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Popular culture works to assign specific clothing to a particular event — like Wimbledon whites, for example. Golf is no exception. With its specific, smart dress code, we’ve witnessed a move from the course to our everyday wardrobes. Now, the clothing is more than just sportswear. Explaining this transition is menswear designer Ralph Lauren:  

Polo shirts

  Regardless of whether they play golf or not, the polo shirt has become a firm staple in any man’s wardrobe. It works brilliantly in smart, smart-casual and casual scenarios.   On the course: Since the 20th century, golfers have been wearing polo shirts. While still remaining lightweight and practical, the golf shirt is smart enough for many clubs and course dress codes.   Off the course: When the game is done, polo shirts offer unparalleled versatility. They can be worn for both casual and formal occasions; pair with light denim jeans for an effortlessly casual look or wear with chinos or dark denim for the office.  

Flat caps

  Wearing a flat cap is a difficult style to master. Harkening back to days gone by, flat caps are largely rooted in golf.   On the golf course: Flat caps historically served two purposes: to symbolise a player’s higher class and also protect a players’ eyes from the sun.   Off the golf course: Outside of golf, the flat cap can be worn to formal occasions, with a tweed or checked suit for example. If you’re planning any outdoor pursuits, such as clay pigeon shooting, make the flat cap a staple of your look.  

Knitwear

  Golfers need attire that can be worn in all seasons. During the winter, many golfers keep warm by wearing a jumper or cardigan over their polo shirt — but always with the collar tucked in.   On the golf course: Jumpers — either long-sleeve or sleeveless — are frequently seen on the golf course. Traditionally, these feature an argyle check print. Recent years have seen a resurgence in sleeveless jumpers, which were popular in the 1970s.   Off the golf course: Because knitwear is so versatile, men can wear it off the golf course to both smart and casual occasions. Sweater vests are perhaps less common off the golf course.  

Chinos

  A golfer’s trousers must be closely fitted to not interfere with play, while also remaining smart to adhere to the club’s dress code.   On the golf course: Beige and khaki are the most popular colours for chinos on the course, although players can usually wear any shade unless stated in the dress code. The trousers should be tailored but not restrictive and always worn with a belt and polo shirt tucked in. It goes without saying that the trousers should be neatly pressed.   Off the golf course: Off the course, chinos are versatile pants that can be dressed up or down. For relaxed days, wear with a checked shirt and leather sneakers. The tailoring can easily transition to the office when worn with a crisp shirt and brogues.  

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