Beyond the Trend: Rugby Shirts

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“A hooligan’s sport played like gentlemen,” rugby has embodied preppy style from its beginning. In the sport’s early years, players brought fashions to the field, donning flannel button-down shirts, matching trousers, caps, bowties, and even monocles. While a lack of functionality and increasing regulation led to the early uniform’s demise, the modern rugby jersey emerged, becoming a prominent form of preppy sports regalia and a point of fascination for Western society. Defined by its most-often two-toned broad stripes and initially created to withstand the rough nature of the sport, rugby shirts have transformed from a uniform to a symbol of Ivy League status and a must-have streetwear staple. Here, CR explores how the sports jersey has made its way into mainstream culture.

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