The timeless charm of the Ralph Lauren polo shirt
There’s something inherently appealing about heritage dress styling and nothing says it better than the Ralph Lauren polo shirt.
In 1972, Ralph Lauren went from designing ties to making a simple cotton shirt that he famously embroidered with a polo player, an emblem he believed would represent his vision of wealth and sportsmanship. Fast forward 50 years and the polo shirt is an iconic staple for any given summer.
The signature shirt is synonymous not only with sophistication, but also with a universal sense of inclusion that has permeated all levels of society – from schoolgirls in Lagos, eager to make an impression on their first day, to former elected presidential officials taking advantage of their retirement days on the putting greens.
The appeal of the polo shirt lies in its timelessness. Constantly reworked and reinvented, the essence of the shirt frees it from the shackles of time, so much so that I’m confident in saying that Ralph Lauren would be one of the safest uniform choices for future time travelers. They’re sturdy, comfortable, and age well (polo shirts are said to look even better as time begins to settle on the fabrics). Your grandfather’s old polo shirt might one day find its way into your spring rotation, or better yet, find its way to a stranger years later, thanks to well-carried savings.
Take a look at how Ralph fans styled the polo on Instagram.
You don’t need to look any further. Here’s how to do it right. Somewhere between Ruby Rose as a librarian and Jude Law as The Talented Mr. Ripley, Brit Bones is your senior year crush. Effortless layering, gender-neutral tailoring, and impeccable accessorization. Brit Bones has my vote for Head Boy.
Denny buries that look, ergo he kills it. Notice the detailing, the Preppy Bear Bucket Hat is a golden touch that brings a distinct element to what was already a fitting fit. The makeshift belt ties it all together.
With its playful and seasonal stripes, Kia offers looks with its tennis cut that conveys vintage emotions. This outfit perfectly encapsulates the timelessness of the polo shirt as Kia looks like it could have released any summer since 1949 (and we mean it’s the grooviest way possible).
This look dances between enigmatic and playful, while maintaining an air of accomplishment. There is a tension between the characters evoked by Justin, the jumped collar and the Jesus Saves cap accentuating the eccentricity of its bubble hues. You can clearly make a polo shirt out of anything if you do it with confidence.
Somewhere between chic, sophisticated, and casual, Arran’s look elicits core Ivy League energies. The subtle use of accessories goes a long way in elevating this look from “I’m going to boarding school” to “I’m getting on a plane.”
Luis taps into Dad’s heart with his polished version of Ralph. The look comes together masterfully as a study in tone and textures.
Cool, laid back and collected. Tyler incorporates the polo shirt into his look without letting novelty take over his style effortlessly. Layering gives Adam Sandler vibes.
Keep it simple. Christian proves that it is not necessary to complicate life to style your hair in summer.
We can say with confidence that the polo shirt is here to stay, be part of the narrative with #mypolostory and discover more of the polo shirt collection, here.