Sep 30, 2012

Substance & Style - Top 5 Adorable Outfits from the Japan Women's Open

Photos: Yoshimasa Nakano                                                                                                        © Golf Digest Online
While the majority of golf fans are certainly focused on Medinah and Ryder Cup 2012 this weekend, many of the best women golfers on earth are engaged in an epic battle on the other side of the planet at the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship, where... despite a stellar field that includes 8 of the world's top 10 players ...  the the most feared and formidable adversary appears to be the golf course itself.  Wind-buffeted fairways and dry, speedy greens have the entire field over par going into the final round on the West Course at Yokohama Country Club.

For additional details on the 2012 Japan Women's Open you'll want to head over to Mostly Harmless, where you'll find the Constructivist, always a stellar source for news, info and insights English... on the Asian women's golf tours.

For my part, I'm focusing on something a bit more, shall we say...superficial: the awesome golf outfits.  You see, not only are these ladies some of the best golfers in the world, they're also some of the best dressed.

There were dozens of great looks on display during this event, however in the interest of time, here are my top five faves:
• Megumi Kido shared the lead going into the final round. Here she is in city shorts and an oxford shirt. ...on the golf course. A novel idea. ...that looks smashing.  Here's another take on the same look.  Pearly Gates
Ai Miyazato An international superstar and currently 6th in the world, Ai Miyazato has a style that's consistently cute, but never cloying.   Paradiso 
Ayako Uehara  This look is certainly insolite. I love the layers and the fact that they allow a short sleeved polo dress to transcend the summer season. Ayako finished solo 7th today.   Jun & Rope
Chie Arimura  is implausibly cute... TCFW the extent that she sometimes comes perilously close to cutsey.  However the talented top 20 player looks sporty and sophisticated in this outfit. The bold plaid, navy blue and brass buttons, assure that it strikes the right chords of cuteness without edging into the anime abyss    Viva Heart 
Na Yeon Choi  is currently No. 3 in the world and her style is right up there too. Traditional golf elements and a modern color palette are what makes this outfit my choice for No.1.  Hazzy's
Photos: Yoshimasa Nakano - © Golf Digest Online 


  1. I LOVE the looks, but as a 5'10" blonde I'm pretty sure they wouldn't look as cute on me. :-\ I think you almost have to be petite and preferably Asian to look really good in those styles. That's OK I've decided to be a Korean golfer in my next life. ;-)

  2. I think almost anyone, young or old, fat or thin, can take certain elements of the look, ie, the color palette or the fit, or maybe the accessories and incorporate them into a more mainstream outfit for that extra spark that make these outfits look so modern and distinctive. Love the looks.

  3. well haute couture it ain't and i must say that ANY look that includes a baseball cap is just lazy

    of all the things women can do to advance styles, why do golfers especially, lag in this ?

    a dozen or MORE fashion statements have been already made in tennis

    except for natalie gulbis recently in sports illustrated, i do not see any adventure, and that doesn't really count because it was a swimsuit, or a painting of a swimsuit, and not a golf outfit

  4. I don't know Anon, I wouldn't mind seeing one of the more, um, physically fit ladies at my club wearing that Natalie Gulbis outfit. ;)

  5. Anonymous, I think it depends on what you mean by baseball cap. If you're talking about the basic guys cap with a team logo, maybe, but lots of companies are now producing "baseball cap type" golf hats designed to compliment their apparel collections. They're not an afterthought at all. I know, I happen to have 24 of them.

  6. heather, well with 24 of them i guess that makes you the expert on the subject, but i just don't get it: with tams and straw and fidoras and bucket and hairclips and hairstyles and the like it seems the HEAD is an blank canvas to be "creative" with


  7. after a few minutes on google here is one example (from wiki);

    A bergère (French for shepherdess) hat is a flat-brimmed straw hat with a shallow crown, usually trimmed with ribbon and flowers. It could be worn in various ways with the brim folded back or turned up or down at whim.

    It was widely worn in the mid-18th century, and versions may be seen in many British and French paintings of the period, such as The Swing by Fragonard, and in portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and Johann Zoffany, amongst others.

    A nineteenth century version of the bergère hat formed part of the Dolly Varden ensembles popular in the early 1870s, as summed up in Alfred Lee's novelty song Dolly Varden (published Cleveland, 1872) which contains the lyrics: Have you seen my little girl? She doesn’t wear a bonnet/ She’s got a monstrous flip-flop hat with cherry ribbons on it.[1]

    perfect !.............The Swing by Fragonard !

  8. In opinion of some people the golf equipments are more important than the clothes you wear. But I disagree with it. Because in my opinion clothes add confidence and style in player's game attitude and both of these things are equally efficient for player.

  9. The problem with womens golf clothing is that many don't seek out the fashionable women to help them design or make suggestions for the clothes. After selling golf apparel for years I get the same response from many women "this is brutal...why cant someone design something for women thats fashionable" I agree, many women hate collars on their shirts... Just ask women they will tell you what they want. Its actually pretty easy listen to them.... Key word "Listen" which most men cant do... And I'm guilty of this too but getting better.


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