Arnold Palmer turns 85 years young today. The King transcended the game of golf in so many ways, and fashion was one of them. Palmer energized golf fashion in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s with brighter colors, slimmer-fitting cotton shirts, cardigan sweaters and lightweight trousers.
“I liked a sharp crease in my slacks, my shoes polished to shine, while my shirts were conservative with a straight collar. It was a style I stuck with for most of my career.”
— Arnold Palmer
Many of the vintage looks that Palmer sported during the Golden Era of golf have been revived over the last few years with contemporary fits and details. When I talk with designers about players who have influenced and inspired them, Palmer’s name is one that is mentioned over and over again.
Happy Birthday, Arnold Palmer. Here is a pictorial tribute to the King’s iconic style.