Ralph Lauren Holiday Dreamin’: From Resort Day to Evening Glamour

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What’s more fun than playing dress up? I can’t think of a single thing, especially after just having partnered with Ralph Laureniconto pick (and wear!) my favorite looks for the holiday season.

Ready to jet off to a tropical island holiday? Even if you’re staying on dry land, this asymmetric white jumpsuit, out of Lauren’s Resort collection, looks like ‘70s-chic turned cool and contemporary for the new millennium. Especially when topped off with a strong silver cuff, an alligator belt for a cinched waist, and a gorgeous, lightweight lamb-leather jacket in sand to keep the color palette clean and fresh. But the superstar of the outfit is the new Ricky drawstring bucket bag. The updated sleek shape makes for the much-needed, modern touch that such a classic outfit requires for ultimate balance.

Then inviting color in for evening, there is nothing more glamorous than a mauve Mongolian lamb jacket, cropped just short enough to flaunt a flowing skirt. (I’m obsessed with this hue; it’s the palest shade of blush.) Especially when you show full commitment: With a floor-length gown, I went monochromatic for this look, and the result is so striking. My long-term love affair with the Ricky bag continues in miniaturized form. Carry it as a convertible crossbody for day, and switch it to a top handle for evening. From lean bright white to sweet feminine softness, this power duo of ensembles is the ultimate in day-to night glam!

Ralph Lauren Holiday Looks

Resort Day
Wide-Leg Leighna Jumpsuit, $1,295; Lambskin Tracie Jacketicon, $3,495; Ricky Drawstring Bag, $2,500, and Alligator Trench-Buckle Belt, $1,249, from $1,950, all available at Ralph Lauren.

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Evening Glamour 
Francina Evening Gown, $3,599, from $5,995; Shearling Carla Jacket, $2,579, from $4,595; and Mini Ricky, $1,750, all available at Ralph Lauren.

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Look for Less: Grey Fur Bucket Bags

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Grey Fur Bucket Bags

Despite the fact that yesterday was the hottest day of 2014 so far in New York City, we are now post-Labor Day, which means it’s our duty, as fashion writers, to push both you and ourselves as quickly into fall dressing as humanly possible. What better way to do that than with fur? Specifically, we’re going to examine these two fur bucket bags in our latest edition of The Look for Less.

Fur is one of those situations where the quality of material used is immediately apparent, and that means it’s not terribly difficult to figure out that the Ralph Lauren Shearling Bucket Bag is the more expensive option here. I’d love to own a pillow made out of this bag’s fur, but based on the price of the bag, that’s not an option.

The Elizabeth & James bag is similar in both color and structure, but the fur used is different. Not only is this kind of curly lamb less expensive, but it has a less precious look to it; this is a decidedly casual bag that adds texture to an outfit without overpowering the other pieces, while the Ralph Lauren version is definitely a statement piece unto itself. The prices certain reflect those aesthetic differences.

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Friday Morning Pretty: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bags

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Fashion is a complicated topic, for sure. It sits at the intersection of art and commerce, of high and low culture, of aesthetic and functional design. Sometimes, though, when something is beautiful enough, fashion feels incredibly simple; it’s just about owning something beautiful. That’s what it felt like when I first set eyes on the Ralph Lauren Alligator Soft Ricky Bags.

Handbag lovers are all well familiar with the Birkin-reminiscent Ricky by now, as well as with all kinds of exotics, but something about these bags stands out. Perhaps its the color choices, which are all soft, powdery pastels that give the alligator an almost porcelain quality. Its an extra element of delicacy to an already fragile material, and it’s easy to get the idea of the kind of women who would potentially carry one of these. Suffice it to say that her life probably doesn’t suck.

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Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Grey

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Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Purple

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