How to Wear a Rugby Shirt Off the Pitch

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By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Sep 15 2019

Check out how to wear a rugby shirt five ways, in this “5 Days, 5 Ways” feature from Team SG’s Gabi Meyers.

This week I wanted to grace you with the serious style inspo of five ways to wear overalls, but Megan wouldn’t let me. Again. But while mulling over what else to write about, I was also catching up on Silicon Valley and Dinesh was serving up some geek chic style in a rugby shirt so here. we. are.

What is a rugby shirt?

Rugby shirts are long sleeve polo shirts, usually made of a heavier weight fabric than your standard short sleeve style.

Decorated with striped patterns and collegiate colors, the rugby shirt can (of course) be worn on the pitch. But much like basketball jerseys, football jerseys…really any kind of jersey, the rugby shirt has been co-opted by FASHUN.

Meaning? It’s a great addition to your long sleeves wardrobe.

Below, how to wear a rugby shirt five ways:


blazer: Suit Supply, $499 | pants: Stussy, $90 | derbies: Cole Haan, $150

Wear it well: How to wear this sporty shirt to work? By pairing it with a textured sport coat and cropped trousers, natch.

See how this mid-weight top helps you slowly but surely transition to your fall wardrobe?


Shorts: Uniqlo, $30 | sneakers: Seavees, $86

Wear it well: Layer your rugby shirt over shorts when it’s warm enough for half your limbs to see the sun.


cords: J.Crew, $80 | boots: Danner, $360 | belt: Maximum Henry, $115

Wear it well: A rugby shirt is the perfect weight for brisk fall mornings with corduroy pants and a pair of sturdy lace-up boots.


bomber: Todd Snyder, $398 | chinos: Gant, $165 | loafers: Bass, $110

Wear it well: Roll up your pant legs to show off those ankles for the last bit of summer.


jeans: Levi’s Vintage, $237 | fragrance: Loewe, $90 | sneakers: Nike, $175

Wear it well: Figuring out how to wear your rugby shirt to work is as simple as adding it as an outer layer with a button-down shirt underneath.

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