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The new golf apparel brand Clips.studio brings a relaxed island style that’s wearable on and off the course. Distinctive tropical print on the inside of every collar sets the shirts apart.
What happens when some surfer dudes hit an extended flat on the north shore of Oahu? They take up golfing – finding the challenge and camaraderie a perfect alternative to surfing when land locked. But when the buddies couldn’t find golf clothing that fit their more laid back style, they decided design their own, and Clips.studio was born. As they put it, “We wanted something you could walk off the course, and feel comfortable wearing wherever the day (or night) took us next.”
Just another golf shirt? No chance. The first feature that grabs your attention is the tropical print inside the collar. Cut from large fabric rolls, each collar is unique and referred to as aloha. The aloha prints really set the tone of the Clips.studio polos and establish an island style – relaxed rather than overly refined. The light and airy fabric blends and short, crisp points of the collars fit the style brilliantly.
The Inter-Island chinos challenge the boundaries of golf bottoms with their elasticized waistbands and draw cord. The pants beg for you to wear your shirt untucked, which many golf purists will scoff at. If you want the true leisure look, these pants are pure.
Clips.studio lists their shirts as “slimmed cut” which is super accurate. Based on the size chart I went with my typical medium, but found that I wasn’t as slim as I once was. The shoulder seam was positioned at the start of my arm indicating a proper size, but the cut through the torso was a bit snug. The sleeves came down to the middle of my biceps. Length wise, the polos are the perfect length to leave untucked.
The chinos sizing was comfortably accurate per the size chart. The pants sit at the hips and the cut is a tapered slim, but not tight. The pants only come in one length per size, but at 5’-10”, that wasn’t an issue for me. And if you are on the shorter side, or desire a groovy look, the striped fabric on the seams is distinctive when the pant legs are rolled up.
Although the polos were tight on me, the lightweight fabric blends moved freely. The 17% rayon of the striped shirts (Palm Beach and Sunset Beach) provided good shape retention while maintaining the uber breathability of the cotton. The solid color Malibu polo is a more performance based 50% poly, 38% cotton, 12% rayon blend.
Although there’s 2% spandex in the otherwise cotton chinos, I found them a bit stiff for golfing. The pants weren’t restrictive, but the comfort just wasn’t there. It could be more the fabric weight, and they might get softer with more washes, but for golf, they won’t be what I reach for in the closet.
Unless you are svelte, or prefer a form fitting polo, I’d recommend going up a size. Pay attention to the website photos and descriptions that state the height of the model and size worn. Regardless, you are going to love the airiness of the cotton blends and the uniqueness of the aloha collars. The bottoms weren’t my cup of tea for golf, but I do plan to give them some more casual wear attention. Clips.studio offers golfers a style alternative that definitely can play off the course.