McDowell talks fashion, cars and wine

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has a style of his own and has been highlighted this blog several times for his classic take on golf fashion. As he did last weekend at the U.S. Open, McDowell sported sharp cardigans layered over crisp, classic collared polos and paired them with well-tailored trousers. His clothes fit him to a tee and it’s easy to see that he is confident and comfortable in his clothes.

Golfweek caught up with McDowell earlier this spring to get some insight to his style and how he goes about putting together his look.

Who are your clothing and shoe sponsors? Are you scripted?

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Graeme McDowell celebrates on the eighteenth hole after winning the U.S. Open

Louis Copeland. He is one of Dublin’s top tailors]. My footwear is by Stuburt. They have the classic all-leather styles. I’m not scripted. I usually just pick my own gear. I kind of go for the certain classic-cut look, tailored pants, just as classic as possible. I like wearing the smoking cardigan styles (final round style cardigan).

What is your favorite part of a golf outfit?

Probably the pants, really. I kind of go with quite plain shirts, so I like to kind of dress it up with some nice pants. Shoes and belts are definitely very important accessories. I like to try and match those up as much as possible. I’ve got some nice colorful shoes coming from Stuburt later in the season but definitely my pants are very important to me.

Are you a belt or watch guy?

I like belts probably. I don’t wear a watch on the golf course. Obviously, I’m with Audemars Piguet, which makes some great watches. House of Fleming in Atlanta do my belts. They do a lot with the guys’ belts, in a colorful way. I’ve got a great blue gator one that I enjoy wearing. House of Fleming makes belts for Darren Clarke, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. They do a lot of the guy’s stuff and have some really, really cool skins.

Are you into buckles?

I actually have my own buckle that the guy designed, it’s quite plain but it’s a classy looking buckle and stuff. There aren’t any big G-Mac logos or anything but just a nice classy looking buckle.

Money clip? Or wallet?

I’m a money clip guy.

Any particular brand?

No, no particular brand. I like that, you’ve seen the M clip thing that kind of pulls out? Either that one or one of my players badges that I picked up somewhere. At the moment I’m using my 2009 European Tour badge as my money clip. But I’m definitely a money clip guy.

Any luxury indulgences?

I like cars. I’ve always been a Porsche fan. Stuff like that. Nice glass of red wine from time to time. I’m not a cigar smoker or anything. Definitely wine, cars and watches.

What red wine: French or California?

Bit of everything, really. I’ve been getting into my California’s a little bit I’ve always been into Spanish wine, that kind of stuff. But I like I really like some of the California’s.

As a junior player did you have any fashion disasters?

I was a Nick Faldo fan growing up and I owned some very, very dodgy Pringle sweaters. I definitely had a nice Pringle sweater collection in my closet at one point, which I think if you asked me to wear now I would probably laugh at you.

The argyle man?

The argyle man, the pringle man, and definitely some argyle prints in there. And some reasonably – you know, it probably went out of fashion in the ’90s and will probably come back in again. It probably looks pretty cool right now.

What do you like to see women wearing on the golf course?

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Graeme McDowell

Just as little as possible, really. I think I like these, you know, like a Natalie (Gulbis) there, she wears some cool skort and she’s got a good frame to carry it off. Yeah, I think I actually think women can dress a lot better than the men can. They can kind of get away with some riskier stuff. I think women, generally the American women, are very well dressed.

Which LPGA players do you think are most fashionable?

I would go with Natalie. I hardly get to watch the LPGA tour too often. There are a lot of the Ladies European Tour girls that are pretty stylish, a couple Spanish girls. Anna Rawson, she hasn’t quite got the game to match the look, but she’s a well-dressed girl. Stuff like that.

If you are going on a date on Saturday night, what are you wearing?

Depends on where I’m eating. But I mean when I’m hanging out in Florida and it’s casual. I’m a jeans, flip-flops and button-down shirt kind of guy. But I’ll dress it up with some nice shoes and maybe throw a jacket on and that’s kind of a jeans button down shirt, nice sport coat and a nice pair of shoes.

Do you have a favorite designer off the course?

I’m a Hugo Boss guy off the course. Again, Louis Copeland looks after me, he stocks Hugo and keeps me as well dressed as possible.

Do you have a signature look, item or color that you have been sporting?

When I won twice in 2008 I wore green in the last round, green with white pants. I’ve actually struggled to find a shirt with a nice color of green. I’ve got one coming this season. So that’s kind of my Sunday colors, a little bit of Irish green. Some nice white pants, a nice green gator skin belt so that’s kind of what I plan on wearing on Sunday afternoons.

So when you say Irish green we would call it maybe Kelly green?

It’s like an Augusta green or the color of the green in the Irish flag.

How did living in Alabama during college influence or change your European style?

Like I say, probably introduced to jeans, flip-flops and baseball hats. I always remember thinking it was crazy to see guys wearing baseball hats to the bar. But, yeah, the Alabama kind of theme there, you know, baggier jeans and flip-flops perhaps.

You’ve been sporting the rugged scruffy look lately. Is this here to stay or is it an on-again, off-again thing?

It’s just something a little different. I’m just trying to rock it for a little while.

It looks a little more Alabama then?

Yea, perhaps, than London or Dublin.

What about Poulter’s pants are too over the top for you?

No, I actually think he’s kind of calmed it down the last few years. I like Ian’s stuff. I have to say he’s a very stylish guy, carries it well. He has nice colors and like I say, he matches everything really well. I think he gets my vote for best-dressed player.

Your nickname is G-Mac. Who first called you that?

I don’t know who first called me that. Probably way back in my amateur days. It’s just a bit of an identity. It’s nice to have something sort of a little bit of a logo. It’s nice for the Web site. I love it when I go out and I hear fans shouting “Go G-Mac” or whatever. I guess it’s kind of cool to have a nickname like that. It’s not like everyone calls me that. My mom still calls me Graeme, she doesn’t call me G-Mac. It’s something a little bit different I think. Something a bit more marketable in the future when I win about 10 majors.

– Ashleigh Korzack contributed

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