Golf and Style: Menswear, Streetwear, Performance Wear?
If you’ve watched golf in the last ten years, you’ve likely seen or heard about Rickie Fowler’s adventurous style choices with Puma – joggers, flat bill caps, high tops, bright colors, a mustache reminiscent of the 70’s, etc. On the other side of the coin, Rickie’s peer Justin Thomas is outfitted by arguably the most classic Americana designer ever – Ralph Lauren. Jordan brand has Harold Varner III and Keegan Bradley, Sketchers has the most perfect dad on tour in Matt Kuchar, and Billy Horschel has octopi and other prints on his trousers.
Fashion experimentation has made its way into golf as it has become more common in the rest of our lives, but the big brands (Nike, Adidas, Callaway, et al) still largely control what amateurs buy and wear on the course. Of course, there are always going to be performance minded decisions that limit the number of options compared to streetwear, but I’m hoping for players like Rickie to continue pushing the boundaries of what you’re ‘supposed’ to wear to play the game. Let’s bring back the dapper style of the 40’s and 50’s (like Sam Snead) or the classic high waisted trousers of the 60’s and 70’s (like Arnie). Or let’s push harder to bring more streetwear into the game. Ideally we’ll see versions of both, and we’ll continue to see individuality in the game that we love, along with the Nike and Adidas clad robots who drive the ball 340 yards and hit gap wedges into every green.
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