Fashionistas in the know will stay comfortable and cool while walking the course at the upcoming Valero Texas Open, set for April 1-7 at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. Don your best-looking sportswear to walk all 18 holes, or dress in the latest spring trends to hit the VIP tent and watch the players parade past.
While these looks are sure to be a hole-in-one during the Texas Open, they're trendy enough to cart you through the remainder of the spring season. So, if you’re planning to watch the pros tee off, here’s a look at the latest must-have styles, according to the fashion pros and golf professionals.
Tee off with this year's trends
Marla Ross, owner of Adelante Boutique at the Pearl, says fashion trends for spring work great on the golf course. Be on the lookout for midi-length sundresses that fall between knee and the calf; fun, candy-colored stripes; whimsical sneakers; and, of course, hats and sunglasses.
“You have to protect your skin and your eyes,” she says, giving an approving nod toward “precious” bucket hats and classic straw hats over waning fedora styles. “It’s personal preference,” she adds. “Maybe you want a big, giant, floppy hat with its own ZIP code so you’re not getting sunburn no matter what!”
The midi-length dress has a chic, conservative look that Ross describes as “Grace Kelly-ish, the To Catch a Thief look from the 1950s ... tailored, but fun.” Flouncy skirts paired with tank-style bodices work well for a warm spring day.
If your favorite pro has an early tee time, grab a cardigan or jacket that can come off later. “What’s great about Texas chic is you can throw a denim jacket over anything,” Ross says, noting that the bomber jacket trend is still going strong, too. “I love it, but it’s a look,” Ross adds, pointing to bomber jacket options accented with a lace sleeve or a racing stripe down the arm. “Look for that whimsical thing. That’s the Adelante way.”
Once you decide on your outfit, there’s footwear to consider. “I’m all about comfortable shoes for golf tournaments,” Ross says. “If you’re gonna be a girl confident enough to wear heels to walk the course, you gotta go with the wedge.” She says platform wedges give height while keeping your foot flat to navigate divots along the greens.
For those who’d rather wear tennis shoes, sneakers are still “in” this spring, especially slide-on styles. Look for modern updates to classic sneaker profiles, such as pastel suedes instead of canvas or designs with lace accents or all-over sequins. You can even pair these feminine sneakers with your midi-length dress.
Perfecting your (fashion) game
If you’re taking your fashion cues from the world of women professional golfers, you’ll see a trend toward short shorts on the course, while the country club set goes for skorts and knee-length shorts. “There’s a difference between what you see on TV and what people actually wear,” says Lori Wood, owner of an upscale golfing line for women called Birdies and Bows.
Her sportswear uses patterns paired with moisture-wicking fabrics for women to wear on the golf course or off — or to follow PGA players around the fairway in the Texas heat. Her “Long Drive” shorts fall just above the knee, while the “Fairway Flounce” skort offers feminine flair without feeling like a mini skirt.
Other stylish golf apparel for women comes from companies like Gals On and Off the Green, which carries a broad range of brands, from feminine Lilly Pulitzer to athletic Greg Norman. Meanwhile, Course and Club offers preppy styles for players or spectators, such as its tie-waist seersucker skort, complete with oversize bow.
Whatever you wear to the Valero Texas Open, enjoy having a PGA tour event in our own backyard. Just make sure to wear a hat.