Golf wear for women is stylish, comfortable and colorful. There's no need to wear drab khaki shorts with a white polo shirt unless you want to. Women have slightly more flexibility in what they can wear on the course than men. However, men keep up with the women when it comes to flamboyant color combinations.
A woman commissioned the first and probably most famous golf course in the world. She was Mary Queen of Scots and the golf course was St. Andrews. Her attire for golf has been represented in artwork as little different than her everyday attire. Her love for golf was so great she was severely rebuked for playing just several days after the murder of her husband.
Dress of the late 1800s
A photograph of Miss Amy Pascoe, who was the Ladies Champion in 1896, shows her fashionably attired in a dark suit presumably of wool. The skirt is floor length. The jacket is fitted and long sleeved. As was the custom of the day she sports a hat with her hair neatly tucked up. Given that the outfit didn't allow for lots of movement, it's a wonder she could play golf at all.
Most courses require the women's shirt, or top, to have a collar. Sleeveless shirts are allowed. Denim is not allowed on many courses. Private clubs have their own regulations and might not allow shorts or skorts. Women have to wear long pants as the men are required to. Shorts are Bermuda length or slightly shorter. A skort is a combination of shorts with a skirt overlay.
Rainwear and Warmth
Sudden showers are a common occurrence in summer. A rain poncho with slits for arms instead of sleeves keep women golfers dry. A sweater or sweatshirt keeps the golfer warm if the weather changes.
Keep modestly in mind. It's not fair to distract the other players with inappropriate clothing. Halter tops, revealing necklines, short shorts and or tight clothing won't be allowed at many courses. In any event, this type of clothing restricts movement and is not in the spirit of golf.
Golf gloves are not worn for aesthetic reasons but to help maintain firm contact with your non-dominant hand and the grip of the golf club. The glove has a tacky surface and is usually made of leather. Keep extra gloves in your bag and rotate them while you're playing if your hands get sweaty.
Golf shoes have spikes or cleats on the bottom, which are made of metal or rubber. Some courses prohibit metal spikes or spikes over a certain length to protect the greens. Golf shoes come in a variety of styles and color combinations.
A hat helps protect the face from sunburn but it also shades the eyes for better visibility.