If you can't forget what you're wearing, you probably shouldn't be wearing it.
I read this piece of advice a few years ago -- I just can't remember where. Some manner of haberdasher mag I'm sure. Regardless, it's important advice to heed, especially after what we have seen over the last few days at the Masters.
Let us take a moment to ponder the RLX Golf ensemble worn by Luke Donald on Saturday. Pause to consider it for a moment. Drink it in. Ok, gooood.
Now ask yourself, could you wear this without constantly wondering when the next kid is going to ask you where your bunny ears are?
Now, if one is to believe the vagueness of the web site statistics Chapeau Noir monitors on a daily basis, interest in what players are wearing is gaining popularity. With increased interest, it's little wonder that we see more and more guys at the golf club dressing based on what they see guys wear on tour. This is far from a new thing, but brand awareness is higher now than ever before.
While emulating our professional heroes can be good foursome, others show up at the course in ill-advised ensembles that make them look like they're simply trying too hard. Some are oblivious to what they're wearing, and to be honest, ignorance is sometimes bliss, because those who can forget what they're wearing are a step ahead of the rest.
Everyone wants to look and feel good when they play, and the motto of IJP Design, Ian Poulter's personal apparel brand says just that...
Look Good. Feel Good. Play Great.
If however, while on the way out of the house you start to become self conscious about what you're wearing, or if you find yourself constantly wondering what other people are thinking about what you are wearing -- your mind won't be where it should be -- focused on your shot. And then the shot after that.
You get the idea.
So next time you go to buy something you feel is a must have because you admire the style of a certain player, ask yourself...
Will I be able to forget I'm wearing it?
If you don't think you can, turn around, go back to your closet, and find your comfort zone before you head to the course.
After all, you don't see Craig Stadler trying to dress like Luke Donald did on Saturday at the 2011 Masters. And we're all thankful for that.