Showcase: Polos

It’s hard to find a wardrobe staple more versatile than a polo. It’s a garment worn by men, women and children just about everywhere, and one can never have too many on hand. What do end-users look for in a promotional polo? Performance and durability are the key qualities, says Angelo Morra, dedicated sales representative for alphabroder Canada (asi/37143).

He adds: “Features that will benefit the comfort of the wearer – such as moisture wicking and breathability – are always key, combined with treatments that increase the durability and longevity of the product, like non-shrink and fade fabrications, wrinkle release, snag protection and antimicrobial properties. Polos are great for layering, with a promotional jacket, for instance, to complete a uniform program or give out at a trade show.

Morra emphasizes the importance of creativity when it comes to this fashion must-have. “Utilizing colorblocking with decoration is a hot trend right now; more and more companies are thinking outside of the box when promoting their brand on apparel,” he says.

He suggests considering polos for golf tournaments, service wear and travel wear. Popular colors include white, black and navy, as well as bright hues, which can be offset by a neutral-colored logo.

Made of 100% polyester with moisture management, the Women’s Vansport Omega Ruched Polo (2611) from Vantage Apparel (asi/93390; circle 93 on Free Info Card) comes with a zip-neck collar, ruched side panels and snag-resistant, anti-pill fabric.

Stay cool in the Women’s Cool Comfort Mesh Sports Shirt (602-104) from Otto International (asi/75350; circle 94 on Free Info Card). Made of polyester, it includes a rib-knit welt collar, open-hem sleeves and a three-button placket with pearlized matching color buttons.

Made of a poly/cotton blend, the Soft Touch Short Sleeve Piqué Polo with Pocket (1505) from Edwards Garment Co. (asi/51752; circle 89 on Free Info Card) is a knit shirt with a pocket that comes in 10 color options.

Consisting of a poly/spandex blend, the Vansport Pro Tonal Block Stripe Polo (2425) from Vantage Apparel (asi/93390; circle 93 on Free Info Card) includes moisture-wicking, UV and antimicrobial properties; choose from two tone-on-tone color combinations.

Consisting of 100% polyester piqué, the Ladies’ Impact Performance Polyester Piqué Colorblock Polo (78645) from alphabroder (asi/34063; circle 95 on Free Info Card) is moisture-wicking and antimicrobial, featuring UV protection and asymmetrical colorblock styling.