Go back ten years, and golf didn’t have much of a reputation for being a stylish sport. You wore polo shirts and some beige trousers, and you were in business.
But since then, things have changed a lot. There are now way more options for both the putting green and the golf house. And it is changing what was once a bland fashion scene into something worth writing about.
Golf has always had its classics. The Harrington jacket is a good example. Other brands, like Lyle & Scott, have always been there in the background.
But now there are a bunch of new brands coming through you can expect to see much more often on putting greens and driving range – and even making an appearance in the clubhouse itself.
The goal of these new makes is to bring the sport of golf right up to date with modern trends. The Astorflex Greenflex, for instance, is a shoe that includes both modern elements and timeless design.
Loro Piana and many other players are strutting their stuff on the fairway. Galvin Green, in particular, is always keen to show off his latest attire to adoring crowds. Suddenly, what you wear on the golf course has become important.
You have to remember, though, that golf still isn’t a “loud” sport. Nobody is walking around in bright red bodysuits, solely for the attention. The arena remains gentlemanly – just as it does in tennis. Players can adapt existing styles, but they can’t throw caution to the wind. That’s simply not how golf culture works.
So what can the average person do to up their fashion game on the fairway and look as stylish as some of the icons of the sport?
Pick Heritage Styles
Golf isn’t a sport that people associate with breaking the mold and pushing boundaries. It has never been. Instead, it has a rich history and is overwhelmingly conservative. For that reason, casual golfers should choose heritage styles where possible.
The point here isn’t to try and be garish. Instead, it’s about letting the cut and fabrics do the talking. You want to pick garments that hug the body perfectly, enhancing style on the golf course. Get them tailored if necessary.
Go For The Weekend Look
Some amateur golfers can take style too far and wind up looking like they’re ready for a job interview, not a round of golf. If there’s one paradigm you should be working towards, it’s the weekend look. You want to look semi-smart, but that isn’t the overall goal. Instead, you’re just looking to add a pop of color here and there and getting garment combinations right.
Keep An Eye On Practicality
While splashing out on designer brands is a lot of fun, it pays to keep things practical. You never know when the heavens will open. Invest in some quality waterproofs with hydrophobic technology. Rain will bounce off you, and small beads of water will plummet to the floor, keeping you dry. You can keep playing your best golf while everyone else worries about getting soaked.