For a fall golf trip, pack versatile styles that go from course to clubhouse and layering pieces that stand up to the elements.
By Suzanne S. Brown
Guys who are into luxurious fashion-forward athletic wear for the links and beyond gravitate to brands like Greyson Clothiers. The company outfits such touring pros as Erik van Rooyen in styles like the bold printed Snake Garden polo, $110, and Montauk joggers, $145, a pants style which causes heads to turn on the golf course. (If you try this trend, be sure to wear no-show socks). When temperatures drop, the Greyson guy will reach for one of the company’s sleek sweaters or the Koko hoodie in a stretchy blend of cashmere and merino wool, which comes in a range of colors, $285. greysonclothiers.com
ROUGH AND READY
Built to battle chilly temperatures and wind, the COLD.RDY Hoodie from adidas looks as sharp on your fall rounds as it will around town. It’s part of the company’s multi-sport READY line which makes use of materials to combat the heat, wind, rain and cold that get in the way of enjoying your athletic pursuits. Adidas-sponsored PGA touring pro Xander Schauffele wears the design, which comes in five colors and is made of recycled polyester and fleece that’s insulating, wind-resistant and water-repellent. The garment’s hood has a drawcord and is jersey-lined for comfort, $80. adidas.com
THE NEW BLACK
Summer golf has its perks with all that warmth and sunshine, but fall and winter rounds offer the option to layer your outfit with all kinds of tops and jackets. From the fashion-forward Swedish company Daily Sports is the Frances Jacket, $200, which has faux fur on the front, and a micro-light stretch fabric on the sleeves and back, a two-way full front zipper and zipped pockets. It’s worn with a Luna Polo, $106, and Magic High Water pants made of a super stretchy viscose blend fabric that is styled with a mid-rise waist, slim fit, four pockets and belt loops, $135. And for the woman who isn’t going to let cold and wind keep her from playing, the Pace pants, $160, Luna zip-front jacket, $156, headband and gloves will keep her toasty. dailysportsusa.com
COOL IN CAMO
Camouflage is one of those patterns that has been in style so long it’s become a classic, in part because it can be made in a lot of colors and size variations. Brands like Peter Millar are offering camo patterns in a reversible merino wool crewneck sweater, $268, that can be layered over a polo or dress shirt, and under layering pieces such as a vest or outerwear jacket. It’s shown here with the Fuse Hybrid Vest, $148, in a performance fabric that is wind-resistant and offers four-way stretch for mobility, and a two-way zip front closure and zip pocket on the chest. The five-pocket Performance pants are in a lightweight, quick-drying stretch fabric, shown here in gale gray, $149. Clothes and accessories at petermillar.com
KJUS chose the zodiac sign of Gemini—a pair of twins—for the name of its new technical golf rain gear because pieces in the collection have two functions. When worn with the dark side out, the jacket absorbs heat and is lightweight, waterproof and warm. Reverse it to the light gray side worn out and it reflects heat, becoming a windbreaker that cools the body due to a fabric that helps control body temperature by up to 10 degrees F. It was tested in a climate chamber (wind, rain, etc.) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and on the golf course at Royal Dornoch in Scotland. Built for the serious athlete, it has a price tag to match, $549 for the men’s jacket. Also available are pants, $499, a vest, $399, and a women’s jacket, $549. kjus.com
LIVING FOR THE WEEKENDER
For a short golf getaway, you need a bag that will allow you to bring a couple of changes of clothes for the course and beyond, plus shoes and accessories. The quilted fabric Weekender 24+7 Duffle from Oliver Thomas holds plenty and lets you organize your gear with a variety of pockets and compartments. The bag’s patented “Secret Stash” bottom offers a spot for shoes, laundry or whatever extras you want to load. Available in a range of solid colors and several prints as well as metallic and lacquered options, it’s also lightweight and washable, measures 24x13x14 inches and has double handles and a removable adjustable strap; $150 at theoliverthomas.com
Diane Boyer and her family have been in the skiwear business in Vail, Colorado for four decades, but the designer and businesswoman proved she has more tricks up her proverbial sleeves earlier this year when she launched Skea Golf. In creating the women’s collection, Boyer drew on her expertise with performance fabrics that she uses in skiwear and designed tops, skorts, shorts and pants in figure-flattering styles that are in UPF-50 fabrics for sun protection, as well as layering pieces, vests and jackets. All are offered in bright solids as well as eye-catching fashion-forward prints. Tops start at $69, skorts at $99 and jackets at $158. And for colder weather, some styles—sweaters, quarter-zips, vests—could even crossover from the links to the lifts. skealimited.com
WEARING IT WELL
The golfer who wants outerwear to double as lifestyle apparel is going to gravitate to styles like the Sherpa 1⁄4-zip from Puma’s Excellent Golf Wear collection, $120. The fuzzy texture adds warmth and is soft to the touch. Designed with guys like Puma-sponsored pro Rickie Fowler in mind, EGW features pieces that are unstuffy but still suited to the golf course, like elastic-waist joggers, $80; rather than classic pants, henleys, $60; instead of polo shirts and for casual pullovers like the Runway Crew, $80. Also new from Puma is Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, golf shoes that have a premium handmade look but feature the latest technology for comfort and performance. The shoes, which come in four color combinations, have a classic leather saddle and state-of-the-art construction materials like a TPU outsole, and more than 100 hexagonal lugs for stability and traction, $140. pumagolf.com
CAG Style Editor Suzanne S. Brown is a former editor for The Denver Post and contributor to Colorado Expression.
This article was also featured in the Fall issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.