February 24, 2016
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- Are high-tops are joggers here to stay? Which amateurs crushed it sartorially at Pebble? What’s the deal with Bubba’s colorful gloves? Our Style Insider breaks down the most stylish looks and the biggest trends from the West Coast swing. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images; Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
Rickie Fowler (CobraPumaGolf) & Rory McIlroy (Nike Golf)
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Top this: More so than at any point in recent history, golf fashion received a serious shake up in the first two months of 2016 as progressive street styles, like high-tops and joggers, invaded the fairways. Rickie Fowler started the high-top craze in Hawaii, and brought it back to the mainland for the West Coast Swing with Puma’s yet-to-be released kicks. Rory McIlroy got into the act at the Northern Trust Open by lacing up Nike’s new Flyknit Chukka with a slightly different silhouette.
Rickie Fowler (CobraPumaGolf) & Adam Scott (Uniqlo)
Who wore it best: It didn’t take long for another player to jump on Rickie Fowler’s new look. Adam Scott rocked slim black joggers during two rounds at the Northern Trust Open. With two of the best-dressed players in the world donning joggers, they are officially a ‘thing’ now. I give a slight edge to Rickie in the jogger matchup, as his pants have more of a taper through the lower leg.
Justin Timberlake (RLX Ralph Lauren), Josh Duhamel (G/FORE) & Alex Smith (Nike Golf)
Not so amateurish: They may be amateur golfers, but Justin Timberlake, Josh Duhamel and Alex Smith crushed it in the fashion department at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Timberlake captured the essence of modern golf style with a graphic print polo, navy blue pants and the athletic Adidas TOUR360 BOOST kicks. He also gets extra points for matching his glove to the orange accents on his shirt and hat. Duhamel pulled off a total boss move by layering two shades of the same color while sporting a fresh lid. Alex Smith proved why you can never go wrong with well-tailored clothes.
Phil Mickelson (Callaway Golf) & Bubba Watson (G/FORE)
Seeing colors: Justin Timberlake wasn’t the one to adopt the colored glove on the West Coast. While Mickelson’s green glove appears to have been a one-time thing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, expect to see Bubba Watson rockin’ a spectrum of brightly colored gloves from G/FORE this year. He has reportedly inked an endorsement deal to wear the label’s gloves.
Sans a belt: While Rickie Fowler got most of the attention for bringing a progressive look to the fairways, Phil Mickelson quietly dipped into the archives with these beltless pants that were popular in the 70s. This style has the same effect as a tonal belt. It slims the waistline and creates a smooth look from top to bottom.
Danny Lee (Devereux)
Killing it softly: Danny Lee nailed it time and time again on the West Coast with simple, yet sophisticated looks. This kit was his best of the West. The gentle pastel green played perfectly with the strong navy blue, while the fit and color-blocked design were distinctly modern.
Cameron Tringale (Nautica)
Compression lesson: Cameron Tringale is a great example of how to wear a compression layer. Much like wearing a tonal belt, matching the base layer to a polo creates a very clean and smooth look. On the flip side, wearing a white base layer under a dark shirt has the same effect of a white belt on dark pants – too much contrast.
Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren), Billy Horschel (RLX Ralph Lauren) & Smylie Kaufman (Polo Ralph Lauren)
Pop the pink: Every year a trendy color for the season emerges from the West Coast Swing, and this year it was clearly carnation pink. Each of these players used it effectively in different ways (Thomas, classic; Horschel, modern; Kaufman, bold). However you decide to wear it, make sure you pair it with navy blue, like these three guys.
Billy Horschel (RLX Ralph Lauren)
The grass is always greener: Here's another great color from Horschel. There is something about this grassy green color that just jives with spring. It is crisp, clean and energetic without being over-the-top.
Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren)
Classic threads: If joggers and high-tops have you shaking your head, here are three ways to incorporate traditional, yet contemporary looks into your wardrobe. Cardigans with elbow patches, long sleeve polos and cable knit sweaters are timeless pieces that will always have a place on and off the course.
Kevin Na (Elord)
Colonel mustard: Kevin Na teed it up at Pebble Beach in one of the freshest looks of the West Coast swing. These mustard-colored trousers were fun and unique, and helped him to stand out from the crowd in a good way. The sweater was a smart choice, too. Black would have been too harsh, but the grey worked in harmony with the yellow pants.
Aaron Baddeley (Ogio)
Props to Aaron Baddeley for proving that rain gear is available in a color other than black. While the rest of the field at the Farmers Insurance Open grabbed rain suits that matched the gloomy skies in San Diego, Baddeley’s bright yellow waterproofs were a beacon of light.