Ladies Professional Golf Association Announces Strict New Dress Code

Paola Ditto
Luglio 18, 2017

"Women and girls should wear what makes them feel comfortable when taking part in sport and should not be deterred by unnecessary dress codes". "Apparently, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) missed the memo about that".

The new regulations, which came into force on the 17 July, has received a very bad reception within the worldwide press, with the influential magazine, Teen Vogue, accusing the circuit of stigmatizing the women according to their dress.

The new guidelines, which include banning shirts with plunging necklines, leggings or short skirts, were issued via email by LPGA President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, the New York Post reported.

Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.

As of this week, LPGA Tour players have been told that several items are now banned on the course, including skirts or shorts that reveal the "bottom area (even if covered by under shorts)" at any time, standing or bent over, cut-offs or jeans with holes and jogging bottoms.

Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties.

LPGA denied that the dress code was a step back for female players.

Workout gear and jeans (all colors) [are] NOT allowed inside the ropes.

Former European men's Tour player Matt Blackey was sceptical of the new regulations, tweeting: "I'm not sure a stricter dress code will help golf's appeal". And every time they break it after that, they have to pay double the amount.

"The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game", she said.

"If anything, policing these women's bodies and clothes takes away from their professional accomplishments", Weiss said.

The enforcement of dress codes which disproportionately impact women, from workplaces to planes, has been increasingly under attack by campaigners who argue that telling women what to wear is unfair and contributes to body-shaming.

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