When I was in high school I worked at Swensen's Ice Cream in order to expand my Polo wardrobe. My mother was willing to provide the basics - white, blue and pink - but when it came to stripes and plaids I was on my own. I can remember standing at Connolly's, cash in hand, nearly every week. The only disappointment was, occasionally, Ralph and I did not agree on the best color for the pony. Sometimes he'd go, say, green, when I thought blue would have been better.
Enter the Ralph Lauren Custom Shop. On many items (men's, women's and kids') you can now choose the color of the pony or apply your own monogram. While I'd certainly use this myself, it seems like a terrific gift for the young fashionista who would like to show her school spirit in an understated way. (Or his. Fashionisto?) I've previewed blue and black as these were Mr. B's high school colors. The best part? Items ship in two days.
No scruples were killed in the making of this post; I have not received compensation from Ralph Lauren or anyone else. I just like his stuff.