Wei-Ning Yu
July 16, 2017 2:12 pm
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Just when we thought professional golf was becoming more progressive when it comes to fashion, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) adopted a new dress code policy that severely limits a player’s athletic-wear options on tour. (And suddenly, we’re wondering if it’s 2017 or 1950 all over again.)

Let’s rewind a little. In recent years, the golfing profession has become much more accepting about what can be worn on tour. For instance, the European Tour started allowing men to wear shorts. Nike started making polos sans collars. So, why on earth is the LPGA tightening their grip when they should be loosening it?

LPGA Player President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman recently sent an email to Tour players with the title, “Updated Policy to begin in Toledo.”

In the email, she outlined the new dress code, which will take effect Monday. Some of the (*ahem* sexist) policies include:

  1. Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
  2. Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
  3. Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
  4. Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
  5. Joggers are NOT allowed.

When asked to comment on the new dress code, Heather Daly-Donofrio, LPGA’s chief communications and tour operations officer, told Golfdigest.com,

Um, her comment has us wondering how many professional women of golf are wearing plunging necklines while golfing? And why would that be so terrible? Ugh. This one smacks of sexism.

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