RBC Heritage 2022: The top fashion trends of the tournament

The Heritage is well underway for 2022. Wrapping up this year on Easter Sunday, the tournament has seen quintessentially warm, spring days for the Lowcountry.

With idyllic temperatures and so many options, who’s wearing what for this year’s tournament?

One might assume that head-to-toe Heritage plaid would be the frontrunner of fashion. However, this year it looks like RBC’s signature blue and yellow have taken the lead.

The Steele/ Haddick group sports RBC’s signature colors for this year’s 2022 Heritage tournament. Sarah Claire McDonald

Ranging from athletic, golfing attire to Sunday brunch chic, thousands have already gathered and thousands more will follow suit at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, sporting fashions that best combine their style with practicality for the day outdoors.

While men have mostly veered toward athleisure, ladies have been choosing multifarious options. Sporty, athletic dresses, golf skirts and slacks that would be permissible on any course are being donned by the style-conscious woman in attendance. Dri-FIT polos, blousey, loose-fitting tops, quarter-zips and refined athletic tanks are other warm weather options being seen. Dressier choices around the greens this year include sundresses, pleated shorts and linen tops. Common trends range from CK Bradley to J. McLaughlin and Lilly Pulitzer.

Judy Hardt and Fran Fiorino pose for a photo on their way to the 2022 RBC Heritage tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Sarah Claire McDonald

Breathability of fabric choice is key when selecting outfits for the tournament.

Although cooler during the early morning tee time hours, layering isn’t required unless the attendee gets chilled easily. Reducing layers helps lessen what one has to carry as the heat picks up later in the day.

A note to remember: PGA has a tournament policy on the size of handbags that can be brought into the event. Any clutch or bag is allowed into the tournament as long as it is smaller than 6-by-6-by-6 inches. If something bigger is needed, a clear bag of any style is allowed as long as it is no larger than 12-by-6-by-12 inches, or a one-gallon plastic bag.

Heavy accessorizing and chunky jewelry can be left at home and replaced with smaller chain necklaces, studs or small dangle earrings. Simple bracelets and rings, think “less is more,” make good accompaniments.

Men accompanying the stylish women this year, as well as men enjoying the days with their buddies, have been spotted in their sharpest golf attire. Khaki and fun, colorful golf shorts or slacks with a Dri-FIT polo in either RBC colors, Heritage plaid, or springtime colors are dominant.

Comfortable shoes are a must for everyone when walking around the tournament. Guests will be on their feet for most of the day, so golf shoes or anything flat-soled are relieving for feet while walking around Harbour Town or from green to green.

Warren and Christie Beam pose for a photo after browsing in one of the tournament’s golf shops in Harbour Town. Sarah Claire McDonald

The Brookshire family poses for a photo outside a trolley stop in Harbour Town on Friday, April 15, 2022. Sarah Claire McDonald

Hats and visors of all varieties can be seen on nearly everyone. This ranges from the predominantly seen RBC Heritage baseball caps, straw hats and visors to Masters hats, sun hats and fedoras.

Margaret and Charles Bartley pose for a photo beside Harbour Town Yacht Basin during the 2022 RBC Heritage. Sarah Claire McDonald

The Collard family poses for a photo outside of the 2022 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing tournament. Sarah Claire McDonald

Rebecca and Peter Strauss pose for a photo as they enter the 2022 tournament on Friday, April 15, 2022. Sarah Claire McDonald

Joe and Pam Lenart pose for a photo in Harbour Town during the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing 2022 tournament. Sarah Claire McDonald

And who can forget?

After Lisa Cink, wife of 2021 tournament winner Stewart Cink, was photographed last year in her red, plaid Heritage baseball cap, which quickly sold out and remained so for the rest of the tournament, many have been seen with this style as they’ve returned again this year. Very similar and what seems to be the favorite of the 2022 tournament, is the near identical red plaid Harbour Town Golf Links logo baseball cap — the new “Lisa Cink hat of 2022.”

Rena Laban and John Test sport Harbour Town Golf Links ball caps in red tartan during the 2022 RBC Heritage tournament. Sarah Claire McDonald

While RBC yellow and blue are most popular this year, that hasn’t stopped fans from fully expressing their RBC Heritage pride by giving Sir Willie a run for his money in their red, Heritage tartan.

A man poses by the Harbour Town Yacht Basin on his way to the 2022 RBC Heritage tournament. Sarah Claire McDonald

This story was originally published April 15, 2022 2:54 PM.

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Sarah Claire McDonald is a Service Journalism Reporter for The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. She specializes in writing audience-focused, unique, spotlight stories about people, places and occurrences in the Lowcountry. Originally from the Midwest, Sarah Claire studied news media, communications and English at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she graduated in 2021.