Looking for Robb Report UK? Click here to visit our UK site.

The Best 15 Rugby Shirts for Your Spring Wardrobe, From Ralph Lauren to Rowing Blazers

You don't have to know how to play the game to make the most of its winning uniform.

best rugby shirt Rowing Blazers

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Robb Report may receive an affiliate commission.

For most men that aren’t from the British Isles, the particulars of rugby are largely a mystery. It’s brutal, involves what looks like a football, and, perhaps most of all, boldly striped jerseys. While we can’t say much about the sport’s merits, we can heartily endorse rugby shirts.

The long-sleeved, usually three-button placket silhouette shares a lot of stylistic DNA with polos (another British athletic uniform that became a menswear mainstay) but rugby shirts are distinguished by a few details: They’re traditionally rendered in a heavy-gauge cotton jersey woven with thick, alternating stripes and finished with a contrasting white collar. Think of them as an even sportier cousin of the polo and, given their weight, an ideal layer for brisk spring weather.

A favorite of preppy traditionalists, rugby shirts have moved beyond the country club in recent years. The style has been co-opted by streetwear brands and high fashion houses alike, yielding a broad range of riffs on the classic. Here are 15 of our favorites to sport this season.

More Men's Fashion