Through blogging I have been able to do some really awesome things and meet some fantastic people. As I said last week when I did the fashion show here in Chicago, I’ll do anything once. I’m all about new experiences!
Thus, when I was approached by my ad network, Glam Media, and American Express about spending an All Access Day at the Ryder Cup, I naturally said yes. I’m not going to lie. I did consult with my husband first to see if there was a chance I might get to see Tiger Woods and to see if he thought that I – who is in no way an avid golf fan – would have a good time. Because I didn’t really know what the Ryder Cup was before receiving this invitation, he sold me 100% when he told me that the Ryder Cup will likely never again take place in the city where we live. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity AND the chance to possibly see Tiger Woods? I’m in! (By the way, I will be attending on a preview/practice day, and not on an actual competition day.)
For those of you who are like me and not so up on the game of golf, the Ryder Cup is a golf competition that takes place every two years where America’s best golfers compete against Europe’s best golfers. The tournament is always in a new location. The 2012 Ryder Cup will be held at the Medinah Country Club, just outside of Chicago.
As part of the All Access experience I was gifted a $250 American Express gift card to purchase a Ryder Cup appropriate outfit. I’ve never so much as stepped foot onto a golf course, so I had no idea what to wear. I spent hours staring at female spectators at golf tournaments, trying to figure out what to wear to the Ryder Cup. The biggest problem, of course, is that most golf tournaments take place during the summer or in warm locales. (In fact, I found an online video that said a golf tournament would NEVER take place in Illinois in October … but with the Ryder Cup ending on September 30, well … close enough.) Most of the clothing recommendations I found online consisted of “country club attire”: khaki shorts/pants or a skort (!), tennis shoes (because you’ll be doing lots of walking), and a polo shirt.
I thought about this for a few days and decided I just couldn’t go that route. If the Ryder Cup was taking place in the middle of July I could definitely follow those rules. However, there’s bound to be a chill in the air next week and I have no intention of freezing. (Not to mention, under no circumstances will I ever wear khakis. They make my behind look like a bus. Sad, but true.)
I’ll be wearing the outfit above, which will hopefully not get me kicked out of the club.
Yes. For those of you paying close attention to this blog I DID build this outfit around the Jeffrey Campbell Dorm Shoes I’ve been lusting after forever. With gift card in hand and the Ashbury Skies 25% off sale I decided to make them mine. I think they’ll be perfect for an event where I’ll be on my feet all day, and they’re a classic style with some fun accents. In addition to the shoes I picked up the Grace Fit Sparkle Tweed Jacket from Talbot’s. Originally $189, it’s now on sale for $37.59, and I saved an additional 10% by becoming a Talbot’s rewards member. This morning from Eloquii I purchased the Classic Fit Exact Stretch Cropped Pant in navy. Even if it’s a bit chilly, I figure I should be OK with a cropped pant. (All the better to show off my shoes!) All pants are on sale today at Eloquii, so I snagged these for $39.90. The Ruched Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee is also from Eloquii. I was pleasantly surprised to see they had this tee in orange! Originally $27, it is currently on sale for $14.99. Thanks to a coupon for an additional 40% off all sale items, I snagged this top for $8.
As for the accessories, I already own a similar pair of earrings. The Buried Treasure Necklace pictured is from BaubleBar, and while I don’t have time to order that exact necklace, I’m going to be searching for something similar this weekend while I’m in Houston and staying right near the Galleria. I’ll also be searching for a camel belt and a camel crossbody bag.
Hopefully this outfit will prove to not only be stylishly appropriate for the Ryder Cup, but also comfortable.
For my preview of the Ryder Cup, as well as a few more tips on what to wear to the Ryder Cup, click here.
For any of you that have been to golf events before, do you have any thought on what to wear to the Ryder Cup?