The Open Dress Code: What To Wear | Fulton Umbrellas

The 146th Open takes place between 16th and 23rd July 2017 at the Royal Birkdale links. Located on the North West coast, this challenging course is sure to test the abilities of even the most skilled golfers.

Since 1860, The Open has been essential viewing for all avid golfers. If you’re lucky enough to be attending the event this year, take a look at our advice below to find out what to wear and bring with you to make the most of your day:


Unlike other events like Royal Ascot, The Open doesn’t have a dress code in place as such. However, given the nature of the sport itself — where players will dress smartly and appropriately — attendees will usually adopt a smart-casual dress code.

A classic golf shirt tucked into a pair of tailored chinos is a great choice for men. Loose-fitting sundresses or lightweight blouses and trousers work well for women. Avoid patterns and stick to neutral colours for a timeless look. Of course, if the weather is fine, you can easily swap your trousers for a pair of tailored shorts — and pack a waterproof jacket should the heavens open!

The essentials

The right clothing is essential — but preparing for The Open doesn’t end there. Here are the essentials you’ll need to take with you. Naturally, you won’t want to carry a huge, heavy backpack around with you all day, but the following items are all must-haves:


Of course, the British weather is unpredictable, so pack an umbrella to stay dry as you explore. Don’t forget about that North West wind the course is exposed to — invest in a windproof umbrella for extra sturdiness.


On the flip side, you never know when the sun will make an appearance! Sunscreen is a must, even on days when it’s slightly cloudy. Apply it before you go and keep a travel-size bottle in your bag to top up your protection.


If the sun is in your eyes, you risk missing some of the action on the course. Take some sunglasses with you to keep your attention on the play.


Rain or shine, a hat will come in handy at The Open!


The Open has created a downloadable app, which is available on all popular app stores. Spectators will be able to access live video and radio broadcasts, so organisers are advising guests to bring their headphones to take advantage of the streams.

The Fulton Umbrellas production process

Fulton Umbrellas is a classic British brand. With a dedication to quality and durability, we’re now the UK’s largest supplier of umbrellas and rainwear and have even received the royal seal of approval.

A large part of our success lies in our craft. Over the past 60 years, we’ve been refining our production processes, becoming masters of our craft and giving you the finest choice of umbrellas. So how do we do it? In this blog post, we give you a sneak peek into how each of our umbrellas is created.


To some people, an umbrella is an umbrella. To us, an umbrella is a means of expression — a style statement, if you will. Our designers travel across the world looking for inspiration for new prints (usually around 60 new designs a year).


The finest quality rests upon premium components and thorough manufacturing methods. Our umbrellas are handmade by skilled craftsmen and, since Fulton Umbrellas was established in 1956, we’ve developed our own manufacturing method, centred on quality and consistency.


We analyse every component to ensure the best materials are used and most suitable designs are chosen in order to create a superior end product. We’d love to explain more about our production process but it’s top secret!

Quality Control

Each of our umbrellas undergoes a strict quality control process, designed to test its strength and durability. This ensures each umbrella we create meets Fulton Umbrella’s high standards.

Now you know how they’re created, shop our collection of men’s, women’s and children’s umbrellas.