8 Style Lessons from Ralph Lauren

Paris, France
STYLE
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April 6, 2018

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You simply cannot think of classic Americana style without Ralph Lauren coming to mind. A fashion and design powerhouse for decades upon decades, the label has dressed everyone from Princess Dianna to Leonardo DiCaprio and has continuously honored classics with his signature relaxed yet sophisticated touch. He brings that same Americana into the hands of anyone, not reserved only for celebrities and the elite, as his lines are always extremely wearable. He’s a name we’ve seen on red carpets, in film, and part of every major fashion week circuit for decades, and a personal inspiration of mine.

Being dressed in head to toe Ralph Lauren at a press preview in Paris, I couldn’t help but think of the way he’s shaped American – and International – style. With that, the lessons to respectfully steal from the one and only.

Quality over quantity

Pick up one piece from any RL line and you’ll notice the quality. Luxe material that is never short on craftsmanship, you truly get what you pay for with his pieces. In a world of fast fashion, it’s refreshing wearing a line that will quite literally last the test of time. Always opt for a quality piece vs. multiple trending pieces when developing your wardrobe.

The power of a button down

One thing I’ve always kept in mind thanks to RL? When in doubt, layer a white collared button down under pretty much anything. A classic from the designer, and a reliable go-to for rushed mornings.

Know the importance of “smart outerwear”

The label does smart outwear better than anyone, making trench coats that will actually hold up in the rain while looking chic. Appearance doesn’t need to be at stake when dressing for weather.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel

Ralph Lauren is not a Kenzo or a Moschino – which is not to say there’s anything wrong with those labels – but his approach is much quieter. Year after year, he’s developing classic styles that people want to wear, but never in a way that’s seeking attention. He’s a true testament to doing what works well for you, whether that be a silhouette or a color scheme. Which brings me to…

 Neutrals forever

The king of the neutral game, RL is all about buttery browns, tans, navy, white, and other flattering shades. Not only do these colors never fade in terms of wearability, but they’re also incredibly transitional. His menswear pieces are made to be worn with others from his collection, and same with options for us ladies.

Mix pattern and textures

No one does it better! Ralph is famous for mixing signature plaid, stripes or polka dots in a way that elevates the look without trying too hard. He also showcases this with textures, which I mimicked in the RL outfit in these images. Buttery leather is a RL staple, and that quality leather mixes well with pretty much anything!

Belt it

Another signature style from the designer, he uses belts like no other. Whether to finish off a look or cinch a waist, consider belting any outfit that isn’t working. Think outside the box, too, in terms of what you can belt – like an oversized winter coat.

Honor classic pieces

Whether a well-fitted suit, a pair of wide-legged trousers or a killer blazer, RL never strays from classic pieces. If I find myself in a fashion rut or am questioning how to style something, I always bring it back to a classic silhouette or item – courtesy of Ralph.

 

How will you incorporate his lessons into your style?

Photography by Fred Cipoletti

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| Ralph Lauren jacket | RL blazer (similar) | RL blouse (similar) | RL skirt (similar) | RL belt | Black boots | Prada bag |

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Why so many photos of same outfit ?

Stunning! I love that coat. Such a gorgeous, rich colour.

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Stunning! I love that coat. Such a gorgeous, rich colour.

Eleanor Donaldson

I love the color pallet for this outfit and I adore the linen dress under such structured and architectural pieces!

Can’t go wrong with neutrals right?!

Im so agree, Im Mexucan, abd since I remember I fell in live for his way of caresing the wimen bodies with his clase and natural designs.
Thank you!

I would totally buy Ralph Lauren again if they stopped making their clothes in China.

Oh Sir Lauren! First of all, I’m all for that reigning name! Secondly, my all time favorite one inch heeled boot was by RL and oh my goodness, I’ll never forget those puppies that lasted me through 3 NYC winters! Those were the ultimate Chelsea boot with a smoothe, barrow, rounded toe, just the right amount of sole comfort, a little elastic by the ankle for easy slip-on action, and a gold ring on the back for additional slip-on assistance. They were so chic! I couldn’t take them off, until I couldn’t keep them on since they had weathered to the core! I am determined to seek out another similar pair! They were the ultimate boot! Timeless, chic, not too short, not too tall, slimming, and super comfortable. I LOVE RL for his quality, timeless design, and continuous efforts to please our fashionable eye!

Ahh loved reading this! Love your passion for the designer as it matches mine. xx

My style is a bit offbeat, so I’ve always thought of RL as being too staid for me personally, but this look is 10/10. You’ve converted me!

YAY! All about styling the right pieces. xx

Krista @hundredblog

Ralph Lauren is so classic and elegant. I love this outfit, so perfect.

Krista
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Cherry Kay Clifford

Still wearing my Ralph Lauren camel cashmere great coat, purchased in the Fifth Avenue flagship store 40 years ago. It is magnificent to this day and continues to garner compliments. Thank you, Ralph Lauren. CherryKay

A classic right? Thanks for stopping by! xx

This look is beyond chic ! Loving the layers, the leather trench coat, and that Prada bag !

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Glad to hear you like it sweets! xx

I love the pictures in this look!
So beautiful!

Love,
Nikki
http://www.runwaytoroad.com

Thanks love! Hope they were helpful, xx

I love Ralph Lauren stlye & clothing everything about it is bold sexy & modern you now the stlye whenyou see it been a fan for years.

I bought my wedding dress from RL- it was actually an evening white gown, and 8 years on still looks amazing 🙂
Ana
http://www.champagnegirlsabouttown.co.uk

Ahhh SUCH a classic idea, Ana! I looooove that style for weddings. xx

Sorry that there are two of the exact same comments from me. Safari quit and I wasn’t sure if it posted!

I adore Ralph Lauren and it was so interesting to read your perspective on the key factors of his designs. I love this outfit on you, all the way from the coat to the bag. And also, your hair has been looking better than ever!

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I’m so glad you found it interesting! Thanks love xx

Thank you for sharing this! Lovely post!

xx,
thedecemberdame.com

Thank you Diana, so happy you liked!

La Bijoux Bella | by mia

I truly adore Ralph Lauren’s all American bold, classic and timeless beautiful styles! We are learning from one of the best gifted designer of all time! ♥️♥️
Merci for sharing your lovely tips & have a fabulous weekend!

♥️LA BIJOUX BELLA♥️ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

Couldn’t agree more. A true icon!

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