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I have been wearing these navy pinstripe trousers every day when I am not donning my parchment pair you will see as you keep scrolling. In Kentucky, we are in the limbo of sunny days with heavy snow in between. To prepare for the worst, but still moderate my temperature, I prefer wool as the ideal fibre. The natural material separates the dry layer protecting my skin skin from its thick wet upper dermis.
Turtleneck ⎸ Belt ⎸ Trousers ⎸ Loafers ⎸ iPhone 13 Mini
Wool is one of my favourite things to wear, because it is easy to wash — you can find out how to here — it is antimicrobial preventing the spread of bacteria, and drapes beautifully. In other words, it is insanely flattering because of its weight.
Ralph Lauren is what I wear holding me off before purchasing a bespoke pair (coming next season, so stick around). If it is vintage, even better. The quality has gone down over the years, especially after the brand cannot stop growing and moved their production overseas. I found this out after purchasing these trousers and do not plan to purchase another pair from someone whose hand I cannot shake personally.
This pair was originally purchased for work, but I find myself wearing them when gallivanting in the wilderness with Mr. Dixon, because of their warmth. The stripes make my legs go forever, and you can learn a bit about the history of the pinstripe in this post. The only downside is you have to size down, so I got mine in a size 2 with them being loose. I never exchanged them, because I do not mind. Standinng at 5’2.5″ (1,60m), these are long even when wearing pumps. They might graze the floor with some three heels.
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No matter the situation, I will always wear these trousers as my go-to as long as the season calls for it. I will keep wearing these until they are in tatters, because I do not believe in waste. These are grandfathered into my wardrobe even with the current policies in China (where they were made), because I really love them, actually use them everyday. Keeping them is honouring the workers who made this, and I appreciate their time. In other words, it is a sign of respect, because they took their valuable time in a desperate situation to hold their life above all else by doing what they were told to survive. I hate the fact that I have to state this. Moving forward, I will not purchase anything made in China again after writing this. I only support Western institutions that that value trade without committing crimes against humanity.
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Anyway, you always look better when items are bespoke. When Ralph Lauren’s wonderful company wants to go full Savile Row and collaborate on a style, I will be more than open to living my life in more of that individual tailor’s work. It also feels good to be able to personally shake hands with the person who made you look like a million bucks. I plan to get them taken in at the waist by a tailor. The problem with my extremely hourglass theatrical romantic figure is my 37″ butt and hips do not subscribe to average sizing of a US 2 XS 26″ waist. The two do not normally go hand in hand. I have no choice but to go to a talented craftsman. Blessing or curse? It is definitely worth saving for.
On that, note, it makes me love these trousers further because of the time I took to find the pair, the money I worked hard to acquire them, and the future costs to make them fit into my life closing business deals. The new fit will be updated in this post when it is ready, and they will mean even more to me, because of all the effort that went into making me look good in the pair.
When you spend more money, you pay more attention. You try to stretch as much as you can out of the ensembles you can create with one piece. You create a checklist in your head, in your closet of all the possible outfits, events, and all its best angles. Ralph Lauren is consistent with English countryside and smart suiting style. When reading about his stint at Brooks Brothers, and inspiration from the United Kingdom written all over his designs, you will see that all his cuts are timeless.
Seeing a straight cut mid rise trouser in a silver screen film from eighty years ago could have been shot today. All because the way the movie stars carried themselves, did their hair and makeup, and dressed are all apposite today. The relevance of Ralph Lauren’s image is a formidable sundry of endless staples. Mine being the banker’s pinstripe and a couple of breaks here and there. The shirt. The gloves.
I have been wearing Ralph Lauren in my toddler photos running through airports with a polo babydoll dress. Every holiday. Every family gathering. It was Ralph Lauren, and Mr. Dixon and I plan to find something sharp for the littles ones in the future. Or at least inspired by. The popular brand has several subdivisions including this trouser’s label: Lauren by Ralph Lauren. It is the more affordable option if the Purple Label is above your tax bracket.
Also, it does not make sense to wear Purple Label all the time, because they are very dressed up, and I cannot remember the last time. I went to a charity dinner. When shopping, I typically look for something specific online using keywords in the filters. Without looking at the price, and simply spotting styles that genuinely call out to me, I find myself scrolling through Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Whether you are true old money, went to prep school, were handed down a piece, or browsed the clearance aisles as a child as I did, Ralph Lauren has something for everyone.
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