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Today, we’re looking at Ralph Lauren’s mod collection for Spring 2014.

Ralph Lauren is known for beautiful gowns and classic American sportswear. This season, he brought us a taste of the sixties in a quirky mod collection. From the opening schoolgirl dress in stark black and white through a crayon box of formal wear, this collection was lighthearted and fun. The garments— straight skirts, elegant pantsuits, shift dresses, and short blazers— are easy enough to sew yourself in graphic black and white prints.

The opening look was this adorable schoolgirl dress, made surprisingly grown-up with polished hair, a wide collar, and all black. Lauren also sent out several of his trademark pantsuits, like this eye-catching checked version. I love the masculine detail of a full size tie with this look.

One huge (and very easy to wear in real life) trend from this show was simple shift dresses. They were shown in black, graphic patterns, and a slew of neon shades like banana and apple green. Try our sleeveless Shift Dress to get the look in any color you want. The plus size Shift Dress is another option with seam lines to flatter your figure.

We’ve seen lots of skirts for next season. Ralph Lauren showed a subtle A-line shape. Make our Mini Skirt in a crisp poplin to get a little structure. Get the mod skirt suit look with a matching jacket, like the Long Sleeve Blazer. There were also trenches with longer silhouettes, similar to the BurdaStyle Sports Coat.

The key to this look is choosing strong, clean lined patterns, and making them up in either crisp black and white or saturated primary colors. Smooth out your hair with a flat iron, slick on some nude gloss, and you are ready to go!

Don’t forget to tag any projects inspired by this series with NYFW 2014. Happy sewing!


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    Oct 2, 2013, 03.21 AMby Fillybrook2531

    My goodness, that red power dress and weirdly stylish black and white suit were both screaming at me!!! I need them!

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    Sep 26, 2013, 04.44 PMby lascuatreras

    Fell in love with the red dress. Gorgeous.

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    Sep 16, 2013, 03.57 PMby MegH

    Three words… THAT red dress! Love.

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    Sep 14, 2013, 08.37 PMby flowergirl22

    love the dress and the jacket

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    Sep 13, 2013, 03.40 PMby nouvellegamine

    the checked suit is so awesome. And the long red dress with cape sleeves is perfection.

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    Sep 13, 2013, 03.29 PMby Tiffany Phares

    Love the shift dresses!

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    Sep 13, 2013, 05.41 AMby marrrija

    Clean cut, clear colors, even the models look gorgeous.. Ralph Lauren’s collection proves that fashion can be both toned down and extravagant.

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