By 19th Hole Staff | July 20, 2018
Scotland’s Carnoustie Golf Links, the venue for The 147th Open, is renowned as one of the toughest courses in the world. In honor of Scotland’s status as the birthplace of golf, Canali the men’s luxury clothing and accessories brand have featured the quintessential Scottish motif prominently in most of the outfits created for the European golf team. Worn in Scotland as early as 3,000 BC, tartan has had a long and colorful history.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Name. The word “tartan” comes from the French “tiretain,” meaning a woven, rather than knitted fabric.
The Ban. The English government forbade the wearing of tartan from 1746–82.
The Muse. A tartan ribbon was the subject of the first color photograph, taken by the physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.
The Missions. In 1969, astronaut Alan Bean took a piece of his ancestor’s Clan McBean tartan with him on a trip to the moon.
DRESS CODE: Keeping the statement piece in check
Popularized by daring dressers such as Seve Ballesteros and Ian Poulter, the patterned golf pant is always memorable and easy to pull off the look by following a few simple rules for the Autumn season ahead.
Be confident. Patterned pants are attention-grabbing, and they’re supposed to be. So make sure to stand up straight and walk with purpose.
Press carefully. Tartan is made of criss-crossing parallel lines, making the presence of wrinkles particularly unsightly.
Wear a hat. Sporting a matching golf cap will vertically balance out a patterned pant and draw eyes upwards towards your face.
Mix patterns. Make sure to give onlookers some respite by pairing your patterned pants with a white or plain colored shirt.
Play for laughs. Leave the comedy to the professionals and choose a pattern that genuinely suits you rather than something that makes you chuckle.
Wander off the course. Patterned pants look great on the 18th hole, less so in the hotel lobby.
DRESS CODE: Slacks
The Canali golf pants are made of 100% wool and feature the official tour tartan, whose varying shades of blue and yellow are meant to evoke a blend of the colors of the Scottish sky and the Saltire flag. They are matched effortlessly with a white cotton polo shirt and a solid navy sweater, avoiding an overabundance of texture. The addition of a matching golf hat adds balance to the look, drawing the eyes upwards and softening the impact of the statement pattern below the waist.
DRESS CODE: Clubhouse Jacket
The use of tartan as an underlying theme in most of Canali’s golf-inspired outfits is a clear homage to Scotland and its celebrated traditions. The silk-wool mix of the gentleman’s clubhouse jacket helps it to catch the light, while a pinstriped shirt and silk-wool chalk stripe tie provides textural contrast. Pants, meanwhile come in a light Super 150s wool, adding simplicity and refinement.
DRESS CODE: Smart Layering
A soft check wool jacket provides a comfortable, robust outer layer, embellished with elbow patches in fine suede and featuring Canali’s texture as a signature of the brand. A duck and goose-down zip vest insulates against the cold and wet, rendered in a lightweight but water-resistant fabric with high-density fibers. Underneath, ready for a hasty retreat indoors, is a crisp shirt in blue and white micro-check cotton. And offsetting all the autumnal colors and patterns are a pair of gray pants in light wool.
DRESS CODE: Classic Tartan Shirt
This gray tartan check cotton shirt comes in soft pure cotton and features a Bordeaux and gray tartan check for a contemporary aesthetic that will add a layer of movement to any look. Pair with your favorite jeans or casual pants and sneakers for the perfect weekend ensemble.
DRESS CODE: Tartan Necktie
The gray and black wool-silk tie with tartan motif is made from a soft wool-silk blend, adds a contemporary touch to your look thanks to its refined tartan motif. The classic nuances of black, gray and white mix together seamlessly for an elegant and versatile accessory that pairs well with any number of ensembles this fall.