Although the versatile piece never had strong ties to one era, the 80s
saw rugby's riff on the long-sleeved polo come into its own. No longer just an oval-ball lover’s ode to his favourite team, the top became more stylised with thinner striping and a lighter texture, moving away from its British heritage. Netflix hit Stranger Things
, which was soaked in 80s style, shows how striped rugby shirts were adopted as everyday school attire/monster-hunting apparel.