

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'90s

With its breezy trapeze shape, this sporty cropped polo shirt is perfect for summer in the city. That Ellesse logo take us back to afternoons in the park, all hip-hugging tracksuit bottoms, high ponytails and Reebok Classics. Like Mel C on study leave. Grown women might prefer it with a stretchy maxi skirt and Stan Smiths. £25, Topshop

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Nu

If you’re stubbornly wedded to your Bretons, try weaning yourself off gently with this polo shirt. It will add a casual edge to a full skirt but will work just as well over a swimsuit with denim cut-offs after a day on the beach. The simplicity of the design means you appreciate the details: side vents, a slightly longer back hem and cotton piqué fabric. £7.99. H&M

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