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I am always on the hunt for clothes that can be worn on and off the golf course. It's hard for a company to find the right mix of design and fabrics to suit multiple scenarios: golf, going to work or even a more casual setting. One company that has recently caught my attention is B. Drady. Their reputation has grown in recent years with their polos, and they've also built an excellent selection of other lifestyle apparel.
After trying some of their offers, I was most impressed with the quality of the material they use. B. Drady talks a lot about the great effort they put into buying their clothes, and I noticed the quality when I first put them on. Couple that with sharp, understated designs and I'm a fan now.
The cornerstone of any men's brand are their polos. I have searched far and wide and have found very few companies that can put on a polo that can be worn on and off the golf course. Usually the problem is that they look too much like a golf shirt to be worn in the office or at dinner. Getting the materials right is also a challenge. Many of the fabrics used to make shirts comfortable while playing, as well as dealing with the elements, don't often look great naturally (think of that polyester "shine").
B.Draddy has done a great job designing polos that are versatile enough to be worn in any situation, but also have the fabric quality to take it off. Only a few other companies emerge in this category – Linksoul, Criquet and Tillinger.
They chose a very soft Pima cotton with a little built-in stretch. The shirt is lightweight and very comfortable to wear. It's not necessarily a golf shirt, but after playing around with it for a few rounds I'd say most will be very happy with how it feels while you swing. Maybe cotton may not be the best choice in extreme heat and humidity (in that scenario I might use a performance blend), but I don't think you'll have any problem wearing it while playing in most weather situations.
If you look at the B.Draddy polo selection, you will see that most of their designs are relatively understated. They aren't necessarily preppy, chic or casual, but I think you can dress them up or down depending on the environment you're in.
Overall, I had high hopes for their polo because of their reputation and was very satisfied with the comfort and flexibility of the design.
I was never a cardigan boy, but in recent years I have come to love them. B.Draddy's Lawrence Vest may be my favorite I've worn so far.
The vest is reversible, which gives you the option to have a navy blue or gray exterior (I prefer the navy, because that is the intended orientation).
The inner layer is incredibly soft and provides a lot of warmth without being too bulky. When you first put it on, you can immediately tell the difference between other vests, which generally contain one consistent material. You can see that a lot of attention has been paid to the design and choice of materials.
It fits perfectly for golf without being too cumbersome or tight. I would wear this vest when it gets colder. Best of all, no one would ever know it's a golf vest or any of the characters from Billions (I'm looking at you, financial brothers).
B.Draddy has a few other colder weather selections with their quarter zips, sweaters and jacket.
Golf and Beyond
I wouldn't call B.Draddy a golf apparel company. It's more of a lifestyle brand with a lot of things you can wear on the golf course. I've had an obsession with Linksoul in recent years because their clothing is so versatile, and I think B. Drady did an excellent job of creating a similar type of clothing (although a totally different style) that will be in every part of your life.
They have some of the best fabric blends I've tried so far, and I love the subtlety and versatility of their designs. So if you spend a little extra money on a premium brand, they are a worthy option.
I have a bonus for you too! Since B.Draddy is a member of the Summit Brands family, all Practical Golf readers can receive a 25% discount on their purchase with code PG25 at checkout. You can visit their website here.