Professional golf has been around for men much longer than women, but when it comes to golf fashion, not much has changed in the 100 or so years that male golfers have been able to make a living off of the sport. But in the same amount of time, women’s golf fashion could not have been more different from decade to decade. And for the most part, women’s golf fashion reflected the fashions of the time. Why? Because for a long time, female golfers simply wore their regular clothes to golf—from the high-waisted skirts at the end of the 19th century, to the pleated skirts of the 1920s.
But as we moved towards the end of the 20th century, women’s golf fashion began to become more and more separated from regular fashion, as female golfers embraced practicality and started to become a bigger force in the game. Shorts, polos, and rising hemlines became more and more acceptable, until eventually women’s golf developed its own unique fashion identity, and it has remained that way to this date.
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