Ralph Lauren has come a long way since its start in 1967 in a tiny showroom within the Empire State Building. The brand’s aspirational, all-American values have continued unwaveringly and form the backbone of this collection of clothing from Ralph Lauren for men that channels preppy style to the max.
Surprisingly, considering the way that his eponymous brand has become a household name, Ralph Lauren wasn’t formally trained in fashion design. He actually started out making ties (a natural progression from one of his first jobs in the clothing industry, working for a tie manufacturer) in the late 60s, and it wasn’t until 1970 that he introduced a full range of Ralph Lauren menswear. Given that the brand’s roots lie in formal-meets-casual dressing, it's no surprise to find ultra-desirable smart pieces in the range of Ralph Lauren for guys. Try pairing some of the brand’s refined designs - like its classic shirts or slim-fitting trousers - with a blazer and a pair of Chelsea boots for a simple smart-casual ensemble that will see you through nights out to first dates with aplomb.
Ralph Lauren menswear is synonymous with preppy style - and some of the brand’s pieces that were popular with the style set back in the 70s haven't aged a day. Take the blazer, for example - which Ralph Lauren turned into an instant classic back in the day, with a single-breasted cut, elegant notched lapels and striking burnished buttons. Pick one out in a timeless dark hue to add a smart finish to an evening outfit, or dress it down by wearing it over a men’s striped T-shirt (yacht optional). Alternatively, check out the brand’s sportswear-inspired pieces, such as its polo shirts, for a more low-key route to the preppy look.