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While I totally encourage involvement in sports, I was blindsided (or should I say I wish I were blind!) when my then 9 year old “The White Lebron”(his gamer tag) insisted on wearing oversized team jerseys, knee-length basketball shorts, and compression shirts, 24/7. Why do the colors and graphics have to be so ugly? And purchasing a legit jersey is not cheap! I understand why my son likes to represent his teams and I’ve gotten used to all the excuses: “…But, Mom, it’s a real Michael Vick one!” and “They’re so comfortable! Like pajamas! See? I”ll sleep in them tonight and then all I have to do before school is put on my shirt!” Plus now that he is in junior high, and his “uniform” consists of souped-up P.E. clothes, I realize they give him the all-important cred at school.

That is why I was so excited to get the box of samples of Polo Ralph Lauren’s new active line geared at tween boys. Their public relations director sent them to me to have my boy give his expert opinion. Inside were basic tees and track pants in muted neutrals and soft metallics, highlighted with neon piping and reflective details, and cool hoodies and puffers in bright colors–everything made from superior techie fabrics. All the urban sports details were there. So smart! My son loved everything. He was totally bummed when I had to send it all back.

If you’re the mother of a tween jock, boy or girl, you will thank me and Mr. Lauren’s design team for the heads up. I have to say that the clothes are more exciting and inspiring in person, but check them out here. Please do not confuse pictured attire above with the slicked up versions from Polo Ralph Lauren. Yes, I should have taken a picture of my son in the RL clothes, but I knew I would never get them back, and I had to pick my battle.

Jen Smith, a stylist for kids and womens fashion, was the brilliant fashion director at Cookie.


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