Four Trends You Need To Shop From Polo Ralph Lauren's New London Store

They've opened their doors to London — and fit right in

If you've been down London's Regent Street in the past few months, you'll have seen the multistorey hoardings covering the façade of No 169, hiding the work within.

Well, the wait is over ― Ralph Lauren's UK Polo store is now open. The three-floor, 17,560sq ft space represents a number of firsts for the brand: it's the debut Polo flagship in Europe; it will display the brand new collection of Polo Sport; and it will house the UK's first Polo CustomBar, where you can customise blazers, shirts and polos, naturally.

Most excitingly, the store has an expansive offering of haberdashery, or as we call it, suiting. The A/W '16 collection of Polo tailoring is not only all-American, but nuanced, elegant and timelessly stylish, too. Pieces from the collection can be altered to fit perfectly at the in-house made-to-measure space, an excellent service we suggest you use.

If you're new to Polo, however, a good place to start would be with one of its three ready-to-wear tailoring looks. Each demonstrates the preppy élan of the collection and offers a different way to get your A/W '16 tailoring game nailed...

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The trend: double-breasted

The lesson: once the preserve of Tory politicians, a good double-breasted suit if cut close will be the centre of your working wardrobe. For winter, opt for a check in a tertiary shade for a slightly softer — not to mention warmer — effect.


Brown multi-tick-weave double-breasted three-piece suit, £795

Black polka dot silk tie, £75

White cotton dress shirt, £85

The trend: stripes

The lesson: subtlety is key and the suit needs to be cut perfectly. Anything too baggy and you'll look like Al Capone. Keep things monochrome and make the suit the star. Wear with tonal casual pieces for an understated yet smart look.


Charcoal wool three-piece suit, £795

Black cotton T-shirt, £40

Black leather backpack, £500

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The trend: chunky texture

The lesson: thanks to Boardwalk Empire and Peaky Blinders, there's been an upswing for waistcoats, wide-legged trousers and hefty country fabrics. Make sure whatever you select is correctly cut to your body shape — channel Jay Gatsby and you'll be fine.


Camel wool double-breasted coat, £1,735

Navy wool shawl cardigan, £345

Navy silk tie, £105

White/blue striped cotton shirt, £110

Charcoal wool trousers (sold as part of a three-piece suit), £795


The trend: pattern and pop

The lesson: layering a little colour livens up a static look, but don't overdo it, and certainly not with a regular business suit. Think soft, unstructured and easy — subdued-coloured trousers with a colour-pop cardigan or patterned knitwear over a soft-collared shirt. Keep the jacket soft and neutral, though, anything too loud is Mr Toad of Toad Hall (or Nigel Farage).


Olive corduroy three-piece suit, £795

Multicoloured wool sleeveless sweater, £300

Navy/red silk-knit tie, £75

Blue chambray shirt, £110

Khaki leather bag, £515