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Fashion on the Links

For Ladies

by John Torsiello

Any self-respecting woman golfer knows that it is not only important to play a game well, you also have to look good while doing so.

Guys? Ehh, not so much, although males at least try to look presentable, especially at private country clubs where your appearance is almost as important as your handicap.

At the risk of being borderline misogynistic, most women would never walk into a clubhouse after a round with sweaty, ill-fitting clothes like some of their male counterparts. And good for the ladies. Golf is still a genteel game and looking fashionable remains quite in vogue on and off the course.

Designers have come with myriad fabrics to choose from, and developed apparel with moisture wicking properties that keep you cool even on the hottest days (never let them see you sweat!). Footwear has gone high-tech with today’s models looking and performing more like athletic shoes than the traditional stiff leather black and whites your mother or grandma used to wear at the club.

Companies such as Cutter and Buck, Nike, Carnoustie, and Antigua, to name a few, offer attractive and functional apparel for 2016, from tops to shoes, to help a lady maintain her social standing in proper style. Let’s take a gander at a few items women can choose from before heading out to play a round.

Carnoustie is well-known for its understated, yet stylish cotton polos and mock turtlenecks that are blend of pima cotton and lycra. The lycra gives the garment a bit of stretch that ensures it will retain its shape and be flattering in just the right places. Mock turtlenecks are appropriate all year and the company’s jackets have a zipper treatment with a simple, elegant style.

Antigua’s Spring Women’s Performance Collection is highlighted by clothes that combine polyester and spandex, unique prints, color palettes that include jewel tones, and silhouettes. The collection emphasizes light to mid-weight overtops, plus a strong use of heathers through the assortment of polos and sheerless polos.

Adidas’s Boa line of women’s golf shoes feature a “Boa Closure System” that provides a custom glove-like fit that can be adjusted on the fly for increased convenience and performance. A synthetic upper with “Climastorm” provides water-resistant protection from the elements, and the 6-spike “Thintech” outsole with “Adiwear” ensures long-lasting abrasion resistance and traction. Comfort is enhanced with a “Cloudfoam” insole for ultra-light cushioning.

Nike Golf loves to use its high profile Tour stars to model and promote its line of apparel, thus Michelle Wie and Suzann Pettersen sported distinctive styles at the first LPGA Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration. Foregoing golf’s traditional collared top, Wie debuted a racerback-style polo with a blade collar, paired with a variety of woven and knit skorts. Pettersen wore a collar-less Nike Greens Top, which she matched with an assortment of shorts.

Layering is vastly important, especially during the cool weather of spring and fall, and the jacquard pattern of Cutter and Buck’s CB DryTec Hamden 1/2 Zip is, well, cool indeed. Featuring raglan sleeves with thumbhole cuffs and curved seaming at the waist, the Hamden combines form and function.

So, you see ladies, it should be no sweat looking and feeling good when you head out on the course this year.