Ever wonder how argyle became a go-to motif for the golf course? Or how about who wore it first? You’re not alone! For spring, we added the pattern to our newest golf styles and decided to take a look back at the history of this tee time staple.
The argyle pattern, which is typically made up of overlapping diamond shapes, is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell of Agryll in Western Scotland. Since at least the 17th century, Scottish Highlanders had worn it on kilts, plaids, and socks.
But it wasn’t until after World War I that argyle was considered fashionable, and we have the brand Pringle of Scotland to thank for that. The British fashion house developed their own signature argyle and it was soon adopted by the Duke of Windsor, who often worn the pattern while playing golf. It became a popular motif for the long socks that were worn with the plus-fours style trousers worn throughout the 1920s.
Inspiration: Katherine Hepburn
Caption: Katherine Hepburn sporting argyle for the film “Pat and Mike”, 1952.
Argyle held on to its place in the fashion world, working its way onto women’s mini skirts and preppy men’s trouser socks throughout the 1960s.
In the 1990s, professional golfer Payne Stewart put the pattern in the spotlight by making argyle socks a regular part of his uniform. His extravagant style caught the attention of fellow players and fans who later used the motif to pay tribute to the late golf star.
Fashion designer Todd Oldhman even incorporated his own stylized take on the pattern into his Fall 1994 runway collection, showing it on mini dresses, sweaters, maxi skirts, and knitwear.
We stand by this classic pattern because it feels equal parts preppy, sporty and chic. Our new Argyle Polo is made using our performance merino wool, making it super durable, machine washable and water resistant. Here’s to always looking good on (and off) the golf course.