Not so long ago, golfing clobber ws either drab or the complete opposite – garish and outlandish. Each era had its style moments, such as ‘King of Cool’ Arnold Palmer’s perfectly cut polo shirts in the 1950s and sixties, but mostly if you wore it on the golf course then you probably couldn’t get away with wearing it anywhere else.
Fast forward to 2020 and all that has changed – thank Instagram for making us all fashion conscious – and golf has evolved to the point where you can be on point in the fashion stakes with a single outfit, that won’t look out of place in the office, on the course, or later on, in the pub.
In fact, there’s so much choice that we’ve narrowed the field for you by putting together our top seven golf fashion hacks for maximum style, from office to course to pub...
1. Keep It Classy
We’re all for injecting a bit of colour, but don’t go forcing it. A handful of brands specialise in extreme colourways and styles that are more ‘darts tournament’ than golf club. Each to his own, of course, but is that the look you’re really after?
This doesn’t mean sticking to greys, blacks and whites. Britain’s oldest menswear brand, Wolsey, which was founded in 1755, oozes sophistication. Its [Tipping Polo Grey Melange] (https://trendygolf.com/products/wolsey-tipping-polo-grey-melange-aw19), with stripes on the sleeve and collar, is a great example of how colour can work. Brand ambassador [Eddie Pepperell] (https://www.rsng.com/categories/movement-fuel/articles/why-british-golfer-eddie-pepperell-is-winning-admirers-with-his-thinking-man-s-golfing-style) would certainly agree. Looking good, Eddie.
2. Go Golf Specific
We’re not knocking that favourite label that serves you so well on a Friday night, but has it been designed specifically for the demands of golf? Golf brands are committed to manufacturing products that won’t compromise your performance.
The good news is if you’re partial to a Ralph Lauren garment or two, for example, you can fill your golf wardrobe with it. Tops such as the [RLX Ralph Lauren Brushback Tech Jersey Indigo Sky] (https://trendygolf.com/products/rlx-ralph-lauren-brushback-tech-jersey-indigo-sky-aw19) are manufactured using stretch fabric, which helps with mobility. You wouldn’t want that 110mph swing speed of yours restricted, would you?
Plenty of other big brands have golf lines, too, such as Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and Lacoste, a big plus for label fans who also love their golf.
3. Master The Layering Concept
Don’t worry, it’s not as scientific or laborious as it may sound. The idea here is that you select layers that are compatible with one another. Take Galvin Green’s Multi-Layer Concept for example, a full range of high-tech garments designed to match and function in combination.
It doesn’t mean you need to stick to one brand, even if you could do far worse than going fully Galvin. For maximum comfort and breathability, the key is to know your fabrics. For example, a man made fabric polo is best combined with a merino pullover.
‘Whilst not everyone will be a fan of ankles being displayed, there’s definitely a happy medium’
4. Golf Trousers Are A Must
Tiger Woods has done many things right on the golf course, but, historically, golf trousers haven’t been his strength. Credit where it’s due, the great man has upped his game in recent years, but it’s hard not to shift his baggy pants (circa 1995) from memory.
There’s no excuse for slacking on the slacks front these days. Some brands, like Greyson, have even gone a bit Love Island on us. Whilst not everyone will be a fan of ankles being displayed, there’s definitely a happy medium. You can rely on the Scandi brands for style. [J.Lindberg’s Palmer Schoeller trousers] (https://trendygolf.com/products/j-lindeberg-palmer-schoeller-3xdry-jl-navy-aw19) tick a lot of boxes. Quick-drying, breathable and dirt repellent, they have many golf-specific advantages.
If you are a fan of slim fit trousers, you’re bang on trend. Should the word ‘slim’ concern you, fear not, because they still offer a good range of movement and elastic waistbands. High street chinos are no match for such trousers.
5. Spikeless Are A Shoo-in
The arrival of spikeless golf shoes shook the industry. An exaggeration perhaps, but how we’ve come to love this lightweight member of the shoe family. Our lifestyles have changed greatly since time has become so precious. Versatility is the spikeless shoes’ greatest strength, and they’re a must for any golfer.
We’re talking about models like [Puma’s Ignite NXT] (https://trendygolf.com/products/puma-ignite-nxt-white-silver-high-rise-ss20). The upper features a flat-knit waterproof mesh vamp with PWRFRAME reinforcement, and decoupled PWRCAGE pieces provide a secure fit. They are featured-packed for golf, but wear them from the pub to the course and you needn’t have to worry about a detour via the changing rooms. Winner.
6. Don’t Scrimp On Wet Weather Gear
When it comes to outerwear, you really do get what you pay for. A £300 investment in a premium product is well worthwhile, even if you aren’t a regular golfer.
Items such as [Galvin Green’s Lyon Interface-1 Jacket] (https://trendygolf.com/products/galvin-green-lyon-interface-1-jacket-black-aw19) are built to last, giving you unrivalled protection from the elements season after season; it’s water repellent, wind resistant and breathable, and with the elastic drawstring at the hem, it can be tailored for the perfect fit. You’ll probably end up wearing it more off the course.
‘Don’t ditch the much-loved golf sweater, certainly not at the expense of a hoodie’
7. Stay Loyal To The Sweater
For all the shells, mid layers and hybrid jackets out there – and there are some seriously stylish options – don’t ditch the much-loved golf sweater, certainly not at the expense of a hoodie (the jury’s still out on that one).
No one will look back at [Lyle & Scott’s Croft Quarter Zip] (https://trendygolf.com/products/lyle-scott-croft-quarter-zip-pullover-deep-fjord-ss20) with a grimace, unlike some of those horrors from the eighties. This elegant design is easy to match up with other layers. The Graphite or Deep Fjord colourways would look really nice with a pair of slim-fit navy trousers and spikeless shoes.
Now you’re getting the idea…
WHAT NEXT? Meet one of the game’s most colourful characters, [Tony Finau] (https://www.rsng.com/categories/movement-fuel/articles/how-pga-pro-golfer-tony-finau-s-sizeable-punt-in-pursuit-of-a-one-off-win-turned-into-a-10-million-career).