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Game improvement: Changing the pace with your polos

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

By now you've probably amassed a mountain of pique polos in every size, shape and color. So many, in fact that you could probably live out your last days on the links without picking up another. If you are, however, open to a little change of pace in your polos might I suggest this sartorial set up.


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H&M Silk Blend Polo, $29.95
hm.com

You see, the term polo is just a design descriptor and has nothing to do with what the shirt is made from. Sure, 99 percent of the market consists of banded-sleeve cotton piques, but I've encountered all sorts of styles in everything from cotton to cashmere.


No matter how swaggy your style, a lot of these finer fabrics make for quite the pricey polo. That is until now. As silly as it sounds to a golfer, the polo has become quite the trendy silhouette this season and retailers, from low-end to lux, are rolling out all sorts of these short sleeves by the busload. This silk blend stunner from H&M is my winner by far. Wear an undershirt wherever you decide to play in your polo, but aside from that, standard style rules apply. This season, add some sartorial swagger to your game with this silk blend polo and show the rest of your foursome how to suit up in style.


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Game improvement: Recharge your whites

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

Deep into the heart of summer and a few weeks removed from Wimbledon, I figured it was high time to address summer's most suitable shade -- white. Weather you're on the beach, the boat or the back nine, there are a ton of great white options to take you through the summer in style. 

The rules? They're aren't many -- depending on what your wearing white will go with pretty much anything. (Just watch out for red wine and red lips and you should be in the clear.)

Check out some of our summer staples and re-charge your whites for the last leg of the season.

Uniqlo Extended Placket Polo, $29.90
Uniqlo.com

loop-Uniqlo-White-Polo-Extended-518.jpgIf you've been following the style content on the Loop you know we love ourselves some Uniqlo, and this polo's yet another reason why. You can never go wrong with well-priced, well-fitting basics with just the right amount of detail. This white polo is the only one you'll need to wear this summer.


Levis White 501, $68
levi.com

loop-Levis-White-501-518.jpgWearing white is one of the easiest ways to dress up your denim. Wear these with a simple stripe shirt and a navy blazer and you've got casual Friday nailed through September. **The whole "no white after Labor Day" thing was made up by somebody's mom. Wear it right and white can last you through winter.


Patrik Ervell White Club Collar Oxford, $110
patrikervell.com

loop-Patrik-Ervell-White-Oxford-518.jpgA white oxford shirt is one of most integral pieces in a man's wardrobe. If your current one is starting to muffin top a bit out of your trousers, it's time for an update. The club collar and button pocket offers just the right amount of interest in this menswear mainstay.


RLX Cypress Tech Bermuda, $79.50
Trendygolf.com

loop-RLX-Cypress-Short-518.jpgThe only issue with white is that it will show off even the smallest dirt and divot stains. The polyester tech shorts from RLX look sharp but more importantly will continue to look that way wash after wash after wash.

Me Undies, $20
meundies.com

loop-Me-Undies-518.jpgSave the fundies for valentines day and keep the undergarments light and white for summer. Me Undies is a new start up that sends you fresh basics made from organic fibers on subscription every other month.

Take a peak in your closet and figure out which of your whites are in need of an upgrade and start working your new gear into your game on and off the course this season.

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Game improvement: Why micro-print shirts can have a macro impact on your style

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

If you're looking to make a strong style statement but aren't quite sure how to pull off the pattern-and-color look like Ryo Ishikawa and Rickie Fowler, we have a suggestion for you: try adding a micro pattern to your wardrobe.

These small designs wear just like solids and have been all over the market for the past few seasons. From 20 yards out you'll look just like the rest of your foursome but upon closer review your style will subtly stand on its own. Start with some easy dots then don't be afraid to elevate your game to mini prints and designs.

This summer, pick up a different kind of polo and work some micro moves into your game.


loop-Fred-Perry-Micro-Dot-Polo-v2-518.jpgWhite Fred Perry Micro Spot, $110
fredperry.us




loop-lyleandscott-houndstooth-polo-518.jpgGreen Lyle and Scott Houndstooth, $130
lyleandscott.com




loop-uniqlo-pink-pindot-518.jpgPink Uniqlo Micro Dot, $23
uniqlo.com



loop-Lacoste-micro-print-518.jpgBlack White Lacoste Micro Camo Print, $115
shop.lacoste.com






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If you're going to go all red, white and blue for the Fourth of July, do it with style

By Alex Holmes

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and it's time to break out your red, white and blues. While we're all in favor of patriotic partying, there are better ways than others to strut your stars and stripes.

In other words, the goal is not to look like this guy.

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Photo from shinesty.com


Instead, follow some of the ideas below and you'll be set for your July 4 foursomes.


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RLX Engineered Stripe
$125, trendygolf.com
The engineered stripe is on trend this season, and the shirt looks like a smart way to channel some patriotism without going full on flag. 


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Uniqlo Navy Dry Stretch Trouser
$40, uniqlo.com
I'm a firm believer that whatever themed occasion you are outfitting yourself for you should be able to break the pieces down and have them make sense with the rest of your closet, no matter the time of year you wear them. The Dry Stretch Trouser was designed in collaboration with Adam Scott to accommodate all your golfing needs. It's also a well-fitting basic that you can wear throughout the year.

loop-Beltology-518.jpgBeltology Navy Braided Belt
$60, beltology.com
Forget about the color of your shoes and hat and make sure to match your belt to either your shirt or trousers. The lack of contrast through your middle is slimming, and it is a more subdued way to tie your outfit together. Again, this is a standard casual piece that will work with shorts or jeans, at the office or around on the weekend. 


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Ping Red Golf Hat
$26, dickssportinggoods.com
The red hat tops off your star-spangled style while protecting your face from the sun. I'm feeling the slightly alternative vibe with the asymmetrical logo.


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True Linkswear White True Lyt Dry
$149, truelinkswear.com
One of the most comfortable shoes in golf continues to develop with more offerings each season. The True Lyt Dry is another one of the company's tour-level shoes featuring its signature wide toe box and zero toe-heel drop.

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Bucket hats are uncool, you say? We beg to differ

By Marty Hackel

Protecting yourself from the course from the summer sun's harmful rays should be a priority, and your first line of defense is a proper hat. A bucket hat, a favorite of PGA and Champions Tour pro Kirk Triplett, is your best option for covering your head, face, neck and ears. Now, thanks to a couple brands, you won't have to substitute style for function.

Dorfman Pacific offers a few smart choices, including its MC288 line (below). The hats come in three colors and feature Supplex Nylon and Coolmax technology to help wick sweat. Made of brushed twill, Dorman Pacific's 864M is a lighter option. 

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Stetson offers bucket hats with 2 1/2- and 3 1/2-inch brims that use a treated nylon fabric to help repel insects, especially helpful in warm, wet climates.

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The hats retail for about $35. Because of their size, my advice is to stick with neutral or earth tones. Then again, when it comes to your health, protecting yourself is all the style you need.

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Game improvement: Seersucker shorts aren't just for prepsters

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.


Seersucker, originally developed by the British Military in the 19th century and popularized in the U.S. by genteel gents trying to keep their cool during sweltering summers, is defined as any type of cloth woven into ridges in order to keep fabric off the skin. This 150-year-old puckered practice dissipates your body heat and increases air circulation. Whether you're a PGA Tour pro working the southern swing in long pants, or a member of the weekend warrior tour where shorts are well within the dress code, you will be hard pressed to find a fabric that stands up better to heat and humidity.

Some advice, however, to give the style a 2014 feel: try steering clear of the traditional alternating blue and white seersucker for more modern, tonal iterations that will freshen up the look.

Puma Lux Tonal Seersucker Shorts, $85
trendygolf.com


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A summer outfit that will have you styling

By Alex Holmes

This summer we'll pull a bunch of looks that work piece by piece or all rigged together to have you looking trendy on and off the course.

Good style is about balance. Focus your kit around basic shades like navy, gray, white and black, but don't be afraid to throw in a curve ball with some serious shades of color. Just remember, pick your spots and let one bold piece speak for your entire look.

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Gabicci Varied Navy Chest Stripe
$89, trendygolf.com
The navy stripe is a strong, solid masculine look that's right on the tour trend this season and the varied stripe range gives this polo just the right amount of interest.

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Dry Slim Fit Navy Chino
$39.90, uniqlo.com
Uniqlo's Dry Fit technology is perfect for wet weather conditions but look and feel just like your classic chinos. These'll shape up perfectly at the office, on the back 9 or at the bar.


loop-JCrew-Socks-518.jpgJ.Crew Polka Dot Socks
$14.50, jcrew.com
Show some style when you bend down to read your 8 footers with these micro print socks. It's always easier to pull off patterns that are grounded in basic shades like navy or gray.


loop-Victronox-518.jpgVictronox Neon Rain Pull Over
$195, trendygolf.com
Outerwear is a great way to rock some show stopping color. This neon nylon piece is balanced with some basic navy chinos and will look sharp on damp mornings and chillier afternoons.


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High Crown Ping Visor
$19, ping.com
You can balance your look in multiple ways - color and proportion are two tactics and styling is a third. Our first summer style is slim, simple and modern with a navy ground and a serious outerwear shade; throw in this high crown retro visor and level out your kit with just the right amount of classic and contemporary vibes. ... Read
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Want to look like a U.S. Open champion? Try adding a color-blocked polo to your wardrobe

By Alex Holmes

A style trend that has transcended the runways to the fairways on the PGA Tour of late is the color-blocked polo. You couldn't miss it this past weekend as Martin Kaymer made the look his signature in his BOSS green apparel en route to his U.S. Open romp.

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The best part about this look is the fact that it's something pretty much anyone can pull off. If you've already rounded out your basic solid piques in all the classic colors, you might consider injecting a little life in your game with fun looks in a bold, blocked pattern. It's an easy way to turn your style up to 11 without going full floral on your foursome.

Here are three great color-blocked polos that will look just as sharp on the Ninth hole as the will on the 19th hole.


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J. Lindeberg Blue Color-block Polo
$105, trendygolf.com
The sultan of Swedish swag stays on trend and delivers yet another line of seriously stylish golf gear including this blue-blocked beauty.


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Maide Navy Color-block Chest Stripe
$88, bonobos.com
Bonobos, one of the original e-commerce fashion start-ups, has been delivering bottoms for the businessman since 2007 and recently launched Maide, the golf- centered apparel offshoot on a similar platform. Check out Bonobos.com for classic menswear gear and the Maide page for smart golf looks made up in performance fabrics.


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This is Not a Polo Shirt by Band of Outsiders Red, White Gray Blocked Polo
$99, thecorner.com
Band of Outsiders, the Los Angeles-based designer-clothing label has spun off multiple, casual sub brands including my favorite, This is Not a Polo Shirt. The slim fit, sharp polos were probably not designed specifically for the links but you certainly won't look outta place wherever you play in these well-designed duds. Check out their blog notapolo.bandofoutsiders.com for some of the greatest polo wearers of all time, including legends like Jack, Arnie, Miles Davis and Mick Jagger.

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You probably have the perfect shorts for practicing your short game already in your closet

By Alex Holmes

One of the most time-tested and trademarked styles from retailer Patagonia is its Stand Up Short. Built from a beefy 10-ounce cotton canvas with a reinforced seat and double pocket, the Stand Up was designed for some of nature's nastier spots where you might find yourself resting on your bum -- whether intentionally or, well, not so intentionally. The shorts have been in Patagonia's line for decades and have long since been my go-to-gear for all types of outdoor mucking about. 

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What I didn't realize until recently though, is that they've also turned out to be the perfect shorts for a short-game practice session. I know, I know, "short-game shorts! Contrived, ridiculous, absurd!" I can hear the gallery now, but hear me out. The two reinforced cut-away rear pockets, originally designed for climber's chalk bags and various other mountain accessories, let you tote a ton of golf balls around the short-game area without getting in the way of your stroke.

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Even with the added weight the dense cotton canvas keeps it shape and the shorts don't sag an inch. They're also about as basic as the khaki short gets, so you'd never been under penalty of breaking any dress codes, either.

And for $59 (available at Patagonia.com), you'll get more than your money's worth no matter where you wear them.

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Nautica takes the 'bright' approach with its summer shorts

By Marty Hackel

Synonymous with sportswear, casualwear and an overall preppy sensibility, Nautica has been a staple of summer apparel for more than 20 years. The brand's heritage of fun, fresh looks continues with its popular "bright" cotton-twill shorts.

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What stands out for me is their modern, comfortable cut that makes them attractive and functional. The cotton material is rugged enough to hold up through a full day on the course, yet still maintain a soft feel. (The company, which has tour pro Cameron Tringale on staff, markets off the premise that the more you wear the cotton shorts, the softer they will feel.) 


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Prices start at $50 with shorts available in various colors and patterns as well as more subtle fare such as khaki and whites. In other words, something for everyone.

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