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Ode to Arnie: Five cardigans The King would love

After celebrating Arnold Palmer's 85th birthday we thought it'd be appropriate to commemorate the King's classic style with a salute to his most iconic sweater -- the cardigan.

The Cardigan sweater was originally conceived as a naval knitwear piece and was first popularized in the mid-1850s when tales of Major General James Bundell and his fleet's defeat of the Russians at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War spread across the British Empire. Major General Bundell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, is the namesake for the 160-year-old soldier style.

The cardigan sweater remains a menswear mainstay and has a place in every man's closet. Dig back in to the Arnie achieve and you'll find tons of shots of the stud on and off the course in cardigan sweaters. Throw yours over a T-shirt and some jeans or layer it under a suit. Either way, check out five of our favorite sweaters and try adding a cardigan into your rotation for fall.


J. Crew Merino Wool Navy Cardigan
A basic that will never go out of style, layer this in everywhere from the office to the course to the bar.


Uniqlo Merino Wool Gray Sailor Stripe
Naval stripes are still on trend for fall and this banded cardigan fits right in. 


J. Lindeberg Wool/Silk Solid
The king of sharp style brings it again with this wool and silk stone-colored blend. 


Puma Teal Full Zip
Puma executes the modern take on the classic cardigan in a pop color and a zip front.


Joe Fresh Cashmere Retro Button Front
If you're trying to channel the vintage vibe and go old school Arnold, rock this mustard sweater with some navy chinos and you're all set.

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Game improvement: A lightweight, stylish alternative to your leather overnight luggage

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.

A full-grain leather overnight bag still feels like one of those manly must-haves every guy should own and be able to hand down to his kid one day. My dad moved to New York in 1973 with a Filson leather duffle, which he gave to me when I went to college, and I still use it for weekend trips. That said, leather bags can be expensive and very heavy to tote around. If you've got a weekend buddies trip on the books this fall or you're just trying to pick up a bag that's a bit bigger than your standard brief case, we'd suggest checking out some sharp alternatives to the standard leather carry-on.

While there used to be a big gap in the market between refined travel bags made by luxury brands and technical totes from camping and climbing companies, the void has been filled by strong offerings from both sides. More and more designers are using technical materials, such as rubber, nylon, cotton and canvas, in classic silhouettes to develop bags that are built to take a beating but won't look out of place at baggage claim on a business trip.

If you're in the market for a new weekend bag, check out five fresh, lightweight leather alternatives that'll take you everywhere you need to go this fall.

APC Navy Nylon Holdall


DSPTCH Light Gray Technical Weekender

loop-DSPTCH-v3-518.jpgFilson Black Waxed Canvas Duffle


Herschel Supply Co. Camo Duffle


H&M Black Rubberized Sport Bag


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Shirts that will keep you looking sharp this fall

We've seen a ton of retro looks this summer, and the throwback styles will continue to be a focus for fall. Whether you're feeling classic preppy plackets or 1980s Air Jordan color pallets, the key is to make the move your own and not look like you've time-traveled from another generation.

Here are five of our favorite period polos along with a few tips on how pull off the look.


RLX Orange Fine Stripe with Contrast Extended Placket

The classic preppy polo with an extended contrast placket is already redefined in RLX's slim fit and performance fabrics. Balance the color pop with some slim gray trousers and this rig works from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.


Nike Dry Fit Green Micro Print Color Block

Keep the acid wash jeans in the closet when you're wearing this 1980s-inspired color-blocked retro print. On or off the course, black pants and white sneaks are all you need to modernize this move.


Fred Perry Gray Tipped Polo


Embrace the mod move, button the top button and tuck this classic polo into a dark trouser. Throw on some spikeless sneaks and you're set for the season.


Adidas Burgundy Shoulder Block Polo

Balance the 1970s vintage colors by wearing bright white bottoms. The white trousers will also pick up the contrast stitch around the sleeves and waist making the retro rig look young and athletic. 


J. Lindeberg Navy Banded Stripe Polo

Channel some vintage Seve and pair this polo with navy trousers in the same shade. The look may be retro, but the fit and function of J. Lindeberg's performance gear is enough to take this look way past 2014.

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A slip-on golf shoe that, well, actually looks like a golf shoe

Derived from the Greek word bios, for "life," Biion seeks to bring new life to the golf-shoe industry. The brainchild of Toronto fashion entrepreneur Rick Buchanan, the slip-on shoes are made of a lightweight yet sturdy EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) material that is anti-microbial, odor-resistant and washable.


The company offers shoes in five styles—classic, patterns, saddles, brights and wingtips—and 36 colors. Each features a dual-density midsole and honeycomb-pattern spikeless tread to provide stability and comfort.


Unique to Biion's design is my favorite feature: aeration holes. Not only do they help keep your feet cool and dry, but they allow you to wear the shoes with or without socks. Retailing for $100, these shoes provide a definite style statement whether worn on or off the course.

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Game improvement: Deodorant that won't turn your whites yellow

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 tired of tossing out perfectly good white shirts at the end of every summer due to some unsightly yellowing of the underarm it may be time to upgrade your deodorant. Most big-brand drugstore offerings like Speedstick, Old Spice, Gillette, etc. use aluminum to keep you dry by blocking the pores in your pits, and it's your sweat's chemical reaction with the aluminum that leaves that yellowish residue on your shirts.

loop-Malin-and-Goetz-Deodorant-310.jpgDespite their witty ads and macho scents such as "Arctic Avalanche" or "Glacial Gush" (I made those names up but, you get the point . . .) the big brands are all pretty much made up of the same thing. If you're fed up with replacing the most basic elements of your wardrobe each season I suggest checking out some natural, aluminum-free roll-ons.

My favorite is Malin+Goetz's eucalyptus deodorant. It's made from natural, odor-neutralizing, plant extracts and is aluminum and alcohol free. I've been using it for a year or so and haven't lost a shirt yet. If you feel like making the switch, give your body a few weeks to adjust to the new product. After all, the poor pores have probably been caked in aluminum since puberty! Trust me, the extra expense up front is well worth the money you'll save in shirts.

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, $18

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Make the switch to spikeless golf shoes and you might not go back

I live in Manhattan, and toting my sticks on and off subway cars and in and out of cabs has turned into a real pain in the butt. In an effort to lighten my load I bought a small Sunday carry bag and tried my best to get rid of all the excess crap I'd accumulated over the last few months in my old bag. The change helped, and after discarding a banana peel, some scuffed golf balls, five of my six divot tools and a pair of boxers (don't ask) I was on the right track.

That said, the biggest loser ended up being my shoes. Whether I knotted the laces and slung them over my 3-wood, or stuffed my two FJ classics in the side pouch, my kicks were by far the heaviest piece of equipment I was hauling.

My options:
A. Carry a separate shoe bag. That didn't seem to make any sense as I maintained the weight and lost a free hand by carrying another bag.

B. Shelf the trusty classics and add a set of spikeless shoes I could wear to, from and, of course, at the golf course.

So, I picked up a pair of FJ Contour Casuals, and I've been wearing them all over all summer! They look and feel awesome. The full-grain leather and simple suede detailing mirror the minimalist designs coming out of some big-name sneaker companies. Meanwhile, they feel just as stable as my wood-soled classics on the course. I'll even wear 'em to the office if I'm gonna try and duck out early to play nine, and no one seems to be the wiser.

These types of soft, spikeless shoes are all over the tours and have started taking over a sizeable section of the classic golf-shoe market for good reason.

Here are six sweet hybrid hook-ups to check out.

FJ Contour Casual, $115


True Linkswear True Oxford, $100

loop-True-Linkswear-True-Oxford-518.jpg Ecco Street Retro, $140


G Fore Patent Leather, $265


Kikkor Micro Print, $120


Nike Lunarlon, $100


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The Lifestyle Looper: What you can -- and can't -- pick up for cheap

Admit it, we could all use a little style guidance on and off the course. And so we introduce The Lifestyle Looper, a friendly voice that can help you navigate some of life’s trickier situations.

H&M, the Swedish fast-fashion retailer, recently opened a new flagship store on Madison Ave. in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks up the street from my office. I'd bought a bunch of basic golf gear from them in the past -- mostly some slim fit chinos and solid cotton polos -- so I popped in recently to see if I could pick up a few new basics for a bargain.

The place looked just like other H&Ms I'd been in, and the product mix didn't offer much I hadn't already checked out online. What did hit me though about it -- and other "haute-look-for-less" style stores like it (Zara, Topshop, COS, etc.) is that they do some things really well, and then some things really poorly, and there isn't much in-between. The trick for customers, then, shopping in such places is to navigate these extremes wisely and figure out what you can and can't score on the cheap.

Here's how:

The Dos

Pick up Some Trendier Pieces
The whole merchandising philosophy behind these fast-retail spots is that they can get runway looks to market faster and for a fraction of the price than designer labels. Chances are the trend will blow out before your shirt does and a $20 donation to goodwill is a lot easier to stomach than a $2,000 one.

Refresh your T-Shirt Game
You'd be hard pressed to show me a T worth buying that costs more than $35. Pick up cheap cotton t-shirts in some stripes and solids and toss 'em out when the pits start to feel funky. Rinse and repeat.

Game Improvement Seasonal Starters
Trust me, I get it, it's hard to spend money on expensive, seasonal dress clothes when faced with the proposition of only wearing them a few months out of the year. Start slow, pick up some linen trousers for less than your dry-cleaning bill and wear them on a scorcher of a casual Friday. Be careful ... you'll find it harder to go back to your worsted work-wear than you think.

The Don'ts

Stay Away From the Shoes
If they look like plastic it's probably because that's what they're made of. No one's asking you to spring for John Lobbs but $18 oxfords aren't the way to go either.

Beware of their Boxers
If you feel like having your sensitives disintegrate between your legs on a hot humid day on the course, go right-a-head and look for bargain briefs. However, if that sounds as uncomfortable hearing it as it did typing it, stick with the standard bearers -- Hanes, Jockey, etc.

Jewelry, Don't Even Think About It.
Just because your girlfriend can pluck out some diamonds from the rough doesn't mean you can, too. Picking out some plastic costume jewelry is not a gift, that's her hobby. As for you, it's wise to stick to the pricier bits here and there's no way around that one, sorry.

Follow the dos, pick your spots and figure out how to add the right well-priced pieces into your game this year.

Here are six steals from H&M we're still feelin' for the rest of the summer season. All styles available at

Black Slim Stripe Pocket T, $12.95 

Denim Shirt, $29.95 

Stone Linen Trousers $29.95 

Orange Sailor Stripe T, $5.95


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Game improvement: Hawaiian shirts aren't only for luaus

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.

Hawaiian shirts are trending everywhere from Prada to Patagonia this season and they are among the best ways to step up your summer-style game. If you're really feeling bold, we don't see why you wouldn't be able to add these florals to your foursome, too. Here's how to make the Hawaiian look work on and off the course.

1. Granddad's beach button-down won't work. Contemporary iterations of Hawaiian shirts are slimmed down and shorter than the classic designs. They'll still fit comfortably, but no one looks good swimming in a boxy shirt.

2. Hit it solid. The shirt will make a statement on its own so keep the bottom half of your outfit solid and simple. Jeans, navy chinos, white shorts, etc.

3. Do not tuck it in. Yes, you heard me, even on the golf course. This laid-back style is meant to be worn outside your shorts. Now, granted, you don't want look like a schlub. But if your clothes are washed, wrinkle free and fit well, I see no reason to enforce the tuck rule here. You may have some problems at some real swank clubs with this one, but hopefully these rules start to bend soon enough.

A colorful Hawaiian shirt is a cool way to add a little life -- and levity -- to your game. Check out five of my favorites. And remember real men wear pink -- and real men with great style can shoot 58 wear flowers (h/t Ryo Ishikawa).

Zanerobe Hawaiian Shirt, $90


Black Island Life Button Down, $80


Bonobos Surf Print, $75 


H&M Hawaiian Shirt, $30


Penfield Floral Block Hawaiian, $51

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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.


H&M Silk Blend Polo, $29.95

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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How you can make your way in today's flat-brim world

By Alex Holmes

It's not just Rickie, Rory and Keegan rocking the flat-brim fitteds anymore. I've seen tons of guys on all types of tracks picking up the SoCal style and shading the sun with some really good looks lately.

Two tips:

1. If you're going with some of the stronger shades, say Nike's venom green or Puma's vibrant orange, do not try to connect the look with shoes and a belt in the same color. The hat/belt/shoe thing may make a statement on TV but, off camera it makes you look like spent way too much time putting your outfit together that morning.

2. Play it backwards. Flatter, shorter brims look better backwards than the traditional rounded ones do. If you wear your hat backwards off the course, why not wear it that way on it? If someone says something like "It's against the dress code to wear your hat backwards at Bushwood!" ask him/her why and let me know what he/she says. I never figured that one out …

Check out six of our favorite styles and pick up some fresh flat brims to add to your rotation on and off the course.


Hats listed clockwise from top:

Oakley Flat Brim Trucker, Black and Red, $24

Nike Flat Brim Fitted, Venom Green,

Puma Greenskeeper, Heather Gray, $26

Linksoul Make Par Flat Brim Trucker, Navy, $29

Nike Retro Flat Brim, Gray Tonal Camo, $24

Pume Monoline 210 Flat Brim, Vibrant Orange, $26

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