Every year, there’s a little event in Augusta that sends Southerners and golf fans nationwide into a tizzy: the Masters. From practice rounds to cocktail hour at the club, attire for the event is specific—clean-cut, conservative, preppy. While all-out prep isn’t my year-round M.O., I always appreciate any event that allows me to indulge my inner traditionalist on my site, The Love List. With the help of some great Southern brands, I put together four menswear looks for you gents (and ladies dressing gents) getting ready to hit the fairway.
By day: It’s bright out there; don’t forget your shades so you don’t lose Bubba’s ball squinting in the sun. We like Atlanta-based Red’s Outfitters Blakely shades in tortoise. Keep cool in Southern Proper’s aptly-named Tourney shirt in an agreeable shade of mint for a less-literal spin on the standard-issue green. Austin, Texas’s Criquet Players polos are also a solid choice in yellow. Smathers & Branson’s “Front Nine” belt is a high-brow homage to the sport you’re there to celebrate. Atlanta’s Jack Donnelly khakis has you set for an on-point pair with its well-fitting Dalton shorts that will see you way beyond the tournament. A comfortable pair of loafers like these from Martin Dingman will see you through a long day on foot.
By night: Nothing says “Gent” quite like a beau in a bow, especially when paired with a cool linen shirt. Right now, I like Southern Proper’s collaboration with Tallahassee’s Wm Lamb & Son. Khakis finished off with a monogrammed Ben Silver alligator belt round out the look. If you’re not a tie kind of guy, shoot for a crisp Ledbury oxford in a springtime shade, and tie it together with a pair of colored khakis like Peter Millar’s washed twill pants. A classic pair of horsebit loafers are a touch dressier than daytime fare but just as comfortable.