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The 3 different styles of golf fashion, for both on and off the course

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Over the past few years, there has been a fantastic trend in golf fashion with companies designing apparel that utilizes performance materials that look as if they could be worn in board rooms or social settings without making you look out of place. But which style is right for you?

In this article, I discuss three unique styles that work great on and off the golf course. I’ll let you decide which is most effective for you.

“Midwest style”

What I dub as the Midwest style is one that is extremely popular and is probably used as one of the simplest forms of business casual. A collared shirt, most of the time a polo, combined with nice slacks or chinos is the staple of this business casual style.

Colors vary, but most of the time keeping with your simple colors such as blues, blacks, tans, some reds and greys will help you keep within the conservative style that is found in most Midwest cities. As for your shoes, this can vary depending on how casual you desire to go with Converse Trainers or if you want to dress up your attire with some oxfords; either looks great with this style.

What makes this style extremely easy for on and off the golf course is that with the proper planning, there will be little that you must change when you leave the office for the golf course.

“East Coast prep”

This style is well known… maybe not by this name, but the style itself is what many think of with preppy college students. This style is another one that is simple and effective on and off the golf course. For your business wear, the top can be styled in a few ways.

  • Nice button-down shirt
  • Sweater over the button down
  • For more formal look, add a tie and maybe a sport coat

As for the pants, chinos are absolutely the way to go with the preppy style. And shoes are just as diverse on the East Coast prep as they were for the Midwest style, for the casual look go with something like Converse trainers and for the more formal look, oxfords or brogue would look great.

This color palette is what makes this style pop, stick with the main color scheme of crimson, white, and blue. Brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren are staples with this style. And what makes this style great is that it works for the board room and the golf course.

“West Coast”

The best description is take the laid-back surfer style that a lot of us on the Eastern part of the United States think of when we think of the west coast, and mix it with some great and diverse business styles. This style has a lot of room for different looks, but the base line is to keep a clean look, yet not stuffy and conservative like the east coast and Midwest styles.

As the description on Style Motivation says, “one way to loosen up is to wear V-neck seaters, jeans, petite New Standard A.P.C. denims (black rather than blue) and Penny Loafers.” A company that seems to really define West Coast style is John Ashworth’s company: Link Soul. They have chinos, board walkers and colored denims to go with their colorful yet clean selection of polos and button downs.

For a relaxed looking golf shoe, look no further than the knit golf shoe by True Linkswear. Just like the Midwest and East Coast Prep styles, the West Coast style is fantastic in the board room and on the golf course.

These three styles are set by the cultures where they come from. All can be great for the board room and for on the course.

Which style is your favorite?

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Known as a golf junkie among his friends and family, Bryan Montgomery's passion for this game started at a young age which has blossomed into what is now a 10 year career in the golf industry. Part of the second class to graduate from Eastern Kentucky Universities PGA Golf Management program he has since worked as an assistant golf professional, customer service manager, director of club fitting and merchandise sales, and fitting specialist for Mizuno. Recently he started his own brand, Form Golf which currently focuses on the style and equipment in the golf industry. As a writer for GolfWRX Bryan's primary focus is on style in the golf industry and helping the readers become the best looking member among their group of friends. Please feel free to reach out to Bryan through Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy!

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  1. Jimmy Ray

    Sep 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Arguably the worst written and researched article ever on GolfWRX. I could have written a more insightful article sitting on the can this morning. “People in the midwest wear polos when they golf”. Wow. Earth shattering.

  2. Ike

    Sep 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    My preference is for polo type shirts to have the longer, looser sleeve in vogue a couple of years back. Today I went to the soiled clothes basket as well as the closet and removed every article of clothing with a swoosh. They reside in the trash bin never to be replaced by that brand. This is not a happy time as many of these were favorites.

    • John Krug

      Sep 4, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Tough luck that you are not in favour of the second amendment.

  3. Scott Ivlow

    Sep 4, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Eastcoast style doesn’t cut the cake for the Southeast region. In Florida all casual business attire is proper attire for any golf course. Businessmen wear dark color slacks or business casual pants to khakis like Levi Dockers with a button down shirt. You won’t see many men wearing coats and ties. Also no guy is ever going to wear a sweater unless on a cold day. Men generally wear either white, blue, pink dress shirt or Oxford blue button down shirts. However pattern golf attire may not be the best business attire. With a cotton solid polo shirt being the best for business. Solid colors polo shirts are all so best for on and off the course.

  4. 2putttom

    Sep 3, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    West Coast whoop whoop !

  5. DaveyD

    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I subscribe to the “Haute John Daly” style.

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