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It’s been a weird year for getting dressed. If you’re shaking off the style cobwebs, breaking free of your sweatpants, and need some pointers on where to go next, we’ve got you. All week long, GQ Recommends is exploring: the clothes, designers, bold moves and big vibes that matter at this precise moment.
Last summer, as we all searched for safe refuge outside of the confines of our own homes, tennis courts and golf courses suddenly felt central to American life in a way they hadn’t in decades—or possibly ever. People—people you knew, people your age, people who’d never so much as shown interest in a brisk walk from the time you’d met—were suddenly talking about tee times and string tension. Almost a year later, that enthusiasm has fully spilled over into our wardrobes.
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Truth is, for as fuddy-duddy as they might sometimes seem, tennis and golf both rank among the most stylish sports on the planet. In the interest of time, rather than diving deep on their rich sartorial histories, here are a few keywords worth Googling for each: René Lacoste’s shirts, Arthur Ashe’s glasses, Bjorn Borg’s short-shorts, Andre Agassi’s Nikes; Arnold Palmer’s cardigans, Jack Nicklaus’ tartan pants, Payne Stewart’s everything, Tiger Woods’ Sunday reds.
Both sports have long been fertile territory for designers to draw from, but they feel even more relevant than usual to the way we’re dressing in 2021. Even if you don’t know a deuce from a double fault, even if you can’t make par on a putt-putt course, you need to bring some of these very specific athletic vibes to your closet right now. It’s a little bit preppy, a little bit techy, and unabashedly cool. Here are 20 fist-pump-inducing ways to dress like a champion all season long.
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Stock up on new outdoor gear before it sells out.We're big fans of the Parks Project, a company that sells tons of retro-looking national park gear (hats, clothing, home decor) and gives back to the country's parks with every purchase. So we were jazzed to hear that, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, the brand had collaborated with Madewell on a collection of park-inspired buys, from a recycled cotton crewneck tee featuring Saguaro National Park's cacti to a tan baseball cap that reads “Parks for all, all for parks.
All those balmy beach holidays you’ve missed out on this past year?’s signature recipe of lush printed silks and extravagant flowy silhouettes are designed to bring the resort straight to you. Start with this absolute kingly camp shirt, which’ll work as well crushing Negronis poolside as it will conquering opponents on the grass court.
We love a throwback tennis shoe around these parts, but lately it’s been hulked-out, aughts-era runners making it to our feet the most. Take this glorious Asics concoction for example: juiced up in a spicy, shiny red-and-purple colorway, it’s the type of sneaker that downright radiates good vibes every time you enter a room.
Prada has spent the better part of four decades making the case for tech-y performance nylons as elite high-fashion textiles, and this Roland-Garros-worthy kit—straight from the runway—is about as definitive proof as ever.
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What happens when you hand theof her generation the keys to the brand that ? Absolute magic. Grace Wales Bonner’s reimagining of the classic Adidas tracky ratchets up the ‘70s energy with an elongated collar, a searing pink palette, and crocheted stripes down the sides.
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The trick to pulling off a cricket sweater? Don't be afraid to get rough with it. These pullovers were designed to be worn on the pitch while running the wickets (thank you, "Laws of Cricket" Wikipedia entry), so they can absolutely survive a beach day with, a park hang with your , maybe even a camping trip with your shell jacket.
For all of Tiger Woods' ineffable gifts to the world—the time heout of a bunker, over a water hazard, straight onto the green; the —none ranks greater from a fit-enthusiast perspective than his bold crusade to normalize the . Thanks to our guy Eldrick (get well soon!), you can step out in this crisp, retro-leaning knit with all the confidence of a major champion.
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A couple of summers back, the black version of this low-key tennis cap inexplicably. Now, we're really feeling this extra-clean white take.
Making *actually cool* performance golfwear is a Herculean task, but the fellas at Whim Golf make it look easy. We'd actively encourage you to wear this absolute banger of a mesh polo and impeccably tailored cargos off the fairway—not something we'd say about most of the gear you see on the Tour these days.
Speaking of the Tour:that there's also no reason you have to wear performance fabrics when golfing. Let his finely-tailored, Palmer-inflected duds—from Atlanta haberdasher Sid Mashburn—be your muse.
They're designed to double as swim trunks, but everything about these baggy, swishy wonders screams peak '90s Agassi to us—in the best way possible.
Pull 'em up when you're wearing shorts, then let 'em slouch a little over top your loafers or sneakers or boat shoes. [Chef's kiss] Perfection.
Vuarnet is as iconically French as it gets, and Noah is dyed-in-the-wool Downtown New York. But somehow, these collaborative shades are pure SoCal surf: blazing white acetate, totally gnarly reflective lenses.
Roger Federer's first signature on-court shoe from On—the cult Swiss running imprint he now co-owns—hides a boatload of advanced tech under its handsome midcentury hood.
Photographs by Martin Brown
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