Arnold Palmer as soon as mused, “I think I’ve heard somebody say that I was a well-dressed golfer. I guess that has something to do with the fact that a lot of people who play golf don’t dress very well.”
Palmer was, in fact, spot on. Too many gamers don’t know or care what appears to be like good. But he was additionally using a contact of the well-known Palmer wit to venture a slightly massive dose of false modesty. The King knew full effectively that he was an icon of each sport and magnificence.
His demure deflection apart, Palmer had impeccable style in clothes and that was a picture he cultivated. His shirts seemingly by no means wrinkled, his pants all the time featured a razor sharp crease and his footwear shined even in the deepest tough. Palmer was a person unafraid of shade. He understood the significance of match and rattling the dude made a cardigan look cool. He stood out in the discipline not simply because he received, however as a result of he all the time regarded like a winner.
“Mr. Palmer’s style was so unique and he was always willing to take risks,” says present PGA star Rickie Fowler, whose on-course sartorial selections are amongst the most eye-catching on tour as we speak. “He enjoyed pushing boundaries and that character trait along with his effortless cool made him a style icon and fun to watch.”
He was the proper man at the proper time. Charismatic and good-looking, he performed with a satan could care, go-for-broke fashion that enthralled galleries and TV audiences. At the daybreak of the tv age, he was all the time dressed for the digital camera and his swagger not solely helped popularize the skilled recreation, but in addition construct new income streams for athletes by means of sponsorships.
A prototype of the modern influencer, Palmer handed away in 2016, however his fashion nonetheless serves each as an aspirational totem for gamers who wish to look good and a variety of clothiers — most lately PUMA Golf, which has collaborated with the Arnold Palmer Enterprises on a capsule assortment for spring that caught our eye. Featuring brightly coloured polos emblazoned with the Palmer umbrella emblem, a Cessna airplane-patterned high and backside (Palmer cherished to fly himself to and from golf tournaments) and, in fact, a cardigan in an alpaca-wool-blend, the line not solely harnesses the King’s classic aesthetic, however nonetheless appears to be like staggeringly trendy. The capsule is one we might dwell in all season lengthy.
“Mr. Palmer was certainly THE style guy on Tour. He could make any outfit look effortlessly cool, yet he still held himself to rigorous presentation standards,” Chris MacNeill, Senior Product Line Manager at PUMA Golf, tells InsideHook. “His wardrobe was the perfect mix of classy, stylish, and clean cut without being pretentious.”
In creating the new assortment, MacNeill says the people at PUMA collaborated with the crew at Arnold Palmer Enterprises, in addition to his household and mates, to channel the King’s stylish.
“Our number one goal was to be authentic to his life and story,” MacNeil says. “From little details like pink button threads and interior prints showing major moments in his life, to bold statements like an airplane embroidery short or a cardigan with alpaca wool, we felt the best way to kick off our partnership was to pay homage to Mr. Palmer’s life and legacy through each garment in the collection.”
Fowler, like so many earlier than him and certain after him, has taken from Palmer’s fashion the significance of authenticity and being true to your self. “He always stayed true to himself and was willing to wear colors and styles other golfers weren’t because of his confidence,” he says. “While my style has evolved, I try to stay true to myself. I too am willing to take risks and have some fun with my gear, and wear what makes me feel comfortable and allows me to perform on the course.”
Golf style will proceed to evolve however odds are Palmer’s style will proceed to venture King-sized affect. “Will cardigans be influential in 50 years? Maybe, maybe not,” MacNeill says. “But what he did with style was groundbreaking for his time, and that’s the inspiration people will continue to draw from by thinking about the man.” Sixty years on, and nonetheless no one’s worn a polo higher than Arnie.