This post is sponsored by Ralph Lauren
Some items of clothing have rightly become iconic within the fashion world; and there is no better example than the Ralph Lauren polo shirt. I remember begging my Mum and Dad for one when I was younger when all of my friends had one in school, because that little man on that little horse was the epitome of cool. Well now this polo shirt has just celebrated it's 50th anniversary, and I have styled it up three ways to see if it still has the same cool factor my 13 year old self thought it has (spoiler: it does).
You all know how much I love classic pieces in my wardrobe, and this polo shirt is about as classic as they come. Pieces like this are always fun (and sometimes tricky) to style because they have been worn so many different ways, and we often have certain looks we associate the piece with. So I went for three looks in this post to try and break away from that. Firstly, the pool boy look. This was perfect to wear while wandering the LA streets, and the right accessories stop it from becoming too much of a pool boy look. I would switch this out for some white long jeans in England, and even Dr Martens for a proper mod look in the Spring time.
The 50 year heritage of the shirt really made me want to look back through the decades for some styling inspiration. Stopping off at the 70s first with some insane flared jeans. The polo I have on is a mens small, which is the perfect fit for me. It's boxy but with tight fitting sleeves, meaning it's going to look really cool tucked in to anything high waisted. I think this look would also work with the polo being even more oversized so you really got a interesting silhouette with it against the jeans, or a black one with some black flares like these would be an amazing look for an evening.
Finally, the 80s called. My old Toteme jacket always makes me feel ready for the 80s with those power shoulders, and the little polo collar sat underneath is the perfect addition to that vibe too. That collar makes this shirt so different to style than a plain white t-shirt and brings so much more to a look, in this outfit I feel like it gives some old school PE vibes which I love and would love to play around with a bit more. Styled with a simple black mini and some slip on shoes, this is the perfect spring look inspired by the 80s. And this concludes three, very different, outfits all inspired by this iconic piece. Honestly this was a style challenge that I loved, and for Summer this shirt is going to be an option I reach for a lot instead of my white t-shirts.
POLO SHIRT: c/o RALPH LAUREN | SKIRT: REFORMATION | JACKET: TOTEME | SHOES: ROCHAS
PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE.