The hard truth is that most people are never going to get paid to play golf (unless you count the $10 you took from your buddy last Saturday). Fortunately, that does not mean you cannot look like a pro golfer; ok, dress like a pro golfer. While today’s PGA stars may have bigger biceps and smaller guts than the average weekend hacker, that does not mean they cannot dress for fairway success.
Looking good on the course starts with great apparel. QED Style is designed for golfers by golfers. Each shirt, sweater or pair of shorts has been created to not only to perform amazingly, but also to reflect an attitude about golf and how it is meant to be played.
Curating a wardrobe of golf apparel is the first step, but wearing it correctly is just as important. Below are five easy tips to look great on the golf course.
1) Tuck your shirt in. You know how many PGA Pros don’t tuck their shirt in? Zero, that’s how many. Tucking in one’s shirt is the easiest way to improve your look. This applies to bigger guys as well. In fact, this rule especially applies to larger men. While it may seem that a loose and untucked shirt is the best way to hide a belly, the opposite is closer to the truth. The reason why is because when a shirt is untucked it elongates your belly and makes it look larger. Tucking in a shirt will at least compartmentalize your top section, giving you the opportunity let your apparel be the center of attention.
2) Invest in a quality belt, so long as it is not white. Exotic belts are a great start. Not only do they come in lots of colors, but they add texture. While ostrich or snake skin belts can be expensive, you can get embossed leather at very reasonable prices and they look nearly identical to their more costly counterpart.
3) Size your shirt and trousers properly. If you have an athletic build, wear a shirt that fits snug around the chest with the sleeve cut mid bicep. For larger men, you can go a little larger but avoid the tent look. You can’t hide the beer belly with a XXL but you can still look well dressed. That means size appropriately and wear solid colors. For thinner men, don’t be shy about patterns like florals or micro prints.
When it comes to covering your legs, wear slimmer pants that drape just on your shoes. Like your shirt, your trousers should be well tailored and not too loose. This does not mean you should look like a tightly dressed sausage, but clothes are met to fit the body rather than hang over it. In terms of shorts, these too should be well tailored although they can be a bit looser than the corresponding trousers. Tech fabrics works best but if you prefer cotton shorts just make sure they are clear of wrinkles.
4) Keep your shoes clean. Unless you have a shoe sponsorship that takes care of your every need, you need to clean your shoes after every round, especially if you wear white shoes. Most guys will wear the same pair of golf shoes for 2-3 seasons. Would you wear the same pair of work shoes for 3 years and never clean them? Exactly. Next time you are playing golf, take a look at the footwear in your foursome. How many guys have 5-year-old Footjoys that look like they have seen two tours of duty? Even the best of outfits will be derailed by dirty shoes. On the other hand, a clean pair of cleats will do wonders for your look.
5) Shop boutique brands. Wearing big name brands is not only boring, it limits your opportunities. Today, there are lots of smaller companies like QED Style that are designing fantastic and unique apparel making it completely unnecessary to don a logo of a billion-dollar company.
Building your look around smaller brands will not only allow you to find your own, unique style, but you have the opportunity to build a relationship with the brand that can be very rewarding. This is because boutique brands typically have fantastic customer service and frequent buyer programs. They are also active on social media and love to see you share your golfing experience wearing their gear.