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Men’s Golf Fashion

June 6, 2013

History of Men’s Golf Fashion Trends

Fashion isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the game of golf. Surprisingly, there are distinct style trends dating back to the infancy of the game and is a result of golf attire reflecting current culture’s fashion trends.


Jack Nicklaus, 1980s

It is first seen in the United Kingdom during the 18th century when it was common for men to wear kilts and animal skins. Luckily for players and spectators, that fashion trend ended fairly quickly. In the 19th century knee length- breeches and tailcoats were introduced. This switch began moving golf fashions toward a more conservative style that has been a common theme throughout the 20th and 21st century.

The 1980s stands out as another great instance of golf style mirroring runway and popularfashions. Golfers wore bright colors paired with pinstriped or printed trousers. Shirts, sweaters, pants, and polos could be bright yellow, pink, orange, and even blue.


John Daly, 2010s

Today, golf has become streamlined, sportier, and technologically fueled. Brands like Nike, Adidas, and Puma are popular among golfers. Professional golfers look for something that is both trendy and will aid in the performance of their game when looking for a golf outfit. Professional golfers want their style to reflect a great game of golf; sleek and uniformed with a splash of color.

Regardless of the current golf fashions, it is always important to be aware of course attire requirements. A large number of private, semi-private and resort golf courses have strict regulations on clothing in order to meet course standards. This may also include clubhouses and practice areas. Avoid embarrassing attire blunders by dressing to impress every time you step out onto the course. However, don’t let the course requirements limit your style. Every golfer has their own personal style whether it is in fashion or not, just look at John Daly.

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