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I do. Now, to be clear, when I refer to "traditional attire," I'm not referring necessarily to a jacket and tie. Rather, I'm referring to, I suppose what I'll call "modern traditional." (a bit confusing, I know). Note, before continuing, I'm not saying we should go back to the traditional look wholesale. I just think companies could have 2 distinct lines: modern/athletic and traditional/dressy. Additionally, in no way am I suggesting we go back to oversize polos with the sleeves and MC Hammer style pants; I'm just referring to toning down the nascar look a bit. I'll explain:

Headwear

I prefer simpler hats. You'll see a common theme throughout: no gawdy designs that look more like a stock car. Maybe a simple logo, if that. No logos going all the way around the hat.

Tops

Simple polos, sweaters, etc. Think something like 00-11 dressy Tiger Woods shirts for the most part. Certainly he had some athletic looks back in the day, but if you look back at circa 2002, Tiger wore "nicer"/"dressier" looking polos. They were still cotton or a cotton-blend so the look didn't have the same overly sporty "jersey" look of today. No doubt that today's polyester tops feel great and perform great, but they are on-course only. That bright, vivid, jersey polo just doesn't translate well outside the course. Older polos can be worn off course--you can even pair the top with a blazer for work or date night with the spouse. Now I know some companies have more traditional graphics and designs, but they still look overly sporty to me. Some shirts look plain cheap to me, e.g., some of Nike's shirts. They're just too gawdy to me, like too bright and the designs are too flashy. For instance, Tiger's Sunday Red look back then included more muted reds, maroons, etc., as opposed to today's bright reds that look like a football/basketball team shirt.

Shoes

It seems like we could import the new tech and put them into class dress golf shoes. I know some companies still do this, but the trend nowadays is to have running shoes and basketball shoes on the course. I like that look here and there, as I own several pairs of newer Nike shoes. But I find myself missing yesteryear a bit. Perhaps it's nostalgia or something, but I do like that look.

 

What do you guys and gals think? Maybe I'm too much of an old man haha.

 

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One thing to add, some of the older Tiger shirts and Nike shirts more generally, didn't include logos for customers. Maybe they had a small swoosh, nike golf logo, or Tiger's metal TW emblem on the sleeve, but that was it. No gawky chest logos. I like that clean look.

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10 minutes ago, Zippo said:

Need more plaid! I draw the line at knickers, though.

What? Bring back the knickers!!!

Those who know my full name will understand. 😉

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I don't view attire from 2000-2011 to be "traditional" attire.

I think the clothes back then were a bit too baggy. And I say that as someone who appreciates a little extra room.

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I don't mind the current golf attire. It performs better than in the past and, for the most part, looks good. That's not to say that there aren't certain patterns or designs I don't care for, but overall it's good.

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Maybe we should look back at Ricky's fashion?  At least there was no white belt.

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43 minutes ago, iacas said:

I don't view attire from 2000-2011 to be "traditional" attire.

I think the clothes back then were a bit too baggy. And I say that as someone who appreciates a little extra room.

Agreed.

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34 minutes ago, tristanhilton85 said:

I don't mind the current golf attire. It performs better than in the past and, for the most part, looks good. That's not to say that there aren't certain patterns or designs I don't care for, but overall it's good.

Can you imagine what it will look like 20 years from now?  The constant thing you can say about fashion is it always changes.

24 minutes ago, StuM said:

Maybe we should look back at Ricky's fashion?  At least there was no white belt.

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Just makes you want to squeeze Rickie...

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I like the past "prices of garments and shoes"
Nowadays, I often see apparel for items way over value!  
I imagine when the pro's suit up, they most likely wearing a few $K's of garments for events in just golf gear.
Shoes, pants, shirts, sweaters, vests, gloves, rain gear, etc. 

Of course if I had @dennyjones $$, I'd burn mine and wear nothing but the best !!!  :whistle:

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Don't I  wish.   I have burnt $$ but it was on foolish purchases like cars and big toys! Now that I'm older and wiser (debatable according to my wife) I'm more frugal.  My wife on the other hand .... 😄

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4 hours ago, ncates00 said:

One thing to add, some of the older Tiger shirts and Nike shirts more generally, didn't include logos for customers. Maybe they had a small swoosh, nike golf logo, or Tiger's metal TW emblem on the sleeve, but that was it. No gawky chest logos. I like that clean look.

Nike clothing players have only the Nike logo on their shirts. That's part of the deal.

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8 minutes ago, Shorty said:

Nike clothing players have only the Nike logo on their shirts. That's part of the deal.

This is beside the point, but I know that; however, contracts do vary--see Alex Noren and others who wear Nike clothes but have like a Callaway hat.

The main point: You missed the point of the text you quoted. I referred to customer (i.e., non-professional golfers) clothing and the lack of logos on the older clothing as something I prefer.

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1 hour ago, StuM said:

Maybe we should look back at Ricky's fashion?  At least there was no white belt.

 

I'd like to point out that it wasn't me who said this. .... Although I did give it a thumbs up. 😃

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2 hours ago, iacas said:

I don't view attire from 2000-2011 to be "traditional" attire.

I think the clothes back then were a bit too baggy. And I say that as someone who appreciates a little extra room.

That's what I think as well, way too baggy. But then again, I'm still waiting for the Johnny Miller circa 1976 package crushing fashions to come back.

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