The transitional knitwear must-have: how to style the mighty golf vest
Take a quick look outside your window and that should tell you everything you need to know: the summer is over and autumn is most definitely here. Not that a bit of cold has stopped our hardy golfers from setting out onto the fairways; in fact, these autumnal conditions can make for a bracing round of golf, if that’s your thing.
But if you are going to play golf at this time of the year, you need to make sure you’re well prepared. That means kitting yourself out with the right apparel, and one of the mainstays of autumn/winter sport is the classic golf vest, a reliable staple. Effortlessly stylish and brilliantly practical, the humble golf vest can be a real godsend on chilly days spent out on the course.
So, how should you go about styling out your golf vest when you’re next on the greens?
Cutting a dash on the course
Golf dress codes can be highly prescriptive and strict, although this all depends on exactly where you go. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that you can’t cut a dash and really stand out from the rest of the pack. The key to pulling off a successful golfing look is striking the right balance between style and functionality, and your choice of golf vest is integral to this.
Pastel shades can look great on the golf course during the summer months, but when the autumnal conditions arrive it’s best to go for something a bit more seasonal. Think more muted tones – charcoal greys, deep navy blues, rich maroon reds and so on. Not only are these well suited to the season, but they also provide a touch of real sophistication which is sure to make a good impression both on the course and in the clubhouse afterwards.
Keeping warm and staying practical
It goes without saying that the main practical consideration when choosing autumn/winter golfing attire is simply staying warm and dry (or at least, as dry as the elements will allow you). So that can only mean one thing – you’ll need to layer up! But at the same time, you also need to make sure that your outfit doesn’t constrain your swing, otherwise this could put you completely off your game.
A sleeveless golf jumper or vest, therefore, is a great choice from a practical perspective as well as a stylish one. It’ll help keep your torso warm in cold and wet conditions, but because it doesn’t have any sleeves, it’ll also give your arms more freedom to move when you’re playing your shots.
Autumn/winter golf clothes: style tips
So as we’ve noted, if you’re going to be heading out golfing during the colder and wetter months – and why not? – you do need to make sure that you’re suitably attired. But there’s no reason you should have to sacrifice style for that purpose. Here’s a few of our top golfing fashion tips for the autumn and winter:
- Keep your head and hands warm. Choose a chunky hat to protect your head from the cold, and a good pair of gloves Be careful to ensure that your gloves still give you plenty of grip, though.
- Invest in a quality waterproof coat. Let’s face it, if you’re going to be golfing during the autumn and winter, you’re going to encounter a lot of rain. Waterproofs should help keep you dry, and they look great, too.
- Try to balance breathability with heat retention when choosing your outfit. In the summer, breathability is great because it means that heat escapes easily, but in the autumn and winter, you’ll need to retain more of it.