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Preppy Essential: Barbarian Rugby Shirts



Autumn: Too warm to wear a heavy jacket and too cold for a basic polo shirt. What is an aspiring prepster to turn to to accomodate for weather and still look fashionable while the leaves fall? Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between, look no further than Barbarian Rugby Shirts.

Rugby Shirts were primarially worn by rugby players alike back in the day but are now relegated to a fashion piece worn by college band members and prepsters like myself. The simple yet noticeable style of them are what have kept them a staple in a prepsters closet for decades.

Often just confused as long sleeve polo shirts, the relationship ends at the fact they both have collars. Rugbys sport a heavier cotton material for cooler weather but breath like a polo shirt. As with nearly every rugby shirt, there are 4″ stripes, elastic cuffs and a white tweed collar.

A few things to note about rugby shirts:

– Some rugbys come with options for solid colors. Avoid that. Keep solid colors to polos and stripes to your rugbys. It allows them to be distinctful.

– All rugbys MUST have a white collar only. Its what the name indicates.

– Stick to bold stripes around 3-4″ if wearing a different brand other than Barbarian.

The long sleeve striped shirts with white collars have been a preppy staple since about the 80’s. The often bright colors fit the preppy style with the white tweed collars providing great popped collars that require much less maintinence than polos to stay neat and straight.

Other brands such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger have offered their own takes on rugby shirts, but after my first purchase through Barbarian it was clear their quality met no match. Every shirt is hand sewn and will last you years longer at a much lower price of ~$50.

Just a few color combos to consider for the stripes are gold/navy, red/navy, navy/grey and my personal favorite, pink/green. They should primarly be worn with khakis and jeans to keep te autumn feel consistent. Another way to add some color is is to wear a polo that matches one of the stripe colors and pop the collar with your rugby collar for an uber preppy appeal.

Thank you for reading, comments are always welcome!