Put This Trending Top on and You’ll Look Sporty and Rich

September 16, 2021 at 06:00AM

At some point in the recent past, someone decided to merge the two worlds of athleisure and Princess Di together and come up with the term ‘sporty and rich’. Unlike the aforementioned atheleisure trend, this isn’t just about adding a pair of Adidas trackies to a white shirt or some other similar iteration, this is about channeling a classic sportswear piece but as if you’ve just finished a game of tennis or heading out of a swanky members 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. And 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, we 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 loose, 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 our 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: Proof that this top can be worn with something more glam and you can look incredible. Take a tip from Abi and match the colours in the top to your skirt and heels. 

Style Notes: The ultimate sport-but-rich look as seen on Princess Diana. All you need is white jeans and a camel-coloured bag. 

Style Notes: The rugby shirt look I’ve seen at New York Fashion Week is absolutely one I’ll be recreating. 


Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know. 

Author Elinor Block | Whowhatwear
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