Boys' Rugby Shirts

Figure 1.--This 1999 image shows a boy rather stlishy wearing a large size Rugby shirt over a stripped buttoned-down shirt and school/rep tie. During the 1970s and 80s when Rugby shirts were popular casual shirts, they were nerver worn like this.

Rugby shirts are the horizonal-striped "T" shirts in bold colors with a white collar and partial front buttons. They were very popular in America during the 1970s-80s. For actual Rugby matches they were worn with short grey flannel short pants. They became a popular casual style for American boys during the 1970s. The grey school shirts worn by English boys during the 1950s included some with Rugby styling. This meant that the buttons only went half way down the front of the shirt. They were worn with ties like other grey shirts for everyday school wear. (White shirts with normal styling were for special occasions.) Repton and Litchfield shirts were similar. (Repton is another English Public school.) While these shirts went out of fashion in England during the 1960s, they are still regular wear at New Zealand schools.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: December 14, 1998
Last updated: December 5, 2000