Ask the Bean: Swinging with Style – Scoring a Fashionable Hole in One

July 4, 2009 • Magazine

Ask the Bean: Swinging with Style - Scoring a Fashionable Hole in One

Ask the Bean: Swinging with Style - Scoring a Fashionable Hole in One

Sun, 2009-07-05 03:00

Dear Bean:

Golf season has started, and I am required to attend several golf outings for my company. I have never been an avid golfer, and the khaki and argyle look makes me want to resort to being a stubborn rebel teenager all over again. What can I wear on the golf course that is comfortable, fashionable, and won’t get me fired?

Fashion Mulligan

Dear Mulligan:

Ah, the wardrobe of the golfer. Unlike most sports during which you wear a uniform or something you don’t care about being ruined by sweat, golf requires clothing with a more “refined” air. It may just be a way for one’s golf swing to look more dignified, or maybe those who started the game loved the polo/argyle/pleat-front khaki look. However not everyone can swing a golf club with a stylish air, or feel stylish in the golf ensemble.

Bad news first: Almost all golf courses have dress codes — I think the exception may be mini-golf. Since these are corporate golf outings you are attending, they are probably being held at nicer country clubs, which usually have a strict dress code for the golf course. The dress code usually requires a collared shirt, good-quality polo or mock turtleneck, and Dockers-like shorts or pants (nothing that goes too high above the knee). Some courses are more lenient on the collar rule, but it’s always smart to call ahead to the course you will be playing at to make sure you won’t get sent home for dress code evasion.

Now for the good news: Believe it or not, you can look fashionable on the golf course! When you have to go for the collar shirt, remember that you can find a collared option that doesn’t have the heavy ill-fitting cotton shape to it. Look for maybe a puffed sleeve option, or a light cotton or knit that has more fit and breathability to it. And don’t be afraid to put some color into it!

Also feel free to be brave with your pants. With plaid being back in style, there are some adorable Capri pants and shorts in stores right now – plus if someone hits a stray ball, they can be sure to spot you in order to shout out the “four”-mentioned warning!

Finally, the shoes: The gym shoe on the golf course may cause a few raised eyebrows among your colleagues. The same assumption goes for flip-flops, which is ideal for the beach, but most assuredly not for a working tee time. Look for some sporty flats that give you some support when walking the course and some coverage from weather and terrain.

If you really want to get ahead with your golf game, maybe sport a colorful golf glove as well. A girl can never neglect her accessories, even on the green.

1. Juicy Couture Rolled Sleeve Tank $78
2. J. Crew Scoop Neck Tee $39
3. Moda Bow Tie Polo and Madison Plaid Piping Knee Short $85 and $110
4. Smooch Gable Mock Neck Top with Parker Plaid Button Knee Short $85 and $115
5. J. Crew Mosaic Café Capri select colors $29.99
6. Bikers Perky Shoes $49.95
7. Merrell Plie Leather Shoe $79.95
8. Fiona Golf Shoe $134.50
9. Ginger Tile Glove $19.95

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