Spunky is the first word that came to mind during an interview with Carling Coffing, Golf Channel’s “Big Break Sandals Resort” winner. Not only does Coffing’s vibrant personality radiate through the phone, but I love her outfit choices, too. We spoke about her favorite topic – fashion.
Tell me a little bit about your unique style and how we can get a similar look.
I recently signed with Under Armour and highly recommend checking out their fabulous and extremely comfortable golf line. I am a big advocate of the ’80s flashback and think it is something that everyone should attempt to pull off. Secondly, I think it is important to keep it simple on top and then flash it up on the bottom. Break free of your everyday sporting stores and explore places such as Target, Forever 21 and H&M to find flashy skirts and pants. These places not only save you money, but you can find so many fun patterns and colors. If you’re buying a skirt, you should buy a few pairs of spandex shorts to go underneath.
Was the Under Armour endorsement something you had before the “Big Break”?
Under Armour was the apparel sponsor of the “Big Break” this year. I loved the clothing so much that it became a natural fit when the show was over.
What was it like on set getting dressed with all the girls? It seems like there were many different styles and personalities.
You would think it would be competitive and everyone would want to look better than the other. However, it was the complete opposite. We helped each other out every morning. There was a lot of teamwork involved. It was sort of like being back in a college dorm room again.
Other than yourself, who had the best style on the show?
As far as fashion goes, it made for a great cast of girls because they all dressed a little different. My friend Seema (Sadekar) had the best style. She was actually my stylist every morning. She really knows how to glam it up on the course.
Did the producers have any say in your clothing choices?
We were asked to send in photos and descriptions of our outfits before the show, just to ensure that none of the girls wore the same outfits and make sure they were “golf appropriate.” Luckily, none of my choices were denied.
You must have had a ton of clothes. How many suitcases did you pack?
Surprisingly, I didn’t bring as much as I should have. I only brought three pairs of shoes. I was worried if I brought too many pairs that I would be getting ahead of myself, so I only brought three and kept my expectations low.
Is there anything you wished you had worn on the show ?
Not really. I guess I could have done a much better job with accessorizing. I never really do that enough. When you wear simple tops you can usually go a little wilder with the accessories. All in all, I was happy with my choices.
What are your fashion fetishes?
Besides the Carling Coffing side pony tail, I have a huge shoe problem. I love shoes, especially 4-inch heels. I always have a pair waiting for me in my trunk. This is why I wear something spiffy enough on the course to kick off my golf shoes, pop on a pair of heels and be ready to go anywhere. I just like to keep it versatile. Also, I am a dress girl. I could own nothing but dresses and be a happy woman. I just started sewing and plan to start my own golf line sometime soon. When that happens, you can expect to see the golf dress make a major comeback.
You went to Ohio State. Do you tend to favor the Scarlet and Gray color choices?
I always seem to play well when I wear my Scarlet and Gray, so yes. When I defeated Sara Brown in the semifinals, that is what I was wearing. Come to think of it, I should wear it more often.
Who do you think has the best style on both the LPGA and PGA tours?
All the guys dress so well, but I am a huge fan of Anthony Kim because of his big belts. He really started this trend and I admire it. On the LPGA, I have to go with Paula Creamer. I like that she has her own style and theme that she goes with. Also, she doesn’t care what anyone else says or thinks, just has her own look and sticks to it.