MY CLOSET needed trimming, and I could see the culprit: a golf wardrobe full of those boring polos that were encroaching on the dresses and nice tops. Pretty soon I’d no longer have room for that nifty space-saver, the one that was holding my underwear.
So I emailed a few friends of GottaGoGolf to say I was doing a shirt makeover. Enough of the sleeveless collared polo – there must be something different, feminine and versatile, something that could belong to my everyday wardrobe yet still qualify for golf.
There had to be a women’s golf shirt that would swing with me on the course. And off the course it would swing with all of the things I do – dinners and ballgames with friends, meetings with clients, dates with the honey.
A swing shirt. Read on for the surprises that came my way.
Greg Norman. I made a face when polos arrived. But then I saw my man’s face when I tried them on. Norman shapes their polos for a woman’s figure so that they’re flattering, not too baggy or too tight. (You can’t tell by looking at pictures of skinny models wearing them.) The curved hem works tucked in or not, and Benjamin Moore would envy the color choices. The one I would wear on outings with friends comes in a beautiful lavender. XS-XL, MSRP $69.
Puma. What’s this – a sweater? Well, yes, it’s the Color Block Sweater in a light grey heather with beautiful small blocks of teal and azure and a bit of black trim. Nice colors, but what made this a winner: a long cut, including luxuriously long sleeves, and silky feel, so you wouldn’t want to confine it to the golf course. Brand ambassador Lexi Thompson would wear it well. XS-XL, MSRP $75.
LIJA. I thought, “Golf? Really? You’ve got to be kidding!” but the Fuse Match Point Tee met golf dress codes by having cap sleeves. (Generally, even stuffy country clubs waive the collar requirement if tops have sleeves.) It had sexy mesh inserts, and side gathers that made the fit even more feminine. The hibiscus color: stunning. XS-XL, MSRP $85 (but seen online for as low as $35 if you can find it).
Kevan Hall. This high-profile L.A. fashion designer has been developing a golf line of quality clothing that’s not to be found in many golf shops. The Montecito shirt the company sent along, in a solid red, had flattering half-sleeves and a zip Mandarin collar style. Fit is on the snug side, but the movement and structure of the heavy Dry-Tex fabric inspires confidence in the wearer. XS-L, MSRP $96.
Iconic Sport. This lesser-known brand makes wicking, high-UPF and beautifully draping apparel in Northern California. These shirts skirt the collar code with mocks and bands and cowls. Believe me, no one will kick you out wearing Iconic Sport. I love the Kate sleeveless mock (XS-XL, MSRP $55) and also the Olympia boat neck top (2-14, on sale for $37.50), one of those pieces that in black can go anywhere. Note: Order one size larger than you wear.