As I am talking to a boy face to face, my peripheral vision spots a point of interest. My eyes move from his moving lips and crept down to his chest where, embroidered above his heart, there is a small, green alligator. I fall in love with him. I actually don’t fall in love with him because I am so dramatic and like to talk in superlatives, but my respect for his taste in clothing just quadrupled. Lacoste, baby, Lacoste.
Growing up, I was forced to wear a polo shirt as a part of my required school uniform and by my father who dressed my sisters and I to his liking. You would think that I would go out of my way to deviate from this formalized shirt type when dressing myself. However, I gravitate towards it. I embrace it.
The Lacoste polo has always been a staple part of my wardrobe: a steadfast provider of understated, chic style throughout my years. Yes, there was a part of the 2000’s where people would double layer their Lacoste polo’s, flip up the collar and throw on a pair of pukka shells in attempt to achieve a “look.” But, we must black that out of memory and remember how Margot Tenenbaum sported the gator-clad dress in combination with a sleek bob and a fur coat in The Royal Tenenbaums. The French brand has perfected its classic, timeless shirt, which has seen the courts of Wimbledon to the runways of Fashion Week. The Lacoste polo is here to stay. It is simple and refined. The classic silhouette with the iconic reptile is the perfect combination. If you want to look chic and like you know what you are doing stylistically, wear this shirt.