Among the grunge, babydoll, and logomania trends that were so prevalent in the '90s was the preppy trend, and one of the essential pieces in every prepster's closet was a rugby shirt. The polo-striped hybrid tops featured were a trademark of the country club-chic look, but since then, rugby shirts have become eclipsed by Brenton shirt as the go-to striped tee. But we've said it before, and we'll say it again: Everything in fashion comes back around, and the rugby shirt is indeed back.
J.Crew head stylist Gayle Spannaus just told Vogue, "I think the rugby is so timeless, and it's more than an 'off-duty' top." The brand's recent dedication to reissuing iconic piece's from its archives led them to a new version of the rugby shirt, which was heavily highlighted in its 1984 catalog.
J.Crew prominently featured rugby shirts in its F/W 17 presentation, and Gucci's latest men's collection contains several iterations of the trend. Not only that, but Spannaus told Vogue that even more styles of rugby shirts are set for release next spring. You should probably just go ahead and get yours now, before all of your friends do.
Head over to Vogue to find out what else J.Crew's head stylist has to say about the trend, and shop our rugby shirt picks below!
Shop Rugby Shirts:
It doesn't get more classic than this.Available in sizes XXXS to XL.
Pair this with black skinny jeans and ankle boots.Available in sizes XS to XL.
Love an authentic vintage look? This reworked option is for you.Available in sizes S/M and M/L.
Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.
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