This Unexpected Top Is Dominating the Internet—and I'm 100% Into It

While we may still be in the throes of winter, I for one can’t wait to swap out some of my bulky, chunky sweaters for something a little lighter as we (excitedly!) approach spring. So what will be replacing the thick cable-knits in my wardrobe this upcoming season? As market editor, I always have my eyes peeled on the coolest new pieces that are percolating at our favorite stores—and one unexpected trend that I simply can’t wait to get my limbs into is a polo-style knit top. (And I’m not talking the type of polo shirts your dad might wear to golf.) In essence, these are simply sweaters with collars—made up of lightweight (soft ribbed) knits and sometimes featuring buttons.

The top style is a micro trend we spotted on the spring 2020 runways—featured in abundance at Prada, in particular—where fitted, sheer collared ribbed knit tops were buttoned up to the neck and tucked into artsy pencil skirts—exuding a preppy-meets-provocative vibe.

Equal parts prim, preppy, and retro, polo knit tops are incredibly versatile—easy to wear with skirts, jeans, and tailored trousers alike. Below, I’m sharing some of the chicest I’ve seen—currently dominating at our favorite stores.

On the runway:


Prada, Victor Virgile/Getty Images

At Prada, sheer, ribbed, knit polo tops were worn with printed midi skirts and mules—which offset the prim nature of the top.


Prada, Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The Prada runways proved that navy blue and black is a combo we should be trying this spring. Pair your knit polo sweater with a leather skirt.


Missoni, Victor Virgile/Getty Images

At Missoni, knit collared sweaters with deep-V necks and metallic flecks exuded a cool retro vibe.


Kate Spade/Imaxtree

Kate Spade's S/S 20 runway made us want to run out and buy pretty pastel polos immediately.

On the 'gram:



Collared knit tops worn with high-waisted jeans are a foolproof winter-to-spring option.



Layer a tank or tee underneath your sweater while the temps are still cool.



Hit two trends in one and wear the silhouette in this season's of-the-moment pistachio hue.



A pop of bold color will add a springtime pep in your sartorial step.

Shop more collared sweaters:

Pair with beige leather pants for a modern spring 2020 look.

Button yours up to the top for a prim-chic vibe.

This works just as well with casual jeans as it does with your wide-leg work pants.

We're already thinking of all the ways we'll wear this. 

Expect plenty of compliments in this one.

Layer this seriously soft sweater over a tissue-thin turtleneck throughout winter. 

Hot pink is a huge color trend for spring 2020.

The detailing on this makes it look seriously luxe.