There is so much more to Ralph Lauren than polo shirts, something that our generation often forgets. Ralph Lauren is about as classic and American as apple pie, but what always keeps the brand relevant are their timeless designs that are functional and fashionable.
Ralph Lauren has launched two new men's collections: Modern Explorer and Country Gentleman. While I love both, I think the pieces in Modern Explorer are easier for a metrosexual man to adopt into their wardrobe.
The look of a Modern Explorer combines two major ideas, rugged athleticism and warm design. Each of the looks on this microsite is layered, colorful, and applicable to a variety of activities. It's comforting and oddly exciting to know I could wear this outfit shopping in downtown Seattle for Black Friday and be ready to go on a very fashionable hike up Mount Rainier without having to change. I mean who doesn't want to leave the house with a getup this prepared for anything?
My favorite piece from this collection is this Nordic Cotton-Linen Crewneck Sweater that is currently on sale for $139.99. This statement sweater makes a warm and handsome addition to a man's wardrobe. The knit will go with a variety of neutrals and looks great with a denim or chambray shirt peeking from underneath.
This Slim-Fit Medium-Wash Chambray shirt on sale for $64.99 is a beautiful basic layer. The contemporary slim fit of the shirt will keep it from blousing out like typical dress shirts. You can wear it on it's own with khakis or layer it with a thermal, puffer jacket and a patterned scarf. My favorite part about this piece is the detail in the logo that makes it unique from other Ralph Lauren shirts.
So you have jeans, you have khakis, you have dress pants, but do you have a pair of stylish athletic pants? These Search and Rescue Cargo Pants at $198.00 are the perfect way to spice up your wardrobe with the unexpected. The fit on these pants keeps them from looking too athletic and unflattering. The orange details pop in a great way, and usually I never recommend orange with blue. I love the idea of tucking these bad boys into a pair of comfy thick socks and some boots. This look is great for a holiday get together at a ski lodge or a casual day in the snow.
No ruggedly handsome wardrobe would be complete without the ultimate accessory: a Nylon Utility Backpack on sale for $219.99. While this bag is certainly an investment, its fabrics will withstand the harshest of storms. I love the rich leather trim and modern construction of this satchel-backpack hybrid. I totally see those side pockets holding hot chocolate thermoses, one for me, one for my friend.
I have always been drawn to the beauty of things designed to function. Mixing technical pieces with more traditional prints and patterns creates not only a quality experience, but a look that is unique, and for me, very exciting.