I’ve never gotten the point of golf. I love most sports and enjoy playing a good game of tennis or softball, and I love to walk and hike. So it’s not the physical part of it. I’ve decided that it must be the clothes. Women golfers these days look like they are hanging out at the park or running errands or something. I guess there’s only so much one can do with a polo shirt and shorts.
But there was a time when women golfers were style-conscious, even on the links. As late as the 1950s, women commonly wore dresses on the course, and in the 1960s and 70s golf skirts (with shorts beneath, but definitely, skirts) became popular. But the golf dresses of the 1920s were in a class by themselves.
This is a page from the 1925 Bonwit Teller sports catalogue. There were several pages of golf dresses, but I chose this one because of the shorts, or trunks, as they are referred to in the catalog. This is the earliest example I’ve ever seen of shorts that were not either a part of a swimming costume or were not knickers. I’d be interested to know if anyone else has an earlier reference to shorts.
These, by the way, were by Chanel.