The LPGA has created a new dress code for women
Apparently, the Ladies Professional Golf Association felt that what some women golfers chose to wear while on the course was getting a bit racy. On July 14th, a report came out, claiming that the LGPA had emailed its players on July 2nd, informing them of the new, strict dress code rules. The report has since been verified. The dress code is written below.
- Racerback with a mock or regular collar is allowed (no collar = no
- Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
- Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
- Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
- Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
- Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes
- Joggers are NOT allowed
The dress code has been met with a wide variety of opinions. Ashley Mayo, the reporter who broke the story, was largely critical of the code, ending her report on it with, “And going forward, she [Michelle Wie] and her LPGA Tour colleagues might have to be careful about the length of their skirts should they want to avoid those significant fines. In 2017, that’s a sentence you might not expect to read.” Sandra Gal, a prominent LPGA player, said she really only agrees with one part of the code, that part being low-cut tops being prohibited. Paige Spiranac voiced her displeasure with the rules on Twitter, as did Robert Lusetich, a golf journalist.
On the other side of things, Christina Kim, another LPGA golfer, was on the other side of the coin. She was quite candid in her remarks, but also added that there have been a few times this year where the field was partially made up of developmental players who don’t/didn’t have contracts with clothing companies, so there were “some non-traditional outfits”. Jane Park, LPGA golfer of ten years, downplayed the code, saying, “Most of us keep things pretty conservative, so this only really applies to a few people.” Heather Daly-Donofrio, LPGA’s chief communications and tour operations officer, said, “The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game. While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”
Regardless of how the golfers, fans, or commentators feel, the dress code is officially in place as of July 17th, and unless golfers want to pay a $1000 fine, we have probably seen the last of Michelle Wie’s sleeveless, collarless athletic look that has been iconic throughout the year.