Rugby Shirts - With What?

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  1. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    I might be getting a Brooks Brothers rugby shirt in their coming BIG sale, starting Tuesday. I haven't had a rugby shirt for several years but recall it was always a hassle trying to come up with what should be worn under it. When I got my first one, also a BB, their salesman suggested a white shirt (assumably dress) would look snappy, but I don't even own a white dress shirt at the moment and am convinced it doesn't have to be that limiting. I know the classic rugby has a white collar so it would look good, but still....
    Basically I think of a casual, knit polo shirt - short or long sleeve - as being fine with a t-shirt underneath like, say, a flannel shirt. But not sure about a rugby shirt over a t-shirt. Seems it might not look too swift wearing a typically horizontally striped rugby shirt over a plaid shirt. I realize the shirt underneath is barely seen, but subtle is, as often, the name of the game.
    I notice BB doesn't show guys wearing rugby shirts in their catalogs; maybe they're confused too?
     


  2. Spirit of 69

    Spirit of 69 Senior member

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    Under it? Why would you want to wear anything under it?
     


  3. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    I'd wear a rugby in our colder season, such as now, and I'd certainly want to wear more than just a shirt - on the heavy side though it might be. Like a flannel shirt or sweater. I'm talking northern Ohio here, and Oct.-Apr.
     


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    [​IMG] What happen? Why on earth would you want to wear a collared shirt under a rugby shirt?
     


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    2 collars would look very strange. I wouldn't wear anything under it.
     


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    A t-shirt at most.
     


  7. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    I change my "seasonal" wardrobe twice a year - during April and during October - and there are only a few days a year I wear a winter shirt with nothing under it. Just not heavy enough. Wearing a dress white shirt under a rugby seems to be a traditional practice, and - particularly if it's a button down - I don't think the dress shirt's collar really distracts, if it's seen at all. Then there's a T-shirt possibility. But I wonder what others do.
    I'm sure a rugby shirt by itself is fine when the temperature is, say 40 or 50 degrees, but now when I'm walking or waiting for a bus around here on the oh-so-many colder days. It makes me uneasy even thinking of wearing only one shirt in our winters....
     


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    BB has an entire page of models wearing rugby shirts, and none of them are wearing anything under it. If you're cold, try a v-neck t-shirt that won't show.
     


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    Scrumhalf Senior member

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    white undershirt under a rugby shirt is a pretty standard casual combination. Here's yours truly wearing a US Eagles rugby shirt with standard crew neck undershirt underneath. [​IMG]
     


  10. Spirit of 69

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    No Lafont I'm still not with you on this. A rugby shirt is a rugby shirt, you possibly wear a jumper or jacket on top of it, I've done so in the past, but then again that was in England, where rugby shirts are worn properly [​IMG] But please don't wear another collared shirt or even a t-shirt underneath it. At most a breathable sports-thermal like runners wear if you're looking for extra warmth.
     


  11. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    We seem to be running into cultural differences now. BYW, what is a "jumper?" Not a term used around here except a women's garment.[​IMG]
     


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    white undershirt under a rugby shirt is a pretty standard casual combination. Here's yours truly wearing a US Eagles rugby shirt with standard crew neck undershirt underneath. [​IMG]
    This is how I wear mine, though I tend to wear it untucked. Great for walking the dog and running errands.
     


  13. alliswell

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    We seem to be running into cultural differences now. BYW, what is a "jumper?" Not a term used around here except a women's garment.[​IMG]

    Jumper (UK) = Sweater (US).

    To extend the cultural translation, rephrase the question as 'What would I wear under a football jersey'?
     


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    i usually wear a white vneck and some light khaki's with mine.
     


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    I always wear untucked with a white t-shirt underneath.
     


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