Wonder how old he was at the time. And that’s one casual outfit.
Shortly after I first got interested in clothing as a young man, I realized I had a pretty strict personal rule about balancing light and dark. Part of the reason TV talking heads look so bad is because they wear dark suits with white shirts, and then throw in a random, brightly colored tie. But with such a formula I always feel that the tie should be equally as dark as the suit.
One golfing legend who knew how to contrast and balance light and dark was Ben Hogan. Recently I read the classic “Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book” and found this passage:
Hogan dressed in light and dark and always looked good in photographs.
The opposite of skillfully balancing light and dark is tipping the scale entirely to one side, as seen in the all-white and all-black outfits below.
In golf you need to combine a long game and a short game, just as you need to combine light-colored clothing with dark.
Devereux has just debuted its fall/winter collection, which draws on a a specific time and place for its inspiration. Writes the company in a press release:
Inspiration for this collection comes from Miami in the 1950s and 1960s. Our vision was to capture the mood through design. Lush evergreen and cool navy depict the fun-loving beach and resort life, while the deep claret and monochromatic color scheme embark on the dark mood of Miami nights during that time period. The design aesthetic re-introduces the elegant form of outfitting in that specific time and place.
The Proper Collection was created for golfers and travelers. Whether they’re in New York City, Miami or Los Angeles, the Proper Collection has garments for each culture. Designed to easily transcend from on-course to off-course or from city to city, this collection offers proper threads – whatever the occasion.
When your practice range is in the heart of New York City (or rather the heart of the East River, on Randall’s Island), you’re bound to see the occasional fashion statement.
This guy yesterday certainly caught my eye. He was tall, had a great swing, and then there were those pants. I asked if he were wearing actual golf knickers, and he explained that they were in fact just pants from Uniqlo that he bought four inches too short, then rolled up to just below the knee (in the photo it looks like they’ve rolled back down a bit).
I thought he carried it off great, and the slim, chino-like fit of the pants kept them out of retro-eccentric territory. Baggy plus-fours should probably stay with the hickory-shaft crowd.
A shade less than three years since I first stepped onto a golf course, I carded a 79 yesterday at Sprain Lake, one of Westchester County’s public courses.
When you clear a hurdle like that, you want to talk about it to anyone who’ll listen. Like on a website.
Coincidentally, the year ’79 was when what became The Champions Tour was founded for golfers 50 and over. Robert De Vicenzo is pictured above from the same year.
As for me, time to start training for the US Senior Open.