AUGUSTA, Ga. – From pleated pants and hushed tones, to the return of the '90s and snakeskin, we review the hottest styles from PGA TOUR players at the Masters.
A Blast from the Past
The fashion story of the week was Tiger’s reboot of the short-sleeve mock turtleneck. In 2005, Tiger captured his fourth Masters title and promptly slipped the Green Jacket over a mock neck in his signature Victory Red colorway. Since then, the style has all but disappeared from the fairways…until this week. Fourteen years later, Tiger reached into the deep recesses of his closet and once again found magic in the mock neck. Will this once again become a trend?
A Return to the ‘90s
If there was one over-arching fashion trend for this year’s Masters, it was ‘90s styles making a return to the course. This should come as little surprise to those who follow streetwear and menswear trends. ‘90s-retro has been a strong trend in recent years and was bound to influence golf fashion sooner or later.
Nike went ‘all-in’ on the trend by outfitting its players in a new polo called The Nike Polo. This polo has a more relaxed fit compared to the ultra slim cuts we have seen in recent years. There is more width in the chest, the shoulder seams sit lower, and the sleeves are longer and wider.
For Pleats Sake
Feeding into the ‘90s-retro trend are pleats. After a decade and a half of flat-front pants with slim fits and aggressive tapers being the norm, wide-leg styles with pleats are starting to re-emerge in men’s fashion. Adam Scott took a fashion-forward approach at Augusta by sporting billowy, double-pleated trousers throughout the tournament. A better approach for Scott would have been a slimmer single-pleat design with a carrot-shaped leg.
Further evidence of a ‘90s revival is the return of windowpane checks. Kevin Na and Justin Rose successfully worked them into their Masters wardrobes. The results were bold, yet sophisticated looks. The windowpane check is an easy way to make a strong statement this Spring. Everything you have learned over the past few years about large scaled prints applies to windowpanes. Balance them out with solids in complementary colors or dial-up a next-level look with a microprint.
No Belt Required
From large buckles to exotic skins to modern braided designs, belts have been the hottest accessories in golf over the last 15 years. Recently, players have been matching their belts to their pants to create a smooth transition from top to bottom. Ian Poulter took this a step further by ditching the belt altogether. Instead, he opted for pairs of side-tab trousers which created an even smoother look.
Nike’s range of footwear accented with a snakeskin print was the talk of Augusta. The aptly named ‘Snake Pack’ was originally scheduled to launch prior to the start of the tournament, but unfortunately, Nike pulled the plug on the retail release at the eleventh hour. If you are hoping to lace up a pair, you better hope your name is Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, or Jason Day.
Beat the Heat in Style
Billy Horschel and Ralph Lauren put a technical twist on two warm-weather fabrics—seersucker and pique. Seersucker’s puckered texture causes it to sit away from the skin, allowing heat to escape and air to circulate. The open weave of a pique offers similar benefits. Add in stretch and moisture-wicking capabilities and these are two fabrics to add to your summer wardrobe.
This is the time of the year for pastels and Augusta’s scenery provides the perfect backdrop for showcasing them. The electric shades of a few years ago have been replaced by muted hues this season. Soft greens, pinks, and blues are taking center stage. Wearing multiple pastels can be tricky, but Brandt Snedeker made it look easy.