|Men's Summer Golf Apparel (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1918)|
Attached you will find some kind words promoting brown linen as the preferred fabric for summer golf, yet what is most striking is the accompanying photo of a young rake in his period golf apparel sporting a pair of putees for his time upon the links. It is rare that one finds a photograph of a golfer in putees and one might get the sense that the look never really caught on.
The Action-Back Jacket for the Golfing Man (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1916)
Those young bucks who golfed and participated in other field and blood-sports during the early Twentieth Century were the lads who benefited most from the tailor's craft. Pictured here are details of the pivot-sleeve (later to be called the 'action-back'): a four button, deep-vented, self-belted, pleated golf jacket with matching knickers.
Also featured is a terribly natty English cheviot golf hat.
Top-Drawer Golf Accessories (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1916)
A quick look at some of the golf shoe offerings from the spring of 1916. Ties for the sport are also pictured, as is a portable ash-tray for use on the links.
Sporty Golfing Pants: Pleated Knickers (Magazine Ad, 1922)
These pleated golf knickers anticipated the full-cut trouser craze of the thirties, however, soon many golfers (both on and off the field) would be wearing the very full-cut pleated knickers known in the day as "plus-fours". Plus-fours were one of any number of men's fashion trends which originated with the masculine fashion-muse the Edward VIII (1894 - 1972).
A Look for the Autumn Golfer (Magazine Ad, 1915)
A fine look for the golfing man, not likely to be seen on the green any time soon: a two piece, tweed golf suit with leather buttons, tweed cap, knit tie and wool knee socks.
Shopping for the Well-Dressed Golfer (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1916)
While so many European men were suffering on the Somme and at Verdun, some American fellows were having a swelligant time on the golf links; beautifully attired in linen golf clothes that are pictured in the accompanying attachment.