I am so into a good southwestern motif right now and nobody does southwest better than Ralph Lauren. Both the sweater and the dress have shown up on the blog already. Wearing them in a different way is simply a testament to how valuable they are to anyone’s closet.
This dress is good. It is cotton, yet unfortunately, not machine washable. The top half is a ribbed knit and the bottom half is a woven voile. Though the detailing around the bottom half looks delicate, it is actually quite sturdy. No zipper, no buttons, easy peasy to throw on, which is exactly what I did yesterday.
Heads up: the skirted bottom is lined but still ever-so-sheer. A slip is necessary. Or not. Why not wear full coverage underpants and take a fashion risk?
I am wearing a size twelve in the dress and probably shoulda coulda woulda gone down a size. Since I had big plans for belting it, I played it safe and bought the larger size.
the southwest sweater
There Ralph Lauren Polo and Double RL lines are current favorites. This Ralph Lauren southwest cardigan sweater is from the Polo line and a hero item for not only this look but also my entire closet. It initially sold out in all sizes so I subsequently bookmarked it on my iPhone browser. I checked the link at least twice a day. Finally it was available in a size larger than the one I typically wear. I ordered it on the spot. I love the slouchiness and how forgiveable it is now that I have gained some post-intercontinental moving pounds.