Perhaps it’s a bit strange to be infatuated with polo shirts. Perhaps not. Since my conversion to polo shirt enthusiast, my eyes have been opened to a world of collar, sleeve, and cut and sew variations, the likes of which would either boggle or bore the mind of just about anyone but a sartorial nerd like myself. ‘Tis my cross to bear, I suppose.
A little over a month ago, you were introduced to the Contractor’s Work Pocket Blended Pique Polo from Carhartt, and now it is time for the review. Compared to the polos that have been reviewed here in the past, this shirt has the look and feel of a middleweight champion. It is cut from a 5.5 ounce pique knit blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton which makes it very stain resistant and super colorfast. This knit also has a nice structure to it, so the shirt isn’t the slightest bit clingy or form fitting. In fact, its boxy cut and lack of banding at the sleeves and waist provides plenty of freedom and maximum comfort.
In addition to the great fit and ease of care, the Contractor’s Work Pocket Blended Pique Polo has a number of features that make living in it and with it a pleasure. The pocket, which I all but require in a polo shirt, is of a handy size and it has a nifty little “silo” built in specifically for a favorite writing implement. The collar is of the rib knit variety that you would expect on a polo shirt, but doesn’t deform and turn into the dreaded “bacon collar” after a dozen wash and dry cycles, thank you very much.
This shirt is the master of the middle ground between the casual Friday office-borne desk jockey and construction crew boss-man. It is as hardy as it is handsome, and its comfort and handy features will always have you wishing you had more. For more information or to get your hands on some Carhartt gear, click here.
**Full disclosure: This Contractor’s Work Pocket Blended Pique Polo was provided at no charge for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be unrealistic.