Re-Re-Re-Re-Rediscovering the Style of Ralph Lauren

Sometimes I get the feeling that #menswear has sucked the vintage Ralph Lauren well dry, as if our ever-present adoration for the designer formerly known as Lifshitz has finally emptied the tank on the man’s mystique. Just when I think that seeing one more photo of RL galavanting across his ranch, or reading one more article about the tchotchke’s that cover across his office, will finally turn the man mortal, another set of photos pops up that starts the fanboy cycle all over again.

I came across this latest crop of images through one of my favorite Tumblrs, Ralph Lipschitz (despite the unfortunate typo in the title) who found them on Mike D. Sikes site. The fourteen shots are actually scans from the book Ralph Lauren: The Man, The Vision, The Style and fully capture that “good ol’ American” look that Ralph embodies (or at least attempts to embody) through every facet of his life. I’d never seen these specific photos before, so I figured they were worth a repost, so here they are, ranked in order from the average to the absurd. 

Clean, and simple with just the right amount of preppy arrogance

Clean, simple, and preppy without looking like he was born with a pastel spoon in his mouth

The elusive tucked in polo with a great strapped waistband

The elusive tucked in polo with tasteful pleats and an interesting waistband

The classic RL denim tuxedo

The classic RL denim tuxedo

And of course, the classic RL tuxedo, before he began replacing trousers with denim

And of course, the classic RL tuxedo, before he began replacing trousers with denim

Clean cut, spread collar, and the consciously askew tie

Pinstripes, spread collar, and the consciously askew tie

Beach turtleneck and literal Dad jeans

Beach turtleneck and literal Dad jeans

Cropped denim

Cropped denim, dirty boots, and what looks like a military-esque henley

RL's loose interpretation of "black tie"

RL’s loose interpretation of “black tie”

Casual cowboy?

Casual cowboy?

Ranch wear for the man raised on cowboy flicks

Ranch wear for the man raised on cowboy flicks

I wonder how many sheep contributed to this photo?

I wonder how many sheep, coyotes, and raccoons contributed to this photo?

One sock

Plimsolls and a single sock

Safari jacket, with the socked sandals

Safari jacket, with the camp socked sandals

Honestly under what conditions is a down vest appropriate, but not a shirt?

Honestly under what conditions is a down vest appropriate, but not a shirt?

About these ads
8 comments
  1. PMN said:

    You know he was banging chicks on the side

  2. Thank you for posting who Ralph Lauren IS. So many people get lost in what the currently see the brand as, but there is so much more.

  3. Baxtton said:

    Nice pics, really cool post
    Thanks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 11,718 other followers

%d bloggers like this: