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Women’s Golf Fashion

June 20, 2013

A History of Women’s Golf Fashion Trends

Like many trends, women’s fashion on the golf course has transformed from a conservative approach to dressing more liberal, always reflecting the societal norms of the time period. If you, a modern golfer, were to step out on the golf course in the late 1800’s you would be quite underdressed.

At this point in history, for ladies, golfing was more about fashion than the actual game. The typical attire was a long skirt hemmed at the ankle and a long sleeved blouse. Unfortunately for the more serious women players, this outfit restricted their play. The blouse had tight fitted sleeves that made it impossible to take a full back swing, limiting their ability to hit the ball effectively.

Women's golf fashions in the early 1900s.

Women’s golf fashions in the early 1900s.

By the 1900’s, as the popularity of golfing increased with women, so did the sensible approach to ladies golf wear. Burberry introduced the Free-Stroke coat in 1904, which had specialized sleeves that allowed for a full range of motion when swinging their golf club.  They also introduced a once popular item of clothing for crochet players into the golf world, the drawstring skirt. This piece could raise the hemline of the skirt eight inches off the ground, allowing for better leg movement.

As the century progressed, items of golf wear that became popular were knit cardigans, pleaded skirts, patterned socks, and one-piece dresses.  Similar to men’s golf fashions the colors and patterns were reflective of the current street clothing style. For example, men’s golf clothing in the late 1970’s to the 1980’s, bright colors and patterns dominated the golf world.

Today, like male golf fashions, women golf fashions are geared to accommodate the physical and technical aspects of the game. The materials for both men and women’s golf outfits are similar and designed to enhance their playing ability. Even color palettes for most male and female golfers are the same. Women’s golfing skirts and shorts have become shorter to allow them to move freely when playing. However, here are some words of advice, don’t get caught wearing bottom’s too revealing, as modern as golfing outfits have become, golf is still considered a classy pastime so dress more conservative on the links!

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  1. July 17, 2013 11:34 am

    Brilliant post, the change in women’s golf fashion over the years is a really interesting subject. Like you have said the game has changed a lot over the years and it is a lot more acceptable for women to play. It is great that golf clothing is able to be practical as well fashionable.

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