Whether we are willing to admit it or not, we all love to look good.
In the individual, highly skill-based game of golf that we know and love, psychology plays a huge part in our performance. Feeling confident can only help, and it starts with looking the part.
Fashions may fade (or at least change from season to season), but style is eternal. Here is our collection of timeless style tips to keep you looking good and feeling confident on the golf course.
Arnold Palmer, arguably the most stylish golfer of all time, ticks all the boxes. (Photo credit Golf Digest Resource Center)
1. Make sure your trousers are the right length.
The bottom of your pant leg should just touch the top of your shoes. When you buy pants, make sure to put your shoes back on to see how the leg fits.
If you can see your socks whilst standing straight, the leg is too short. If the legs start to bunch up around the ankle, they are too long.
You don’t have to get fully tailored pants to look good, you can always buy a pair off the rack, longer than you need and get them adjusted for the fraction of the cost.
2. Make sure your sleeves fit well.
If you can’t see your elbows, your sleeves are too long!
A general rule of thumb is that the sleeves should come no more than three-quarters of the way to your elbow. If you’ve been going to the gym and you want to show off those guns (hey, we don’t blame you), feel free to take your sleeves even higher up than that.
Sleeves that fit well go a long way. Plain white trousers complement a bold patterned shirt and belt which is tonal with the shirt color completes the look.
3. Don’t allow patterns to clash.
I’m sure you know by now that here at 2bu, we LOVE interesting patterns.
If you are going to go for a pattern (which of course we recommend you do) on the shirt, make sure you keep your trousers or shorts pattern free.
If you want to wear checkered pants, make sure you go for a more subtle shirt. It doesn’t strictly have to be completely plain. Why not try a herringbone pattern for example?
4. Keep your polo shirt tucked.
Make sure to keep your polo shirt tucked. Although probably not strictly necessary on the course, many clubs will require shirts to be tucked inside the clubhouse.
Most golf polo shirts are designed to be tucked, with extra length so that they stay in place throughout your round. With that in mind, the shirt will tend to look a bit baggy if left untucked.
5. Minimize the contrast of your belt.
A bright belt is OK, as long as the color of your belt matches either your pants or your shirt.
Problems arise when you wear a bright belt that doesn't match the rest of your outfit. This is especially true if you’re larger around the waist and the belt contrasts with the colors above and below it. Having a bright band right in the middle of your waist will draw attention to your midsection and will only make you look larger.
If you’re wearing a more neutral color, such as khaki, then you can add a black or brown belt, but save that bright red belt for your matching pants or shirt.
6. Keep the shorts short (but not too short).
Not all courses allow shorts to be worn, but where the rules allow and when the mercury rises, you are probably going to want to wear shorts.
Although not as formal as a pair of trousers, shorts can still look smart when worn as part of a tasteful outfit. Shorts should fall just above your knee. Any longer looks a little bit sloppy. Try not to wear shorts that are much shorter than this. There’s a time and place for shorter shorts, but it isn’t with a polo style shirt!
Avoid cargo shorts or any shirts with visible extra pockets. Keeping clean lines will go a long way towards making your look subtle, yet stylish.
Written by James Bromley.
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