The thaw is on, and the snow is gone. Now is the time to think about a reboot of your golf wardrobe for the upcoming season. What are the biggest trends? What about the coolest colors? And, how do you add some style to your clubs? Whether your first round of the year is at your club, a local muni or a buddies trip, here are a few tips for looking fresh in 2016.
Is there a fresher look on the fairways in 2016 than high-tops? I think not. There hasn’t been this much excitement, or controversy, over golf footwear since Fred Couples showed up for the 2010 Masters in spikeless street shoes.
Rickie Fowler kicked off this trend with Puma Golf’s TITANTOUR IGNITE Hi-Tops, and Rory McIlroy has been lacing up Nike’s Flyknit Chukka. Expect other brands to jump on the bandwagon this year, too. Mossimo Giannulli’s fashion forward label, G/FORE, is set to drop a street-inspired high-top golf shoe this summer.
While going the high-top rout doesn’t mean you need to slip on Rickie Fowler’s joggers, a pair of technical trousers with a nice taper through the lower leg is the perfect complement. Then again, you can never go wrong with tapered pants, no matter what shoe you are wearing this year.
Blading a wedge over the green is bad, but blading your collar this spring is a good thing. Nike’s new blade collar design is the biggest change we’ve seen to the neckline of a polo shirt since the disturbing mock neck trend in the early 2000s. The blade collar epitomizes what golf fashion is all about in 2016. It is sleek, simple, sporty and sophisticated. It also challenges the ideas of what traditional golf fashion is all about.
Prints are in, and florals are the chic option for 2016. Both micro and macro versions are trending, so choose one that matches your game and personality. If you are a ‘fairways-and-greens’ kind of guy choose a smaller, more intricate pattern, like Smylie Kaufman (left). However, if you are the ‘grip-it-and-rip-it’ type, then go big and bold, like Morgan Hoffmann. Floral patterns aren’t limited to just polos, either. High-fashion labels, like Ralph Lauren, are working them into shorts, pants and even jackets.
When was the last time you bought a golf glove that wasn’t white? The answer for most of us is “never.”
That being said, an easy way to freshen up your look this year, is to grab some gloves in a few eye-popping hues. Match a glove to your shirt or pants, or use a glove to introduce a complementary color to your outfit.
PGA TOUR players know the secret to making every outfit pop and it is all about white pants. The added contrast offered by white pants, instantly provides a fresh clean look. Think about it. White pants will work with virtually every shirt in your closet.
Forget that old myth about wearing white pants before Memorial Day, too. Instead, let the conditions dictate your wardrobe selections. If the weather is warm, don’t hesitate to reach for white pants this spring.
When wearing white pants, keep the contrast to a minimum with your belt and shoes. A white belt and white shoes always work well. If you do go with a darker belt, match it to the color of your shirt for a seamless transition from top to bottom.
Improve Your Shorts Game
A funny thing has happened to golf shorts. Technical fabrics have become so lightweight, stretchy and quick drying that golf shorts are closer to board shorts these days than those heavy cotton twill shorts of the past.
When upgrading your shorts game this season, look for a pair with an ultra lightweight, 4-way stretch fabric that is also water repellent. You’ll appreciate the water repellency when those summer thunderstorms and warm spring showers pop up. Also, the 4-way stretch helps you to achieve a slimmer fit through the thigh while still maintaining comfort while crouching to read those squirrelly 4-footers for par.
Length can make or break a pair of shorts. If they are too long and baggy, then they begin to look like man capris. Too short, and you look like you stepped out of a 1970s gym class. Most of us can’t go wrong with a 9-inch inseam, which will hit just above the knee.
Caught in a Web
While you can never go wrong with a luxurious leather or exotic skin belt, take a cue from players like Billy Horschel (left) and Jordan Spieth (right) and lighten up with a polyester webbed belt. Not only are woven belts completely on trend, but they also offer a lighter look and feel for the summer months. They also add a touch of texture to today’s flat-colored trousers and shorts.
Looking to add some new colors to your wardrobe? Aqua is trending, teal is the real deal and turquoise is making some noise. These various shades of blue and green are all over the TOUR this spring, which means they will be all over the pro shops in the coming months. They also pair well with the basic grays, tans and whites that are already in your closet.
If you are looking to push your comfort zone, rock a bright pink. Adam Scott captured the Honda Classic in a heathered pink polo, Smylie Kaufman broke out a pair of pink pants at the Northern Trust Open, and Justin Thomas has been sporting traditional pink and navy kits through the West Coast and Florida Swings.
Get a Grip on Style
Remember when grips were available in any color you wanted as long as it was black? Those days are gone. Color has infused itself into every aspect of the game, including grips.
Golf Pride’s New Decade MultiCompound has become one of the most popular grips on the TOUR thanks to its outstanding performance and the fact that it is available in a spectrum of colors. Whether you are looking to pay homage to your alma mater or a favorite sports team, you can add a bit of personality and performance to your sticks this season with a fresh set of colorful Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound grips.