The Loop

Mickelson's white belt

February 09, 2009

Phil Mickelson wore a white belt during the final round of the Buick Invitational Sunday, prompting us to ask Golf Digest fashion director Marty Hackel for guidance on whether Mickelson was guilty of a fashion faux pas. His response:

"OK, I have had a look at it and it's not ideal. You are correct in that if you wear

a white belt and have a big waist you should select trousers that have less


"White belts are fine, but, and this is a big BUT, if your waist is big, DO NOT

HAVE CONTRAST. The white belt with the black trousers called your eye and

attention on his waist. Save the white belt for beige trousers and a white

golf shirt!!"

One press tent wag suggested a Rule 32 apply, that if you're older than 32 or have a waist size larger than 32 you should not wear a white belt.

As for the red patent leather shoes that Charley Hoffman wore, Hackel had this response:

"Charlie's red shoes sure do make a statement and a bold one at that. Once

again, strong strong color calls attention, a "CHECK THIS OUT" attitude, so you

had better be on your game to pull this off.

"On occasion, Hunter Mahan will wear the orange and white custom Foot Joys, but

by wearing colorful footwear you run the risk of being compared to Doug

Sanders, and I am not sure that this is a good thing.

"Bright color good, contrast bad."

-- John Strege