At some point in the recent past, someone decided to merge the two worlds of athleisure and Princess Diana together and come up with the term "sporty and rich." Unlike the aforementioned athleisure trend, this isn't just about adding a pair of Adidas trackies to a white shirt or some other similar iteration. This is about wearing a classic sportswear piece as if you've just finished a game of tennis or are heading out of a swanky members-only club gym.
Right now, the piece that epitomises this look is the rugby shirt for women. It's been bubbling away for a while. Ganni created an orange-and-black version adorned with sparkly buttons a couple of seasons ago, which I spotted on Abisola Omole. I've also seen Lucy Williams wearing a short-sleeved version, which is just as cool when worn with the denim of the season—baggy jeans.
Of course, I have to, again, mention Princess Diana, who wore this top frequently but with a chic camel handbag and a pair of white jeans. During New York Fashion Week, I saw a rugby shirt paired with flowing pleated trousers and a pair of chunky black sandals, which is 100% a look I'll be wearing if we ever get warmer weather in September. If you're inspired to see how to wear a rugby shirt, keep scrolling and then shop my edit.
Style Notes: Shorter-sleeve rugby shirts look great with a pair of loose-fitting jeans. Throw on a blazer to take this outfit up a notch.
Style Notes: Here's proof that this top can be worn with something more glam and look incredible. Take a tip from Abi and match the colours in the top to your skirt and heels.
Style Notes: The ultimate sporty-and-rich look as seen on Princess Diana. All you need is white jeans and a camel-coloured bag.
Style Notes: This rugby-shirt look I've seen at New York Fashion Week is absolutely one I'll be re-creating.
SHOP RUGBY SHIRTS FOR WOMEN
We the Free Alex Tee (£88)
The Elder Statesmen Kirkwood Striped Cashmere Rugby Shirt (£975)
Monki Point Collar Polo Shirt (£30)
H&M Cropped Rugby Shirt (£13)
H&M Rugby Shirt (£30)
Balmain Cropped Embroidered Striped Cotton-Jersey Polo Shirt (£875)
Arch4 Clifton Striped Cashmere Sweater (£595)
Nili Lotan Lucille Striped Cashmere Sweater (£600)
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Ruffled Striped Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater (£460)
Free People Peyton Rugby Tee (£88)
Kitri Lorna Pink Stripe Zip Collar Cotton Sweater (£95)
Arket Jersey Polo Shirt (£59)
Stradivarius Ribbed Polo Jumper in Blue (£21)
Tommy Jeans Rugby Polo Shirt in Navy Stripe (£36)
La DoubleJ Striped Wool Polo Shirt (£380)
Gucci Cat-Appliqué Striped Cotton Polo Top (£690)
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