Gym Shorts & Polo Shirts

Earlier this week I wrote about the best polo shirt in 2023. With warm weather approaching it’s almost time for one of my favorite ways to wear a polo shirt. If you read the title I am sure you can guess what that is. I hear your objections, I really do. Just hear me out. The combination of gym shorts and polo shirts may sound odd on its face, but it works.

When do I deploy these outfits? I wear them in the most casual settings. For example, I might throw on a polo shirt with my gym shorts or Patagonia baggies to head down to the farmers market, out to get a cup of coffee, or simply hanging out at the house. I am sure that you have seen people out walking their dog in something similar. That’s probably wear I saw it first and it was not being worn by a millennial or whomever many want to blame athleisure on, but someone just outside of middle age.

While many in the the trad/ivy space eschew athleisure I embrace it. I am not going to go on and on about it (I will do that later). Instead, I will leave you with a few examples and a little guidance. A good rule of thumb is that this combo works when a large portion of the people will be in lounge clothes. If you want to dress it up a bit just add camp mocs, blucher mocs or boat shoes. An OCBD as outerwear is always a good option if you need an additional layer. There you go, have at it.

Polo Shirt & Patagonia Baggies
Polo Shirt & Gym Shorts
White Polo Shirt & Purple Patagonia Baggies

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

5 Comments on "Gym Shorts & Polo Shirts"

  1. Brad says:

    So wait, you just wear them like a regular shirt? Revolutionary!!!

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      Exactly, you get it! Or another way to say it is that I treat gym shorts like khaki shorts.

  2. Thomas E. Friedman says:

    Were those Grateful Dead dancing bears I saw on those shorts? HIPPIE! That’s not Trad. By the way. Saw you walking down Grant the other day. Almost honked and yelled “Hey! OCBD guy”, but I didn’t want to seem like a nut. Maybe next time I will. I like madras popovers too.

  3. McBindle says:

    Thomas – I take your comment as a little tongue-in-cheek. I fully co-sign those shorts. Have something similar. The godfather of all trad bloggers, Heavy Tweed Jacket, was a Deadhead too.
    Jerrod – love that the blog is back!

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