Preppy summer style in Ralph Lauren

Preppy style – it’s a manner of dressing which I’ve always found attractive and aspired to but never truly managed to incorporate into my wardrobe until recently. Most likely this has been due to the fact that I used to prefer heels over loafers, bright colours over neutrals and shopped at the same stores on repeat. 2019 became a style revolution for my wardrobe and was also the year I actually walked into a Ralph Lauren store and (for the first time) managed to walk out, not only with a key “preppy” purchase but also with an idea of how to actually style it!

Summer outfit with Ralph Lauren shirt
Preppy style summer vibes

If there’s one thing Ralph Lauren does well it’s shirts. Collared, button down shirts in an abundance of colours and styles for both genders. You know those “style basics” articles which always have a classic white button down shirt as a “must have”? Yeah, that’s never really been me… Mostly because I used to wear a white button down shirt with black pants when I started working in the corporate world as a teenager and it reminds me of looking like a waitress; instead of someone who is style personified – probably because I had no idea how to buy properly fitted pants and how to accessorize.

Close up of the Ralph Lauren blue & white relaxed fit shirt
Classic blue & white colour combo

But back to Ralph Lauren – my first purchase here was a gorgeous blue & white striped shirt. Sounds pretty basic but for me it ticks off quite a few sartorial boxes, notably for summertime. Firstly, the blue & white striped combo practically screams “I’m heading off on my yacht for the rest of the day”…. There’s something about the mix of these two colours that reminds me of the lazy warm days of summer. It might be the blue of the sea & sky and the white of the clouds or the blue domes topping white churches in Santorini…

Image of entering a church on the island of Santorini
Remembering my time in Santorini in 2018

Secondly the style of the shirt – it’s a relaxed fit which is most definitely not what I usually reach for, at least prior to 2019. A relaxed fit shirt is easy for those warmer days and I loved styling this pretty one with a knot at the waist. Also having my clothes not clinging to me during summer has the added bonus of extra airflow whilst looking like I really haven’t tried that hard.

Close up of the relaxed fit Ralph Lauren shirt knotted at the waist
The relaxed fit of this shirt is perfect for warmer days

Lastly and maybe most importantly is the quality of the fabric. I’m talking about linen…when you are after something which is breathable and won’t get easily wrecked, linen is the perfect option. Especially for a shirt; and whilst linen pants or skirts are great, I find they do tend to get easily crinkled from sitting down. So if you’re in the market to incorporate more of this wonder fabric in your wardrobe I’d recommend you start with a shirt like this one.

Styled Ralp Lauren relaxed fit shirt with white crochet detailed shorts and a woven circle bag
Styled with white crochet detailed shorts and a woven circle bag

Styling something like this isn’t going to be too hard because the opportunities are endless…for warmer weather I decided to pair mine with a pair of pretty lace detailed shorts, Chanel flats and a woven circle bag. I think the shirt would also look great worn with jeans, especially white ones, as well as skirts. In fact I loved this shirt so much I ended up returning to Ralph Lauren to buy another one, but something that would work for not only the weekends but in the office as well!

Full length shot of the Ralph Lauren relaxed fit shirt, white shorts, Chanel flats and circle bag.
Enjoying summertime in Sydney!

This outfit is one of my personal favourites from summer and I know this shirt will be an item I look forward to wearing for many years to come…especially when I do manage to return to Santorini! Let me know what you think and what your most loved items or brands are for the warmer weather in the comments below!

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6 Comments

  1. April 14, 2020 / 9:50 pm

    So very beautiful you and your fashion. 💙 I used to have a shirt with such stripes (blue/white), but with long arms.
    Yours (short arm, different cut/style) and your whole wonderful post with the wonderful fotos gives a great summertime feeling 💙✨

    • April 14, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely feedback, Marcel! 🤗 We have similar taste then! This shirt also has long sleeves but I actually rolled them up for a more casual summer look, so mine sounds similar to yours! Thanks for stopping by and hope you are well 🙋‍♀️

  2. Crystal
    April 15, 2020 / 7:24 am

    Your outfit is absolutely beautiful! And I am so in love with your striped shirt, i definitely need to get a hold of one! 💙

    • April 18, 2020 / 7:11 am

      Hi Crystal,
      Thank you so much lovely and so happy you like it! 🤗 Was different to my usual choices but so happy I tried it out, perfect for casual wear!
      Thanks, Lauren

  3. Irena
    April 15, 2020 / 10:15 pm

    Lovely blog and sweet summer style. Classy Ralph Lauren shirt and love your look! 😊 😍 👍

    • April 18, 2020 / 7:09 am

      Thank you so much Irena! So happy I got this shirt 🤗

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