I haven’t worn much Ashworth over the years, but Justin Rose’s looks from the Wells Fargo Championship had me checking out the Ashworth website over the weekend.
I’ve always struggled a bit with the fit of Ashworth’s shirts, but the cut of J-Ro’s shirts, pants and sweaters is impeccable. I have to think that his threads get a few more nips and tucks around the seams than the off-the-rack pieces, but even if this is the case, he still serves as a great example of how golf apparel should fit in 2014.
Rose’s looks at Quail Hollow also incorporated many of the big trends in golf style right now. Navy blue and magenta are two of the hot colors for the season, but I haven’t seen many players pairing them together as Rose did on Friday and Saturday (see above). He also avoided the dreaded white belt throughout the week by opting for gray and navy blue straps, including a braided style on Friday that was on point.
I’ve been seeing a lot more technical piques from brands recently. Dunning Golf has been doing them for several years and Rose wore Ashworth’s new Performance Pique Engineered Block Stripe Polo in a light coral color (quartz to be exact) for Thursday’s round (see above). I also noticed that IMP Design has a technical pique in its latest collection.
There are obvious performance advantages to pique weaves. Piques are usually a touch lighter and the weave allows air to flow through the shirt, which is obviously great for warmer months. Putting performance aside, though, what I like about the technical piques is that they look a lot like classic cotton shirts. This offers more of a sophisticated, go-anywhere look than your typical technical golf polos.