Finding the right mix of colors to create bold patterns is not an easy task. Too often brands end up looking unprofessional or even clownish. In other words, not appropriate for serious golfers. Fortunately, Bunker Mentality pulls off a fun look while staying within the accepted golf boundaries.
Right or wrong, often times companies get tagged for a certain look and then have a hard time shaking those conceptions even when they no longer fit. About four years ago, we were sent a bunch of Bunker Mentality shirts to review, and since our blog was still pretty new we were probably a bit over-giddy about the hip European brand. As the months wore on and we began to see more apparel, I compartamentalized Bunker Mentality as a “kinda cool, but a little over the top” brand.
Last summer Three Guys Golf was introduced to a funky British company called Bunker Mentality. While their look is clearly not for everyone and fringes on golf punk, they are steaming full ahead and I for one am on board the S.S. Funky.
As I mentioned we have reviewed Bunker Mentality summer wear and their sister company Queen of the Green (the ladies version), so we thought it appropriate to also do a quick review the fall/winter gear. The two items we saw were the ‘Warm-up Jacket’ and Crest Sweater. Unlike many of the Bunker styles, the warm-up jacket is as tame as a house cat. Simple grey with blue piping is the only remarkable feature. Oh, there is that huge logo on the chest but no one will notice it. Actually, I totally dig the Bunker Mentality logo and it is absolutely the reason why the jacket looks so cool.
Seriously I love this jacket and wear it all of the time. It is a perfect weight for temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. It is also tight-fitting so as to not be bulky. Plus it is also stretchy enough to move through your swing. Add the fact that the jackets are not very expensive and you have what I call a winner.
The sweater, on the other hand is full on Euro. As long a you are comfortable with your masculinity, the shirt is royal. Heck it has a crest on the chest so how can you not feel like a player? Sure it has pink stripes and is regularly stolen out my closet by my teenage daughter, but if you can channel your inner Ian Poulter you may actually dig the look (just make sure you order at least full size larger as they run small).
With so many companies cranking out yet another striped shirt, I find it refreshing to find a company who is willing to be a bit daring. Even if Bunker Mentality does not always hit the mark in mainstream style, I give them credit for providing a unique clothing line that is also very affordable (and they have regular sales!)
You can see the whole line of Bunker Mentality on their website.
Are you ready for the latest “British Invasion?” If you are a golfer with style, flare and have a taste for modern fashions in the golf world, start waving your Union Jack friends, because Queen of the Green is making its way to this side of the pond. It is a line of golf wear like no other I have seen. It is innovative and daring in a fashion world where same old same old is par for the course. (Pun fully intended here!)
I tried the Club House Short and Crown Polo. Here we go again, how can a polo be different? Well, this one has a shorter sleeve with puckers at the shoulder seam. The collar is rounded instead of the traditional pointed collar and has a silver tipping along the edge. All of these features make this polo a far more feminine golf shirt than average. The shorts are in a league of their own. Gone are your average khaki bermudas and in are these adorable shorts with button pockets, embellished with felt queen-embroidered badges. These really leave traditional golf shorts in the dark ages and bring to light a fun sense of style and individualism for you to take on the course.
Sue tried the Crown Skort and Tumbling Crown Polo. Again, the polo has shorter sleeves with a slight pucker and the seam for a feminine feel and look. This polo has the crown logo “tumbling” down the front and back of the shirt from the right shoulder to add another stylish distinction to set it apart from your average polo. The Crown Skirt has a plain front with inverted kick pleats on the back. It is simple and stylish and perfect to pair with a more daring top if you just can’t see yourself going full out rebel golfer all at once.
We are now big fans of Queen of the Green golf wear, but our favorite part just might be the accessories. We got Crown Visors in pink, white and black. Visors are not for everyone, but as an avid golfer and tennis player, I never leave home without mine. I like the simple velcro strap, not the wrap around strap that makes it difficult to readjust when you wear a ponytail. To my relief, these visors fit the bill, and my head, perfectly! Also, the front was just the right height. I absolutely hate a visor with a tall front, they’re just plain awkward looking. Here is my favorite jewel in the crown, so to speak, the crown logo is stitched front and center. I love it! I feel like I am Queen of the Greens every time I put on one of my visors! What girl wouldn’t like a crown on her head right?
And finally, the Crown Belt. As a woman golfer, I have found it very difficult to find a golf belt for myself. Seriously, all belts either are one extreme or the other, way too masculine or trying so hard to be feminine that they look like your crazy aunt broke out her craft box and made you a belt for your Christmas present. Why is a belt so difficult? I can’t explain it, but Queen of the Green definitely got it right. The combo of a simple white leather strap and chrome effect buckle with white enamel fill and the crown logo dead center is absolutely perfect! Seriously, how hard was that? I have gone from never wearing a belt, to only pulling out items that I can wear this belt with.
If you are ready to break out of the same old dull golf fashions, Queen of the Green may be just what the doctor ordered. Keep in mind these are sized in European sizes and you’ll need to take a few extra moments to convert to US sizes. Also, if you usually golf at a club with strict rules on the length of shorts, some of the shorts are shorter than average golf shorts, so please keep this in mind. Queen of the Green is modern and fashion forward and designed for lovers of golf with an individual spirit.
Bunker Mentality Golf Apparel: Ah, jolly old England – land of Wimbledon, the English gentleman, and Pippa herself. Part of golf’s old country, Great Britain is often known for its royal family, afternoon tea, and generally refined culture. So who would have guessed that one of the loudest voices in the punk-rock golf movement would be coming from Old Blighty herself?
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