After a decade of streetwear’s dominance and a few years of life in mostly leisurewear, tailoring has emerged as one of the pandemic’s most surprising breakout stars. Menswear designers and male shoppers from all along the stylistic spectrum have reacquainted themselves with suited-and-booted classics, giving new relevance to old-school swagger. Refashioning styles of yesteryear has long been Ralph Lauren’s speciality and now, he’s meeting the current moment with a new collection that doubles down on vintage-inflected elegance.
Launching on September 15, Polo Originals is a new range of canonical designs that pay homage to the historical references Lauren loves: natty English tailoring, tweedy hunting gear, Ivy Style sportswear. The designer looked to his archives, cherry-picking his greatest hits and subtly fine-tuning them while upping the luxe ante with pedigreed textiles from the likes of Abraham Moon & Sons. More than a conventional “collection,” Polo Originals is an assortment of timeless garments rendered with a reverence for tradition. In other words, the kind of staples for which you’ll be reaching for years to come. But don’t think that these are just costume-y repros—the beauty of these perennials is that they can be worn with everything from sneakers to a three-piece suit. Here are six of the most covetable pieces from the new collection.