In Style: Getting dressed to hit the links

Here are some fashion tips to consider before you head out for tee time.

Summer 2020 has proven to offer much more downtime and way fewer activities than are normally available this time of year. Restrictions and closures due to Covid-19 have given us reason to get creative and active in our free time. One summertime activity that remains uninterrupted at this point: golf.

Whether you hit the course regularly or are looking to undertake a new activity, I recommend you give golfing a try to curb some of that quarantine boredom.

This leads us to the question: What should you be wearing for tee time? While golfing attire certainly is a category all its own, dressing for the sport doesn’t have to be a mystery.

It may seem that standard men’s clothing rules do not matter when dressing for golf, but I am here to tell you that you should stick to what you know. Golf apparel should be able to transition well to other situations. The style rules don’t change so much from standard attire that the way you dress for the sport becomes unrecognizable.

Another common misconception in golf attire is that colors and patterns should be bold and crazy. While this may have been true historically, your modern-day golf outfit shouldn’t look like a 9-year-old put it together. For example, you shouldn’t be pairing a bold argyle top with plaid pants. That would just be an eyesore for everyone involved, and 2020 has enough problems already. If you want to add some variety to your outfit, stick to one or two pops of color and remain neutral with the rest of your ensemble.

Now that we’ve established the general rules of dressing for golf, let’s discuss the pieces that make up the player’s attire.


Golfing isn’t a sport like running or basketball where you are moving as fast as you can. In these sports, motion and action are at the forefront of the ensemble, but golfing’s slower pace allows for a bit more relaxed look. For your top, try a sport polo made of breathable fabric that still presents a classy look.


Golfing slacks often look similar to a regular pair of casual slacks, contributing to the classy style of the sport. These days, the popular trend for golfing slacks is to opt for a slim fit or even an ultra-slim fit. As with your standard clothing, you will need to make sure that your golfing slacks fit you well. If you buy them retail, take them to a tailor for a perfect fit, or you can have them made custom to get the right fit from the start.


Sometimes early mornings or evenings call for a top layer. For the committed golfer, you may even need some protection from the rain. The important thing to remember with your top layers is that they are still a part of your outfit and they should look that way. Make sure your jacket or sweater is cohesive with the rest of your ensemble. I would recommend a knit pullover sweater or cardigan for a polished look.


In golf you have a lot of options for your accessories, from your gloves to your socks and cap. If you have read my other articles, you know that accessories can be just as important as the main pieces of your outfit. These items can make or break your look. Pay attention to the details and make sure your accessories go along with the rest of your clothing. If you have multiple golfing outfits, gather accessories that are neutral and can be used in many different outfits.

Stick to the rules you know and your golfing look is sure to impress. I look forward to seeing you out on the course.

Judah Estreicher is the CEO of JBD Clothiers in Baltimore. Reach him at [email protected].


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