meadowbrook polo club Blue Preppy
Random TIPS :You can go wrong with a turtleneck. Not a turtleneck sweater but a straight on, cotton turtleneck. Solids are fine, but if you can find one with a tiny repeating pattern of spouting whales, sailboats, tennis racquets or even fall leaves, you scored big time. Pair a tucked in turtleneck with some khakis and you golden. Don forget your leather boat shoes (Sperry Top Siders)! Extra credit: boat shoes, no socks. Not jeans! Jeans just don figure into this at all, so get them out of your closet and your mind. Better: turtleneck, oxford shirt, cable knit sweater paired with chinos. Not flannel. Flannel is OK if you are up at the cottage helping Uncle Kip split wood on a fall Saturday. Otherwise, forget it. Everyone wants theirs to be Ralph Lauren (the ULTIMATE in preppy wear) but don forget about the Lacoste alligator. Men you know you have to have one in hot pink. RLPL
Ralph Lauren Purple Label
The top Ralph Lauren label, and by far the most expensive. A slightly schizophrenic line with some items being tailored versions of classic styles, and other items having a more whimsical nature. Superlative materials, superlative construction. Apparently, OTR RLPL suits are no longer made as a shift to pure MTM suits occurs.
Ralph Lauren black label
The most ‘modern of the Ralph Lauren lines, with a slimmer ‘modern cut and silhouette. The second most prestigiousRalph Lauren label, with prices higher than PRL, but still less than RLPL.
3. Ralph Ralph Lauren, or ‘Double RL A line with heavy western and vintage themed items (inspired by Ralph Lauren ranch!), contains items of mostly excellent quality. The styling of this line is for the large part extremely distinctive, and may not be everyone cup of tea.
Polo Ralph Lauren = Ralph Lauren blue label
Ralph Lauren as most of us know it. A real mixed bag when it comes to quality, ranging from superb made in Italy pieces to absolutely terrible stuff made elsewhere. neon colours, etc) thrown in. Value varies likewise. One may occasionally run into pieces from a (now discontinued) Italian made line known as ‘Signature Line (Corneliani construction, apparently on par with RLBL/RLPL construction), with a higher armholes and slimmer fit than PRL as well.
Youth oriented line, apparently aimed at college students. The focus is on style, and a slightly ‘fashion forward interpretation of classic Trad staples. Quality overlaps heavily with PRL, but the quality of the Italy made PRL always Rugby.
Slightly difficult to classify in this lineup, a sports/performance line of clothing. Quality apparently varies from good to average.
7. Lauren by Ralph Lauren (LRL, sometimes known as green label)
Ralph Lauren lost control of the ownership of this brand name to the Jones New York Apparel Group in a court battle. Contains clothing of almost invariably inferior quality manufactured specifically for discount outlets and lower end departmental stores. Do not confuse LRL with a ‘real Ralph Lauren product! Has a ‘silver label line with a slimmer cut, but the same poor quality yum!
8. Chaps (Ralph Lauren)
Has a story similar to Lauren by Ralph Lauren, a brand that has been spun off from the Ralph Lauren umbrella and contains items that, incredibly, are of even lower quality than LRL. Now beginning to be known as ‘Chaps alone.