Question 1. Why do the players wear white pants?

Like many polo traditions, this one can be traced back to India, where the game was played by nobility and later introduced to British army officers stationed there in the nineteenth century.  Competing in the intense heat, players preferred clothing that was light in weight and color.

We all know that jodhpurs, the tailored riding britches still worn by some players, took their name from the Indian state of Jodhpur, but how many also realize that Brooks Brothers developed the button-down collar specifically for polo players (who wanted to keep their collar tabs from flapping in their faces)?  Polo, it seems, has always been fashionable.