2013 June 13

Fruit_Of_The_Loom_LadyFit_6535_Polo_51_248Play may have been suspended today through floods and predicted electrical storms, but not all of the electricity has been in the air. There’s been a massive fashion injection into golf, partly as a result of the arrival of new players, which has created a whole new casual clothing look, which is no longer just for dads and granddads.

Golf clothing is also one of the few areas where men outshop women. Ralph Lauren, doyen of upmarket sportswear, is at the forefront of the new wave, pairing navy base colours with neon – of particular note are the Lauren wicking polo shirts which are proving to be more popular as smart casual evening wear than coursewear.

Professional golf has some strict clothing rules to consider. Male professionals aren’t allowed to wear shorts or collarless shirts. Women can wear shorts, but they must be no more than four inches above the knee and they can wear T-shirts without collars as log as they have sleeves.

Getting the look is pretty easy – ice cream coloured polo shirts are a traditional starting point, with chinos or cargo trousers, while for women, a pair of tailored shorts in navy, black or tan can be paired with a striped T-shirt and visor or baseball cap to create a sporty but elegant look. To dress either look up further, wear a good leather belt and loafers, or, for women, this year’s big fashion hit, rope-soled canvas wedges in fruit shades like raspberry or lime.

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According to the Ralph Lauren style guide, every woman should have five essential items in her wardrobe:

  • Classic polo shirt – this shirt, usually in a RL colour such as pink and white, or mint and lavender, or just pure plain white or baby blue, is teamed with any casual item of lower body clothing such as jeans, shorts or a casual skirt.
  • Skinny-fit polo – this tailored look works with more polished clothing such as fitted trousers or a heavyweight skirt in wool or silk. Often worn with boots and a tailored jacket by WASP girls in the USA.
  • Traditional Oxford shirt – this versatile wardrobe classic can be dressed down to wear with jeans if you put a form-fitting T-shirt or vest underneath and wear trainers, while with dress trousers and a fitted jacket, especially if teamed with a smart handbag, it’s suitable for an interview or smart lunch date.
  • Lightweight sweater – Ralph Lauren says this is a great layering piece that can elegantly accompany any basic.
  • Jeans in stretch denim – these are the final components of the RL look and he suggests that you choose from a sophisticated dark dye look or the faded style for a more casual look.