By Sarah Kershaw, 17 September 2015
The Rugby World Cup is on the horizon and so too is an influx of classically British styling, inspired by the 'hooligan's sport played by gentlemen', which will be taking over your local this season.
Ever since its conception at an East Midlands public school in 1823, rugby has become a byword for upper-class English masculinity. But the brilliant preppy style it has engendered is not just limited to the teams – in fact, a rugby shirt looks better worn as part of a street-ready getup for everyday life than it does cladding a burly prop on the pitch.
Take these tops, for instance. The general idea of a long-sleeved polo shirt is a great one – it looks sharp without being stuffy, can work for smart or more casual occasions and offers coverage for the chillier days. Teamed with relaxed jeans and kicks, or black skinnies and Chelsea boots, these shirts give off a debonair vibe while giving a subtle hint as to your team preference. Give one a try, below (sorry, it had to be done).