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Ralph Lauren: What to Buy & Not to Buy - Brand Review

by: Gentleman's Gazette     Published on: 17 May 2019

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Check out my top picks from Ralph Lauren: https://gentl.mn/ralph-lauren-findsOur 14 Best Vintage Buys - Thrift Store Clothing & More: https://gentl.mn/2HadBjVWant to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2DVCdw8 Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ https://gentl.mn/2J9hedhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazetteFree EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2DVCdw8#RalphLauren #brandreview #notsponsoredSHOP THE VIDEO:1. Eagle Claw Cufflinks with Carnelian Balls - https://gentl.mn/2VO3IStSo what are the things from Ralph Lauren you should buy? Sweaters:Ralph Lauren is one of the few companies that offers really an extremely wide range of knits; whether it's a cable knit or an aran sweater, maybe a fair isle, knit vest inspired style, they have cool wools, they have cool styles with Shaw collars, cardigans, and really everything under the sun.Double RL brand: It's not usually carried in department stores, they are usually sold at specific stores; there's a great one in New York, I think it's their flagship store. It's mostly vintage Americana inspired work wear so lots of denim, lots of more casual garments with vintage influences but their suits are also very nice. Swimwear:They are usually in classic patterns such as checks or they have like bold stripes and it's very hard to find a tasteful classically inspired pair of swim trunks from other brands.Overcoats: Probably the most iconic piece is the Polo overcoat which works well with their name. It's kind of a camel hair coat and you've probably have seen an ad from them. Ironically, it's not sold on their website very often anymore so the best chance to find it is vintage on eBay or other places.Vintage Polo items: Today, Polo Ralph Lauren is much more commercialized. It's mostly made in Asia, however, in the 80s, things were made in the US or in Italy or in England and oftentimes, to a higher standard; the yarns and the fabrics are better so they've stood the test of time. So if you find something from the 80s or 90s that you like and it goes with your style, don't be afraid of buying it, it's good stuff. Good items in this area are corduroys or sweaters, ties, suits, or even seersucker. Shorts: Men's shorts or Bermuda shorts are really great.but just in general, often they are vintage-inspired, they offer bolder colors than other men's brands, and they have little details such as coin pockets or just a pattern like a real Indian cotton madras. Dress shoes:Today, their purple label shoe line is usually made by Crockett & Jones, Edward Green or Graziano and Girling which are all high-end British makers.Purple label suits and jackets: Back in the day, they were made in England by Chester Barrry and crew and that's the suit I'm wearing here right now. It's really nice, it has a very 30s inspired style with wide lapels, it's tailored very softly so it's extremely comfortable just like a sweater and even though today, most of purple label's items are made in Italy and things have changed quite a bit, they're still at a high-quality level and I recommend them. Usually, those garments retail anywhere from $4,000-$6,000 or more. Now, I don't believe it's worth the retail price but sometimes, you can score bargains on eBayor on outlets.Home goods: They have anything from bed sheets to glasses to decorative items and while generally, their stuff is not of the utmost quality, it is good quality and it is a superb style.Slacks:Especially, Polo has a range of corduroys for the winter that are unusual, many different colors, they also have great chinos.What should you not buy from Ralph Lauren? Polo Shirts: They are flimsy.Dress shirts: They fit weirdly.Anything with Big Logos: Simply obnoxious.Activewear: Does not work!T-shirts: Overpriced