For all the love that athletic-inspired menswear is getting these days, the venerable rugby has been largely overlooked.
Which is a shame, as it’s the sort of mid-weight long-sleeved layer that can easily slip under a jean or waxed-canvas jacket or even—under the right circumstances—wouldn’t look out of place under a sport coat. Usually marked by a contrasting collar and a few bold stripes, it’s preppy in the original sense of the term. And whether or not you’ll ever see the inside of a scrum, picking up one (or all eight) of the following specimens would be a strong move.
It never fails: the sun comes out, the coats go into storage...and pretty soon, we’re thinking of polo shirts. They’re a warm-weather classic for most of the Western Hemisphere, and for 2012, we’ve rounded up the three most important models, from the preppy to the fashion-forward, to help you attack the summer in style.
Here’s another update on the summer scarf front, this time from the old hands at Columbiaknit. They’re the Oregon shop that handled all the rugby shirts for L.L. Bean and Land’s End back in the good old days, and they’ve become a workwear favorite in the days since.
These scarves are literally cut from the same cloth, making them about as thick as, well, a rugby shirt—and the perfect guard against any summer chills. They’re also about a third the price of the designer options. As for how to work them into everyday wear, we direct you to the tale of the soporific scarf.