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Transition Essentials: The Rugby Shirt

August 9th, 2013

A rugby shirt is a great piece to start working into your wardrobe as summer begins to change to fall. It’s perfect on its own and also serves as a great layering piece, worn over another shirt, or under a jacket or blazer. And though I’m all for dapper travel, I’m never opposed to just keeping it simple and comfortable. Here’s an easy look that’s perfect for a casual late-summer weekend getaway.

Rugby Shirt - He Spoke Style

During my years as an elite amateur cyclist, I was fortunate to ride for teams with amazing and generous sponsors. The last team I rode for had a major hookup from the Colorado brand Topo Designs, and the cordura duffel they outfitted us with remains my favorite casual carry-all. The bag has literally been all over the country with me and my bike and has withstood a lot. And the small amount of chain grease it has picked up just adds a bit of character and reminds me of all the amazing times I had racing my bike.

Rugby Shirt - He Spoke Style

A rugby shirt is a statement piece.

It’s good to remember that, by nature, a rugby shirt is bold. Consider it a statement piece even if it doesn’t approach the level of statement made by some other items. Definitely respect that and allow the garment to stand out and be the focal point of any outfit. Pairing it with items that are less busy or just subtly textured is always a good choice.

Rugby Shirt - He Spoke Style

Rugby Shirt - He Spoke Style

Rugby Shirt - He Spoke Style

This Look: Striped rugby shirt by Brooks Brothers (Red Fleece) – Navy shorts by H&M (similar here) – Navy D-ring belt by J.Crew (also similar here) – Sunglasses by Ray-Ban (Clubmaster) – Watch by Timex – Navy NATO G10 watch band by J.Crew – Grey canvas duffel bag c/o Topo Designs (similar here) – White boat shoes by Sperry Top-Sider

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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