What’s Different About Women's Embroidered Polo Shirts Than Men’s

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Women's Embroidered Polo Shirts

Polo Shirts History

Embroidered polo shirts are an excellent way for company apparel to look formal but still remain comfortable to the wearer. In fact, the origin of polo shirts originated back in the 19th century. When the british ruling class needed a wardrobe that allowed them to play a game of polo but also expressed their stature they came up with this design. You can still see examples of this in our current society through golf! Some private clubs require men and women to wear at least a polo shirt to fit the dress code. Due to their prominence in this sport, polo shirts have earned their place as “business casual.” With a nice embroidered logo, it can make all the difference to stand out that much more from the competition whether it’s in golf or your business.

Men’s VS Women’s Embroidered Polo Shirts

Although polo shirts are generally unisex, most manufactures also create a women’s line as well. There are some key manufacturing differences between the two like shirt dimensions, style design, button locations, and logo placement. These factors allow for a more comfortable and flattering fit for women.

Shirt Dimensions

The most obvious difference between a woman’s polo shirt and a man’s is the dimensions of the shirt itself. The shirt is designed to specifically fit a women’s frame. This means that the shirts commonly have:

  • Narrower shoulder areas
  • A wider chest area
  • Shorter shirt length
  • Shorter sleeve length
  • Curved bodice
  • Flares at the bottom sides

Style Design

The more subtle differences between a man and woman’s embroidered shirt are the feminine touches to the shirt itself. The most common styles designed by manufactures are to the sleeve, collar, and pocket. In addition to a shorter sleeve length, they also angle or cap the sleeves for women. For the collar, they will sometimes make it wider or add feminine designs to it. If the unisex polo shirt includes a breast pocket, they will specifically remove it from the woman’s version. Additionally, a few manufactures will use a thinner material for their women’s apparel compared to men’s. This isn’t too common but it’s at least worth giving the product description a look at if you’re purchasing embroidered polo shirts for the crew!

Button Locations

If you take a look at man’s polo shirt vs a women’s a difference that often goes unnoticed is the button locations! It’s on the left for women and on the right for men. Weird, right? Well here’s another little history lesson in this blog, this one even goes back the 16th century. Back in this time period, women were often dressed by their maids or servants. Because of this, the buttons were placed on the left so that way it would match with the servant’s right hand.

Logo Placement

Logo placement is also different for a women’s embroidered polo shirt than it is for a man. Typically, a man’s logo placement is on the chest so that way it’s aligned the most bottom button. For a women, it’s aligned with the top or middle button. The reason for this is to keep men’s eyes where they belong, haha!


Here’s a sample of one manufacturer’s women’s embroidered polo shirt in comparison to the same exact unisex product.

Sport-Tek Custom Embroidered Polo Mens Black ST680

Browsing Our Site

When browsing Johnny Battle and you’re shopping for a women’s embroidered shirt we make it hassle free to match with their male/unisex counterparts to make sure you’re purchasing the right products. Typically on our site you will see a “L” for ladies in front of the product code. For example, the products shown above are “ST680” and “LST680.”

Our most popular polo shirts are “K500” and “L500” and their stain resistant versions “K510” and “L510.” If you are interested in getting women’s embroidered polo shirts for your business, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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