Men’s Polo Shirts and Shorts at Walmart

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on June 24, 2014

Have you checked out the clothes at Walmart recently?  As a Walmart mom, I’ve had a lot of reason to pay attention and I can tell you, they really have come a long way in the last several years..  When we go down to Bentonville AR (home of Walmart) we usually get a chance to see some of the clothing that will be hitting stores and hear what trends and improvements that are being made.  Remember a year or so ago when I told you that they would be putting extra length on their t shirts and tank tops?  That was a welcome change, right?

Lately one of the things I’ve heard a lot about is their performance fabrics and their commitment to having clothing of a quality and style equal to their main competitors.  I admit, before last year I hadn’t really paid any attention to “performance fabric”.  After a tour of the men’s department where they were describing all the various abilities I decided to buy Yankee Bill a moisture wicking shirt at Christmas that  year.

He LOVED it.  It’s one of his favorite and most comfortable shirts to wear to work (he has a job where he wears business casual most of the time).  When this month Walmart asked me to check out some Men’s Polo Shirts and Men’s Shorts, I gave the task over to Yankee Bill himself.  Not just because I was crazy busy, which I was. . . but I figured if he picked out the clothes he’d be more likely to wear them!  He went shopping after work one day with a $30 budget.  He was going straight from work to his pool league (well, there is a bit of time in there, but not long enough to come home, which is why he had time to go shopping), and when he came home late that night he was wearing the clothes.

He liked what he had chosen so much that he changed into them immediately and worn them to pool.
Men's Polo Shirts and Shorts at Walmart

He chose the Ben Hogan Men’s Short Sleeve Ventilated Mesh Block Fashion Polo (that’s a mouthful!) and the Wrangler Men’s Zippered Pocket Cargo Short.  

The Ben Hogan shirt is part of their “golf” collection and it is made of ventilated mesh that has moisture wicking and a UPF 15 for sun protection.    What the heck is moisture wicking?  Well that’s one of those “performance” features.  The fabric is made in such a way (don’t ask me how!) that it actually pulls the sweat and moisture away from  your body and to the outside of the fabric, where it then has a better opportunity to evaporate.  So you feel less damp and sticky.  Which is of course a good thing!  The fabric is also a thinner perforated mesh on the back and sides for the “ventilation”–you can’t tell unless you get right up close to it–that helps keep the wearer cool.  As a final perk, this polo is tagless–so no annoying fabric flap jabbing you in the back of the neck!

ventilated fabric on Ben Hogan Polo Walmart

See the difference between the left and the right? That’s the front panel vs the “ventilated” back panel.

The Wrangler’s shorts are a cotton ripstop fabric with a loose cut that hits at the knee.  What is Ripstop? It is a type of fabric reinforcement.  Stronger threads are woven into the fabric in a grid type pattern that help to prevent rips and tears.  There are plenty of pockets, including one that zippers on the front for anything you want to make sure is especially secure.   These shorts are nice enough for a casual situation, but also are tough enough that he can use them hiking and camping with Buddy and his Boy Scout troop.

Ripstop Fabric Men's Wrangler Shorts from Walmart

The sort of grid pattern on the fabric is the “ripstop”.

Yankee Bill really likes his new polo and shorts.  He’s worn them both together and as separates several times in the two weeks since we purchased them.  If you have a man in your life who needs some new, good quality yet reasonably priced shorts and polo shirts–check out the selection at your local Walmart!

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Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Susie H June 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I am ALL abt WalMart’s clothing this summer. got 3 shirts for me last week, and restocked my son’s wardrobe with 3 nice pairs of shirts and some performance t-shirts. The t-shirts were 11.97 and made if wicking fabric with a cool geometric look to the front where a different knit is. They look great and are perfect for the Florida humidity!

one thing I wish they stocked is more Bermuda length shorts with adjustable waists for girls. elastic is great but my daughter is a 7 in size and 10-12 in length. Got some new shorts and they went sailing south on her ;)

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Yankee Bill June 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

Thanks Honey and Thanks WalMart – I don’t clothes shop much at all, but this was fun and the selection was huge with racks full of shirts and shorts priced at $13.88!

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Yankee Bill June 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

I was just checking out my very cool (sarcasm included) ankle tan lines from my recent mowing adventures in my boot socks – I am the “Total Package”!!

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