Despite its traditions and overall conservatism, professional golf always has been fashion forward.
Ben Hogan's classic cardigan sweaters and argyle socks of the 1940s and '50s have stood the test of stylistic time. It's impossible to think of the late Payne Stewart and not see the colorful tam-o-shanter hats and knickers he wore as a way of distinguishing himself from the field. (In fact, the NFL sponsored Stewart, outfitting him in the colors worn by the NFL team that played in each tournament host city.) And most casual golf fans know Jesper Parnevik not for his 38 weeks in the world Top 10, but for his turned-up caps and strikingly hued, form-fitting trousers.
These days, professional golfers are donning looks that are bolder, more colorful and, well, hairier than ever. To help us dissect the more notorious signature styles currently on tour, we've enlisted a couple of fashion experts: Marissa Schneider, a fashion consultant and stylist based in the home of this year's U.S. Open, Bethesda, Md., and Heather Zeller, the founder and editor of AGlamSlam.com, a popular sports and fashion blog.