Ralphie baby. My relationship with Ralph Lauren has come full circle. In my 20’s I was a RL girl—all cashmere, velvet and luxurious woolens. That was B.C. (before children), when I had time to sew and I remember going to Marshall Field’s (gone, but not forgotten) to take intricate notes and measurements from a burgundy silk velvet turtleneck dress so I could copy the look. Ah…those were the days of easily dressing like a million bucks.
By my late 30’s Ralph seemed a little too much like the town in which I grew up—prep school, country club chic; a little bit entitled and a little bit boring. I rejected Ralph, along with my marriage and “perfect” upper middle class home. I needed more…more self-reliance, more adventure, more style and more substance!
Now, 15 years later, I feel drawn to Ralph again. This time, to me his clothes seem like the perfect mix of classic and contemporary; sophisticated without being boring, current without being crazy.
His spring line is the epitome of easy chic and I’m ready for it. The luxurious fabrics are wearable in the neutral colors he does so well. The clothes are an interesting mix of textures, the cuts look fresh. I’m in there all the way. I probably even have Ralph Lauren fabrics in my stash from 25 years ago that I can use this spring!
The perfect suit for spring, maybe in a silk herringbone…love the cut of the pants, very flattering!
Khaki, taupe and army green is classic RL for spring and the muted tones allow me to sew with gorgeous silks and satins without looking over the top:
This jacket and coat are to die for, wonder if I’d find occasions to wear a white trench? (my practical side talking):
Two simple, elegant dresses made more interesting with the addition of great belts (btw, when cleaning out your closet, never get rid of good belts, they always come back into style sooner or later):
How sublime is this? The suit pants with a soft, elegant blouse for evening:
And an easy, sparkly dress for summer: