From California to the Middle East white belts seemed to be, once again, the hottest trend on the fairways. In fact, it’s about time to mark this “trend” as a golf wardrobe staple. Let’s face it: White belts are here to stay.
To my count, there were more than 25 professional golfers – including Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey, K.J. Choi and Rickie Fowler – wearing a white belt at some point during both the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club. From my tally there were more white belts than any other shirt color, pant color or other trend on the links.
The white-belt trend is no longer just a fad. If you’re not ready to wear a white belt, it’s OK. But if the big boys on tour are sporting it and looking sharp, consider adding one to your wardrobe.
Some brands to check out which carry white belts:
• Golf Tilt Belt by Puma Spring 2010 . . . $65
• J. Lindeberg Slater Belt White 40 . . . $110
• Nike Perforated Cut-Out Golf Belt . . . $40
• Travis Mathew ICON Belt . . . $74.95
• 59 Belts . . . $40 (Does not include belt buckle)
If white belts are still not your thing, IJP Designs (Ian James Poulter) may have a belt for you. Although, white-colored belts are still included in the IJP collection, they come with a twist. IJP’s Spring 2010 line offers a vast assortment of new colors and embossed patterns that change up the usual plain, white belt. IJP Designs are featuring a “Design your own belt” process where the customer can mix and match various colored leather belts and buckles. Colors include yellow barley, soft violet and old English white, which is embellished with a faux stingray pattern that is said to be one of Ian’s favorite patterns.
So get out there. Jump on this golf wardrobe staple and get yourself a white or white-ish belt!