From khaki to pleated skorts, the evolution of women’s golf fashion | Fashion

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From Bermuda shorts to pleated tennis skirts, women’s golf fashion has become a modern style over the years. Most of the girls who started in the sport more than 10 years ago struggled to feel feminine on the golf course.

For many women, golf was not only attractive from a fashion point of view. Fashion didn’t make sport attractive and it wasn’t functional if you were heading to the field.

There weren’t many ways to express yourself or stand out from the crowd in standard khaki shorts and pink polo shirts. There was a limited selection of golf clothing, and if you found something that caught your eye, it was priced high.

The dress code for women was stricter back then with some courses only allowing knee-length shorts and a polo shirt with cap sleeves. Fast forward to today when you see women playing golf in breathable, fashionable and stylish clothing.

Many professional gamers have witnessed this transition firsthand. The tour used to consist of very soft styles and prints. The LPGA is now full of bright colors, girly trappings and various ways to express your personality while on the course.

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Christina Kim plays her shot off the second tee during the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club. (Photo: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports)

Veteran LPGA player Christina Kim is known for her electric style on the golf course.

“I am happy to say that women’s golf fashion has come much closer to fashion trends in public society. Gone are the days of boxy, oversized shirts and pleated khaki pants,” Kim said. “Functional fabrics, silhouettes that really flatter a woman’s figure, fun colors and prints, and crisp lines are all part of the norm. I’m a big fan of the changes made, although I’m still not a big fan of sweatpants or joggers, but it’s mainly because I don’t think they look good overall.”

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Pernilla Lindberg follows her shot off the sixth tee during the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
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Swedish LPGA player Pernilla Lindberg added: “I feel like when I got into the sport as a kid, there wasn’t even girls’ golf wear or women’s golf wear, it was more men’s polo shirts. You just had to wear an extra small with no feminine cuts, and it was just baggy. Obviously that has changed to where more women’s polos fit better,” Lindberg said.

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“It has also become more and more feminine over time with improved sports fabrics. The last transition is obviously more of the sporty look seen off the golf course. This is now being more and more accepted in the course. I think it’s really fun because now you can show more of your personal style on the course, and you can also leave and go straight somewhere else without making it seem so obvious that you came straight from the course. She has come a long way from those big baggy polo shirts she wore as a child to where we are today.”

In the past, it has been difficult to find clothes that resonate with women who are looking for elegant clothes while shopping in traditional retail stores. If you weren’t at a golf-specific store, you’re unlikely to find items that fit your golf criteria.

In today’s world, you can shop most sports-related clothing stores and find items that fit the mold of the modern golfer. Athleisure has become increasingly popular for everyday wear, and now companies are mastering the art of bringing comfort and function to women’s golf apparel. You can walk into many brand name stores and find golf-style skirts, shirts, and more. It has become a more formal and easily accessible style of tennis.

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Alexandra O’Laughlin reacts to her shot during the Phoenix Suns Charities shot at Glory on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. (Photo: Michael Chow-USA TODAY NETWORK)

NBC Golf Channel golf and travel correspondent Alexandra O’Laughlin recently became an ambassador for It was needed, a sportswear brand. She has a slightly different take on golf fashion.

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“As a young golfer, I always found a way to be sporty and graceful on the course. There weren’t options like there are now, but I found inspiration everywhere and had a knack for integrating classic golf styles with functionality,” said O’Laughlin. “Calia has all of this in one line, plus the ability to make me feel safe on and off the pitch. With the variety of tasks that women have to perform throughout the day, it is important to select a wardrobe that transcends with you. I am so proud to represent Calia and work with Dick’s Sporting Goods to give women the choices they deserve.”

The importance of feeling comfortable and confident on the field often stems from clothing. Many golfers believe that if you dress well, you will perform well, and women’s golf apparel is finally helping players feel at home on the course.