Since the vast majority of the things that appear in this column are of my own choosing, it is nothing short of a miracle that a polo shirt made an appearance back in June. This is due to the fact that I’ve always liked the way they look on other men, but hated the way they look on me. For some mysterious reason, the one I reviewed in June quickly became one of my favorites.
Now, I find myself seeking them out, looking for interesting examples when I’m out and about, or when I should be doing something a bit more work-related when I’m, um, “working.” That’s how I discovered Criquet. That is also why I think you need to know about this company and the shirts they make.
According to the folks at Criquet, their shirts are a combination of “old-school preppy with more sustainable design choices,” and after seeing a few examples, I’d say that’s a rather apt description. Criquet makes all of their shirts out of 100% certified organic cotton. These shirts come in jersey knit and piqué weave and are presented in three styles (polo, golf & long-sleeve golf). Of course, the distinction between golf and polo shirt does seem to get a bit blurred here in Criquet-land, with their polo shirts having lay-flat collars with removable stays just like their golf shirts while still maintaining a shorter, three-button placket and open sleeves commonly found on golf shirts. These distinctions, however, mean almost nothing to anyone except a sartorial nerd like myself. Basically, these are soft, organic cotton shirts with collars, and a few buttons to make things as tidy or loose as you see fit.
Whether you call it a polo shirt, golf shirt, or just a shirt, it really seems like Criquet is onto something with their lineup of handsome, utterly classic, not-exactly-dressy, but definitely-not-slouchy shirts. If you want to see more of the Criquet lineup, or if you suddenly feel the need to get one for yourself, click here. Also...stay tuned for the upcoming review.