We all know the polo shirt is a classic but it can get a bit samey. So why not jazz it up with some terry cloth fabric?
Terry cloth, a high grade towelling fabric, was first made in 1841 using silk. This iteration was made in France (which explains the use of silk) but It wasn't until 1845 that an Englishman named John Bright made worsted terry cloth, which is closer to the stuff you see today.
Then another Englishman, Samuel Holt, patented the process in 1848, eventually moving to New Jersey to open a plan to manufacture the cloth. He sold the patent within two years of moving, selling Terry cloth around the world.
And it's this history that makes a terry cloth polo shirt so desirable. It's lightweight, absorbent (so you won't get those pesky sweat marks) and remarkably soft. It's basically the summer equivalent of wearing velvet - minus the Hugh Hefner association.
But all terry cloth isn't made equal, which is why we recommend shelling out on this Orlebar Brown version (£95). The high quality terry cloth, tailored fit and open neck means it'll deal with the hottest of heat waves. Not that you'll have to worry about those any time soon.