16th August 2016
The old school rugby shirt has always (and will always) be a timeless British classic, but what is it about this men’s style that makes it a winner season after season?
Basics don’t come much more durable, or flexible than this trans-seasonal shirt. Equally happy tackling as a layering tool in the summer (wear it with shorts, flip flops and tee underneath), as it is a day-in-day-out basic come winter (team with jeans, boots and a coat). It’s the one top in your wardrobe with guaranteed year-round staying power that won’t be beaten by the seasons.
When the weekend rolls around, comfort is top of the agenda. So a breathable cotton, soft, shortened collar and relaxed fit is going to see you right. Simply throw on with your favourite shorts or jeans and let the down time kick off.
Rugby, golf, cricket even football. Whatever your sporting background, this universally recognised jersey is for every fan. Owning more sporting heritage than the Sports Personality of the Year back catalogue – it’s something you can wear in your twenties and still pull on when you’re well into retirement. Consider this the Little Black Dress of the menswear world.
Rugby shirts are constructed with time off in mind (see number 2) but the best bit is they look anything but relaxed when taken into smarter territory (see number 6!) The preppy stripes, contrasting collars, Joules hare embroidery, long sleeves and buttons keep things sharp while still retaining all the feels of a cosy sweater.
Layer with a cotton tee and some jeans for simple weekend styling. Use it under your field jacket for a sports utility twist. Or throw it on with chinos and boat shoes as a go-to. It also looks great with a warming gilet on top (try Peak, Rutland and Trail) for outdoorsy days, walking the dog and beach life.
It’s going to take about a decade before you’ll want to relegate this one into the draw marked ‘Garden and DIY’. Washing machine-loving cotton stands up to the challenge of family life (baby dribble, muddy paws and food) and to really seal the deal: the more lived in it gets, the better it looks.
Check out the history of the rugby shirt to find out everything you need to know about the origin and history of the shirt and how it’s evolved over the years.