On the occasion that our comrades in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are sale-ing polos and shorts from the storied tennis label Boast (the name’s derived from a squash shot that requires three walls), we thought we’d have iconic American author John Updike here show you how it’s done. The shirts were a big hit in the ’70s with pros, Texas governors turned presidents and rebellious prepsters alike (for the record, that’s a Japanese maple leaf), and they’re back just as we’ve been feeling for tennis whites lately. It might not be a look you’re seeing center court at Roland Garros this weekend, but at racquet clubs from Newport to Bel Air, it is still very much alive. Now all you’ve got to do is grab yourself a polo and a seat on the porch.

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar