Friday, January 21, 2011


My boys at school always comment on my wardrobe and they are usually positive, or, at least, polite. They always ask if something I am wearing is Polo, or, believe it or  not, Armani.  When I tell them it is Polo, they think it is so cool.  Who doesn't like a compliment every once in a while?  You have to pause when apparently style-impaired teenagers ask if something is a Polo.  Everyone knows Ralph Lauren!   The very young and insanely old know Ralph.

That got me thinking about Polo and its overly commercialized character.  I think the ubiquity of Polo comes from the sportswear and the pony emblem visible on the left breast of many  shirts.  Who knows?  I know one thing for sure, and that is I am a big fan of Ralph Lauren clothing.  I don't care if it's kid friendly, or old people friendly, and you shouldn't either. 

Now, to be perfectly clear, I'm not big on the sportswear, but the dress clothing is outstanding when it comes to quality, cut, and general appearance.  I particularly enjoy the doeskin blazers (single and double breasted) and shirts that Polo has to offer.  When it comes to suits, especially of the high-end variety, I would say I have my heart set on the Purple Label, and I'd bet you not one student of mine would guess I'm wearing a Purple Label. 

Mind you, I don't happen to own a Purple Label, but we can all dream can't we? With that dream in mind, I thought I'd offer up a pleasant view of some timeless items.  I have also added a wonderful double breasted suit from our friends at The Gentleman's Gazette, it's a beauty . If you haven't thought about ol' Ralph in a while, maybe you should.

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