Whether you are playing a round of golf or watching a golf match, certain shirts will work well for your day out on the green—and some simply will not. You wouldn’t want to be caught out in the sun for hours in a tank top, because you’ll end up with a painful sunburn. And you don’t want to show up in work attire, as that could quickly get pretty uncomfortable as well. So what exactly should you wear to a golf match? We’ve come up with a list of some of the top shirts for men and women to wear on the links.
Planning to get in on the action and show off your golfing skills? Then you’re going to want to dress the part! Nothing says “appropriate golf attire” like women’s polo shirts. They come in a variety of colors, though it’s best to avoid dark colors if you will be playing on a hot, sunny day. If you actively play golf, invest in a couple golf polo shirts in various colors and even patterns like stripes.
The “uniform” style of golf attire is essentially the same for men and women. A men's polo shirt has always been the go-to for both serious and amateur golfers, so it’s safe to say it’s the best shirt to wear on the green. Although polo shirts are traditionally short-sleeved, consider investing in a long-sleeve polo. You’ll be glad you have it on those chillier days on the golf course. You can choose from a variety of colors, or you can opt for stripes. If you play golf regularly, it’s a good idea to have a few polo shirts in your wardrobe.
Khaki pants or shorts are both great options for bottoms. Of course, investing in a good quality pair of shoes is a must for avid golfers, so be sure to find footwear that fits well and will still feel comfortable by the 18th hole. If you are spending lots of time in the sun, sporting a visor or baseball game and a pair of sunglasses are both great ways to protect your face from harsh UV rays.
If you are watching golf from the sidelines, you can have more fun with your clothing choices. If it’s a warm, sunny day, wear something casual and comfortable yet chic, like a relaxed Supima cotton short sleeve shirt or a U-neck jersey T-shirt. If it’s a slightly chillier day with gray clouds, stick with casual long-sleeve shirts like a Supima cotton shirt with a collar, or a lightweight fitted crew neck shirt. Have a hoodie, cardigan sweater, or light jacket in tow just in case you get cold during those long hours on a gray day.
If functionality isn’t the only important thing and you want to style up your look a bit, an alternative to a casual shirt would be a cute cotton dress. You’ll be walking on grass, so leave the sandals or heels at home and sport a pair of sneakers instead. Sneakers are more practical for a day on the green—even if you are just a spectator—but they will still look cute and stylish with a T-shirt dress.
Just as it is for women spectators, men, too, can be a bit more lax in their shirt choices for a golfing. If you’re anticipating a chillier day, wear a sporty, casual crewneck sweatshirt or a hoodie sweatshirt. Feel like dressing a bit snazzier? Go for a sharp-looking quarter-zip sweater or a long-sleeve stripe rugby shirt.
For warmer, sunnier days, a basic, short-sleeve cotton T-shirt should do the trick. Even if it’s a sunny day, you may want to consider wearing a long-sleeve shirt to avoid that dreaded farmer’s tan. Better yet, wear a T-shirt with a light jacket or men’s cardigan sweater that you can take on and off throughout the day.
Ready to hit the links? Suit up, grab your clubs if you’re playing, and enjoy your day on the golf course!