Critics Slam LPGA for "Body-Shaming" Women With New Dress Code

Ladies Professional Golf Association Announces Strict New Dress Code

Ladies Professional Golf Association Announces Strict New Dress Code

Women who break the new rules risk being fined $1000 - with penalties doubling each time the dress code is broken, USA magazine Golf Digest reported.

The LPGA is copping heavy criticism for its latest dress code standards for female golfers, forbidding them from wearing plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course.

"As more and more pointless dress codes interfere with our daily lives, women are standing up for their right to wear what they want and not be slut-shamed".

LPGA President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman spelled out the new LPGA dress code in an email earlier this month, in which she announced that the rules would go into effect Monday, July 17.

Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.

"The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game", said Heather Daly-Donofrio, spokeswoman for the LPGA.

As of this week, LPGA Tour players have been told that several items are now banned on the course, including skirts or shorts that reveal the "bottom area (even if covered by under shorts)" at any time, standing or bent over, cut-offs or jeans with holes and jogging bottoms.

LPGA players will have to pay extra attention to their dress standards after the governing body released a new dress code standard.

LPGA denied that the dress code was a step back for female players.

Goetze-Ackerman also said that "appropriate attire" should be worn to industry events so athletes "present a professional image". Unless otherwise told "no", golf clothes are acceptable.

The enforcement of dress codes which disproportionately impact women, from workplaces to planes, has been increasingly under attack by campaigners who argue that telling women what to wear is unfair and contributes to body-shaming.

Workout gear and jeans (all colors) [are] NOT allowed inside the ropes. "The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members".