The combination of a U.S. Women’s Open and warm weather usually brings out the best in women’s golf fashion trends. Is this all there is for 2018?
ARIJA JUTANUGARN shows off her muscular legs in short shorts. Yet, she covers her arms in long sleeves, and wore nothing but black for the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Something tells me that women golfers didn’t exactly make a run on short shorts, long sleeves and black following Jutanugarn’s dramatic playoff victory. But she was right on trend with the rest of the world’s best women golfers — sporty, practical and boring.
If those are the trendsetters, here’s what the rest of us can expect to find in our local shops.
OUT WITH PRINTS, IN WITH MONOCHROME
What happened to those fun print skorts and dresses we were seeing just a few years ago? The designers have gone all matchy-matchy, with more players wearing same-color tops and bottoms than flowers or geometrics or swirls. At least Jutanugarn distinguished herself by opting for black. More common were white, red and the ubiquitous blue.
COLOR OF THE YEAR
Blue is back, in all its royal and bold glory. The oceanic seafoam and teal shades have given way to the colors of queens and flags, along with some navy. Most players in the field had at least a pair of bottoms in blue, including self-proclaimed fashionista Paula Creamer.
LONGER SHIRTS OR SHORTER SWINGS?
I love watching these women unleash their drivers, but does this also have to mean undressing their bellies? Somehow the men on the PGA Tour manage to keep their shirts in their pants while taking huge swings. Why do the women’s shirts leave a skin gap above the belt line? Tell us, Carlotta Ciganda and Madelene Sagstrom.
SLEEVES ARE HERE TO STAY
Has anyone ever seen Inbee Park’s arms? Her long sleeves have become a signature style, and a look that has been emulated by many of the Asian players on the tour, including Ariya and sister Moriya. This is probably a good thing when it comes to sun protection, but it seems there could be sleeker looks than long-sleeve shirt under polo.
SO MUCH FOR THE LPGA DRESS CODE
Have shorts and skorts gotten longer? Seriously? A year ago we all made a big deal about the LPGA’s new, conservative dress code, but either Michelle Wie (short skorts), Lexi Thompson (cut-out shoulders) and friends are paying the fines without complaint or the dress code has as much power as a sand wedge.
THE FUN IS IN THE DETAILS
Creativity and individuality did lurk in the fringe at this U.S. Women’s Open — Lucy Li’s fringe, for instance. Nelly Korda’s red socks also caught my eye, and I loved the lines of the asymmetrical skort worn by Jeongeun Lee6, who usually looks well put together. So, maybe there’s hope for women’s golf fashions, in 2019.