Ahhhh. The August issue of Seventeen magazine. When I was a teenager I waited and waited for the giant back-to-school issue to arrive at the drug store. It usually came out when we were on our family vacation in Cannon Beach, Oregon, then a sleepy little coast town with one store that sold magazines. My sister and I would walk into town each day to see if the coveted issue had come in—we never thought to ask the storekeeper what the delivery schedule was. Eventually we would spy the 430+ pages on the shelf! I would pour over the pages again and again; advertisements and editorial pages were of equal interest.
But what really pulled me in were the models. You see, the back-to-school issue had real girls photographed at their colleges. I dreamed of wearing kilts and sweaters and tweedy jackets and corduroy pants and button-down shirts (not all at once, of course) on an East Coast campus just like they did; I could smell the autumn air and just see myself kicking leaves as I walked from one old brick building to another. I was a Seattle girl who had never been east of the Cascade mountain range, but I was hooked on the crisp romance of it all.
In retrospect, though, I think I was just in love with the clothes.
And that early imprinting is probably why I'm so in love with the Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Collection. Tweeds! Trenches! Plaids! And Fair Isles!!!
Do you see that the OXO is intentionally uncentered? Love it. Check out the Ralph Lauren website to see Fair Isle done modern, done exciting: Fair Isle paired with animal prints, Fair Isle in unexpected colors. Classic yet exciting.
I'm totally drawn in. Again. How predictable....