Sunday 4 December 2016

European WAGs slay in style stakes at Ryder Cup

Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30

Partners of team Europe attend the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.
Partners of team Europe attend the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.

Knee angled in, toe pointed coquettishly to the front, Alison Clarke looked every inch the model agency owner as she posed with the other European WAGs before the Ryder Cup teed off in Minnesota.

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If Darren Clarke's wife, a former Miss Northern Ireland, had been fretting since last December about the job she did choosing the Ryder Cup wardrobe for the European wives and girlfriends, then it was 10 months of worrying for nothing.

The wives and girlfriends of Ryder Cup USA players wave flags during the Opening Ceremony for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
The wives and girlfriends of Ryder Cup USA players wave flags during the Opening Ceremony for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The reaction to the choices Alison made at the Milan HQ of Loro Piana - the luxury brand chosen as official suppliers to the European players and their WAGs - was full of praise, especially from respected style queens like Caroline Harrington and Erica Stoll, who will marry Rory McIlroy at Ashford Castle in December.

"There was no pressure, no pressure at all," laughed Alison when I spoke to her at the team hotel in Hazeltine, a week after the team squad fitted on the separates and accessories for the first time.

The 51-year-old mother of two got a massive thumbs up for her formal outfit and mix and match golf separates in navy, mustard and grey worn with white jeans.

Alison had the vision to offer the European wives the scope and style space to put their own stamp on their outfits. This was in contrast to the American WAGS, who, in their Ralph Lauren blanket ponchos and skinny jeans looked like a cross between Clint Eastwood and trophy soccer mums in America's most infamous dormitory town, Stepford.

Erica Stoll and Caroline Harrington on the course yesterday. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll and Caroline Harrington on the course yesterday. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The European WAGs slayed the style stakes at the opening ceremony with cream shift dresses worn with a stone-coloured coat.

The hemline showcased impressively toned, and tanned, pins.

It helped, too, that the Euro WAGS all wore their own nude shoes and this diversity broke up a uniform vibe. Designer sunnies were blindingly glamorous, but I wish that scarf was less voluminous.

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