LPGA’s New Dress Code Receives Overwhelming Criticism

Most recently the newest dress code rolled out by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has been garnishing some mixed reactions from both athletes as well as individuals in the world of sports.

The enforcement of the new dress code was put in place following warnings to players like Paige Spiranac. Details of the newest dress code rule includes the prohibition of plunging necklines, short skirts, and leggings that have become more and more popular among female athletes. Failure to follow these rules that have been put in place results in a fine of $1,000 and will double with each offense.

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Fortune news detailed a story describing how the 24-year-old Paige Spiranac, who is a San Diego native, was one of the first to criticize the LPGA’s newest dress code rule:

“As both an ambassador for golf and an advocate for the continued progress of women’s rights and equality in society, I fear that these new rules are stifling the growth of the women’s game,” Spiranac said.

“In other professional sports, uniforms have evolved to contemporary cuts and materials designed to meet athletes’ elevated physical demands. Pole vaulters, for instance, often jump in sports bras and briefs to allow for maximum limb movement, while limiting the amount of clothing that could catch the bar,” she added. “Tennis players wear sleeveless tops and skirts with spandex shorts so that they can hit, reach, and lunge for the ball effectively. Similarly, in order to perform at the optimal level, golfers need to be able to rotate, extend, crouch, and bend, often in extreme weather conditions for up to five or six hours at a time.”

Heather Daly-Donofrio, chief of communications and tour operations stated “The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game.” as the Ladies Professional Golf Association is standing by their dress code.

She also mentioned, “While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”

This new dress code has gathered a mix of reactions from news sites and publishers, as some individuals were claiming that The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is promoting “body-shaming” its female players.

According to a Teen Vogue magazine report:

“We don’t see why someone can’t look professional in leggings. If anything, policing these women’s bodies and clothes takes away from their professional accomplishments. And if the sport wants a positive image, body-shaming is not the way to get it.”

“As more and more pointless dress codes interfere with our daily lives, women are standing up for their right to wear what they want and not be slut-shamed. Apparently, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) missed the memo about that.” 

Golf Digest also reported:

“Plunging necklines,” and “leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are not allowed.” Additionally, “length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area at any time, standing or bent over.”

Some Twitter users offered their feedback:

“Pretty repressed, repressive individuals” and “ridiculous.”

“The new rules for women in the LPGA sound like they were written by ISIS, and I won’t tolerate this garbage,”

“It’s Golf, not a runway, fashion show, or a place you hang all your parts out hoping for attention.”

Sources: Taphaps, Gold Digest, Teen Vogue, Fortune

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