A boost for high fashion on the fairway

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 January, 1996, 12:00am

ONCE you have perfected your swing, gained the confidence to hack out of the roughest of roughs and polished up your putting stance, the next step is to have 'the golf look'.

Golf fashion, while not exactly haute couture, is nevertheless distinctive. If you took away the clubs, caddie and golf bag, you could still identify a golfer on the fairways by his dress alone.

As Golf 18 manager Dickie Lee explains, golfing apparel is not only for fashion. Golf clothes are designed specifically for ease of movement.

'Golf apparel is a rising industry,' Mr Lee said.

'One of the main parts of golf apparel is the shirt. Most of the golf shirts are designed with dropped shoulders and medium sleeves.

'The shirts are also longer than normal shirts, so there is more to tuck into the pants. They are mostly made in cotton.' Mr Lee said the shirts' design enabled golfers to swing more freely without the hindrance of material clinging to their shoulders.

'Pants should be a bit loose rather than tight, so that there will be as little restriction of movement as possible,' he said.

He added that many manufacturers were also making apparel in wool and silk, and a popular feature on the market was wrinkle-free golf garments.

'Most of the ladies in Hong Kong go for the long-sleeve type shirts because they do not want to get tanned on a hot day,' Mr Lee said.

He said Golf 18 provided all the popular brand names available for golf apparel in its two stores at Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.