Street Photography: Fashion at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show

by Phil Bundy on January 31, 2011

Drawing inspiration from great street photographers like Scott Schuman of The Satorialist, I decided to take pictures of regular people who dressed in some way that caught my eye as I walked the aisles of exhibits at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. In a few cases, I have included product photos of items.

To some people, golf fashion is an oxymoron, remembering the gaudy plaid pants of the 1980’s and the boring khakis worn by golfers in more recent years. Still, individual golfers’ personalities have stood out for fashion sense in the past. Did you ever see the bright colors of Jimmy Demaret or the classic style of Bobby Jones? Payne Stewart was immediately identifiable for his knickers, and he traveled with large trunks of plus fours, socks, shoes, and hats. Today, apparel manufacturers script outfits for specific athlete endorsers, like Tiger Woods’ familiar Sunday red, and the use of performance fabrics – thanks to Kevin Plank at Under Armour – is a hot trend in sports apparel.

If you are interested, other bloggers offer some regular commentary on golf fashion, and I recommend Heather Jones of Real Women Golf and Patricia Hannigan at Golf Girl’s Diary.

You can view the entire slideshow of “aisle photography” here, beginning with a portrait of the well-konwn golf fashionista Marty Hackel from Golf Digest. And before you leave, please leave a comment below to tell me which photo is your favorite.

Until next time, enjoy golf!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Helen Ingram February 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Enjoyed your take on the show. Your posts are insightful and photography delightful. Sorry I missed you at the KENTWOOL booth.

Ottawa Golf Blog February 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

Loved the photos love golf apparel. Thanks for sharing.

Orlando Golf February 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Golf styles haven’t changed much over the many decades, put I too have noticed the individual differences that players make. I think this unique “flavor” brings something different and not boring. It allows the player to stand out in a way other then the game itself.

- Jessica
Orlando Golf

Mike Leopold February 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Great photos! I really like the sun visor/hair piece. I think part of playing golf has always been about being a little bit flamboyant. You can get away with apparel on a golf course that you may not at a night club.

Annette May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

The oxfords have recently made a come back and I think preppy is definitely making another come back along with it! My favourite image from your gallery was DSC_0062.JPG, the two guys with the argyle and plaid shorts. It’s a busy photo although I also do love the feature photo you have posted right here! Great job on this post!

Beginners Golf August 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

Classic retro gear is on its way back! Well for now anyway. Interesting and insightful post and great photography.

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