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What Your Sweater Says About You (Literally)

In partnership with Ralph Lauren

I always thought mood rings were a bit limiting. The moods they claimed to express ranged from Happy to In Love to Sad to Mad, otherwise known as a trajectory of my former dating life in NYC, and once that stone ran through its limits of emotional intelligence it inevitably, always, settled on a permanent eggplant brown, never to predict a mood beyond “blah” again.

Which is why I much prefer sweaters to do the mood-telling for me. MR partnered with my true and forever life aesthetic brand, POLO Ralph Lauren, to celebrate the launch of its Custom Shop and all-new Custom Crewneck Sweater for the 2017 holiday season, and let me tell you: While customizing a sweater is key so that you don’t lose it in the pile of knits that’s sure to end up on the couch of your best friend’s festive party (WHY. DOES HER. APARTMENT. GET. SO. HOT. AND WHY. DOES SHE. REFUSE TO OPEN WINDOWS?), it’s also a fantastic way to showcase your mood, as the kids on the internet say.

For example…


When you don’t want to bare your soul but need to let the world know about your star sign just in case it helps your Secret Santa figure out what gift to get you and/or the host of a holiday dinner with strict place settings know where in the galaxy of personalities to seat you.

Polo Ralph Lauren Custom Crewneck Sweater styled with Roxanne Assoulin necklaces as belt and Mimilore earrings, Ralph Lauren sunglasses and Walk of Shame sequin dress

Keep it simple on the front (in POLO’s Custom Shop online, just delete all the letters that appear by default) and let the back do the talking. The font, style and choice of color is all yours, you celestial wild card. (This is your choice too, but I added white cuffs for a little bit of snow-dipped detail.)

Alternative emotions: Business in the front, party in the back, human disco ball. Yes those are moods. I told you that ring was limiting!


When you want to make a bold statement, you’re feeling post-collegiate, but don’t want anyone to ask you about your future and you want to rep your Gen Z status (even if you’re technically a Gen-X or Y-er).

Emblazon a massive letter on the front — one that claims a generation by the alphabet or not — and really wear your heart on your chest. Make the sleeves two-tone for added interest. Pair it with funky paints and a leopard print coat to make it “not so literal.” (You already know!)

And finally…


When you want to let the world know your initials, the monogram of your favorite human, or want to confuse ’em with two arbitrary letters that you chose on the whim of your desires, just because you can…but you also still planned to wear a dress that day.

Use the POLO Custom Shop (online and exclusively at the Ralph Lauren Prince Street store) to stitch a few letters at the stage-right or center on the bow of your sweater, wear your dress over it and then adjust the (in this case, suede) window accordingly.

The best part about Polo’s Custom Crewneck Sweater is that they have a way of adjusting to your million moods with millions* of design combinations (variety: sartorial and emotional) without needing to change a thing once you customize them. You could call it magic, I guess! ‘Tis the season, after all.

Don’t forget, elves! You can create your own Custom Crewneck Sweater online or at the Ralph Lauren Prince Street Store (109 Prince Street, NY, NY, 10012), where The Custom Shop will be open throughout the holiday season. We just had a community event there where MR friends came and made their own sweaters, so maybe you guys can have a chat in the comments and match? The good news is your sweaters will be monogrammed so you’ll know whose is whose.

*I’m being a little dramatic but there are a lot of options.

Photos by Edith Young; Modeled by Urvashi Umrao at Elite Model Management; Makeup by Regard Tang. 

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  • the third look is my favorite, customizing is so cool!

  • Julia

    Sequins dress with glitter boots! Talk about a human disco ball with much holiday spirit

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Shadow Riso

    She looks like a child picked her outfits with zero attention to coordination!

    • Amelia Diamond

      yea my INNER child!

  • Kimberley Boehm

    I want those Edun pants.

    • Amelia Diamond


  • ByeBeckz

    Please do something else with Meagan from TravelWriteDraw! MR’s insta stories totally brushed right over her at the RL event last night and I had to rewatch it twice to double check it was her. She’s such an entrepreneur, so talented, and so positive about living your dream- would love to see something done about her <3

    • Amelia Diamond

      we love her!!! definitely!

  • Hey! This is perfect dress. Surely going to give a try to this one. I hope this will suit on me. Though the color soft the dress will be quite different from the above mentioned in blog. May be I can go for light pink shades

  • Amelia your styling is so important to me

  • Angela

    I would just like you to know that I created and bought a sweater for myself yesterday. I’ve decided it will be my morning breakfast outfit Post-Wedding, which is great because I’m getting married in October and don’t have a church or a dress or a florist or like, anything else that is important to the actual wedding.

  • Erin Brown

    Are Rosie and Roxanne related? And furthermore, are they related to the Martin and Prosper? V curious and some things even Google won’t divulge.

  • Aida Schooler

    i thought this article was going to be more directly related to real sweaters. these RL ones kinda all say the same thing to me, which is that they are RL sweaters.

  • Marisa Dellatto

    Beyond obsessed with this lewk. I want to get one for my boyfriend for Christmas. Do you know of any coupon codes that will work on these sweaters?

  • Are the pants the other way around? 😉

  • dayman

    I kind of love these but I’m scared because they’re expensive and you can’t return since they’re customized! Are they soft/non-itchy?