Wie throws shade at LPGA dress code

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LPGA player Michelle Wie was right to make a dig at the tour's updated dress code in her latest Instagram post, writes Harriet Shephard

Back in July, the LPGA updated it’s dress code with some rules that were, in my opinion, a bit ridiculous.

These included banning ‘offensive’ items such as leggings, racerback collars and plunging necklines.

They also felt it was necessary to state that ‘skirts, skorts, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area’.

Well obviously, who wasn’t doing this anyway?

But it’s been suggested that this last line was aimed at American player Michelle Wie.

At six foot tall, it’s true that her legs do seem to go on for miles. But that’s not because her skirts are shorter than her underwear.

Like every other 28-year-old woman, she doesn’t want to have to wear a knee-length skirt when she plays sport.

But that doesn’t mean her outfits are obscene.

Wie spoke about the changes in July: “I totally respect the LPGA’s decision and their wishes – it’s something that I have been slightly fighting with them for the whole year. I plan on totally following them but I think it is a bit unfortunate.

“Companies like Nike are forward-thinking and believe that golfers are athletes and should dress like it – but I totally respect the decision.”

‘Unfortunate’ was clearly a very carefully chosen word.

Anyone who follows Wie on Instagram – 393,000 of you do – will have seen that she is having a fabulous time spending her offseason on her home island of Hawaii.

As well as posting pictures of her swimming, hiking and paddle boarding, she’s also made a dig at the LPGA dress code rules in a photo of her on the course at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Posing in her stylish Nike golf apparel and a crop top, the Solheim Cup star captioned it: ‘Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop’.

Offseason = No dress code fines 💁🏻‍♀️😉 #croptopdroptop

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It’s not known if Wie has ever been hit by one of the dress code fines, but this photo clearly states her displeasure that she can’t dress how she wants on the golf course.

I’m sure that many people will call her outfit obscene and disrespectful.

However, as she’s on holiday in a hot country, why shouldn’t she wear what she likes? She’s hardly posing in her underwear. It’s certainly not an outfit that deserves a $1,000 fine.

I’m sure that most of us would have our legs on display all the time if we looked as athletic as Wie. I’d suggest that many of her critics are just simply jealous.

Although this photo is clearly meant to be fun and playful, it also reinforces how old-fashioned and stifling the LPGA dress code is.

Which is actually still a very serious problem.

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