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What to Wear to Rugby Hospitality

Smart casual rugby hospitality Ugo Monye

Often we get people asking what clothes are appropriate for rugby hospitality, at an event such as the 2018 Quilter Internationals, or the ever-popular Six Nations. This is a great question, because many of our rugby hospitality guests are entertaining clients or business partners as part of a corporate charm offensive, whereas others are simply there to enjoy the creature comforts and celebrity guests of the hospitality area with their friends and family. This situation calls for finesse and balance on the sartorial front, but don’t worry, because we have you covered: this is Engage Hospitality’s guide to getting it right when dressing for rugby hospitality.

Rugby hospitality dress code
The ideal for rugby hospitality is smart casual, as competently modelled by this cheerful Engage guest at Twickenham

No trainers or ripped jeans

Please remember that hospitality is somewhat more formal than only attending the match itself. As such, the appropriate clothing is somewhat smarter than might otherwise be expected. Please refrain from wearing trainers or ripped jeans. Smart-casual is the name of the game, even when entertaining business clients – it’s important that everyone feels comfortable and ready to enjoy themselves, in a less formal environment than the boardroom. Dress as you would feel comfortable attending a nice restaurant.

Rugby shirt at hospitality
Rugby shirts can be a suitable option for hospitality guests

Rugby shirts are appropriate

Don’t make the mistake of being overly formal however. Remember that this is after all a sporting event, and people are attending to have fun! There’s categorically nothing wrong with supporting your favourite team with a scarf or rugby shirt, and at Engage we’re always delighted to see them. Just leave the shorts and boots at home…

Charlie Ewels rugby hospitality clothing
Bath and England lock Charlie Ewels balancing style and practicality with a classic quilted jacket while hosting for us

Dress warmly

As some of you are no doubt aware, rugby is a winter sport, and it can be quite cold in the stadium. While there are few sights as inspiring as tens of thousands of England fans singing Swing Low (Sweet Chariot), their breath visible rising in the crisp air of Twickenham Stadium, it’s best not to be shivering so you can fully appreciate it. Bring a nice warm winter coat to keep you warm until the action on the pitch gets your blood flowing! Before and after the match, you will be toasty, ensconced in the comfortable environs of the hospitality facility with hot food and drinks, so worry not.

Best clothes for rugby hospitality
England vs Ireland on St Patrick’s day in the 2018 Six Nations was an opportunity for some spectacular wardrobe choices!