Not so many years ago, it was the tennis industry that had a monopoly on chic, not so these days. You have only to spend an hour in the golf club bar to see how much the ladies love the trendy new look of golf apparel thus stylish golf clothing makes also great gifts. One word of warning, though, guys: don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can pick it out all by yourself. If you’re anything like me, you’ll get it wrong every time. Take the lady along with you, let her make the choice, and you can’t go wrong.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest stuff:
First, let’s talk a little bit about the fabrics these new fashions are made from: more and more the manufacturers are turning to the new moisture-wicking technologies; almost all of the major brand names are using the new fabrics, but whatever the brand, the principle behind the textile remains the same: it’s designed to “move moisture away from your skin which, in theory, keeps you drier and eliminates that cold, clammy feeling you experience with the more conventional fabrics – cotton, for instance. The moisture-wicking properties of the fabric hold true whether you're wearing a bra or t-shirt on a hot, humid day or layering a moisture-wicking long-sleeved shirt under a polo shirt or sweater and/or jacket for a cold-weather round of golf”.
Again, the ladies on the LPGA tour have pioneered the new fabrics. Champion's Double Dry, Nike's Dry-FIT, Under Armour's HeatGear and ColdGear, and Adidas’s ClimaCool and ClimaLite are just a few examples. In particular, Adidas’s ClimaCool offers “superior moisture management: it's 100% CoolMax Extreme fabric is highly breathable, moisture-wicking, and uses mesh ventilation in critical heat zones.” It also offers UPF 15+ protection against the sun, resists piling and is anti-microbial. Both Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis have sponsorships for this brand and can always be seen on the links wearing both climacool skirts/skorts and the climalite polos.
Now lets discuss a few of the products:
The skort is a hybrid, a cross between a skirt and pair of shorts – well, it’s essentially a short skirt with a pair of shorts hidden underneath, as you can plainly see in this photo of Natalie Gulbis - and the ladies who wear them will tell you it’s one of the most functional and comfortable pieces of clothing ever invented. It’s not a new idea; the skort, by any other name, first hit the golf course back in the early 1960s. Back then the design was more practical than appealing; today it’s become attractive and fashionable item of golfwear. The skort offers the “freedom of shorts and the soft lines of a skirt.” This style of athletic clothing has become a firm favorite with the ladies of the LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis are staunch proponents of the skort.
Skort design has evolved over the years since it was first introduced; hemlines have lifted, almost to alarming proportions, colors are bolder and brighter, from pastels to hot, neon shades of pink, green, yellow and blue, to crisp whites and blacks. Check out this picture of Natalie. The skort also provides a degree of modesty for its wearer. Prices? They range from about $65 to $125.
The Golf Shirt or Top:
Golf shirts and tops for have also come a long way over last few years. Once was that the polo reigned supreme. Not so anymore. To visit the ladies section of the local pro’s shop is to visit what is, without doubt, a high fashion, upscale store. Ladies can choose between short sleeves or no sleeves, long sleeves or cap sleeves, color-coordinated outfits, patterned or plain, or any combination of the above. Prices range from a low of about $50 to well over $100.
The Golf Cap or Hat:
Well, of course, when it comes to lady’s golf, the hat is an all-important accessory: no self respecting lady golfer would set foot on the fairway without her hat, cap or visor. And that hat will not be chosen at random. In fact, there’s probably more thought given to lady’s headgear that to any other accessory. True, a cap is a cap is cap, or so you might think. Take a look at some of these lady golfers and check out those hats. They are not just for shade folks, these little numbers are intended to make the wearer look good. How about this military-style cap by Adidas? And then, of course, many women are opting for the more glamorous visor. Lady's headgear not only keeps the sun off the face, but also serves as a fashionable hair control solution, helping the wearer to pull back and arrange the hair up and off the shoulders. The photo shows how Natalie Gulbis makes it work, but also uses it for spare tee storage.
Once again, there are a lot of options to choose from. The ladies of the LPGA Tour seem to prefer the more traditional golf shoe, although they do seem to be able to color-coordinated the shoes to their outfits almost at will, even if only the stripes - see the Natalie Signature Golf Shoe. No, pink, blue, even green shoes are seen routinely on the Tour. But for us mere mortals? Ladies, you have options galore. How about these neat little shoes from Sandbaggers? Then there are the cross-over shoes from companies such as Adidas and Ecco that can be worn on the course and off, neat.
No self-respecting lady golfer would set foot on the fairway without her favorite pair of sunglasses clipped firmly above the peak of her cap or visor. Not only do they look good, just to put on a new pair can make you feel so much better. I have at least a dozen pairs, and there's never a time when I'm not looking to buy a new pair. But this popular fashion accessory raises a number of questions, not the least of which are: what brand? What style? Which type of lens? With all of the advances in optical technology, style and design, buying sunglasses is not simply a matter of grabbing a pair and heading out into the sunshine: style is, of course, important, but more so is eye safety; you should never buy a pair of sunglasses without checking out these four tips for buying a pair of sunglasses.
What Can We Expect For The Future?
In an interview, Tiss Dahan, Senior Director, Global Apparel for Adidas Golf said; "Look for new silhouettes (longer/tunic styles) paired with a more slim cut of trouser and layered with fun textured vests and sweaters, from deep wide v necks to classic cardigans with a technical twists. This allows the golfer to create a modern twist on an old classic. Blending a variety of print concepts in strong colors blended with slightly off tone neutrals brings an opportunity to use color in a new way, both seasonal and neutral, tying back to the prints and plaids together. Finally, softer, stretchy fabrics that speak to comfort and performance are a tribute to the sporty feel that is prevalent in golf."