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How to wear a rugby shirt

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How to wear a rugby shirt

The Rugby World Cup is kicking off, so there’s no better time to rediscover the rugby shirt. A style that extends beyond the sports field, it’s an intrinsic part of the easy, preppy look, says menswear editor Ian Wright

 

Lunch in your Sunday best

Forget the gilet – the current technical layer of choice for weekends relaxing with friends and family is a short, single-breasted mac with our special Stormwear treatment to keep off the rain. It’s a crisp, sharp silhouette that’s both versatile and practical, and works well alongside simple turned-up chinos and grown-up smart boots. Pop the rugby shirt’s collar to give the look a casual ease.

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“Reinforced STITCHING
around the collar gives
an authentic feel”

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A winning match-day look

Whether at Twickenham or your local ground, full kits are just for kids. Move away from the sporting heartland with a jacket that retains a rugged edge. A denim jacket is a masculine cover-up, and its hardware is a match for the substantial construction of the rugby shirt. The look is made a little less workaday by the inclusion of blue smart-casual shoes, ideal for pitchside and pubs alike.

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“Play with TEXTURES
such as corduroy for a
richer overall look”

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Go post-match precise

Introduce tailoring for a look that’s more private members’ club than clubhouse – a blazer with a rich texture stops things feeling too formal. Simple dark jeans are suitably smart, and wearing shoes rather than sneakers means you can go from drop-kicks to dinner with minimum fuss. Punchy red stripes stop the look from becoming too sombre on your night out.

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“The RUGBY shirt is a
neat counterpoint to
the refined blazer”

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Photographs: Joe Quigg / Styling: Lee Holmes /
Grooming: Carol Morley / Model: Remy at Select

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