Golf Fashion

Can I wear this? Rules of golf fashion at a pro event

If you're a regular at pro golf events, either as a spectator or a player, you probably know that there is an appropriate way to dress. While dress codes are not enforced, you can blend in with the "in" crowd just by following a few simple tips:

Tip 1: Dress conservatively, but be comfortable

You'll be outside for several hours and you'll also be walking and standing a lot. Players and spectators can benefit from making sure they feel comfortable on the course.

Tip 2: Dress "formal casual"

Dress "formal casual"—a term that has grown to mean sporty clothes with a high-end look.

Even something like cargo shorts can be dressy. Make sure they are pleated and made of a high quality material, such as twill. Polo shirts are usually the standard for dressing your upper body. Choose solid colors or stripes with solid collars.

Tip 3: Don't get carried away with accessories

A cap is fine, but if you start adding golf-themed accessories, things can get tacky very easily. During a pro golf event, you want to project an image of professionalism—in other words, avoid looking like a fan.

Tip 4: Bring a jacket or windbreaker

Pro golf events typically last several hours, and being out in the open puts you at the mercy of the elements. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared. Just as wind has a big effect on how well players play the game, it also effects the way you experience the temperature.

Tip 5: Know the code

Some pro golf events are sponsored by charities and have strict dress codes. Make sure to find out in advance whether there's a dress code - you'll save yourself a lot of embarrassment.

Look and take a clue from those around you. If you've attended golf events in the past, try to remember what others were wearing and who seemed out of place. This will be helpful to keep in mind when choosing your wardrobe.

Source: "How to Dress for a Pro Golf Event," Joe Rivera