Skirts! Skorts! Shorts-shorts! Legs! Style at the U. S. Women’s Open was streamlined, sexy and fun. Golf.com’s Woody Hochswender breaks down the highlights, with some wolf whistles from Blackwolf Run.
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1. Dress Seen 'Round the World
Michelle Wie, the former child prodigy of women's golf, proved she is an elite player with her red-hot 66 on the second day of the U.S. Women's Open. She faded on Sunday, but she was still smokin' -- in a stunning stretch Nike shirt dress, molded to her curves, in purple. Nike's Novelty Knit golf dress ($120), a modernization of the classic "shirtwaist" dress of the last century -- but based on the polo shirt -- has built-in compression shorts and a zip front for easy on and off, according to the company. Very streamlined. Downright sexy.
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2. Bare Legs and Short-Shorts
Women, of course, have legs. (Men do, too, we suppose, but we never get to see them on Tour; it's like illegal or something.) Leggy looks abounded at the Women's Open, from left: Michelle Wie, Melisssa Reid, Sandra Gal, and Jessica Korda.
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3. Belly Shirts
Key fashion point from the Open championship at Blackwolf Run -- women wear their golf shirts untucked, with a resulting flash of skin during the follow through.
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4. Color Coordinating
Compared to the men's Tour, women's golf is a feast of fashion. For one thing, the women seem to have more of an eye for color coordination. From left: Na Yeon Choi pairs solid shirt with contemporary colored checked trousers; Vicky Hurst matches her purple Kangol cap with purple bottoms (note the vivid green standup collar for contrast.)
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4. Color Coordinating
Samantha Marks (left) matches her caddie's (dad's) check trousers; and Yani Tseng manages to coordinate her arm brace with her golf shirt.
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5. Graphic Appeal
As to be expected, the women know how to mix patterns better than the men. To the general rule of one pattern per outfit, they beautifully manage the exception: you can add a second pattern if the scale is different and the colors don't clash, in this case, bold black-and-white stripes. (Left) Mina Nakayama and (right) Michelle Wie.
6. Asian Comics
A number of women, especially Asians, wore miniskirts with knee socks, affecting a popular teen look familiar to readers of Japanese comic books known as manga. These little-girl manga styles conceal the heroic swings they typically unleash. From left: Belen Mozo, Ai Myazato, and Sakura Yokomine.
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7. Good for the Sand
There were shorts, short-shorts, skorts (a skirt-short hybrid), and many variations on capri pants. These checked bottoms on Suzann Pettersen begged description: Were they long Bermudas? Capris? Or sophisticated golf clamdiggers? In any event, nice.
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8. Bang-Bang Color
You don't see a lot of tie-dye at men's tournaments, like this shirt worn by Se Ri Pak (left). Bright yellow seems to be an important women's color, as in this shirt worn confidently by big-hitting second-place finisher Amy Yang.
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9. Choi Sangfroid
The eventual Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi radiated calm and self-possession throughout, dismantling the field like a superhero in a manga graphic novel. Each day she wore a white compression jersey beneath her golf shirt, worn long. Shirt and cap were festooned with little symbols, sunglasses, and sponsorship logos, a la Ryo Ishikawa.
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10. She's Got Gamine
Choi was like an elegant young gamine, a lithe, athletic Audrey Hepburn of the links, able to achieve unexpected feats of poise and balance. Whenever she got into trouble, she hit a laser out or drained a putt. The color-banded, small-stripe golf shirt and plain-front white trousers reflected her unshakable inner cool.
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