8 of the best collared knits to update your summer wardrobe

8 of the best collared knits to update your summer wardrobe

A knit polo shirt is a failsafe way to update your summer wardrobe and nail effortless evening dressing this season.

After a year of dressing for function, over fashion, many of us are looking for inspiration for our summer wardrobes that doesn’t feel like too much of a reach from our current normal.

Having enjoyed the comfort and ease of loungewear, our new relaxed uniform includes flats, or low heels, jeans, t-shirts and knits as our trusty wardrobe foundations. As we start to head back to the office and to socialise more regularly, we want dynamic and subtle wardrobe updates and the collared knit is exactly that.

Inspired by the 70s but massively updated for now it’s a refined but casual silhouette that will breath life back into some of your favourite separates – especially loose tailored trousers or shorts and jeans. 

Fitted, fine knit styles look great for evening with a roomy, mannish tailored trouser and low-heeled strappy sandals, while cropped options look great with high-waisted shorts or jeans and chunky leather flip flops.

Heavier knit options are great with denim shorts for casual evenings outdoors with friends, while pastel styles work well with floral print skirts and 90s inspired accessories like mules and slim shoulder bags. As the weather cools and we head into autumn, wear a collared knit with a trench coat and trainers for a classic, effortless daytime look.

Although the collared knit is very much on-trend right now it also feels like a classic piece that will become a day-to-day staple. For a forever piece, options from Ven Store and Reformation are made with a luxurious cashmere blend for the ultimate combination of style and comfort. 

  • Free People Picnic Sweater set

    Collared knits: Free People set

    This chic earthy-coloured coord is perfect for easy days lounging and seeing friends. Wear it as a set with sandals or trainers or with washed out jeans and a kitten heel for evening.

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  • Ven Store Polo Shirt

    Collared knits: Ven Store

    This super soft knit from fashion-insider favourite Ven Store is a blend of wool, silk and cashmere and will elevate your summer outfits for evening instantly. Wear it with loose fit jeans and sandals for an effortless evening look.

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  • Mango contrasting knitted polo shirt

    Collared knits: Mango

    This fine knit in a soft pastel green is a brilliant versatile piece. It pops against neutrals and looks effortless with light denim. Wear it for evening with slouchy tailored cream trousers and leather flip flops.

    Shop Mango mint green polo shirt, £25.99

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  • Weekday Erin Polo Long Sleeve

    Collared knits: Weekday

    This muted green top is perfect for cooler summer days and will work great into autumn paired with burgundy and brown separates too. Dress it up for evening with high waisted black trousers, chunky gold jewellery and strappy heels.

    Shop Weekday green long-sleeved polo shirt, £20

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  • &Other Stories Relaxed Sailor Stripe Sweater

    Collared knits: & Other Stories

    A classic take on the collared knit trend, this &Other Stories style will be a timeless addition to your spring – autumn wardrobe. Wear it over a bikini on the beach or with shorts for BBQ’s with friends.

    Shop & Other Stories striped jumper, £65 

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  • Monki Polo Knit Top

    Collared knits: Monki

    An easy way to add some subtle colour into your summer wardrobe is with pastels and this soft pistachio shade is playful but classic. Wear it with white denim and pastel accessories.

    Shop Monki pistachio knit, £25

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  • Reformation + Net Sustain recycled cashmere-blend sweater

    Collared knits: Reformation

    An excellent year-round knit from a brand genuinely doing great things within sustainability. Wear this over an ankle-grazing dress for chilly summer evenings or with an a-line denim skirt and clogs for an easy off-duty look.

    Shop Reformation brown recycled cashmere sweater, £112

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  • Karen Millen Texture Knit Polo Top

    Collared knit: Karen Millen

    This short-sleeved knit subtly nods to the 90s and would look great with high waisted denim shorts or jeans, rectangular sunglasses and a neat nylon shoulder bag.

    Shop Karen Millen short-sleeved knit, £43

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