Golf fashion isn’t an oxymoron. Even though many courses maintain strict dress codes, duffers of all ages still find ways to express their personal sense of style.
Golf has always had flamboyant characters strutting the links in outrageous get-ups. There’s the incomparable Payne Stewart, whose image will forever be tied to loud knickers, bold argyle socks and newsboy caps. Current showmen such as Ricky Fowler wear wild, tropical patterns in hot acid hues, while women can rev up their game by mixing plaid, checks and stripes, like Korean sensation Na Yeon Choi, or sporting the rock ’n’ roll python prints of designer Jamie Sadock.
Men: Payne Stewart, John Daly, Ricky Fowler
Women: Na Yeon Choi
Today’s hip young golf gals look more like their tennis-playing counterparts, rocking sleeveless polo tanks and mini-skorts in high-performance fabrics. Their guy counterparts might be stuck wearing the required collared shirts and trousers, but, instead of the slim-silhouetted cottons and wools of yore, they’re outfitting themselves in looser-fitting high performance wicking fabrics in rich, dramatic shades like crimson, emerald and black.
Men: Tiger Woods, Ryan Palmer, Bubba Watson
Women: Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer
In the same way that the TV show Mad Men has put guys and gals in the mood for vintage suits and day dresses, some golfers are hitting the links clad in the clean, tailored silhouettes that wouldn’t be out of place at a swank country club, circa 1963. The colour palette leans toward preppy whites and navies, or muted pastels, accessorized by a pair of shades grabbed off the dashboard of your classic convertible in British racing green.
Men: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jesper Parnevik, Ryan Moore
Women: Morgan Pressel, Paige MacKenzie