Fashion Clash: The Cardy vs. Monochrome

The cardigan made a come back in 2010

The Cardigan Sweater

His most significant achievement as it relates to competitive golf is toss up between clinching the Ryder Cup for the Euros in Wales and winning the U.S. Open on Father’s Day, but Graeme McDowell’s top contribution to the fashion community is open and shut. McDowell rocked a plunging v-neck cardigan sweater with four buttons that hugged a bit of the pudge he probably expanded downing celebratory Guinness drafts.

He paired it with a salmonish polo and off-white trousers. Debonair in dress and attitude, McDowell cruised to the 110th U.S. Open championship at Pebble Beach (his 1st major victory) as his closest foes faltered. The cardigan comeback was off and running.

United States Ryder Cup apparel supplier Peter Millar took the entire American team into Perry Como territory, but the results suggested this look isn’t for everyone. Oversized purple cardigans with preppy crests looked dreadful on everyone not named Corey Pavin. He was born to wear the cardigan. If you can pull it off, this is a classy statement, but you can’t force the issue. Golf shouldn’t return to the 1930s. Today, the cardigan lacks universal appeal and won’t catch on with Millennials.

Rickie Fowler's fashion turned heads and set trends for golf's next generation


In a fashion sense, monochrome has never looked so modern. Influenced by his brash BMX roots, rookie Rickie Fowler revolutionized golf attire forever by teaming with Puma and challenging the game’s style status quo. Fowler routinely selects a singular color scheme, particularly on Sunday when he’s favored a bright, traffic cone orange. Japanese teenage sensation Ryo Ishikawa and Tiger Woods have also adopted the monochrome look with differing degrees of flash. Ishikawa’s outlandish yet tasteful outfits are often of a pastel persuasion, while Woods broke up an all black look with a watermelon stripe more than once. All black has always been slimming, sexy and intimidating.

Gary Player is the godfather of going dark on the golf course, and like Mr. Player, this look is timeless. Monochrome is bigger than Johnny Cash, and it’s capable of crossing from generation to generation.

Winner: Monochrome



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