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This Week In Golf Fashion: New York State of Mind

EVR enters the Wolf Garden, Keith Mitchell’s fashion win, a lesson in belts, why fall is coming up roses, and more. GolfThreads recaps the playoff style scene from America’s fashion capital.

Keith Mitchell (Sid Mashburn & FootJoy)

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A year ago, Keith Mitchell was just another dude wearing Nike. This year, he has established himself as one of the best dressed guys on Tour. In a classic ‘make lemonade out of lemons’ story, K-Mitch saw the end of his Swoosh contract as an opportunity to create a unique look that was true to his personal style. He traded Nike’s high-tech, sporty threads for Sid Mashburn’s sophisticated and all-natural southern gentleman looks. The Pima cotton polos, single-pleat linen or wool trousers with tabbed waistbands, and FootJoy saddle shoes make Mitchell look like he was transported from a fairway in the 1980s to 2021. Name a player who rocks a high-crown visor better than Keith Mitchell. I’ll wait…

Collin Morikawa (Adidas Golf)

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This is the time of the year when trends for the second half of the year start to emerge. If you’re looking to get on trend for late summer/early fall, this dusty rose color is the best place to start. Consider it the last hurrah for pastels until we drive up Magnolia Lane next spring.

Erik van Rooyen (Greyson Clothiers & ECCO)

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ICYMI…Greyson just dropped its latest collection. In the Wolf Garden is filled with fresh micro-prints and spectacular jewel tones for the season. EVR didn’t hesitate from putting the new threads on display. His final round look married the Wolf Links Polo in a vibrant rose colorway with his signature Montauk Joggers in Honeycreeper.

Sam Burns (Adidas Golf)

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Ditch the ‘stache, keep the pants. Another color to add to your fall wardrobe is this sage green from Adidas Golf.

Matt Wallace (J.Lindeberg &FootJoy)

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Speaking of trends, is it just me, or are we seeing a return of contrast sleeves? Rory McIlroy sported a range of polos with contrast sleeves at the Open Championship and Matt Wallace teed it up at Liberty National in JL’s Simon Polo with a single contrasting sleeve. Peep the belt, too, which syncs perfectly with the polo.

Lanto Griffin (Galvin Green & FootJoy)

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As the calendar turns to fall, our attention usually turns to Galvin Green’s layering pieces. However, the brand’s polos are making a strong statement for Fall/Winter 2021 and the Maddox is one of the most intriguing shirts in the collection. The ultra-modern print is a pixelated design that wears like a tonal floral pattern at a distance. Lanto Griffin gave us a preview of the Maddox during the Aloha Swing back in January. Now the rest of us can finally add this one to our wardrobes.

Viktor Hovland (J.Lindeberg & Nike)

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Mike from @pinsandpassports started a great discussion on Instagram last week about belts, specifically colors, materials, and matching them to pants and shirts. I couldn’t resist throwing in my two cents, and Viktor Hovland illustrated one of my points. A belt is an accessory. It should complement the rest of your outfit. While it doesn’t have to match your pants or shirt, it also shouldn’t detract from your fit. No one would have faulted Viktor for wearing a white belt here, but by opting for a complementary neutral tone, it added another dimension to his look without creating too much contrast.

Brandt Snedeker (Peter Millar & G/FORE)

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On the topic of materials, I prefer a lightweight elastic or woven belt in the warmer months and heavier leathers and exotic straps when the weather is cooler. Multi-colored braided belts are a great way to punch up an outfit with a solid top and bottom.

Adam Schenk (Under Armour & FootJoy)

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On the other hand, avoid pairing multi-colored belts with striped shirts and pattern pants. As Adam Schenk displayed, a multi-colored braided belt competes too much with stripes and creates a look that is overly busy and confusing to the eye.

Hideki Matsuyama (Descente &ASICS)

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Nobody can mess up a fit quite like Hideki. I find it interesting that an announcer referred to him as one of the best dressed players on Tour a few weeks ago. Really??? Just because he often matches the logo on this hat to his shirt, shoes, and sunglasses doesn’t make him well dressed. Take this get-up, for example. The white belt creates too much contrast and disrupts the flow of the outfit from top to bottom. Don’t even get me started on the black shoes and white socks.

Billy Horschel (Ralph Lauren & FootJoy) & Justin Thomas (Greyson Clothiers & FootJoy)

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Two guys that never miss a beat in the fashion department are Billy Horschel and Justin Thomas. It appears both spent some time on FootJoy’s MyJoys site as BillyHo laced up a pair of custom Packards with a grey saddle and JT opted for a similar colorway in the Tarlows.

Ian Poulter (Custom Apparel & FootJoy)

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Small details go a long way. The hit of orange on the midsoles of the FootJoys syncs perfectly with the polo and helps to balance the look from top to bottom. Poulter’s simplest fits are often his best.

Abraham Ancer (Black Quail Apparel & FootJoy)

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Black Quail flies a bit under the radar, but I think it is one of the most underrated brands in golf fashion. The prints are unique and the tailoring is on-point. Case in point, the Oil Derrick Polo pays homage to the brand’s West Texas roots. If you want to be a trendsetter in your group, grab some Black Quail this fall.

Denny McCarthy (Dunning Golf & FootJoy)

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We started with a guy who made an apparel switch and improved his style, so we might as well end with one, too. Like Keith Mitchell, Denny McCarthy split from Nike and has found a home with Dunning. McCarthy gives the brand’s classic looks a modern spin with the trim 5-pocket pants and camo belt. Plus, the polos fit so well, they look like they were custom made for him.


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