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How can I add interest to my après-ski looks?
Quintessential après-ski accoutrements, such as intarsia-patterned sweaters, shearling-lined boots and chunky scarves, feel modern and irreverent in bold color combinations and dramatic proportions. Pair a neon-hued Fair Isle cape with sleek black leggings for a fun play on volume and texture, or top cream cashmere trousers with a loose-knit sweater for a luxurious twist on winter whites. Elegant yet sporty accessories, from a men’s tank-style watch to vintage turquoise jewelry, elevate basic loungewear, as well, and slip on easily so you can move from the slopes to the fireside quickly and in style.
What essential pieces should a first-time skier purchase?
In addition to the requisite skis, poles and lift ticket, you should also first purchase a parka or quilted down jacket, jumpsuit or ski pant and thermal base layers. Soft tees and leggings are ideal for staying cool and dry underneath your outerwear, while merino wool or cashmere sweaters will keep you warm. Regulating body temperature is a delicate act on the slopes, and it is easy to get overheated with too many, or the wrong combination of, layers. Ski goggles and other performance accessories are also necessary for protection against the elements and can add fashionable appeal to an otherwise utilitarian look.
How should I dress up a bohemian look for evening?
A pastiche of bohemian textures and patterns—from paisley to fringed suede—can transform an evening look, giving even the dressiest silhouette a relaxed and festive attitude. Drape a shearling stole and silk scarves over a formal gown, and forgo high heels in favor of simple flat sandals or even Prince Albert slippers. A velvet smoking jacket or tweed blazer will also contrast irreverently with beaded or sequined eveningwear, and don’t forget accessories—vintage- or equestrian-inspired additions, from low-slung belts to piles of filigree bangle bracelets, lend bohemian glamour to elegant looks.
What are some stylish ways to transition my wardrobe into spring?
After a season (or two) of freezing winds, snow and sleet, it can be tempting to dust off your white eyelet sundresses at the first hint of spring. Temper the transition by injecting your winter wardrobe with classic elements of warm-weather style—pastels, bright hues and light layers are the perfect antidote to dreary weather. Incorporate seasonal runway trends for an instant update, and don’t forget the power of a must-have accessory, handbag or new shoe to make a bold spring statement long before the flowers start to bloom.
How can I wear this season’s pastel color trend?
We welcome spring’s promise of light, flowery hues; however, too many pastels can lead to a sugar overdose. Soften sweet shades with sleek silhouettes and architectural accents such as a white lacquer handbag or silver gladiator sandal. Minimalist touches lend modern sophistication to feminine rose and robin’s-egg blue; conversely, those pastel shades temper the toughness of menswear-inspired suiting and this season’s siren gowns. Even the classic motorcycle jacket gets reinvented in soft blush pink, giving the strongest of silhouettes a feminine touch.
What are the must-have accessories this season?
Spring’s shoes and accessories run the gamut, from classic Gatsby-inspired spectator styles to modern and minimalist pieces, but they all share one crucial characteristic: a light, airy quality that is evocative of leisurely mornings, romantic afternoons and evenings under the stars. Wicker and raffia motifs add levity to evening clutches and high-heeled sandals. Icy, metallic tones prove to be a versatile touch from head to toe, whether decorating a crocheted scarf, adding extra glamour to a python handbag or elevating a simple city sandal.
What are some clever ways to style a tee or polo after dark?
Nothing looks cooler than a perfect mix of the casual and refined, and one easy way to relax your evening looks is to pair them with simple daytime pieces. Skinny polos and tees are especially well suited for fancier looks, whether topping off lustrous floor-skimming skirts or elevating your dressiest dark denim. To avoid appearing overly casual, choose luxe fabrics like sleek jersey knits, airy linen and suede. The trick is to accessorize appropriately; jewelry and shoes should add sparkle to the blank cotton canvas and look best when styled to appear easy and effortless. Layers of colorful stone necklaces or brightly hued wedges pop against a tee’s or polo’s simple shape and will stand out after sunset.
How can I best wear this season’s new mid-length skirts?
From sky-high to floor-sweeping, the new rule for chic skirts is anything goes. There are, however, some guidelines for how you wear those in-between lengths to achieve the most flattering look. Since a midi skirt often stops at or just below the calf’s widest point, add length with a high platform wedge during the daytime or with a sleek pump at the office and after dark. Avoid shoes with ankle straps or high upper pieces, as they will interrupt the line of the leg and compete for attention with the skirt. At most, choose a shoe with a thin, simple ankle strap or none at all. Pair your mid-length skirt with a feminine blouse and thin belt to nip in the waist and add perfect curves.
What is the best way to wear this season’s color-blocking trend?
Color-blocking is a chic way to add vibrancy to your wardrobe but after dark requires a more elevated approach than simply clashing shades. Streamline your look with a mix of layers in muted, contrasting tones, such as olive silk trousers with a drapey cardigan in cream or chocolate brown—the effect is one of louche luxury that is both classic and right on trend. For a more showstopping take on color-blocking, try varying shades of harmonious brights—for example, pair a short red dress with a fuchsia clutch and deep purple belt that nips in the waist. Color-blocking makes a major statement without relying on too many accessories and is a look that can be recreated with your favorite, most classic pieces. Err on the side of minimalism when adding accessories—sleek silver cuffs or a simple gold collar will punctuate the look without overpowering your saturated silhouette.
How do I add depth to winter's minimal evening looks?
Sleek cuts and a spare black palette may seem simple, but this season’s eveningwear is anything but austere. Consider the simple dresses and suiting a blank canvas for personal expression. Add an element of surprise with glossy red heels and sparkling jewelry that catches the light and starts conversations. Top the look with a chic turban or beret, or a brilliant embroidered coat that adds a pop of color while also keeping you warm.
What are some must-have accessories for this holiday season?
This season is defined by its bold accessories that make a major statement with sleek, artfully placed details. The luxury can be found in the perfect proportion of a red lacquer heel and the exquisite craftsmanship of a shearling handbag's chinoiserie embroidery. Look for Art Deco and Asian-inspired accents rendered in glossy satin and brilliant jewel tones that will stand out against a sea of litle black dresses and winter whites.
How can I make rugged winter styles look glamorous?
When bundled up against the elements, it takes a little extra verve to feel glamorous. Outerwear rendered in rich textures, such as shearling, leather and suede, is both luxurious and warm, while monochromatic palettes—black boots, a black parka, black sunglasses—keep any layered look streamlined and elegant. Invest in high-quality performance gear that pays equal attention to form and function, and great cold-weather style is sure to follow.
What should I wear to a winter wedding?
Regardless of the season, weddings require festive attire that can last through multiple location changes and hours on the dance floor. Black is traditionally considered too somber for wedding celebrations; however, the little black dress can look appropriately festive when paired with jewel-toned tights and fun jewelry, and never underestimate the power of bold red lips. Top off your party frock with a shearling-lined coat or cape, and don’t let such extras as scarves and gloves be an afterthought—they will keep you stylish (and warm) from the receiving line to the last dance.
How should I care for my shearling outerwear?
At the first hint of fall, it is tempting to pull your favorite outerwear out of storage and back into rotation, but prep your most luxurious pieces properly before stepping out on the town. Shearling is full of natural oils that must be preserved in the hide, so take your coats and lined jackets to a dry cleaner that knows how to do this. Guard your shearling from the elements with silicone-free treatments that provide an extra layer of protection without changing the color or finish. Avoid exposing your shearling pieces to high heat, and, come spring, store them in a cloth garment bag—never plastic—in a cool, dark room.
What are some chic holiday looks that will never go out of style?
A stunning black dress is a nighttime staple and a timeless look for holiday. To add interest and festive flair, look for black frocks rendered in rich velvet or accented with a touch of sparkle. For holiday engagements that take place during the day, a cozy cashmere sweater, slim pants and high-heel boots are a sophisticated choice. Add a touch of holiday flair to the look with a few thoughtful finishing touches, like a tartan scarf and a red manicure or a pair of diamond earrings. For a more rugged daytime look, appropriate for running errands on busy, snowy weekends, a chic intarsia-knit sweater, jeans and shearling-lined or over-the-knee boots will create a classic look that will be appropriate from Thanksgiving through the New Year.
How do I wear metallic pieces during the day?
The trick to wearing metallic pieces during the day is to pair them with tonal matte colors and soft textures. As long as the metallic piece is styled with traditional daytime elements, the look will be appropriate. Wear a silver tie-front blouse with grey wool pants and black heels or wear a dazzling gold skirt with a soft tan shirt and brown leather accessories. Metallic accessories are also a fine choice; wear a gold belt over a clean white frock or a pewter handbag with a navy pant and striped top for a look that evokes modern glamour.
What evening accessories should I have in my wardrobe?
When it comes to formal evening accessories, a few glamorous, refined pieces are all you need to complete a multitude of looks. Black accessories adorned with sparkling crystals illustrate the point. A dazzling sandal with a sturdy heel will work year-round with everything from a tuxedo trouser to a delicate silk gown. A satin evening clutch with crystal embroidery will complement a little black dress and black-tie gown alike. Additionally, collecting a mixture of fine jewelry and statement pieces will allow for versatility. A large, costume necklace stands out against a simple black dress while delicate diamond earrings keep attention focused on an intricate neckline or bold fabric.
Can you suggest a few different boot styles that will add versatility to my wardrobe?
Keeping an array of boot styles in your wardrobe will add variety to your look while keeping you prepared for any adventure. A practical boot with a minimal heel, like a motorcycle, cowboy or riding boot, is perfect for casual everyday wear. For dressier occasions, a boot with a high heel is a stylish choice. Look for an ankle boot or an over-the-knee style for a chic statement that will take you from the office to cocktails. When purchasing these styles, try to incorporate both brown and black pieces, as this will immediately expand your wardrobe versatility. Finally, don’t shy away from truly statement-making styles. Animal prints, exotic skins and embroidery are all examples of fashion-forward details that look striking when styled with the more basic items in your wardrobe.
How do I dress for the evening and stay warm at the same time?
While putting together a glamorous evening look at home, don’t forget about the chilly conditions outside. An elegant evening jacket or cape is a wardrobe essential during this time of year. You can slip it on over anything from a ball gown to a cocktail dress on your way out the door. For added warmth, a luxurious shearling collar or pair of suede gloves will complete your look. When planning your outfit, you can also opt for cozier fabrics and silhouettes that provide more coverage. A sophisticated long-sleeve blouse, sleek velvet pant or floor-skimming cashmere gown, for example, will keep you warm indoors and out without sacrificing eye-catching nighttime style.
How can I wear a sweater dress for day and evening?
Luxurious knits, like cashmere or featherweight jersey, are a wonderful choice for a cold-weather wardrobe as they keep you warm without adding bulk. An elegant slim-cut sweater dress works for day with a belt, tall boots and a jacket or cardigan. For a high fashion spin, try creating a monochromatic look and, for weekends, opt for a rich leather bomber jacket to complete the ensemble. To take that same sweater dress into evening, simplicity is key. Sheer hosiery and a great evening sandal, perhaps one with a touch of sparkle, will instantly elevate the dress for nighttime events. For warmth, try a cashmere cape or shrug, and for a glamorous finishing touch, add a dazzling bracelet or necklace.
I’m visiting New York City this fall. What should I pack?
While New Yorkers are generally bold and eclectic in the way they dress, utility and versatility are essential considerations. When packing for your trip, make this your mantra. Made-to-last utility pieces–like durable leather riding boots and a sleek quilted jacket with extra pockets–will keep you comfortable as you stroll through Central Park, browse the shops on Madison Avenue or gallery-hop downtown. And versatile pieces–like a pair of slim black pants or a cashmere dress in a neutral tone–will make it easy to custom-build a look for each day without requiring that you bring your entire wardrobe on vacation with you. While functional garments that mix-and-match should fill the majority of your suitcase, don’t forget to include a couple of special items that show off your personal style. Whether it’s a pair of fashion-forward heels or a vintage-inspired jacket, having the option to wear a statement-making piece will make you feel like a native in no time at all.
When and how should I wear a sporty down jacket?
While it might not work for every occasion, a sporty down jacket is a style staple. For one, it is the perfect finish to your athletic wardrobe. Whether you’re on your way to yoga class or an indoor pool, a pair of black leggings and a down jacket will get you there in style. Alternatively, for weekends, a down jacket pairs beautifully with slim jeans, flat boots and a cozy turtleneck sweater. The coat’s short hip-length cut offers extensive mobility—perfect for days on the go. For a sleek, city-appropriate look, stick with one neutral color throughout and finish with luxe accessories like cashmere gloves and leather ankle boots.
What are some tips for looking chic on the slopes?
Look for a mix of technical and luxury fabrics in clothing that looks good and performs well. Neutral tones, like black, white and grey, will always feel modern, while pops of energetic color will keep you visible on the slopes and give your look a fashion-forward twist. In terms of fit, opt for pieces that have clean lines and a slim or straight silhouette. Additionally, try to incorporate pieces that work on and off the slopes. An unadorned black ski pant with a bold cobalt blue fleece creates a modern look on the slope, and that same pullover will be just as chic with a pair of skinny jeans and boots for a relaxed afternoon in town.
What's a comfortable outfit I can wear while traveling that still looks polished?
Traveling in style is all about the balance of elegance and comfort, and luxurious layers of ultra-fine jersey, lightweight cotton and sumptuous cashmere are the ideal choice. These easy fabrics have a beautiful drape and will not wrinkle, even after many hours of wear. Look for pieces rendered in sleek neutral tones in order to allow for endless styling options. Add an elegant polish by finishing your look with a few pieces from your everyday wardrobe. Layer a chic cardigan over a black cotton legging and tank, and finish the look with a pair of boots that are easy to slip on and off; or, wear your favorite formfitting jeans with a grey ultra-fine T-shirt, V-neck cardigan and fashionable flats.
What winter outerwear styles make a statement for evening?
Outerwear should not simply be viewed as a warm cover-up for your chic eveningwear. Rather, see it as another key element to your winter style and invest in an exquisite jacket that enhances your nighttime look. Choose a coat that complements every evening look by sticking to dark neutrals, like black and charcoal, with luxurious details for added elegance. A perfectly tailored coat in a plush wool-cashmere blend adds necessary warmth while exuding polished glamour. The length of the coat should reflect your particular lifestyle. A jacket that falls above the knee—like a black pea coat with decorative trim—is best for casual evenings out. For black-tie events, a stunning shearling wrap gracefully accompanies a floor-skimming dress and makes a bold statement between destinations.
What is Fair Isle?
Fair Isle is a traditional form of hand knitting that originated in the Scottish island of the same name. Set in the North Sea off among Scotland’s Shetland Islands, the area is subject such fierce, persistent wind and rain that cozy woolen garments have long since been a necessity. Cultural exchange with other European knitting traditions, in particular those of Scandinavia, and the advent of the knitting machine have since pushed the boundaries of the classic Fair Isle (narrow concentric bands of beautifully colored geometric designs woven into a neutral background) today to refer to all knitting that features multicolored bands of geometric patterns.
What can I pack for a warm-weather getaway that will fit in my carry-on?
When relaxation and rejuvenation are the reason for travel, the choices of what to wear should be effortlessly simple–bring eight or nine key pieces and a few accessories that mix and match with ease. An oxford shirt and jeans can be worn to the airport, and later, the oxford can be cinched at the waist and paired with a silk pant or skirt for lunch by the water. A breezy dress in a bold color is another good choice; wear it with sandals while shopping in town or with heels and a bracelet for a romantic dinner. A polo shirt and a pair of cotton shorts can be worn while touring a new area–wear the polo and your jeans on the way home from the airport and the shorts over your bathing suit while walking along the beach.
How can I wear loose, layers in a sexy nighttime-appropriate way?
While evening looks are generally formfitting, looser silhouettes can be just as sexy and glamorous. What’s more, playing with proportion and volume allows you to highlight your best features. When wearing loose layers, your look should feel as purposeful as a body-conscious dress and sky-high heels, so whether you opt for an artfully draped cardigan, a super wide leg pant or a statuesque maxi skirt, make the item the focal point and wear it with confidence. Additionally, choose pieces that, while effortless and fluid, adhere to the rules of nighttime dress in terms of fabric and color. Delicate silk, sumptuous cashmere and rich velvet fabrics rendered in deep jewel tones, metallics or classic black epitomize glamour for evening, no matter the silhouette.
How do I approach menswear-inspired fashion in my wardrobe?
Menswear-inspired clothing is essential to any woman’s wardrobe. While some styles will appeal to you more than others, there is no end to the list of possibilities. Some key items to include in your wardrobe are a boyfriend jean, oxford shirt, fitted blazer, wide leg pant and an oxford shoe. Stemming from that everything is fair game: from accessories to outerwear there is no shortage of women’s items with a menswear point of view. Whether it dominates an entire outfit or just one element, this look exudes a confidence and sophistication that is always fashionable.
Can I wear cashmere at night?
Dressing for evening is all about luxury, and what could be more luxurious than cashmere layered against silk, velvet or gems? A sumptuous floor-skimming cashmere gown looks stunning with long gloves and opulent jewelry but the options don’t stop there. Pair a sleeveless cashmere tank with a pair of cropped trousers or a crewneck cashmere dress with stacked bracelets and a chain link belt. When wearing cashmere it’s all about letting the luxury of the material speak for itself so keep the other elements in your look simple and just as elegant.
How do I incorporate tweed into my wardrobe?
Woven in luxurious wools, tweed can add texture, color and depth to your wardrobe. A beautifully tailored tweed jacket is a perennial classic and can be updated each season with new underpinnings and accessories. On the Collection runway, tweed jackets were nipped in over feminine skirts in an earthy color palette. If blazers are not for you, a tailored tweed pant is a timeless choice, and this season it looks fresh and modern with weightless silk tops and elegant ankle boots. Another classic approach to incorporating tweed into your wardrobe is by way of outerwear. Look for styles that evoke country glamour with oversized collars and double-breasted closures or belts.
Is there a way to wear leather and suede in a sleek, city-appropriate way?
A great place to start is with a modern silhouette and an urban color palette—black and grey tones will instantly read as sleek and city-appropriate. Feminine sartorial staples like the classic cap-sleeved dress or perfect pencil skirt look chic when rendered in fine, luxurious leather or suede. Wear the pencil skirt with a classic oxford or a slim-fit cashmere sweater for a look that will take you from day to evening. A slim pant rendered in buttery-soft lambskin or goat suede is a great alternative to rugged jeans or cords and pairs beautifully with a fitted top and high heels. Worn appropriately, leather outerwear can also be chic and sophisticated. Instead of a classic aviator jacket, try a trim leather blazer or an edgy motorcycle-inspired jacket.
What types of outerwear should I have in my wardrobe?
A great coat, whether classic in style or new and unique, is the key to a well-rounded wardrobe, pulling your ensembles together and providing a stylish finishing touch. As such, you should invest in something you’ll want to wear again and again. A great everyday coat should take you from the office to dinner and to the market on weekends seamlessly. That said other styles of outerwear are wonderful to have in your wardrobe. A classic denim jacket, sophisticated trench coat, glamorous evening coat and practical parka are all appropriate on different occasions and will get plenty of wear over the course of a year.
What type of jean will look stylish this season but still be in fashion years from now?
A classic dark indigo, black or white wash and a flattering silhouette will work for years to come. The rise and ankle width of a jean should be determined based on your body type and personal style, however, steer clear of extreme styling. A dark indigo straight jean with a ‘true’ rise, for example, will always look chic and sophisticated. Having slightly different silhouettes in your denim collection is also recommended as things like heel height, blouse silhouette and occasion will influence what style of jean feels right.
Do I have to hand-wash my cashmere sweaters?
The qualities that make cashmere so precious also make it very delicate, so gentle handling is required. Cashmere needs to be aired out after a long day on your body. Between each wearing, lay the garment flat before folding it carefully and replacing it on the shelf. (Never hang cashmere or it will stretch.) Chemicals used in even the best cleaning agents will erode the fibers over time, so treat spots with a damp sponge and avoid allover cleaning more than a few times a year. During the off-season, store cashmere in well-sealed plastic bags or moth-repelling cedar.
What makes Ralph Lauren Collection handbags so special?
Simply put, Collection handbags are designed to last a lifetime, and their modern yet timeless silhouettes are made according to the highest standards of Old World leather craftsmanship. Each bag begins with the finest hand-selected materials, from luxurious French Baranil calfskin to elegant and durable canvas. Skilled artisans then bring the bags to life using time-honored techniques and custom-made Italian hardware. A hand-stamped craftsman’s seal finishes each bag. The designs themselves are inspired by a number of things from season to season, but many are based on vintage luggage styles—shapes and silhouettes that are both unique and timeless.
What eveningwear pieces are considered classics?
A luxe pantsuit, metallic cocktail dress, floor-length evening gown, body-skimming maxi skirt and of course, a little black dress, are all iconic eveningwear styles. Tastefully done, these items will not only bring you from dinner party to black tie event, but will also last for seasons, if not years, to come. Keep these classic pieces feeling new with updated shoes and accessories and remember to select items that fit well over those that are overly trendy.
What do you suggest wearing to casual cocktail or dinner parties?
For those parties that do not require formal dressing, but are not informal enough for denim, choose in luxe fabrics paired with more casual accessories. Add a wide leather belt to an elegant cashmere skirt and sleeveless top to give it a downtown feel, or pair a silk ball gown skirt with a crisp oxford for perfect party polish. The key is to combine dressy and offhand pieces to balance the outfit.
How do I wear equestrian looks in a casual, feminine way?
Equestrian style is timeless and can be worn with as much flair as fits your personality. Embrace the look with the time-honored jodhpur, particularly one with a modern skinny fit, and riding boots in classic colors. Or, for a more subtle statement, choose a slim-fitting, color-blocked polo with tournament-inspired details. Finish with well-placed accents that complement your look and lend a playful nod to the equestrian theme, such as printed silk scarves and low-slung leather belts with oversized buckles.
How can I update the traditional white blouse?
The classic white blouse is a wardrobe essential, but you can reinvigorate your look by playing with proportion and fit. A ruffle-front placket or a voluminous sleeve, for example, will take this style staple beyond basic. For a timeless ensemble that will take you anywhere, balance this look with a sophisticated pencil skirt or a city-appropriate slim pant in a neutral tone and keep accessories simple—a delicate necklace and an elegant heel provide the perfect finishing touch. To add drama, experiment with a vibrant color or a statement accessory which will create a striking contrast against the crisp white top.
What denim styles will most flatter my shape?
The right pair of jeans can not only make an outfit, but make your confidence soar. Wide-leg jeans are universally flattering, especially when paired with a slight heel and a slim-fitting tank or tee for a look that creates the illusion of extra-long and lean. To provide great balance against more volume up top, wear a slim fit jean. With a tunic or even a long blazer and oxford, it’s a classic look that lends all bodies balanced proportions. Wishing for more curves? A skinny jean hugs what you have, making for a look both very feminine and very modern. Try with a delicate sweater to maximize your style.
What are some ways to add leather to my wardrobe?
If “rugged” is the thing that comes to mind when you think of leather jackets, think again. Leather’s appeal lies in its versatility. It is durable but luxurious, non-bulky but very warm—making it a ubiquitous, perennial material that can be worn in multitude ways. Tailored leather trench coats that belt at the waist are a polished alternative to casual bomber and motorcycle styles, and layer beautifully with fall’s lightweight sweaters and soft scarves. For a more subtle statement, classic knit dresses with unexpected leather details—like suede shoulder or elbow patches and buckled tabs—add a sophisticated flair to your look.
What are some must-have pieces for a fitness wardrobe?
Whether you’re on the court, at the gym or just out for a morning run, comfort is key. Look for lightweight, breathable fabrics with moisture-wicking properties that will keep you cool and dry, even during the most active workouts. Incorporating layers into your attire also allows you to regulate body temperature while increasing workout intensity; try pairing a warm-up track jacket and pant with a tank top and gusseted short. Remember, it’s all in the material: Lightweight clothing enhances your workout by keeping you cool and comfortable.
Are there any rules for wearing vintage-inspired styles?
There are no hard rules to wearing vintage or vintage-inspired styles, especially because the look gets much of its appeal from being eclectic and unique. Creating a vintage-styled ensemble can get tricky, however, when too much from a single period is combined, resulting in something more like a costume. Pairing one heirloom-worthy piece—such as a repaired patchwork sweater—with dark skinny jeans, for example, balances the subtle nuances of the old with modern silhouettes of the new. For another way to achieve this proportion, choose skinny-fit shirts with Gatsby-era skirts or dramatic Edwardian tops and jackets with skinny, city-ready pants.
What makes Ralph Lauren’s polos so special?
With a logo that has represented the best in quality for nearly four decades, our polo shirts are truly an American style icon. Modern, feminine interpretations are key to our designs, making them anything but your father’s favorite shirt. Our slim Black Label polo is our most luxurious in sleek mercerized cotton jersey, while our Blue Label polos—both the classic and skinny-fit—are designed in our signature cotton mesh. They’re classics that will look great with almost anything, from a pair of slim jeans, a long feminine skirt or even a chic tailored suit. If you’re headed for the golf course, however, you’ll want one of our signature Golf polos. Designed for a slightly more relaxed, performance-enhancing fit, their classic polished look will take you from the fairway to the clubhouse in style.
When and how do I wear chinos?
Since chinos were worn by U.S. soldiers in the war--the First one—they have a permanent place in the closet of American consciousness. Their popularity has never waned, though the flat-front originals are constantly being adapted to fit the silhouette that fashion favors at a given moment. Paying attention to changing silhouettes is important but equally so is the knowledge of what trouser silhouette works best with your body type. Remember, also, that chinos come in a variety of shades. From butterscotch to putty, you always have plenty of options. Wear them just as you would a wool trouser or dark pair of jeans and remember that the accessories will make all the difference.
What makes the craftsmanship of Ralph Lauren products so special?
From formal evening gowns to luxury handbags, craftsmanship is inherent in every aspect of every collection. The finest materials and time-honored techniques give Ralph Lauren products unparalleled quality. The Ricky Bag from the Fall 2009 collection is handmade in Italy from fifty separate pieces of leather and nine different pieces of hardware, requiring two expert artisans ten to twelve hours to make one bag. Attention to detail applies especially to Ralph Lauren Collection. The Theodora dress from the Fall 2009 Collection is embroidered by hand with Swarovski crystals and finished with multiple layers of silk tulle. Each of the Ralph Lauren brands are created with quality and durability in mind. For example, the Black Label Gweyneth evening jacket is tailored from premium Italian silk in an Art Deco inspired silhouette and the Blue Label Hudson jodhpur is rendered in supple lambskin leather and features custom inner-knee patching. Every season, each item tells its own story, revealing beautiful fabrics and artisanal techniques that are the trademark of Ralph Lauren.
What is the origin of the Concho belt and how should I style one?
A Southwestern piece originated by Navajo silversmiths in the late 1800s, the Concho belt is a leather belt adorned with round or oval “conchos” that are hand-crafted from silver. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this piece is how little the design has changed throughout the course of the 20th century and into the present. Thanks to its remarkable craftsmanship and important heritage, the Concho belt has become an icon of American fashion and one that will never go out of style. In the winter, wear this rustic belt with a neutral trouser or pair of jeans, a feminine blouse and a cozy knit cardigan. In the summer months, pair it with a long, flowing skirt, a cotton tank and a casual sandal.
How do I get the bohemian look?
Like most styles of dress, bohemian items look best when mixed with other references, giving your outfit a sense of modernity and contrast. A feminine peasant blouse, for instance, looks tidy and chic with a pair of cropped slim pants, while patched jeans can take center stage when worn with a crisp white oxford. A long, boho dress looks great when paired with haberdashery elements like a shrunken vest or jacket. Bohemian accessories, like round sunglasses or pouch handbags can also give a conservative outfit a little bit of laid-back edge.
I’m having some friends over for brunch. What should I wear?
While a relaxing afternoon meal with friends calls for relatively casual attire, a hostess should always be pulled together for her guests. In the winter, knitwear is a stylish starting point. From an elegant shawl-collar sweater in a festive color to a classic black cashmere turtleneck, the options are endless. Be sure to choose knits that are fitted; an oversized silhouette will likely get in your way as you are moving around. To complete the look, sleek dark jeans or pants and a mid to low heel are a stylish combination, while a pair of sparkling earrings or a silk scarf tied around the neck will dress up the look just slightly. If the brunch you are hosting is more formal, a chic daytime dress—even a sweater dress—and a classic platform heel will never fail.
How do I wear a formfitting skirt or dress in a flattering way?
Slim cut skirts and dresses are a wonderful addition to any woman’s wardrobe. To ensure a flattering look, buy these items in a size that allows you full freedom of movement and purchase undergarments that give you a smooth, line-free silhouette. For daytime, balance a fitted skirt or dress with looser, more conservative pieces–wear a body-conscious dress with a chic cardigan belted at the natural waist or offset a fitted skirt with an easy cotton top and a menswear-inspired jacket. For evening, there is no need to play down a body-conscious silhouette, simply complete the look with a great piece of jewelry and a glamorous high heel. For an added dose of femme fetale, add an edgy leather jacket or menswear-inspired trench.
What is a stacked heel?
A stacked heel is built up from individual layers of material, usually leather or wood, which form a subtly patterned appearance and add strength and durability to the shoe. These individual layers do vary in visibility–some shoes are designed with an unnoticeable stacked heel, while other styles feature distinct variations–this usually occurs when lighter-colored materials are used. Stacked heels with these distinct variations tend to take on a more natural, daytime-appropriate look, while less noticeable stacking keeps the focus on the other aspects of the shoe. Contrary to popular belief, the term “stacked heel” refers only to this layering treatment, not to the shape of the heel itself. In other words, you can find anything from a stacked stiletto to a stacked kitten heel. In fact, stacked heels are popular on men’s and children’s footwear as well.
What should I look for when buying a suit?
The best suits always start with the right fabric—natural fabrics that have a luxurious warmth and rich hand. They should be soft, with a beautiful drape for the most flattering fit. Look for updated silhouettes of timeless classics to keep your look refined and fresh. Of course, great detailing is also important. Look for natural buttons in mother-of-pearl or horn, classically shaped collars and cuffs and carefully selected linings, all hallmarks of the Ralph Lauren suit.
What types of athletic details can I incorporate into my everyday wardrobe?
Whether you are attending a sporting event or catching a long flight, there are plenty of opportunities to wear athletic-inspired pieces, which are beloved for their modern look and priority on comfort. Bright, energetic colors, durable, high-tech fabrics and fluid silhouettes that are easy to move in are just a few examples of athletic details that can give your everyday wardrobe added functionality and style. An oversized scarf in bright, basic cotton represents a casual take on a classic look and can be worn with jeans and canvas sneakers during hectic travel days. Sporty, safari-inspired pieces are another great choice. Dress these pieces up for evening with heels and jewelry, or wear them with simple makeup, sunglasses and bright accessories for daytime adventures.
What should be considered when buying a shirt?
A crisp, tailored shirt is a wardrobe essential. In the tradition of classic men’s haberdashery, choose shirts tailored out of the finest cotton fabrics—those woven with fine yarns in tight weaves for a smooth, silk-like hand. Updated, slim silhouettes are decidedly modern and look polished under a jacket or worn on their own. Finishing details—like classic haberdashery collars and cuffs (made with sewn, not fused, interlining), mother-of-pearl buttons and a split back yoke—are also hallmarks of a finely made shirt.
How are Ralph Lauren Collection shoes made?
Whether inspired by equestrian lifestyles or old Hollywood glamour, Ralph Lauren footwear caters to every aspect of a woman’s lifestyle and features unparalleled attention to construction, comfort and detail. Our footwear is handmade in the Veneto and Tuscany regions of Italy, which are considered the best in the world for shoe production. The leathers, suedes and exotic skins used to make each shoe come from the finest tanneries in the world and superior attention to detail and hand-finishing give each unique style an authentic, artisanal appearance. Meticulous methods, typically ones applied to men’s footwear, are used in the women’s collection–including hand-stained soles, hand-burnished leathers and brass nailing–increasing the quality and longevity of each shoe.
How can I incorporate classic preppy elements into my work wardrobe?
Preppy style is by nature irreverent and sporty, but its key elements can add a bit of color to your office wear when done right. Tuck your favorite skinny jeans into a glossy black riding boot for a touch of equestrian style, or pair a bright blazer with a striped oxford cloth button-down shirt for a feminine take on menswear. Classic accessories such as pearl earrings and ribbon belts are also suitable dashes of preppy flair. Keep the effect subtle, however, and when in doubt, save your preppiest pieces for the clambake and country club. Boat shoes may not replace a professional high heel, and tennis whites should stay on the court.
What are some ways to style a suede skirt this fall?
When rendered in tissue-weight layers, suede works wonders as a versatile fabric for more than just accessories. For daytime, shine a spotlight on its luxurious feel by pairing your suede skirt with a fitted blouse in a similar shade for a tonal, textural look. Rugged leather accessories balance refined fabrics and also keep the look casual enough for daytime. For evening, a sheer blouse with feminine ruffles is a light and romantic contrast to the inherent earthiness of suede, while a simple nude pump creates the illusion of mile-long legs.
Can I wear white denim after Labor Day?
No longer strictly for summer, white denim makes a chic and unexpected statement year-round. As summer turns to fall, swap sandals and bright accessories for earthier tones and heavy fabrics that speak to the cold weather to come. Rugged motorcycle boots and a Beacon-print wrap or sweater add downtown cool to white denim that, just a few weeks ago, looked crisp with seersucker and espadrilles. After dark, pair skinny white jeans with a high-heel lace-up shoe and layers of contrasting textures, such as a tweed jacket over a silk and lace camisole.
How can I dress up jeans for an evening occasion?
Denim offers a fresh take on cocktail style and for most occasions can look as formal as a little black dress, and how casual or dressy your denim looks depends largely on accessories and shoes. Pair dark, straight or skinny jeans with a jewel-toned top and heels for a night on the town, or work dark denim trousers into your office wardrobe for a look that eases effortlessly from day to night. For sleek, sophisticated style, pair a black stiletto heel with silver jewelry that complements your denim’s sporty and modern style.
Which essentials should be kept in my closet year-round?
There are five essentials every woman should always have on hand. A classic polo shirt pairs with any casual bottom while a stylish, skinny-fit polo polishes off dressier looks. The classic oxford shirt is easy to dress up or down with accessories and styling, and a lightweight sweater is a great layering piece that can elegantly accompany any basic. A jean in stretch denim can be worn any time of year—low-rise, slim-fit styles are available in a variety of washes, from sophisticated dark indigo to ultra-distressed for hip, casual style. Finally, a boyfriend-fit chino is a heritage classic that never goes out of style.
I love being able to customize my polos. Do you have any other Create Your Own styles?
When they were first introduced in 2003, our Create Your Own polos quickly became the year’s must-have shirt. Since then, our Create Your Own collection has expanded to include styles for men, women and children, all of which are customizable in your favorite color combinations with either a pony or monogram. For women, we offer our essential short and long-sleeved skinny polos and skinny-fit oxford. The Create Your Own collection is still available only at Polo.com, where you can preview your color combinations through a fun interactive technique. Highly collectible and uniquely your own, our Create Your Own styles also make the perfect, personalized gift.
Can you suggest a few ways to wear scarves?
We love scarves for their ease and versatility. An elegant scarf can be the centerpiece of a look or freshen up a jacket or sweater that’s been in your wardrobe for seasons. And while a beautiful silk square tied at the neck adds ladylike polish to any outfit, the options by no means end there. Ruffled or oversized scarves add stylish drama to menswear-inspired blazers and frame the face in a very flattering way. A silk scarf worn as a headband creates a look that is part gamine, part glamour. A longer scarf can be worn in place of a belt, adding a bohemian expression to your look. Finally, a vibrant pocket square is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your jacket, not to mention play up a menswear motif.
What is Pink Pony?
Pink Pony is Polo Ralph Lauren’s worldwide initiative in the fight against cancer. Our mission is to reduce disparities in cancer care and ensure that treatment is available at an earlier, more curable stage. A percentage of sales from all Pink Pony products supports programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment and research and brings patient navigation to medically underserved communities. And whatever you buy brings double satisfaction: a great Ralph Lauren product and the knowledge that you’re helping fund a remarkably good cause.
What’s the best way to wear jeans?
Despite their humble heritage as work-wear, today’s jeans go anywhere. A perfect day look pairs jeans with a fitted shirt and jacket and a sleek, high-heeled boot or pump. An especially chic day look is a luxurious, slim cashmere sweater worn over jeans and belted at the waist. For a night on the town, that same jean looks great with a feminine camisole under a shrunken blazer or leather jacket. Remember that jeans come in all silhouettes, washes and colors. From coated to stretch denim there are plenty of options to keep your look fresh and fun.
What are some stylish ways to wear a belt?
Belts are a great accessory for adding shape and detail to your outfit. Start by building a collection of different sizes, materials and lengths so that your styling options are plentiful. After all, a little black dress or great pair of jeans can look completely different when worn with a belt. Belts look great with jeans and trousers with belt loops, however, they can also be worn atop a dress or skirt in order to cinch the waist and break up the colors or patterns in an outfit. Wear a thin belt over a t-shirt and cardigan for a refined approach to layering or slung low with a maxi skirt for a luxe-bohemian look. Make a jumpsuit look like separates by adding a belt and a slim jacket over top. Remember that buckles can be styled in the middle of the torso or off to the side, depending on what you think works with the outfit.
What are the Ralph Lauren beachwear essentials?
No trip to the surf and sand is complete without a wardrobe to match the fun. Swimwear in an array of cuts and colors will prepare you for any adventure. A great pair of shorts is essential. Think slouchy and white, the perfect foil to tops and sweaters with a nautical flair, and playful sandals with color and shine. A cool, long tunic is just as great over your swimsuit as it is over your shorts or jeans, making for a speedy and sleek transition from beachtime to dinnertime. White jeans in either a slim or wide leg are the ultimate warm-weather staple, and a great foundation against which to pair bright green, blue, red and coral tops. Grab an equally bold beach towel and you’ll be ready to vacation in style.
How do I create a warm-weather look that is both sophisticated and casual?
The key to elegant dressing during the balmy months is a steady supply of summer dresses: Create variety in your wardrobe by selecting pieces in a range of colors, patterns, fabrics and shapes. Long, flowing dresses are perfect for daytime ease, while a shorter dress looks most sexy come evening. Add a little sparkle through a bejeweled earring or big bangle, while metallic strappy sandals add instant sophistication.
What are some ways to create a stylish tonal look this season?
One way to put together a stylish tonal look is to start with one great piece and build the rest of the ensemble around it. Whether you choose a unique vintage-inspired top or a pair of classic chinos, drawing inspiration from one piece instantly establishes the palette and overall mood with which to draw from. Neutral hues are especially chic and lend themselves to a variety of combinations, since they tend to be more prevalent in a wardrobe. If you feel your outfit lacks personality, break the tonal theme with accessories in dazzling metallic or vibrant contrasting hues, or, look for pieces that have statement-making details like fringe, lace or cabling. Textural details will help define each piece in your look, while still allowing you to make a fashion-forward tonal statement.
What are some versatile daytime dresses for spring?
In contrast to evening dresses, which are often worn to a specific event or party, daytime dresses should be able to take you to a variety of events—from a café in the morning to a garden party in the afternoon. A feminine floral dress is an icon of the spring season; opt for vintage-inspired florals and refined Old Hollywood silhouettes for a look that is both tasteful and fashion-forward. A white or ivory dress is also an elegant choice for spring and can be made new with a variety of statement accessories, thanks to its delicate tone. A lightweight sweater dress in a pale, spring-ready color like lavender or poppy is appropriate for the office or an outdoor lunch when paired with a cardigan or blazer and a few simple accessories.
How do I wear a platform sandal?
As temperatures rise, the platform sandal is a must-have staple that is at once ultra-chic and extremely wearable. Choose a silhouette with a cushioned leather interior and a substantial front platform which will serve to balance out a soaring stacked heel. For a bohemian-inspired daytime look, a strappy leather style with braided details pairs perfectly with white jeans and a blousy top. At night, opt for statement-making material like exotic python or metallic leather while keeping the rest of your ensemble classic and streamlined – like a body-contouring black dress – for a sexy look that is tastefully chic.
Which sweaters are appropriate for spring and summer?
Sweaters can be wonderfully elegant in the spring and summer—look for lightweight fabrics like cotton and jersey and relaxed silhouettes that will keep you cool. Cardigans are a good option during the warmer months, since you can wear them open or closed according to your body temperature. Also, open-weave sweaters are especially popular this spring and look great when layered over a matching tank top. These semi-transparent knits have a natural elegance that works for day or evening. In addition to fabric and silhouette, color can also help determine appropriateness for warm weather. Earthy neutrals, classic white and light or bright tones like lavender and poppy will instantly read as spring and summer, even in a cold-weather staple like a cable cashmere sweater.
What are some elegant ways to wear shorts?
Rendered in a luxurious easy-to-wear fabric and a flattering silhouette, shorts can provide a chic alternative to skirts and dresses during the summer months. This season, opt for neutrals accented by bold pops of color and glamorous accessories. Sleek black shorts, for example, pair beautifully with a formfitting citrus-hued blouse and slim belt that defines the waist. In addition to city-appropriate styling, shorts are also stylish when rendered in sporty, utility-inspired silhouettes. Whether you’re calling up a safari or surf-inspired look, choose sleek, modern blouses and timeless accessories like a luxurious leather bag or platform sandal in order to strike the perfect balance.
How do I create a layered look in warm weather?
Revealing warm-weather looks only belong in certain settings so learning how to layer in the spring and summer is imperative. Slinky cardigans, lightweight blazers and long, diaphanous tunics are the perfect match for your favorite paper-thin cotton tanks, T-shirts and frocks. Belts, jewelry and stylish footwear will ground these fluid, lightweight pieces and add individuality. This season’s emphasis on long silhouettes introduces new opportunities for warm-weather layering—try wearing a lightweight tunic-length top over a pair of Katherine Hepburn-worthy wide leg pants, or wear a flowing maxi skirt with a long cardigan, belted at the waist. Experiment with accessories: A flat leather sandal will give these looks boho flair, while a leather platform sandal can provide a ‘70s twist.
What are some different ways to wear a wide-leg pant this spring?
Creating menswear-inspired drama for day and evening, a wide-leg pant is a wardrobe staple. This spring, use this key piece to create a modern, monochromatic look. A crisp white wide-leg pant with a sheer white top and solid tank create an ensemble that has texture and a sophisticated edge. For a seventies twist, wear a slim, lightweight tunic over a pair of wide-leg pants and complete the look with a tall, platform heel for a long, lean silhouette that is chic and flattering. Finally, give the classic suit a modern update with a wide-leg pant, instead of a straight-leg pant. This simple update will give your spring work wardrobe a fresh, fashion-forward appeal.
How should I dress for a summer afternoon spent outdoors?
The warm-weather season offers many opportunities to spend time outdoors and regardless of the agenda, your look should be comfortable and uncomplicated. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen, which are prized for their breathability, are always a good choice, and having a hat, a pair of sunglasses and a light cardigan or jacket on hand will also help you stay comfortable all day long. Unfussy dresses and skirts with easy movement are appropriate for parties and events—look for colors and patterns that complement your surroundings in order to make a statement without sticking out. If you’d like to wear a heel, opt for a wedge heel, which won’t get stuck in the soft ground as you walk. For a more rustic activity, like a picnic lunch or a walk by lake, a chic pair of shorts and a gauzy cotton top might feel more appropriate. If you’re sitting on the ground, you’ll want to avoid light colors or fabrics that wrinkle easily. A cool flat sandal or canvas sneaker and a rugged tote are the ideal finishing touch.
What are some different ways to wear summer's perfect white pant?
A white pant is a warm-weather classic and, just like a black trouser or a blue jean, it can be worn in a variety of ways and for a variety of occasions. A feminine tank in a bold hue or pattern emphasizes the fresh, summery look of the white pant and can be worn for day and evening occasions alike with the addition of sleek metallic accessories. For an office-ready look that feels seasonal but still professional, pair the white pant with a classic oxford, a leather belt and a daytime-appropriate pump. For weekends spent with friends and family, dress down in a worn-in chambray shirt or a classic white T-shirt and a pair of flat leather sandals. Or, for a sporty look that works while sitting courtside or just running errands, pair the white pant with a polo shirt or a racerback tank and simple ballerina flats.
How can I wear tailored, menswear-inspired pieces on the weekend?
Mixing casual and formal or sexy and conservative pieces is a great way to feel comfortable everywhere; you’ll neither look overdone nor underdressed. While a beautifully tailored three-piece suit makes a stylish statement in the office, the individual pieces of that suit can be folded into your weekend wardrobe to form a dozen new ensembles. A classic blue jean and cotton T-shirt, for instance, take on a sophisticated feel with the addition of a menswear-inspired vest. A pair of cotton shorts and a tank top can be elevated with the addition of a chic blazer—roll or push the sleeves up in order to make this office staple feel more weekend-appropriate. Or, replace your distressed jeans with a sharp, wide-leg trouser but keep the worn-in t-shirt and flat sandals just the same. You’ll be even more comfortable while projecting an off-duty sophistication that is fresh and stylish.
What defines an espadrille and when can I wear them?
While the traditional espadrille features a canvas or cotton upper and laces that tie around the ankle, modern interpretations do not always have these qualities. What truly defines an espadrille is its signature rope sole most commonly made from natural fibers such as jute and raffia. Originating in 14th century Catalonia, (located in the Pyrenees region, between Spain and France) the espadrille was once a style of shoe worn by peasants, but it became fashionable in the 20th century when variations of the original design began to appear in mainstream fashion. It has since become a summer staple among both men and women across the globe. While the espadrille has certainly reached luxury status with the addition of platform soles, leather uppers and special hardware, its signature rustic sole make it most appropriate for daytime and casual evening occasions. Worn with jeans, chinos and dresses alike, this warm-weather must-have captures the natural ease of the season and the timelessness of the original espadrille design.
What are some good pieces to help me transition my wardrobe into fall?
Late summer is a good time to test-drive fall trends, but heat and humidity still demand light layers. Start the process by adding a slightly moodier palette. Dark neutral tones, burnt reds and oranges, and heather gray all evoke a late summer afternoon and contrast well with the light, gauzy pieces that carried you through June and July. Accessories are also easy transitional pieces—a rugged tan handbag should replace the canvas tote, and summer’s sandals get extra mileage with knit tights. As evenings grow cooler, throw chunky knit scarves and sweaters over summery frocks to stay warm in style.
What should I look for when buying a swimsuit?
Contrary to popular belief, swimsuits need frequent replacing. No matter how well you take care of your suit, last year’s will probably be too stretched and damaged by chlorine and the sun for you to look your best in it the following season. Fortunately, finding a flattering suit isn’t as difficult as you think. First and foremost it should be comfortable and fit properly. But it should also work with your body type, accentuating what you like about your body and minimizing what you don’t. Remember that a classic one-piece will always come in handy, even if a two piece is your preferred style.
What can I wear by the pool that is still polished and elegant?
Start with a swimsuit that is both comfortable and flattering; struggling with a falling strap or a suit that rides up when you walk is anything but chic. Lounging around the pool in style, however, requires more than a great looking bathing suit: You’ll need some kind of cover-up to wear when you’re not swimming. A wrap or brightly colored pareo is a great choice, as is a sundress in a summery print (bright floral or paisley patterns work especially well here). You could also opt for a tied-at-the-waist oxford shirt paired with a feminine floral skirt for a more unique look. Keep makeup to a minimum: Make sure your hands and feet are well manicured, throw on some waterproof mascara and a little lip color and don’t forget your sunscreen. The right accessories—a pair of sandals or mules, fun jewelry, a colorful bag and elegant sun hat—help finish your look in style.
What’s the best way to care for my swimsuit?
A swimsuit’s naturally short life span means it should be replaced each season. There are a few things you can do, however, to keep your suit looking its best all summer long. Always rinse your suit under tap water directly after swimming to remove any residual salt or chlorine, which can destroy nylon and Lycra®. Occasionally you should also hand wash your suit with a gentle, cool water detergent (never put your suit in the washer or use harsh soaps or bleach). Hang dry your suit away from direct sunlight to avoid premature fading and make sure it is completely dry before storing it. Likewise, try not to leave it sitting damp in a rolled towel or beach bag. Finally try to minimize contact with tanning lotions and oils, which have a detrimental effect on your suit’s elastic fibers, causing them to break down and weaken over time.
Which essentials do I need for the tennis court?
You’ll want to start with a few white basics in some of the latest lightweight wicking fabrics: we suggest one dress, a few skirts and an assortment of sleeveless and short-sleeved tops. They’re easy to wear, and they’ll keep you comfortable on the court by drawing moisture away from your body to keep you cool and dry. You’ll also need a great warm-up track jacket and pant: they’re perfect for wearing both to and from the club, and will keep you warm on crisp mornings.
What can I pair with my oxford for a more eclectic look?
A few finely tailored shirts are indispensable items in any well-rounded wardrobe. They can be worn in many combinations with suits, skirts and pants, and lend themselves to any number of styles from business wear to sporty and casual cool looks. In cooler months, pair them with a cricket jacket and slim cargo pant for a look that is at once preppy and urbane. In the summer, nothing looks chicer than a brightly colored oxford with a slim white jean and oversized belt.
How should I care for my leather shoes?
Some leather shoes—like cowboy or motorcycle boots—look better with a little wear and tear, but others require TLC. Prep your leather pieces for the elements with a weatherproofing protectant, such as beeswax or a water-resistant spray, and polish them regularly with a non-toxic formula and soft brush to prevent and hide scuffs and to keep them supple. Avoid contact with water, perfume or cosmetics, and store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
When and how do I wear a polo?
We regard the polo as a main ingredient in a woman’s wardrobe—the kind of piece that you can wear almost anywhere. And given the choices in fits, colors and fabrics, we truly have a polo for every woman. Nothing is more perfect for a day of shopping or just relaxing on the weekend than a polo with a long bohemian skirt or a pair of jeans. Layer a bright one under a blazer or neutral suit for a stylish office look. And with the Create Your Own polo—exclusive to Polo.com—you can design an entire wardrobe of personalized polos in your own unique color combinations.
What is the significance of the number on Big Pony polos?
The embroidered number on Big Pony pieces traces its heritage to the traditional uniform of professional polo players. The players are assigned a position, which is designated by the numbers from one through four and displayed on team jerseys during a match. The player in position two is primarily an offensive player, three is usually the most experienced player on the team, and four is responsible for defending the team’s goal. Our polos with “5” on the sleeve were inspired by the first American public polo match, staged in Brooklyn in 1878. The match featured five players per side, rather than the four per side in contemporary polo.
What is a wicking layer?
While each sport may require different types of clothing, a wicking layer is always a critical piece. As the base layer, it works to move moisture away from your body to minimize heat loss. An effective wicking layer should be breathable and non-absorbent, and so synthetic fibers like polyester are good choices. Natural fibers such as cotton and silk are not, however, as these tend to trap moisture and leave you feeling clammy and uncomfortable. Choose pieces that include technology like WickTech™, designed with two different surfaces: the layer next to your skin channels moisture through the fabric, while the outer layer disperses it over its surface to evaporate quickly.
What do you suggest I wear while sailing this summer?
Weekends on or near the water require clothing that provides protection against the elements. A combination of sport and non-sport garments usually works best, depending on your level of activity. Wear high-performance clothing that is waterproof, breathable and comfortable, in addition to lightweight layering pieces that can be worn at sea or on shore. A pair of jeans or shorts with a nautical stripe top will look chic by the shore, while a slim, black performance jacket can be worn atop while sailing. It never hurts to be prepared so bring a tote bag with warmer layers on board.
I’ve heard that not all cashmere is the same. What should I look for when buying it?
As one of the most rare and precious fibers in the world, cashmere’s appeal is undeniable. This treasured fiber comes from the most desolate regions of the world in Central Asia, where it is painstakingly combed from the backs of the Kashmir mountain goats that thrive in the icy temperatures of the high Mongolian mountains. Given its rarity, this luxurious fiber is scarce and very costly. Some manufacturers may offer more economical versions, but don’t be fooled: Not all cashmere is created equally. The best cashmere is made from “virgin” fiber, which is used in yarns, fabrics or garments for the first time, unlike reprocessed fiber. The best-quality cashmere sweater is made of two-ply cashmere yarn, and it takes the fleece of at least two goats to make one of our single two-ply sweaters.
What should I wear to a black-tie event?
Black-tie dressing guidelines can vary greatly, depending on the particular occasion. However, the basic rule dictates that the elegance of these events calls for floor-length gowns in tasteful style. First, classic black is always safe and a simple design ensures there will be no talk of a gaudy gown in the fashion glossies next month. Second, select a dress that will showcase your best features and draw attention away from the ones you’re shy about. An elegant black gown and simple accessories will always be your best bet.
How can I wear ruffles in a sophisticated way?
Frequently reserved for a younger audience, this season ruffle details are given a sophisticated spin that will work in any woman’s wardrobe. For a polished look, opt for a crisp cotton button-down or a polo shirt updated with a soft ruffle at the placket. The style is subtle enough for the office, while adding the right amount of flare for a casual evening ensemble. For a more formal approach, look for ruffles cascading along the length of a dress or hem of a skirt. Style these romantic pieces with modern, slim-fitting layers and sleek accessories for the perfect brunch ensemble or special-occasion attire.
How can I style my warm-up gear in a way that’s appropriate for the clubhouse?
In marathon athletic events-like a 5 setter in tennis-what you wear during downtime is just as important as what you wear on the court. Having the proper warm-up and cool-down attire, like a long-sleeved cotton track suit, will ensure your tired muscles don’t cramp up. But, it’s also important that your gear translates well to the clubhouse for after the match. To make sure your always stylish look for pieces that are simple and classic – think whites and neutral tones. And, be sure that the tailoring is sleek. Baggy and boxy warm-up gear will have you looking and feeling underdressed.
What’s the inspiration behind Ralph Lauren’s iconic Beacon prints?
The heritage of the American Southwest is integral to Ralph Lauren’s aesthetic, from sartorial themes to a free-spirited lifestyle. Drawing on this heritage is the Beacon print, one of Ralph Lauren’s most easily identifiable patterns. Rendered in luxe textures, dramatic proportions and tonal, desert-inspired hues, the Beacon print is an elevated emblem of America’s legacy of handcraftsmanship and opportunity.
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