Although the exact origin of the polo shirt is unknown, the style made its first appearance in the late 19th century in Manipur, India. Renowned for putting the game of polo on the map, Manipur is where British soldiers first witnessed the horseback sport being played.
The soldiers set up the very first polo club which quickly grew in popularity with the British Army and British tea-planters in India becoming regular players. Focus soon turned to the polo playing-kit which consisted of thick, long-sleeved shirts made of cotton. These uncomfortable shirts were updated so the collar was attached to the shirt, ensuring they wouldn’t flap while galloping on the field.
By 1862 the sport was introduced into England, along with this early version of the polo shirt.