Course of Style: Keeping Up With Trends, Fashion Oddities in Golf

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Fine sportswear detailing has increasingly become a feature of better golf clothes, as seen at the recent PGA Merchandise Show, a case in which one small sphere of life at least (sport clothing design) is definitely improving. Here, intricate collar details from a Fairway & Greene polo and a zip (and buttoned) golf sweater from the Jack Nicklaus collection, designed by David Chu.
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Simplicity itself. Beautiful herringbone tweed vest with zippered pockets from Polo Golf by Ralph Lauren, a label golf fans will probably be seeing a lot more of it seems. At the PGA show, the company announced it had signed a five-year deal with the USGA to dress officials and staff at the U.S. Open, and recently Polo-sponsored golfer Davis Love III was named captain of the Ryder Cup team (and, typically, captains choose the clothing).
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"Hrumph, hrumph. Shall we hit a few today, old boy?" Veddy tweedy and padded hunter's style vest for playing golf from Polo Golf by Ralph Lauren. Would look good with corduroys and side whiskers.
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Minichecks remain an important trend in golf wear, that is, checked patterns so small they make the garment seem like a solid color from a distance. These are from Cleveland Classics.
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Major Tom to Ground Control: A number of vendors at the recent PGA show offered golf clothes with science fiction features, like temperature control. This shirt from the Greg Norman collection is made from a fabric dubbed "2 below," said to lower body temperature 2 degrees. It's a built-in feature of the yarn, according to Bjorn Bengtsson, the company's design guru, which is made of polyester microfiber and cooling rayon.
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Reversibility is a trend in golfwear, enabling the wearer to get a little extra yardage from his clothes. Here, a vivid striped shirt that reverses to all black, paired first with black shorts. The shorts, in turn, reverse to green plaid. Both from Quagmire Golf.
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The reversible concept applied to belts: one side black, the other side brown. A clever hinge in the buckle allows the wearer to switch sides. From Cleveland Classics, $50.
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Blame it on Fred Couples and his laid-back style, but there is a veritable outpouring of casual golf shoes flooding the market, including these, from Couples's apparel sponsor, Ashworth Golf. For those who want to "Be like Fred" there is the sneaker-like but waterproof Cardiff ($120, top) and the Encinitas loafer ($140, bottom), more of a driving shoe, not really designed for the course.
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Some like it hot. This women's zippered mock-neck golf shirt is "pieced," not printed - which is to say its curvy panels are sewn together individually. Stretchy, colorful, and, of course, form fitting. The classic pants have scorecard pocket and fabric tee loop. Shirt $100, trousers, $102, from Catwalk Performance Artwear.
10 of 12 Courtesy of IJP Design
Tartans are eternal in golf. The newest approved tartan pattern from Ian Poulter Design is called "white watch" (kind of the optical reverse of traditional black watch) and will be available this year.
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Biker style is probably the antithesis of golf style. But if you gotta have the tattoo look on course, you can always try these genuine Cabrera leather golf gloves with skull patterns ($14.99) from Tattoo Golf, which also makes golf shirts, hats and other accessories.
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Fashion is everywhere. Ubiquitous! But this is the living end - coordinated clubs and golf bag. Here, for the woman golfer who really does have everything, is a custom cart bag with matching golf clubs (note the checked shaft detailing). The clubhead also has badges that match the bag. Sold with all-Adams clubs $1,100 (bag alone, $335) from Keri Golf.