Do you worship at the altar of the Polo Shirt? Is the ubiquitous Polo Shirt ruler of your closet? If this answer is ‘yes’ to these questions then you might be interested in a recent Lands’ End survey of avid golfers from the Golf Digest database; over 80 percent of respondents said the polo shirt is the most versatile item in their closets and over 50 percent own more than 20 polo shirts.

The polo shirt: it’s all about expectations and having those expectations met from your polo designer of choice.

“Building a high-quality polo shirt is something we’ve been doing at Lands’ End for roughly 30 years,” said J. Henley, Lands’ End men’s design director.

Quality is a key factor most men search for in a perfect polo shirt. It’s no surprise that nearly every polo expert surveyed (95.8%) can tell the difference between a good-quality polo shirt and a poorly constructed polo shirt.

Well, Lands’ End has a new polo out and they promise a no-curl collar that will lie flat on its own or under a blazer after numerous trips through the wash.

Game on, Land’s End!

Experts say the number one polo pet peeve is poor construction (98.9%), followed by curling collars (94.3%) and fading fabric after washing (89.5%).

The survey also found that when not on the golf course, polos are most often worn by guys around town on the weekends (98.1%), followed closely by dinner engagements (94.9%).

That sounds about right.

These might be too simple for some folks, but considering how beat-up all my cases get, this should do just fine for me. The Landmark & Lions Phone Cases are still quite smart, but they have a certain handmade quality, not over-polished. The topstitching here makes the case less fancy and more casual, but so do the contrasting linings of felt wool.

The best part about Landmark & Lions’ phone cases is the glow. That lambskin leather glow, with a fine grain, that looks like it’s been cared for by someone with possibly too much time on their hands. Of course, that’s natural, which lazy-bones will find attractive. Color combinations include brown and pink, brown and grey, black and red, & black and blue. Another version is made entirely of felt wool for those not interested in leather, and all cases fit a variety of smart phones. [via selectism]

Are you feeling the heat yet? Miami is in the mid-80s already, and I’m scooping up advice on dressing for hot weather wherever and whenever I can get it. This Seven Homme spread with model Stas Svetlichnyy, styled by Oka-Z, provides enough inspiration to keep you dipping back into your closet for new combinations, even if you’re not blessed with a walk-in that features Comme des Garçons and a lot of Barneys select pieces: lightweight jackets, cardigans, and double-breasted silhouettes. We can’t forget the cropped stuff and shorts, either, plus nautically-flavored shoes.

We could easily come up with a few looks of our own, which is a testament to Oka-Z’s good selections. His relaxed looks included roomy pieces and lots of layers, so there are plenty of techniques and color additions that could be used to your advantage. An example of the transitional creative journey: jeans with two cardigans for cool beach nights, cloaks and cape with shorts, colorblocked outfits, liberty prints with utility jackets, collegiate styles in summer weights, plaid with pastels, scarves, ties and casual coats, and contrasting white buttons on outer layers. I wouldn’t mind the odd canvas bag for additional gear and a pair of shoes with white rubber outsoles. [via modeman]

I’m wondering if it’s not just excellent photography that’s drawing me in about these Staples x Kinetics Timberland Chukka Boots. Don’t underestimate the power of good photos. If someone told me that were the case, I wouldn’t even be surprised. A little texture on the top of the uppers, some foresty details like heavy stitching, and a matching hat make this Staple/Kinetics collaboration pairing exciting and not at all intimidating. These chukkas are available in tan and grey, both good color options, and they’ll blend in beautifully with your jeans or trousers of choice.

Looking at the chukkas from the side, they appear high-quality and seem well worth the bucks. Well, you might have your eye on sandals right now, but if there’s any indication you’ll want to have these in your closet in the second half of 2011, pounce now. It’s not worth skipping a good buy just because you’re sick of looking at tougher boots… you’ll probably be wearing these in no time. The matching canvas cap is great for those who are interested in having a set. New York and Japanese labels come together in this great presentation for 2011, and I want to see more.[via highsnobiety]

Do you own a pocket square? If not, now might be a good time to find one because none other than Neiman Marcus men’s fashion director Nick Wooster (above) says ‘You Must Have a Pocket Square This Season.’

The straightforward headline is from Christianna Ablahad’s interview with the stylish Wooster for She caught up with Wooster in San Diego at Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley; he was on location to present men’s spring looks and basically show the fellas an up-close example of how it’s done.

“The one must-have men’s accessory is the pocket square,” declared the dapper Wooster.

It’s the easiest, quickest way to make any ordinary jacket look extraordinary. We do our own collection, Brunello Cuccinelli, Etro, Brioni, and you can never go wrong with white. It’s that perfect bit of polish.

Wooster adds that he loves “a hot pink or an acid yellow.”

“Orange goes with everything,” he reminds us. “I say don’t be afraid of color in a pocket square!”

Asked to comment on Tom Ford’s recent recommendation that ‘men throw away their socks and underwear every six months and start anew,’ Wooster replied simply: ” I think it’s a great idea.”

I like his thinking, but the reality doesn’t match up for most men. David Beckham probably re-stocks the boxers/briefs stash every six months, but some of us are still working those plaid Polo boxers we nabbed on sale at Bloomingdales last year. Late last year.

Read the complete interview with Nick Wooster here. And by all means get a damn pocket square.

Christopher Raeburn’s work for Victorinox has been brought to us via Dazed, and what a capsule collection it is. Totaling only eight pieces, the collaboration still adds interest to a 127-year-old company’s signature look. The work even comes with its own Swiss army knife, and the coats are voluminous, warm, and modern. Sinking into one might make you forget about wishing spring were here. [via selectism]

Becasue even though it’s springtime (and soon enough summertime), the temperature is known to take a dip when the sun goes down. And this lovely wool cardigan from Aubin & Wills is just the right knitwear for keeping warm and looking cool.

The ‘bulky,’ navy wool cardigan features three front pockets, a ribbed shawl collar, hem and cuffs and contrasting brown buttons. A much better option than a coat, the cardigan goes nicely with the khaki pants and crisp, white t-shirt provided to us by the fashion geniuses at Mr. Porter – my new favorite website.

100% wool, with 100% cotton lining, the cardigan arrives ‘true to size’ with a boxy style designed to be worn relaxed on the body.

The price is about $260 (£179), but just think how good you are going to be looking on one of those cool spring evenings. In fact, I will have the entire ensemble on display from Mr. Porter – right down to the leather boat shoes and leather messenger bag (to go nicely with the aforementioned white t-shirt and slim fit cargo pants). This cardigan just screams ‘come cuddle up to me’ to the ladies, in my opinion.

And if you happen to be a guy who spends all week in a suit and wants to go casual on the weekend, yet still keeping a preppy style, then this cardigan looks like it’s going to work perfectly. [via mrporter]

Give me a comfortable pair of slip-on shoes anytime – especially now that temperature is beginning to rise. If the slip-ons also happen to be super cool-looking, as is the case with the Air Newport from Cole Haan, all the better.

Made with a lovely soft canvas, the easy-going slip-ons from ace shoemaker Cole Haan are available in salt and plaid twill. Priced at a reasonable $128, the Cole Haan’s utilize Nike Air technology to keep things just as comfy as they are casual. A quick features rundown includes leather trim and overlay, rubber sidewall foxing and a rubber sole with herringbone tread pattern. As far as casual slip-ons go, it’s tough to knock this pair; a mix of casual luxury and cool comfort, the soft canvas/leather, shiny nickel eyelets, molded and removable insole and that Nike Air technology equals shoe heaven.

Do you need resort attire? Because these bad boys fit the bill. Maybe you own a boat/yacht/canoe. Well the Air Newport Slip-On is vital. In the end, just throw on some khakis or Bermuda shorts with these great shoes and you’re good to go for spring and summer. [via pursuitist]

Scarves! We all need ‘em, and this White Riot Gang editorial in GQ Style Italia has enough panache to leave us wanting a few more for flourishing purposes. Of course, the sense of movement in the spread, shot by Kai Z.Feng, is helped along by jumping, plus wind machines lifting light scarves for extra movement. As for the actual labels in the spread? We have Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Gucci making an appearance in GQ Style, looking perfectly good with blazers, jeans, and coats (double-breasted welcome).

After I got over the scarves, I had another look back through the GQ spread for the good finds mixed in with the accessories. One of my favorite combinations is the orange-printed, lightweight silk scarf with a denim shirt underneath, plus a jacket up top. It’s easy to replicate via color and fabric matching, as are the white shirts and a rolled foulard, braided belts and denim, and contrasting silk prints between shirts and scarves. The prints are getting the denim out of the stuffy cooler seasons, the scarves are adding some movement and interest, and the jackets are lending finish to the look. Will it be slicked-back hair for you this time? [via modeman]

Are these worthy of your wardrobe? I’m impressed. Ransom by Adidas Originals got together with Stussy to make the Plain CS Stussy shoes in royal blue, black, and tan. They don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but that’s all right by me after seeing those odd backwards flipped-around shoes from Kazuki Kuraishi. These are much more pleasing to the eye, aren’t they?

Stussy and Ransom by Adidas Originals impress with clean design and some small points of interest along the sole, insole, outsole, and upper. Let’s take a tour: first off, the three suede uppers have a heavily perforated effect for both aesthetics and function. If you suffer from overwarm feet, perhaps these could be a practical buy for you (as opposed to an impulsive buy based purely on good looks!). The next feature of note is a crepe outsole, which looks amazing next to the richly-colored suede. There’s something about the suede contrast and textured crepe that piques my interest… and it seems to have grabbed Adidas Originals’ fans attention as well. Hypebeast has the release date marked as March 26th at Adidas Originals Japan stores, Stussy stores, and No6/No74 shops. You buying? [via hypebeast]