Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2013 Outfits

Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2013 Outfits

Although this year’s spring is heavily delayed in the American Midwest, I very much look forward to the transitional period and so, let’s take a look at Ralph Lauren‘s Spring/Summer collection for 2013.

You can find last year’s outfits by Sheila Metzner here. As always, click the picture for a larger view.

Ralph Lauren Gray DB suit with yellow winchester shirt

Ralph Lauren Gray DB suit with yellow winchester shirt

For the last few years, Ralph Lauren has been a great proponent of winchester shirts and collar pins. At least at Polo, there are winchester shirts in all kinds of colors ranging from yellow, orange and green to the more classic blue or pink. This gent is wearing a yellow shirt with a subtle tie and contrasting socks.

Red Driver Moc, pants, & Duffle bag by Ralph Lauren

Red Driver Moc, pants, & Duffle bag by Ralph Lauren

Red and blue seems to be a favorite combination for this Spring/Summer collection – an acknowledged classic in terms of color combinations.

Navy DB suit with pink shirt and black double Monks Polo SS 2013

Navy DB suit with pink shirt and black double Monks Polo SS 2013

Very classic DB suit with polka dotted tie, white crown folded pocket square and pink winchester shirt. Paired with black double monks, this is a classic outfit with a fresh twist.

Tucked in tie & flat front trousers

Tucked in tie & flat front trousers

Interesting, slim fit khaki suit with pink pocket square. The trousers are cut very slim with belt loops and suspenders – very Italian. The shantung silk tie is tucked in, which is rather unusual. Even with classic touches like the collar pin and cap, it’s an unusual outfit nevertheless.

Gray with green striped shirt and tight vest

Gray with green striped shirt and snug vest

Here we have two gray slim lapel three piece suits with striped winchester shirts. Both seem to be intentionally worn too tight, as indicated by the wrinkles in the vest and pants (top), as well as the X-folds around the closing button (below). The collars are semi spread and not too big, which is very “back to the basics” compared to the extreme cutaway collar styles that used to be the standard RL wear with striped shirts just a few years ago.

Gray 3 piece suit with pale orange winchester shirt Polo 2013

Gray 3 piece suit with pale orange winchester shirt Polo 2013

Madras blazer Polo SS 2013

Madras blazer Polo SS 2013

Madras has been a staple for the Polo collection for the last 10 years. Here it is paired with seersucker pants and a red cable knit sweater vest. In my experience, the quality of Polo goods has deteriorated steeply within the last few years. While I still have a red Polo sweater without any signs of pilling (bought in 2003), I had one of these cable knit sweaters that aged extremely poorly after just a few washes. I still like the patterns Ralph Lauren uses, but the quality for sweaters has been so dismally low that I do not purchase them anymore. Hopefully the quality will improve again in the future, but profits tend to take priority in these big, publicly-owned companies.

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Ecru three piece suit white & brown captoes

This three piece suit in ecru has trousers that are cut a little too low, which is why you can see the waistband of the trousers underneath the vest – it’s a common enough trend but from a classic perspective, it’s a “don’t.” Apart from that, I like the color for summer although, I would wear it slightly looser with wider lapels.

Glenplaid with Winchester Polo Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2013

Glenplaid with Winchester Polo Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2013

In my opinion, this is a typical POLO Ralph Lauren pattern, color and style mixture over multiple layers. Classic glencheck pattern, colorful fair isle vest, small patterned tie, winchester shirt with club collar and pin. Just like all the other sportscoats, they lack the interesting details of a Norfolk or Half-Norfolk. I wish Ralph Lauren would offer more sportscoats with more interesting details, such as pleats, patch pockets, or varying flap styles.
What do you think?

Ralph Lauren Rope Striped suit with DB vest in white

Ralph Lauren Rope Striped suit with DB vest in white

The white DB vest for daywear is one of the things I desperately need in my wardrobe. The combination with navy blue stripes is very classic, but it also works with brown or grey.

3 Piece flat front cotton suit with winchester shirt & Polka Dot Tie

3 Piece flat front cotton suit with winchester shirt & Polka Dot Tie

Again, great color combination and low rise trousers. I like the use of small boutonnieres - it is a subtle accent and not as loud as a carnation.

Cricket Team Outfits

Cricket Team Outfits

Although I find cricket to be a rather boring game, I am great fan of cricket sweaters a.k.a. tennis sweaters.

Casual sportscoat RL Polo SS 2013

Casual sportscoat RL Polo SS 2013

Nice sportscoat color.

Fair Isle vest, saddle shoes & leather jacket

Fair Isle vest, saddle shoes & leather jacket

Great combination of pale yellow slacks, saddle shoes, fair isle sweater vest, striped oxford short and leather jacket. Casual and classic at the same time. Personally, I would probably be too warm with a vest and a jacket but would miss the socks when it gets colder in the evening.

German Purple Label Spring Summer 2013 ad

German Purple Label Spring Summer 2013 ad

Faint striped suit

Faint striped suit

Brown-grey striped suits are great for more casual offices because they are less formal than charcoal or navy but you are still dressed nicely with them.

Sleeveless cricket sweater Polo Ralph Lauren 2013

Sleeveless cricket sweater Polo Ralph Lauren 2013

Close-up of the cable knit cricket sweater.

Cricket sweater vest with brown seersucker suit

Cricket sweater vest with brown seersucker suit

Seersucker is great for summer, no matter what color you choose – take a look at this article to learn all about this fantastic summer fabric. Also, bow tie is vivid color are fantastic for summer because they were a bit cooler than ties due to the lack of fabric over the chest.

Herringbone Sportscoat Polo Spring Summer 2013

Herringbone Sportscoat Polo Spring Summer 2013

The brown-cream herringbone odd jacket is an all time classic, that will likely never go out of style and hence it is a great investment piece if you want to build a lasting wardrobe.

Navy White RL Tennis Outfits

Navy White RL Tennis Outfits

The tennis outfits are all white and navy, which isn’t too exciting but I like the piped blazer for summer evenings at the club.

Fair Isle, Glencheck & all white suit

Fair Isle, Glencheck & all white suit

Sweater vests, jackets and shorts are not really my cup of tea; furthermore, other than trying to make a statement, such a strange mix of cold/warm weather clothing can’t be practical…but each to his own. The off white suit on the other hand is stunning. I used to have a white single breasted suit but I should invest in a DB version sometime.

Ralph Lauren Spring Style

Ralph Lauren Spring Style

White club blazer with navy piping Polo SS 2013

White club blazer with navy piping Polo SS 2013

The off white club blazer with navy piping and rounded quarters is certainly not something you’ll get a whole lot of wear out of, though it is fun to wear one.
What do you think of this collection? Any surprises?

Ralph Lauren SS 2013 - Note the belt loops & suspenders

Ralph Lauren SS 2013 – Note the belt loops & suspenders

12 replies
  1. Ahmed Sajeel
    Ahmed Sajeel says:

    Tasteful overall … a touch too snug for my liking. Unmistakably Ralph Lauren and I love the dreams he weaves therein

  2. Don Dailey
    Don Dailey says:

    Nice presentation of many of the RL classics, but I do agree with your assessment that the quality of some of his goods has deteriorated markedly over the past few years. That plus I so do remember during his early years of popularity when there wasn’t a “Polo horse” plastered on almost every RL product as it now seems to be the case. Ahh, but time, and brand marketability, marches on I guess. I thank goodness, however, that I still have many, many older RL items from suits and sport jackets to shirts to shoes that have stood the test of time and are still as serviceable and good looking today as when they were new.

  3. w. adam mandelbaum esq.
    w. adam mandelbaum esq. says:

    Once again Mr. Lipschitz, I mean Mr. Lauren, trots out an almost parody of his Gatsby like efforts from almost forty years ago. Now, had these been put on the models in the correct size, perhaps tapered instead of tortured, and had these models themselves been something more towards the testosterone side of androgyny, then maybe the clothes might still make the man. They don’t make ‘em like they used to, and neither does RL. In any event, GG is a great website, and as they used to say in the old days, “Vale!”

  4. R. Scott Purdy
    R. Scott Purdy says:

    Like the style – hate the cut.
    Good fabrics, colors, & textures.
    No drape & absurdly tight.
    Short dress suit trousers without socks! I don’t want to look at someone’s hairy legs under their suit trousers.
    Still, many of Ralph Lauren’s choices of fabric match my tastes. I just use a more classic cut – influenced by 1930’s Hollywood leading men.

  5. leonard roger gresham jr
    leonard roger gresham jr says:

    GREETINGS GENTS! YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN, FIRST AND FOREMOST; THE E-BOOK IS QUITE ELEGANT INDEED! SOME OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS I HAVE NEVER SEEN AND I’M OFTEN IN THE HUNT FOR THEM. BRAVO! SECONDLY, THE TASTE-LEVEL OF YOUR SITE IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR THE STYLE I.Q.

  6. John
    John says:

    Being a RL fan, I am liking the collection this year. The Madras blazer Polo SS 2013 is looking really good.

  7. FG
    FG says:

    Am I the only one to detest the brightly colored trousers (and to a lesser extent, shoes)? In this case, the concept seems better than the execution.

  8. Dr. Timothy Richardson
    Dr. Timothy Richardson says:

    Ralph Lauren does it again! Great suit pictorial; however, how long will the skinny trouser thing last?

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