Friday, April 16, 2010

Bye bye khaki. Golf clothes go bold

Whatever happened to khaki pants on the PGA Tour?

Even Davis Love III, a former king of khaki, doesn't know.

"My wife just asked me, 'Where are your khaki pants?'" Love said. "I told her they keep giving me blue pants and white pants.

"Khaki pants and white shirts like Curtis Strange used to wear are what I grew up wanting to wear."

Look for them on the endangered species list right there beside Ping Eye 2 wedges and new golf courses.

Maybe white is the new khaki on professional golfers.

Camilo Villegas, thin as a butter knife, wore all white Thursday at the Verizon Heritage. Rickie Fowler was wearing almost all white, too, accenting it with a brilliant blue belt and matching shoes with a swipe of yellow across the outside.

But it's all about color now. Golf fashion - cutting edge and as bright as Fowler's future - has gone bold.

It helps if you have a 28-inch waist, but that hasn't stopped guys from stepping out.

Phil Mickelson has been spotted wearing orange pants. Of course, to borrow Ian Poulter's line, anything goes well with a green jacket.

Then there's John Daly, who wore purple paisley pants on Thursday and papaya green on Friday, looking like Austin Powers in golf spikes.

Now golfers wear pants in colors that sound like paint swatches. Peach melba. Strawberry margarita. Island blue.

There was a time when khaki ruled.

When Retief Goosen and Mark Brooks showed up on the first tee for their 18-hole playoff in the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills, they were hard to tell apart. Both wore khakis, white shirts and white caps.

It was, in its own conservative way, a beautiful thing.

Then along came Darren Clarke, Ian Poulter and golf magazine fashionista Marty Hackel and golf grew a rainbow.

There are a few holdouts. Tiger Woods isn't likely to show up in aqua pants any time soon. Fred Couples may wear funky shoes but he's still into the classics on the course.

But that's so old school in a too-cool-for-school world on the PGA Tour.

Remember when Brian Gay won the Verizon Heritage last year? You may have forgotten he won by 10 shots but you didn't forget the lime green pants he wore with the red tartan blazer.

Gay is as soft-spoken as they come, but when he dresses for the golf course, he screams.

"I used to be more preppy, more into black and white and khaki," Gay said, "but I decided I didn't want to look like everyone else. I decided to change it up."

Gay misses the hot pink pants that were part of the Sligo collection he wore last year. He kept them around, just in case he wants to wear them this year. This year, it's more blue and green, Gay said.

Gay then looked at what he was wearing. Gray pants and a white shirt with a gray design. Not exactly Mr. Vivid. "Walking out today, my wife said, 'Is that what you're wearing? That's so boring.'"

So yesterday.


Art Rouse said...

Hmmm, maybe that's why the Haggar outlet had khakis marked down to $12 last month.

Anonymous said...

It's cyclical. Look at what the Europeans who brought this style to America are wearing now. Khakis, greys, blacks, whites. Once guys like Mickelson are wearing bright pants and white belts, you know it's no longer cutting edge

Anonymous said...

Golf has always had weirdo clothing & bright colors played by the elite on pretty artificial manicured courses.

Wearing a pink shirt to a car race or football game would be a big mistake.

In the end true golf nuts are a strange breed living in a fantazy world and not your everyday joe 6-packs.
Loosen up. Wear jeans.

Anonymous said...

I like the mad men style of clothing that is coming back. It's not European, but classic American. Object 59 has some vintage style golf pants, not loud, but classic - too bad I cant afford them!