What do women want? It seems that many of the makers of golf clothes and shoes have been thinking hard about answers to that question, because the PGA Expo in Orlando had aisles and aisles of eye-popping color and fresh looks. Here are a few of GottaGoGolf’s favorite stops:
Nancy Lopez Golf
Here’s high fashion for all, and that includes women who cannot often find it. Lopez separates start at XS and run to 3XL, with bottoms up to size 22 in many styles. The block skort seen here on the rack in three color combos had an especially unique look and coordinated with a surprising range of patterned shirts (all designed to go over the head easily so as not to muss the ‘do). With prices from $39 to $59, Lopez’ only obstacle is golf shops resistant to carrying plus sizes for the women who want them.
We all love to slip into our Crocs when the round is over, but the company is making a serious run at on-course golfers and even trying to extend the season into the muddy months. Two styles worth mentioning for women — the AllCast Duck shown here, waterproof, spikeless and lightweight protection from the elements, retailing at just $119.99, and the new XTG LoPro Sandal, which has a toe guard and an adjustable strapping system for increased stability, $79.99.
The “five-finger” sock shows up in yoga class. Now there’s a yoga shoe for golfers. GottaGoGolf tried on a pair and after a bit of difficulty coaxing toes into place, found the walk invigorating. We’ll test them over 18 holes soon. Liked the comfort, the odd looks (all white with pink trim on the golf model, not yet available online) and, especially, that you can toss them in the washer and air dry. Oh, and retailing for only $110.
This Italian company made its first appearance at the golf show. Its colors popped, and what jumped out at GottaGoGolf was a matching black top and shorts covered in polka dots and trimmed in khaki, shown here. Those were short shorts, with youth appeal, but they qualified at even a stodgy country club by unbuttoning the cuffs on the shorts to make them longer. Smart!
Here’s a company going after the sun protection market with nicely tailored basics in many colors. The fabric cools off the wearer when it’s wet, just in case one gets a little sweaty while wearing apparel that blocks 98 percent of the sun’s rays, and sleeves are elongated to cover the hand. Not just a golf company, BloqUV’s most unique offering is a long-sleeve crop top made to wear over sleeveless summer tops when one needs a bit of sun screening. That’s $58; a long-sleeve crew neck is $62.
Jack Nicklaus Apparel
What a surprise to see beautiful, well-priced clothes that work on and off the golf course, from a company run by such a guy’s guy. Credit designer Jonathan Whaley for the high-quality looks. “I just think of the women I know, in their 30s and 40s and upwardly mobile, and try to design clothes they would want,” he said. So the five-pocket stretch corduroys come in both neutral and saturated colors — cranberry and purple, wow — and the super soft cashmere sweater has a hoody. The big hit for GottaGoGolf, shown here: A neon-sashed skort with three distinct looks — plaid on one side, white on the other, with detachable neon shorts beneath.
Also spotted: more variations on the golf dress, sunscreening leggings, and an indescribable new shoe from the Austrian company Heaven that just might shave a few strokes off our indexes. We’ll try it out for the review blog ASAP!
Coming next: Shopping for equipment and gadgets