Men’s Golf Clothing Trends Through the Years
Unlike most sports, where uniforms define you as a member of a team, golf is one that allows for a great deal of individuality. Whether players are dressing up in stylized gear, sporting an embroidered nickname, or just layering on the argyle, golfers seem to have taken on a style of their own. Oftentimes, these choices even disregard what fellow golfers may be wearing. One of the perks of the sport – besides enjoying quiet and scenery – it seems, is the freedom of one’s clothes.
One of the most recognizable trends was made popular by Payne Stewart, a late world-class golfer. While he likely didn’t invent the use of short pants, long socks, and newsboy hats, he was one of the more recent players to wear such attire. Sweater vests, bright colors, and anything in plaid were also staple pieces of Stewart’s and former golfing generations’. Look to Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack or Thurston Howell, III, from Gilligan’s Island for other points of reference.
In modern times, however, golfing attire has taken a much different approach. One that requires fewer suspenders. Today’s pros are often seen in standard slacks and solid-colored shirts, generally made of a nylon-based material. Former straw or buttoned hats have also been exchanged for standard baseball hats.
The reason for the switch? For pro golfers, it can be attributed to sponsors, who place their names on shirts, hats, shoes, and more. Sports-wear is undoubtedly easier to find in standard forms and colors. Although, if Lucas Glover asked for a pair of plaid, knee-high Nike socks, an exception would probably be made.
As for the non-pros, they are switching up their wardrobes for completely different reasons – convenience. Throwing on a pair of pants and a collared shirt is easy. Tucking in a sweater vest and matching it to your florescent shoes is something else all together. Not to mention the added comfort that comes with breathable, synthetic materials. No more itching before putting or sweating and chipping – these new styles provide convenience and practicality to the modern golfer.
That’s not to say that some don’t still go for the retro gentlemen’s golf wear, but overall, comfort seems to trump stereotypes.
Golf clothing trends have changed tremendously over the years, and will likely continue to do so. Whether you’re an avid golfer or just a follower of trends, be sure to tune into the course each week to see what clothing makes the cut.
Guest post by Bethaney Wallace, a freelance writer for DiscountGolfShoes.com.