Lush greens spreading across several acres, prim buggy-vans and shiny clubs with pure white pockmarked balls; Golf, as a sport, defines the discipline, precision, patience, and concentration. Despite debates raging over whether it is the most difficult of sports, or whether it should even be considered a sport at all, golf is a spirit enjoyed by the players and fans.
To preserve the reputation it has garnered, patrons are expected to follow a certain, unstated etiquette and decorum. The way we conduct ourselves, the way we dress is also an integral part of the game. Many reputed golf clubs expect their members to strictly adhere to a dress code – namely well-fitting collared shirt and shorts/slacks. The Knickerbockers and “plus fours” shorts (extend 4 inches below the knee) have been synonymous with golf. Even if there are no strict dress code rules laid down by clubs, golf demands you to look suave.
Here are a few tips and hacks to swing your attire game to perfection:
- Fit: It’s all about whatever you’re attired in, whether tops or bottoms, giving a sleek fit and complimenting your figure. Baggy shorts, oversized shirts, or bloated windcheaters will not help.
- Top Form: A collared shirt is a universal norm-whether it is explicitly mentioned or not. For the usually preferred half sleeved ones, see that your sleeves are a quarter short to your elbow, at max. Remember though; if you can’t look at your elbow, you’ve gone too far.
- If wearing long sleeves, make sure it distinctly is NOT the office-wear type. Usually meant for a slightly formal look.
- If wearing a rain jacket or crew sweater over, tucking in the collars is expected practice for a trim and neat look
- Women can choose between collared shirts, tops or polo tees
- Bottoms Up: Shorts should be just short of your knee-caps. Too long or too short look sloppy or obscene (respectively). Trousers should just kiss the top of the shoe.
- Accessorizing tips:
- Headgear: Nothing comes close to the classic golf cap, in classic shades of grey, brown or navy blue.
- Sunglasses: A slim frame in sober shades of sepia or grey complements the look and does not hinder the game vision.
- Belt: Focus on matching your belt to your shirt rather than the shoes. A bright-coloured cloth or canvas belt can also add a decent amount of pop to pull together the look. Expert tip- for broader waistlines, match your belt to the trousers, it will not bring unnecessary attention to bulgy tyres.
- Socks: Soft cotton socks absorb sweat. Keep them unassuming and upto the ankles. Patterned ones, if seen, must match the attire.
- Footwear: Invest in a pair of good golf shoes for comfort and class. Dual tones in colours neutralizing those of the outfit ensure you stay trendy without going overboard.
- Bags: Golf bags in nylon or canvas, in sober shades, help to keep the golf paraphernalia in place.
- Gloves; An extension of the hands, gloves must be clean, washed and sanitized. Proper, snug fitting ensures the club swings only as much as you want it to. Alternatively, golfers wear a glove only in the non-dominant hand.
- Patterns- Either a patterned shirt and a monochrome bottom or vice-versa. Not both.
- Khaki- khaki, or beige, shorts give the perfect golfer look and complement any kind of shirt. It is essential to your golfing wardrobe.
- Contrast-Avoid glaring contrast. Unless you are trim, strong colour contrast between shirts and shorts is not a good idea.
- Belt loops-If they are there, use them! Empty belt loops look shabby, most of you would agree with me on this.
- Colour- Yatan Ahluwalia, fashion grooming expert and image consultant, recommends the following colours of shirts-
- Him: Beige, lemon, mint green, sky blue, white, olive green, dark blue and all shades of grey and brown
- Her: White, pink, grey, beige, brown and all pastel tones of blue, pink and yellow
- Black is unisexual. Avoid green unless you want to camouflage in the surroundings. Solid colours are tricky to carry off. Silver and white gear works for night golf.
- If playing through twilight, UV fitted, reflective golf gear would add an exciting dimension to your experience.
Finally, don’t let this collection of dos and don’ts deter you from taking a swing at golf. These pointers are merely to enhance the golfing experience. Once on the course, just let yourself loose and sink into the aristocratic atmosphere. Even if you’re unable to wield the club, or your ball goes flying in the opposite direction, your attire will still make you look like a pro!