Fashion Recap of Day 2 of the PGA Championship
Phil’s Rolex flex, belts that hit and miss, ’90s retro designs, FootJoy’s modern saddles, old-school brogues and kilties, and why simple can be stylish. GolfThreads breaks down the best and worst looks from the second round at Kiawah.
Phil Mickelson (Rolex & House of Fleming)
In the words of Moneybagg Yo, “I just looked at my wrist, I got time today, 🤬 I’m crossin’ the line today”
Phil seemed to take motivation from Rahm’s playful jab and went H.A.M. on the back nine to cross the line with a little 3-under 69. Lefty has never been afraid to flash some luxurious goods on the course. The House of Fleming exotic skin belt and Rolex Yacht Master 40 timepiece in Rose Gold were no exceptions. The Rollie checks in at a cool $27,000. If you have some ‘dimes’ laying around, the rubber bracelet makes the Yacht Master 40 a strong choice for the course.
Justin Thomas (Greyson Clothiers & House of Fleming)
If you take one thing away from today’s post, it is how a belt can make or break your fit. JT synced this purple House of Fleming strap with his Greyson polo of the same color. Not only did Thomas prove that you can wear a dark belt with white pants, but the flat texture of the belt and solid-colored trousers allowed the shirt to take center stage.
Victor Perez (Greyson Clothiers & FootJoy)
Simple, classic, and stylish. All the pizzazz of this outfit comes from Greyson’s Montauk Trouser in the Danube colorway. I just picked up a pair of Montauk Shorts in this colorway and already know they will be a summer favorite. Both black and navy work well with Danube. Smart move by Perez pairing the black belt with the black and white Packards from FootJoy’s Southern Living Collection.
Justin Rose (Bonobos)
Florals are in full bloom. The bigger and more colorful the better. Tour Editor Michael Ruuska recently dropped a post on some of the best floral prints of the season. Bonobos has quite the range of vibrant prints, including the Vivid Floral Performance Polo J-Ro sported in round two.
Martin Laird (Galvin Green)
Prints continue to dominate the fairways. You can take a couple of different approaches with them. Opt for a statement pattern like Justin Rose or take a more sophisticated approached with a small, but intricate design like Martin Laird. I have to admit; the first time I saw Laird in Galvin Green’s Murray Ventil8 Polo, I scrolled right past it. The more I looked at it though, the more the geometric sharkskin print drew me in.
Ian Poulter (Bespoke Apparel & Footjoy)
Poults has a history of wild outfits that sometimes border on being costume-y. I think his best fits are the simplest ones. Case in point, a solid white shirt, beige trousers, and a brown belt were stylish in their simplicity. The outfit also allowed those Tarlows with the old-school kiltie from FootJoy’s Southern Living Collection to stand out.
Thomas Detry (Boss & G/FORE)
A blue shirt and khakis is a fairly pedestrian look. In fact, it symbolized everything that was wrong (and boring) with golf fashion in the late ’90s. So how do you make the combo more interesting? It’s all about the tailoring. A sleek silhouette with sharp lines can elevate an ordinary fit to extraordinary.
Tom Hoge (Dunning Golf)
Crsip, clean, and effective. Maybe it is a reaction to all of the crazy prints out there, but this speaks to me. The steel blue trousers and brown belt are different than the other colors we are seeing right now. A bit of intrigue is added to the white polo with the pointed placket.
Joaquin Niemann (Adidas Golf)
One of my lasting impressions of this PGA Championship will be the coastal hues. This mint green from Adidas is an absolute head-turner, especially when paired with navy blue.
Santa Claus is coming to town and he is riding a golf cart and wearing a shirt that doesn’t match his pants. At the very least, find a shirt that syncs with the green in the pants.
When it comes to retro looks, I’m much more of a ’70s and ’80s throwback guy than a ’90s guy. This may be blasphemous to many of the golf hipsters out there, but I just can’t get behind these ’90s patchwork designs. Back in the day, I had a patchwork Jordan windbreaker with purple, teal, and magenta blocks. I thought I was the coolest cat in the lay-up line. In other words, I lived the ’90s fashion mistakes and wore the patchwork shirts. I don’t feel I need to live it again. There are exceptions to this. The Ralph Lauren Polo Golf Crest and Jordan 3s, 4s, and 5s to name a few.
Continuing our lesson in beltology…All the components of this outfit work on their own, but they don’t work together. The multi-colored braided belt competes with the print on the polo. Plus, the light colors in the belt disrupt the monochromatic look and cut Sullivan in half.