January 20, 2016
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- The PGA TOUR kicked off the 2016 calendar year with back-to-back tournaments in the Hawaiian islands and along the way gave us the first glimpse of the hottest trends to hit the fairways this year. From high-tops to prints and joggers to beards, our Style Insider breaks down the best looks from the Aloha state. (Photos by Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
It didn’t take Rickie Fowler much time to create a sartorial stir in the new year. Wearing one of the most polarizing looks to hit the fairways in quite some time, he teed it up at Kapalua in custom high-top kicks and bespoke joggers. Joggers and high-tops have been dominating the street wear scene for a couple of years, but Fowler was the first player to sport the combo on the PGA TOUR. While this look isn’t for everyone, I applaud Rickie and Puma Golf for bringing fresh ideas to the game and pushing the boundaries of golf fashion.
Ryo Ishikawa (Callaway Golf)
When we talk about the biggest trendsetters in the game, Ryo Ishikawa is at the top of the list, and the Sony Open gave us our first look at the trends he will be setting in 2016. While the hot air balloon print left some scratching their heads, the micro print trousers and striped mesh belt were completely on point.
Brooks Koepka (Nike Golf)
Nike inked a deal with young gun Brooks Koepka and promptly outfitted him in some killer kits at Kapalua. The brand’s sporty, high tech looks are a perfect fit for Koepka’s athleticism. The textured stripe on Friday’s polo (left) was ultra modern, and the blue-on-blue design on Sunday’s polo (right) put an interesting twist on the standard color-blocked shirts we typically see.
Danny Lee (Devereux)
Danny Lee has always had a strong sense of style, which is why his move to Devereux’s proper threads is a win-win for player and brand. Lee looked sharp in a variety of clean and contemporary looks throughout his two weeks in Hawaii. His style is certainly one to copy this spring.
Yusaku Miyazato & Daisuke Kataoka
One thing that should have been abundantly clear while watching the Sony Open? Prints are in. When adding a print or a pattern to your wardrobe this spring, choose one that is in your comfort zone. If you are looking to stand out, go with a big and bold print like Yusaku Miyazato (left). On the flip side, opt for a tonal print if you are looking to dial it down, like Daisuke Kataoka (right).
Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren)
Justin Thomas rocked one stylish look after another on the Hawaiian islands. Over the two weeks, Thomas sported everything from micro florals to pastels and looked sharp in every one of them. While it is good to have a go-to look on the course, the easiest way to keep your wardrobe interesting is to have a variety of colors and patterns at your disposal.
Morgan Hoffmann (Greyson Clothiers) & Scott Piercy (J.Lindeberg Golf)
Speaking of blue-on-blue, this is shaping up to be the color combo of 2016. Whether you are going with navy blue on top (like Morgan Hoffmann), or on the bottom (like Scott Piercy), this is a modern look that is easy to execute – just make sure there is enough contrast between your blues.
Jason Day & Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)
Who wore it best, part 2: With the Pacific Ocean providing the perfect backdrop, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson both paired this cobalt blue polo with white pants at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. For Day, this was a welcome departure from his typical black and gray color palette, but DJ gets the nod in this matchup thanks to the exotic belt that added a bit of texture to an otherwise solid-on-solid kit.
Hideto Tanihara (Puma Golf)
Those big, bold plaids that were dominating the fairways a few years ago have all but disappeared. Instead, these smaller, tighter patterns are trending. Follow Hideto Tanihara’s lead this spring with these checked trousers.
Zac Blair (FootJoy)
Small details often go a long way, and that was the case with Zac Blair’s camo belt. It was the perfect complement to the army green pants, and it added a pop of personality without being over the top. With most of the trendy camos falling into the urban category lately, the old school green and brown colorway was actually fresh and different.
Luke Donald (Polo Ralph Lauren)
Many players wouldn’t think about pairing this blue shirt with these green pants, but it is creativity like this that has made Luke Donald one of the best dressed players on the PGA TOUR for years.