The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is tightening up its dress code in a way that’s got a lot of people scratching their heads. Mainly, because LPGA’s new stricter dress code cracks down on female golfers wearing athletic clothes.
According to Golf Digest, LPGA Player President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman sent out an email to golfers on July 2 informing them that the dress code would be changing as of Monday, July 17. Goetze-Ackerman ticked off the items the women would no longer be able to wear on the green, including plunging necklines, joggers, leggings by themselves (they can be worn under shorts or skirts), and racerback tops without collars. “No collar = no racerback,” is the parenthetical used in the email.
The email also details how the golfers should dress off the course, explaining that “you should be dressing yourself to present a professional image” for all pro-am parties. “Unless otherwise told ‘no,’ golf clothes are acceptable,” Goetze-Ackerman wrote. “Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.”
In a statement to Golf Digest, Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA tour’s chief communications and tour operations officer, said the dress code change “requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game.” She said that the “minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends” came from feedback from the players themselves.
This is not the only sport being criticized for its overzealous and perhaps puritanical dress codes. Last week, Wimbledon enforced its all-white dress code so strictly that the tournament made a male tennis player Jurij Rodionov change his blue underwear.