I've got a red leather tie and a pair of rugger pants,
I put them on and I went to the high school dance.
Dad said I have to be home by eleven -
aw, man, I'm gonna miss Stairway to Heaven.
-- Grade 9
, Barenaked Ladies
A style of male pants (sometimes referred to as "rugger pants
") that was briefly popular -- for like about a day -- in the early '80s. Rugby
pants were cotton casual pants with an elastic waist
, no belt loop
s, a draw string, side pockets, and an absent fly
. If I might, for a moment, heighten the horror, some variations of the rugby pant came in corduroy
Popular colors were navy
, grey, teal
, and burgundy
. Break dancer
s tended to favor a brighter red rugby pant with a black torn mesh tank top and white Velcro Adidas
While from all accounts rugby pants were highly comfortable, the lack of a fly gave the front of the pants an oddly puffy
, billowy look. It appeared like one was storing a loaf
along the waist line.
The lack of a fly also makes one wonder about the mechanics of male micturition
. Did boys simply yank down the front of their ruggers, letting the tackle
all hang out while peeing at a urinal
, or did rugby pants turn men briefly into women, forcing them to use the bathroom stall
out of a sense of modesty? Well, some questions are better left unanswered, cause, frankly, I don't want the answer to this one.