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The History of Rugby Shirts

Rugby shirts got their start when rugby players chose to trade in their heavy wool sweaters for heavy-gauge cotton shirts that were more sport-friendly. These shirts were typically long-sleeved and usually colorful or striped. Often, they also featured a contrasting collar and almost always had three buttons. They are notably distinct from polo shirts, although the two styles share a few characteristics. It’s also worth noting that modern rugby players don’t usually wear rugby shirts as we tend to think of them. Instead, close-fitting shirts made of synthetic fibers that are designed to be tear-resistant and moisture-wicking are the uniform of choice for today’s players. However, classic rugby shirts live on in the fashion world and even today, they remain a timeless classic among many fashion enthusiasts; they are especially popular in preppy culture.

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