Playing golf is about a lot of factors – your clubs, your swing, your various techniques. While what you wear may not seem to feature on the list, it is surprising the benefits of wearing the right clothes on the course. Sure there are course rules to adhere to but you also want to look good on the golf course. Because if you look good, you feel confident and this can impact on your game. So what are the big trends for 2016?
In any fashion arena, the first place to go to get inspiration about the trends for the year or the season is the top level and in golf this means the professional players. While what they wear is somewhat influenced by their sponsors, you can also get lots of hints from a look at their style.
One of the big trends on the golf course for this year is teal as well as similar shades such as turquoise. These are great colours that are easy to wear as you can pair them with white pants, navy or even black pants. Look at the top worn by Rory McIlroy at the AP Invitational recently – a turquoise and navy Nike polo shirt with white pants.
An offshoot of the turquoise trend is the use of bright greens. While a sensible grass green is always popular on the course, the brighter, eye catching shades are on trend this year. Both Rickie Fowler and Graham Delaet are involved in Puma’s Gecko Green trend for this year, a fresh green shade that works equally well with white and with darker shades as well as a brighter blue.
Blue is always a popular shade and even Rickie Fowler venture out in a bright blue top with black pants at the same event, though he returned to his trademark orange gear for the Sunday round. Blue works well with white pants and can even pair with black.
One big trend in men’s shirts in general is the colourblocking style. This involves blocks of colour in a variety of arrangements across the shirt and an example is the blue tailored Puma shirt worn by Alvaro Quiros at the Dubai Desert Classic.
Stripes are often worn for their complementary effect – if you are tall, go horizontal while if you are short, go vertical. Most golfers don’t worry so much about enhancing their height but they do like the look of stripes. Examples include the Puma shirt worn by Bryson Dechambeau at Dubai, the RLX multi-stripe shirt worn by Billy Horschel at the Northern Trust Open and another version worn by the same player at the Honda Classic.
There are some incidents of camo styles on the golf course but unfortunately, these seem to do the opposite of blend in! With patterns, the approach is simple – if in doubt, leave it out. There are loads of styles that don’t have stripes or patterns to them that look classy if you are unsure these looks are for you.
Spring’s arrival saw the launch of a host of new ranges from the big names in sportswear. But this year Nike are going one stage further. As well as continuing with advances into the materials used in their polo shirts, they are also innovating the collar of the shirt. Polo shirts essentially haven’t changed in their form for the last decade, despite vast changes in the materials used.
Now, Nike have released new collars on their shirts. The MM Fly Blade is inspired by the baseball warm-up shirts of the 1970s. The collar has a tapered, ribbed design and is already being worn by players such as Rory McIlroy. He favours the collar as something he could put on at the start of the round and not think about until the round had finished.
The MM Fly Roll is similar and looks a little like a shawl collar but with a modern twist while the MM Framing Commander is a more traditional polo shirt collar but with what is referred to by fashion experts as a ‘cut, make and trim’ collar, made from the same material as the shirt.Other developments include changes to the fit of the shirt including slimmer versions for the slender frame. These are a more tailored golf shirt that have shorter sleeves and a trimmer taper. But as pointed out by Paul Casey, these changes are more than just looks, they enhance the overall performance of the shirt on the course as well.