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White belts seem to come and go. They were here in the '70s but disappeared in the conservative '80s and '90s before re-appearing in the late '00s. They were a nifty, eye-catching product 10-years ago reserved mostly for Tour guys or slick players. They were gaining a lot of steam at local clubs 5 years ago, so much so that waist measurement referendums had to be established. 

 

Today however, I feel like every single player at my club dons a white belt every time out, and there's no restriction on gut size. I understand the rise of fashion in golf. It's generally been good. Shoes have gotten more comfortable. Shirts have gotten more colorful without losing their class. Outfits in general are more versatile. 

 

But I can't help but notice that we're probably at that point where white belts have crossed from being cool to once again being tacky. When 9-of-10 guys all show up with a white belt it seems like maybe the time has come to seize the opportunity and go back to something more neutral. 

 

Anyone feeling a little sick of this once-cool aspect of fashion having become so painfully mainstream? 🙂

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I'm old and have long ago lost my chiseled athletic build. Way past the 36 age guideline but still good to go on the waist limit. That being said, I have one white belt that I'm very selective when I wear it in public. If I'm wearing white shorts I'll use the white belt no matter the color of the polo. If I'm wearing any color shorts I only wear the white belt if I'm wearing a white shirt. In those instances the white belt doesn't stand out and is unobtrusive. A white belt combined with colored shirt and shorts produces a MoonPie kind of look which I don't find flattering.

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54 minutes ago, RSinSG said:

I'm old and have long ago lost my chiseled athletic build. Way past the 36 age guideline but still good to go on the waist limit. That being said, I have one white belt that I'm very selective when I wear it in public. If I'm wearing white shorts I'll use the white belt no matter the color of the polo. If I'm wearing any color shorts I only wear the white belt if I'm wearing a white shirt. In those instances the white belt doesn't stand out and is unobtrusive. A white belt combined with colored shirt and shorts produces a MoonPie kind of look which I don't find flattering.

 

This is good advice. 

 

I see way too much of the dark pants / white belt thing. It makes the white belt the focal point of the entire outfit, LOL. 

 

I think you're right....a white belt should match the shirt or pants. The MoonPie thing is all wrong. 

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3 hours ago, MelloYello said:

White belts seem to come and go. They were here in the '70s but disappeared in the conservative '80s and '90s before re-appearing in the late '00s. They were a nifty, eye-catching product 10-years ago reserved mostly for Tour guys or slick players. They were gaining a lot of steam at local clubs 5 years ago, so much so that waist measurement referendums had to be established. 

 

Today however, I feel like every single player at my club dons a white belt every time out, and there's no restriction on gut size. I understand the rise of fashion in golf. It's generally been good. Shoes have gotten more comfortable. Shirts have gotten more colorful without losing their class. Outfits in general are more versatile. 

 

But I can't help but notice that we're probably at that point where white belts have crossed from being cool to once again being tacky. When 9-of-10 guys all show up with a white belt it seems like maybe the time has come to seize the opportunity and go back to something more neutral. 

 

Anyone feeling a little sick of this once-cool aspect of fashion having become so painfully mainstream? 🙂

 

Pretty much agree with all of this.  I've switched to mostly grey belts now.

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I never really noticed what other guys are wearing....the only thing that catches my eye on the course is if I see an attractive woman in a short skort and knee highs....lol.

 

But I do own a white belt.

I always believe the color of the shoes and belts should match (on & off the course) and I have some white golf shoes....and white golf shoes with some black trim too.

 

But I think golf shoes are a sham....I've been playing in my running shoes as of late and have found zero difference in scoring.

I wear Goretex trail running shoes in our wet slop in the winter.

Obviously, I will wear golf shoes at a private club.

 

 

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I have never owned one, or white sunglasses, or a white G-shock. Nope. 

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1 hour ago, KBong said:

I never really noticed what other guys are wearing....the only thing that catches my eye on the course is if I see an attractive woman in a short skort and knee highs....lol.

 

But I do own a white belt.

I always believe the color of the shoes and belts should match (on & off the course) and I have some white golf shoes....and white golf shoes with some black trim too.

 

But I think golf shoes are a sham....I've been playing in my running shoes as of late and have found zero difference in scoring.

I wear Goretex trail running shoes in our wet slop in the winter.

Obviously, I will wear golf shoes at a private club.

 

 

 

 

Funny about the shoes. I did the opposite the what you described. For the last several years my Ashworth Cardiff shoes (think Fred Couples' Ecco) become my regular shoe on & off thee course. 

 

Couldn't imagine playing early rounds without a traditional golf shoe. Gotta the waterproofing and the grip where I'm at. 

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43 minutes ago, hppyjohn said:

Who cares!?!?  Wear whatever makes you happy.  Geez man, didn't know the belt fashion police was out in full force today.  

 

But it affects other people, John.

 

I mean, when someone misses their tee time because they're in the bathroom vomiting out breakfast thanks to your friend's decisions on LoudMouthGolf.com the week prior, what are you going to say?!

 

What about those peoples' rights, John?!

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52 minutes ago, sharkiesj said:

White belts? In 2 days I’m more worried about people showing up on the first tee with pink AJ IV’s….

With pink seersucker shorts AND a white belt.

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White belts don't bother me at all. But where I'm at I don't see them very often.

 

Most all of the taboo golf attire does not bother me: jeans, cargo shorts, pleated khakis, cotton polo's, plaid, white belts, no collar shirts, ankle socks with pants.

 

All except flat brim hats which I despise. HORRIBLE!

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Doesn't seem like anything to get too worked up about.  I might snicker at an out-of-place white belt, or the guy wearing full rickie fowler orange, but at the same time probably get snickered at by some for wearing a t-shirt for a round at the local muni.  as long as you're abiding by the course rules, have at it!

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