The Polo shirt was indeed invented for a sport: Tennis! A professional French tennis player named Lacoste used to find his traditional tennis outfit restricting a lot of his movement during the game: the button-up shirt and tie. Therefore, he set out to design a new uniform for tennis players that would mimic the button-up shirt and provide comfort and freedom. The garment was a success and Lacoste built a big brand around it. Polo players latter adopted the design because of the soft collars that would stay down over the shoulders while galloping – having the term coined by Ralph Lauren in 1972. Still today, it is possible to notice the sporty, yet slim design of the Polo shirt, still resembling its original design.