How to Swing in Style – Golf Fashion Guide

Everyone likes to look good on holiday and golfers are certainly no different.

If you have a golf holiday booked to sunnier climes and are looking for some tips on how to swing in style, then we are pleased to bring you the latest trends and fashion tips from Function 18, one of the UK’s leading online golf fashion retailers.

Function 18’s Golf Fashion Guide

Fashion is all about cycles and trends – everyone knows that. The fashions of yesteryear have a habit of resurfacing, like vintage clothing, brogues or aviator sunglasses.

When Jack Nicklaus wore heavy check tight-fitting plaid pants to lift the Claret Jug in the 1970’s nobody ever expected Ian Poulter to be sporting them in his legendary wardrobe in the 21st century.

Royal and Awesome golf pants
Bold and brash – Royal and Awesome golf pants.

One thing is for sure, golf fashion moves fast, and it’s big business. Golf apparel companies are among the most innovative clothing manufacturers around today and whereas once a cotton shirt, corduroy pant and lambswool jumper was all you needed, now you need to know your Cocona from your ClimaCool and your Teflon from your GoreTex.

For most of us playing golf in the UK and Northern Europe taking a golf holiday might be the only chance we get to toss aside the trousers, dust off those long forgotten shorts and unveil our forearms and calves to the searing rays of the sun.

If you are going to pay to stay and play in Portugal, Spain, Tunisia or Turkey, you need to be looking your best and that’s why we are here to help.

Golf Shoes – the end of the road for soft spikes

You’ve been living in the dark ages if you haven’t noticed that spikes are slowly becoming a thing of the past, like payphones, pagers and pda’s.

The trend today is spikeless. Instead of a cleat you are more likely to see an army of rubber dimples, because most companies are adopting the “spikeless street shoe” style made famous by Danish golf shoe manufacturer Ecco and worn by famous older golfers with creaking backs, like Ernie Els and Fred Couples.

Ashworth Cardiff golf shoe
Slip them on and away you go – spikeless golf shoes

In fact, Ecco’s 2014 range barely has a spike in sight. It’s almost exclusively spikeless and still beautiful.

Nowadays you’ll see Justin Rose wearing his Ashworth Cardiff and Matt Kuchar rocking the dimples.

A great place to start is with FootJoy, they have always made great shoes and they make great spikeless shoes too. Global Golfer reviewed the FootJoy Contour Casual a year or so back when this trend hadn’t even taken off and they are still a top choice today.

The added benefit is it saves packing space because you can wear them on and off course, in the clubhouse, airport or to go out for dinner. They look cool with jeans too.

Wowsers – look at those trousers

If any one item of clothing is indicative of how much golf fashion has changed it’s the good old fashioned trouser or pant as it’s known in America.

Once all you needed was a pair of cream chinos, comfortable, interchangeable and matched well with almost any colour.

Not now. There are companies out there, like Loudmouth Golf and Royal and Awesome, who are making money by turning out increasingly outrageous slacks.

John Daly, one of golf’s most colourful characters has made surreal slacks his signature – some of the crazier designs he’s worn included green pants decorated with dollar bills.

John Daly golf trousers
John Daly’s Loudmouth Golf pants

White trousers have been on-trend for some years but in recent years check, plaid and pinstripe have all been in vogue for golfers.

Putting fashion aside, it’s important that you invest in lightweight, breathable comfortable and stretchable golf trousers when playing abroad or in the sunshine.

Companies like Adidas make trousers in their ClimaCool fabric that are breathable and wick (draw) moisture and sweat away from the skin and help keep you cool.

Function 18 stock a huge range of great golf trousers, from high fashion to high performance, see them here.

Shorts are a must

If your legs don’t resemble a couple of out-of-bounds stakes and you are happy to put them on show for the world to see, then a good pair of shorts is a must for your golf holiday.

Short fashions have largely followed the same trends as trousers with plaid and check being big sellers and the classic lightweight cream and navy chino short performing well for the more conservative players.

Sydney golf shorts
Ping Collection Sydney golf shorts

One way to really show off your shorts and trousers is with a great belt.

Belts have been big for a while in golf, ever since people like Anthony Kim started to personalise big brash buckles with initials and bold colours, from white to yellow and orange started appearing on the waists of professional golf’s trendsetters like Rickie Fowler.

The current must-have is a Dru Belt worn by former World #1 Lee Westwood and the world’s sexiest golfer Sophie Horn – who even has her own buckle range.

Headgear: Flaunting the flat brim

The final essential you’ll need for your golf holiday is some high quality UV protection in the form of a cap or visor. The classic baseball cap is still the most popular headgear in golf but more and more younger golfers are following the ‘flat-bill’ trend inspired by the American street and worn by people like Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Keegan Bradley.

The flat bill works just like a peak but it’s flat. Added benefit? Other than style, none, but if you want to look hip on your golf holidays then flat bill is in.

flat bill golf hat
Nike flat bill golf hat for 2014

Well, that’s it, Function 18’s simple guide to swinging in style and all the advice you’ll need to plan your golf break wardrobe.

Don’t forget to check out the website where there are tons of great fashion ideas and discounts in its golf clothing sale.

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