Match Point: Guys, Enough With The Matchy-Matchy Clothes For WSJ


Jason Dufner, from this past weekend’s Kentucky Derby, suggesting that the recent trend for matching colors on the golf course is tainting the way golfers approach dressing off the course. I’m not sure which is worse, that Dufner and his wife opeted for prom-night matching outfits, or that Dufner’s shirt and pocket square are the exact shade of the windowpane on his jacket.

In today’s Wall Street Journal I’m on the op-ed pages with a mild rant against the growing epidemic of matching clothes. Golfers and broadcast journalists are especially prone to this sartorial sin.

Here’s a snippet:

Matching tie and hankie sets in “pop” colors like emerald green and fire-engine red (sometimes, as a bonus, with matching clip-on suspenders) have long provided coordinating convenience for the man who wants to dress snazzily but doesn’t quite know how. Now, though, the matchy-matchy instinct appears to be spreading—most notably to the golf course.

There was a time when fairways were the preserve of riotously clashing togs, with male golfers dressing so loudly that it was the distracting equivalent of coughing during someone’s backswing. The yellow-pants-with-sky-blue-shirts era was immortalized in the 1980 movie “Caddyshack” and carried on long after. But today pros such as David Lingmerth at last week’s Players Championship find it perfectly logical to wear a white shirt and pants with red hat, red belt and red shoes.

Heed this simple rule that has guided well dressed men for generations: men’s clothes shouldn’t match, they should complement. Matching is what women do.

One Response to “Match Point: Guys, Enough With The Matchy-Matchy Clothes For WSJ”

  1. Michael Says:

    I suspect that woman could get Dufner to wear a matching tam o’shanter if she wanted. And who could blame him?

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