Golf clothing in history
Today, male golfers prefer to wear Polo shirts with knitted collars paired with loose trousers or shorts. The head is covered with baseball caps or visors with the logos of sponsors. For cool weather, golfers wear a vest, cardigan, or jacket . Women prefer t-shirts with or without a collar in combination with trousers, shorts and skirts. In recent years, so-called skirt-shorts have become popular, combining the appearance of the skirt and the convenience of shorts.
The first golfers wore clothing with the attributes of Scotland, the birthplace of the game. To protect themselves from the sea wind, men wore breeches or shorts below the knee and heavy tweed jackets. Shirts with starched collars, ties, and tweed caps were also popular.
Fashion to dress nicely came to Golf in the early twentieth century. According to a 1918 Vanity Fair ad, a well-dressed golfer had to wear a single-breasted jacket, coat, and breeches. Cotton long stockings, a Golf cap, and special shoes completed the outfit. By the 20s of the twentieth century, Golf had become popular among wealthy players. These golfers distinguished themselves by combining formal outfits that showed their status with breeches, long stockings, and two-tone Golf shoes. They continued the tradition of wearing a shirt and tie. And on cool days, a knitted cardigan or a Norfolk jacket was worn over the shirt.
By the 30s, flannel trousers had replaced breeches. They quickly gained popularity among golfers. White or grey trousers were the most common, as men sometimes went to the Golf course from the office. Many golfers stopped wearing ties at this time.
The 1933 U.S. open was held during a heat wave that affected the choice of clothing for participants. Many abandoned the heavy garments of course in favor of a more light, casual outfits. Although there were those who adhered to the traditional and formal style, even in the extreme heat. These include Walter Hagen , gene Sarazen, and Bobby Jones.
In the 40s of the last century, Golf clothing was transformed and became similar to the modern form. The men wore knit shirt with collar, and light trousers. Boots with spikes on the soles and visors on the head became fashionable. For cool weather, waterproof and very fashionable Eisenhower jackets appeared at that time. These jackets did not interfere with the swing and punches. Players started wearing colorful shirts combined with khaki pants or shorts. Cardigans and sweaters are still popular for playing on cool days. There are also many modern fabrics that remove moisture and allow air to circulate freely for player comfort.