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I can’t help but notice the fashion of tour players back in the 60s through 80s when everyone was wearing different colored gloves and matching their pants and shoes as well.
 

There were barely any hats and nowadays, the players on tour look like walking stiffs. When and why did we go from colorful to boring?

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Problem is fashionistas have taken over from people who understand what a well- tailored pair of trousers and classy polo look like. A mercerised cotton shirt tends to fit and look better than the over tight polyester stuff we get bombarded with. Cue 60 year-old men sporting Lindeberg and thinking they look well dressed. 

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Agreed - Adam Scott is probably the guy currently on tour that I'd still look to if I was the kind of person that keyed my fashion choices off other people. Always looking classy.

I can't wait for pleated trousers to come back, it's a nightmare to find good ones these days.

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1 hour ago, Rocky Ball-boa said:

Agreed - Adam Scott is probably the guy currently on tour that I'd still look to if I was the kind of person that keyed my fashion choices off other people. Always looking classy.

I can't wait for pleated trousers to come back, it's a nightmare to find good ones these days.

I'm with you on the pleated slacks. Haggar still has a good selection available on the website. 

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I think (former) Pro and current lead presenter on Sky Sports, the one and only Dough Boy - Nick Dougherty, always looks well turned out. Not so much when he was playing, but certainly these days whenever I see his 'Tee Time Tips' Instagram/YouTube channel, I almost always think that he looks smart. His normal golf outfit is one that can easily look appropriate off the course and in just about any situation; a smart restaurant, a commercial office, just good, smart/casual outfits. Nothing spectacular admittedly.

 

First few examples from Instagram:

 

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1960s. Definitely before the sponsorship logos took over. I also liked the look of more guys not wearing hats (even though it is completely impractical now with what we know about skin cancer etc). 

 

In today's PGA tour the logos have completely taken over along with all wild shirts (which don't offend me I just don't think they look particularly good). Things like Joggers, hoodies, blade collars are, again, not offensive or bothersome I just think they will "date" the tour in a funny way similar to white belts and big pleats on khakis. 

 

ALL that said, I have a pair of joggers that I wear at the muni every now and then and they are super comfortable. But I also think I will look back on them in 10 years and think they looked stupid.

 

The aggressive G/Fore stuff looks terrible and especially those hats they have with the ALL CAPS writing are so stupid looking. 

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On tour, style definitely peaked in the 60's.

 

For the golfing public, the breathable/wicking fabrics that started coming out in the early 2000's were a godsend.

 

If you're walking around with someone carrying your bag all day, you can look good in almost anything, even with temps in the high 90's.  If you have to carry your own bag, push your own cart, or sit on a vinyl cart seat all day, cotton anything is going to leave you miserable by the end of the round.

 

I started playing in the baggy-cotton-shirt glory days of the mid-1990's.  I was just out of college, and picked up the game from my roommates.  We walked and carried most of the time (in the Northeast US).  Autumn golf was awesome, but from June to August, even 9 holes would have you lugging around an extra 2 lbs of soggy shirt that literally stretched itself out as you played, while sticking to you the whole time and dripping sweat from the ends of the sleeves as you stood over putts.  Good times!

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