So far in 2015 we've seen two trouser trends worth working into your own game. The first is the white trouser, and the second is the matte-finish trouser.
Unlike with your standard wool or cotton trousers, matte-finished fabrics, either through treatment, washing or the shape of the fiber, come across with less of the high/low color disparity that give traditional fabrics their sense of depth and luster. And while flat and dull often denotes tired and old (relax Grandpa, I'm talking trousers here), the finish feels pretty contemporary these days.
Brands from all over the golf's spectrum, including Nike, Under Armour, Travis Mathew, have started pairing matte-finish trousers with their polos for subtle style upgrades to standard looks. We're all for the move, both on and off the course.
Here's how to work this look into your wardrobe.
1. Some of the big brands are starting to use high-intensity pop colors and neons to accent their outfits. If you dig the style but are still figuring out how to wear it, use the flatter-finish trouser to balance out the high-voltage colors in your shirt or shoes.
2. Classic cotton or wool trousers can look a little awkward with today's sneaker-style golf shoes, but matte-finish bottoms can strike the best balance between sartorial and sporty. If you've transitioned away from traditional spikes, try taking the next step with a five-pocket trouser with a matte look.
3. Similarly, these flat-feeling pants tend to look better with non-conventional belts. Give your workhorse leather strap a rest and pick up nylon or braided belt with some cool hardware to keep your contemporary vibe going strong from the waist down.
4. Finally, re-focus your fit. Buying a new pair of pants is a great time to recalibrate the way your pants fit. Make sure, no matter what trouser you try out, you cut down on the excess fabric in the seat, thigh and leg, and that the bottoms come to rest right on top of your shoes. This likley means you'll need to have your pants altered slightly; trust us, $20 to a tailor is well worth looking and feeling your best.
If you feel like adding some subtle upgrades to your wardrobe, pick up a pair of matte-finish pants and don't hesitate to put them into play on and off the course this season.
The inspiration for Norwegian Olympic downhill gold medalist Lesse Kjus to start an outerwear company with partner Didi Serena didn't come on the ski slopes but on a golf course in 2000.
Fifteen years later, KJUS apparel (pronounced "use") is expanding its golf line beyond the rainwear launched in 2012 to an assortment of mid-layer offerings, vests, pants and polos.
The company, in attendance at last month's PGA Merchandise Show, prides itself on maintaining a clean, modern look, using lightweight, stretch fabrics.
An example is the Dorian CL Jacket ($249, above). You can fold this water-resistant windbreaker tightly in your golf bag and leave it there for weather emergencies. When the need arises, it will come no worse for wear. Its ergonomic sleeves and Y-tech cut offering let you swing freely in even the windiest conditions.
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McIlroy was in attendance as a guest of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who also invited AL MVP Mike Trout and former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
For the past few months, the vest has been trending on every tour in all variety of styles. If you haven't already put this piece into play in your own game it's time to think about adding one to your wardrobe.
On the course the vest is on of my favorite layering looks. In particular, it helps me stay warm without limiting the mobility of my arms or core through the swing. Off the course, I'll layer a simple style under a sportcoat to the office or inside a parka when the thermometer really drops.
Steal this look from some of the game's sharpest dressed dude's who've rocked this rig the right way over the past few months.
Luke Donald: Luke's look is really cool because his top is tonal. While there's nothing wrong with working a white shirt in with this vest, limiting the contrast with the monochromatic look feels more contemporary.
Thorbjorn Olesen: If you're a young dude, you can wear something as classic as a knit sweater vest and still make it feel fresh if you cue up some high-volume pieces elsewhere in your apparel. Here Olesen throws this vest over his venom-green Nike polo and turns his look up to 11.
Branden Grace: Techier, outerwear inspired vests are another sleeveless style that can add interest to your wardrobe. During the work week, some of these pieces with a foul-weather feel often layer better over a sweater or sportcoat, as opposed to under them.
Follow the these pros on this one and check out a some of my favorite vests to wear on and off the course this season.
Uniqlo Ultra-light Down
Patagonia Nano Puff
RLX Ganton Fairisle Half Zip Vest
Colmar Quilted Down
Linksoul Cotton Cashmere Sweater Vest