Long-sleeve polos > base layers. Here are a few of our long-sleeve favorites for the course and beyond this season.
The gang at GolfThreads has been working tirelessly this Fall to give you the best apparel options for the inevitable colder weather. Last week, Janice highlighted the golf vest which got me thinking; what is my favorite layering piece to wear under a vest when playing golf? While a sweater or 1/4-zip is always a fine option, I am partial to the long-sleeve polo. They are classy, versatile, and a much better alternative to the polo over a base layer. Take a peek at these long on style golf tops. I guarantee you will be longing for a long-sleeve polo in your wardrobe this fall.
The Vince Long Sleeve Polo from johnnie-O is a great lightweight option for Fall layering. Made from 97% long-staple cotton and 3% spandex this shirt is perfect for the cooler weather when a performance fabric is not required. If you do need moisture-wicking capabilities then check out the Dormie Long Sleeve PREP-FORMANCE Jersey Polo. As an aside, the Vince in Forest (pictured above) is a great color. It pairs equally well with navy, khaki, and denim bottoms and it is a great look for Autumn. The Large was very true to size for me.
From West Coast prep to East Coast prep. Vineyard Vines offers the most long-sleeve polos. As a traditionalist, I love their staple shirt, the Long-Sleeve Edgartown Polo. This is a year-round polo that is also perfect for the winter months. It is made of a Pima cotton, polyester, and spandex blend that is breathable, stretchy, and moisture-wicking. The Jim Nantz Collection is a line of elevated and sophisticated styles designed for golfers. The branding is much more subtle in this collection. Although made out of performance jersey fabric, it has a cotton hand-feel that looks as elegant as it feels. I almost always size down to a Medium in Vineyard Vines and this was no exception. I would describe it as a perfect classic fit.
Classic TravisMathew styling but with long sleeves. These shirts are designed to make you look hip whatever the occasion. The cotton/polyester blend makes them comfortable and ready to perform on the golf course or dance floor. TravisMathew keeps me looking fresh and feeling youthful. The Kawloon has a button sleeve cuff that I really like. I find TravisMathew to fit true to size (Large), albeit a slightly roomier more relaxed fit.
No surprise that FootJoy is based in Massachusetts. They make some of the best all-weather gear to extend the golf season here in the Northeast. Their Thermolite fabric provides the most lightweight warmth of any long-sleeve polo I tested. The styling is traditional and classic and although I find FootJoy sizing to run large, they are consistent. I always size down to a Medium.
By far the slimmest fitting of the shirts I wore (a Large fit me perfectly). The G/FORE Sleeved polo has a very simple and modern silhouette that looks fantastic with slim-fitting trousers. May I suggest pairing with the G/FORE Core 5 Pocket trousers? Add in the Killer T’s Belt and you’ve got the making of a “killer” outfit. Anyhow, I digress. Back to the shirt, the cuffs on this polo have a really cool elastic end that keeps them from riding up and also keeps them in place if you prefer them pulled up.
Available in six sizes and three colors, you are sure to find your fit with Puma’s Longsleeve Golf Polo. My favorite feature of this shirt is the elongated four-button placket. I wore this top (Large) with a pair of joggers to my daughter’s soccer game and her fourth-grade teammates told her I am the “best-dressed dad.” Thanks, Puma Golf, I can use all the help I can get!
These are all fantastic, FJ and TM look the best but the fit is the most important. Puma runs small and FJ is typically oversized.