Playing Rugby (Or Just Playing)

An Adult at Play

Recently, American Apparel released their classic Rugby shirt. Over the past 3-4 years, many companies have been releasing  this particular style of rugby polo shirt ranging is price and quality. If you are familiar with the sport of Rugby, you know that the physicality of the sport is very extreme. Since the rugby polo is a part of the rugby uniform, one would guess they are pretty tough and could be worn day to day by the average guy. If you are a guy that does not really like to dress up but still wants to look fairly presentable when out with friends or on a date, a layered ruby shirt combo maybe the perfect style piece for you.

Oxford Shirt by Izod

Safari Jacket by HM

The Collar

The contrast white collar of this rugby shirt provides the “wearer” with a few style characteristics;

  • Adds a pop of color to the red and blue color blocking
  • Frames your face very well
  • Draws attention away from your mid-section of your torso (in case this is a problem area)

The Accessories:

  • Belt by Banana Republic
  • Watch by Goer (Ebay from Hong Kong)
  • Watch Band by J.Crew
  • Wood Bead Bracelet by Aldo
  • Leather Bracelet by J.Crew

If you decide to do color blocking with primary colors, specifically a red and blue combination, use deep earth toned  accessories like my brown bracelets. To anchor your accessories, you can use colors that fall into the same family as the deepest color in your outfit (blue/white watchstrap).

Recently, I wore this look to work with a blue blazer and it went over well. Since I work at university the style mixed well with the collegiate atmosphere. Mobility is something that is a key factor for me in determining whether I will purchase an item of clothing. Sometimes you will need to run for that bus, cab, or to get the attention of that girl that passes you everyday and you finally want to ask her out. The rugby polo has a tailored fit, but, stretches well to move with you.

Cotton Plaid Pants by Banana Republic

May's GQ Magazine |Johnston & Murphy Tassel Oxblood Loafer

Taking a Break

Your entire day shouldn’t be consumed with work (even though work never stops). Grab a seat in some grass and pull out your favorite magazine for a few minutes. The watch that I am wearing is my primary watch that I picked up from Ebay. The best part about this watch is that it is not from a major brand, however; it goes well with most things because I change the straps often depending on what I am wearing. This watch is featured in the early pictures of this post with a cotton band.

The Hydrant

Don’t attempt without a spotter (Haha)

Probably Illegal

 Walking Home. Game Time is Over


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Categories: Accessories, Everyday Casual, Men's Style, Shirts, Spring Mens Style, Style Tip, Versatility

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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16 Comments on “Playing Rugby (Or Just Playing)”

  1. April 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM #

    The humor in the photos is certainly appreciated. Great spread!

    • April 24, 2011 at 1:43 PM #

      Hey Sam,

      Thanks man. Some blog posts can be way to serious.



  2. April 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

    WAHA you jump insanely high! great pictures and outfit of course. X

    • April 24, 2011 at 3:31 PM #

      Hey Xaviera,

      Thanks for dropping by. As you can see I got mad hops!



  3. Lance F.
    April 25, 2011 at 12:02 AM #

    Great post Sabir. I am really liking the look of a rugby over a dressier attire. What size is the rugby, and what are your measurements if you don’t mind?

    • April 25, 2011 at 1:58 AM #

      Hi Lance,

      This particular rugby is a medium. I am a 38 chest and I am 5′ 9 inches tall. Generally around 165 to 170 lbs. I can say that this shirt is a slimmer fit than most mediums so try a variety of sizes if you can before purchases (ie, one size up from your normal). I thought about returning it to get a large but i settled with the fit and I am happy with it.



  4. Owen
    April 25, 2011 at 4:47 AM #

    Hey Sabir, I need that rugby PRONTO!
    By the way you doing an excellent job brother…

    • April 25, 2011 at 4:55 AM #

      Hi Owen,

      Thanks for reading and the well wishes. Definitely pick up that rugby. It’s so versatile. I put a link to it in the 1st sentence of this post.



      • April 26, 2011 at 12:11 AM #

        Hi Nick,

        It fits slightly smaller than true size. The only downside of this fit is that it is a straight silhouette.

        (Thanks for reading)



  5. Nick
    April 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM #

    Does the rugby fit true to size?

    • April 26, 2011 at 8:58 PM #

      Hi Nick,

      It fits slightly smaller than true size. The only downside of this fit is that it is a straight silhouette.

      (Thanks for reading)



  6. April 26, 2011 at 6:01 PM #

    The outfit looks great. Which model pants are the BR ones? I have a similar build to yours, but all the pants I have tried at BR look very frumpy. Did you get the thighs altered?

    • April 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM #

      Hi Ken,

      I picked these pants up from a Banana Republic Outlet. In regards the the legs, I did have them tapered. Cost around $20. Thanks for reading.



  7. T Smith
    April 27, 2011 at 12:39 AM #

    Hmmmm… this looks familiar… (

    Haha, just playing. Great taste & great shoot!

    • April 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM #

      Hey Townsend,

      Thanks for dropping by man. I hope you are having a blast over at SB. Haha, indeed. Of course that Bastian piece that DT rocks was an inspiration and it just so happen this rugby fell in my lap. Keep up the good work man.




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