Ian Poulter Fashion Show

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An On-Course Look at Poulter's Adventurous Early Golf Fashions

Ian Poulter of England plays his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2010
Poulter was in the pink when he won his first PGA Tour event at the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Ian Poulter loves fashion. So much that he has his own clothing design company - Ian Poulter Design. The IJP Web site describes Poulter's goal as creating "high quality, unique, funky and distinctive apparel that fuses functionality with fashion."

"Funky" and "distinct" are two words often used to describe Poulter's golf outfits. "Outrageous," "wild" and "goofy" are some other words sometimes used. Especially in Poulter's early years on the pro golf circuits, when he often dressed to get noticed.

But for every detractor, there more fans of Poulter's clothing. And like every fashionista, Poulter has his hits and misses. You'll see some examples of both over the pages that follow.

According to the British newspaper The Independent, Poulter's mother was manager of a Dorothy Perkins, a women's fashion chain. His Web site states, "Ian's passion for clothing started at an early age and to feed this desire he worked at the Stevenage market merchandising and selling clothes."

It's fitting that Ian Poulter wore all-pink (above) at the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Pink has always been one of Poulter's favorite fashion colors. And he ended the tournament "in the pink" with his first-ever WGC victory and first official USPGA Tour win.

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Vested Interest

Ian Poulter of England waits to play on the 10th hole during round one of the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 16, 2009
A Union Jack sweater and tartan pants .... Hmmmm. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Poulter combined a Union Jack vest with tartan trousers at the 2009 British Open. This just doesn't work for me. I like the vest on its own, and the pants are fine on their own, too. Together it's a mess. Then again, I don't have my own design company, and Ian does, so who's laughing last?

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Checks Mix

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These pants were made from fabric Poulter took off a tabletop at his favorite pizzeria.

Poulter wore this at the U.S. Open in 2008.

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Purple Pro

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Poulter was in a purple mood at the 2007 Dunhill links, right down to his shoes.

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Blue and Pink

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I like how brightly those pink shoes pop set off by the blue tartan trousers. Then again, Ian looks like he's wearing bubble-gum shoes. Poulter sported this blue-and-pink outfit at the British Masters in 2007. The whole doesn't seem as strong as the parts.

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The Red-Eye

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Love the red-and-white shoes. They rock. The trousers remind me of the trip through the monolith and across space in 2001: A Space Odyssey. You might need a chemical aid - like, say, one of those rotisserie weiners from the clubhouse - to properly appreciate them.

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Black Shoes

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Ian Poulter at the Scottish Open in 2007. Do the black shoes seem out of place? Ian so often sports flashy kicks that when he kicks it standard black it seems unusual.

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Black Canary

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Poults was hard to miss on the fairways of Oakmont Country Club in this outfit, which he wore during the second round at the 2007 U.S. Open. The black-and-yellow might have been a nod to the nearby Pittsburgh Steelers football team. Or perhaps a nod to bumblebees.

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Earth Tones

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Argh, he has a little captain in him. Poulter styles on the range prior to the 2006 Dunhill Links Championship.

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Open or Shut?

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If wearing the Claret Jug was good, and wearing the Union Jack was good, when what would wearing them both at the same time be? Awesome, that's what! Poulter combined two of his old favorites in this outfit at the 2006 British Open.

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'Question'-able Decision?

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When some are questioning your style, while not style a question mark? That Ian Poulter, he's cheeky. And a question mark on his pant leg was much better than "wtf?" would have been at the 2006 British Open.

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In His Arsenal

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No, that's not the symbol of dioxygen on Ian Poulter's shirt. OK, actually is it - but it's also the logo of a British mobile phone supplier that is a sponsor of the Arsenal football club. And Ian Poulter is a huge fan of Arsenal. In fact, he's wearing an Arsenal jersey in the photo above, which was taken in Abu Dhabi in 2006. (These jerseys have since been retired, since O2 is no longer the Arsenal shirt sponsor.)

The European Tour banned the wearing of football jerseys after a Real Madrid fan went all Zinedine Zidane on Poulter later in the round. OK, I made up that Zidane crack, but not the part about football jerseys since being banned by the Euro Tour.

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Shine On

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To me, this outfit has kind of a 1970s-Studio-54 look to it. Ian should have completed the look by opening the top few buttons and draping some gold chains around his neck. What's he pointing at? It's his dignity, which is somewhere off to his right. Sorry Ian, but I kid because I care!

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Trou Dynasty

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I titled this page "Trou Dynasty" because Poulter appears to be paying homage to Chinese dynasties of yore - and their famous Chinese silks and ceramic artwork - with these trousers. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I do watch Antiques Roadshow.) This outfit was worn at the 2005 HSBC Champions in China.

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Claret Couture

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What's that on Poulter's pant leg? It's the Claret Jug, the trophy awarded to the winner of the British Open. Poulter broke out this design at the 2005 Open Championship. And it led Seve Ballesteros, in the broadcast booth, to quip that this was "the closest (Poulter) would ever get to" the Claret Jug. But Seve might someday have to take that crack back. And we certainly hope that Poulter took these pants back!

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Orange Stripe

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At the 2005 Masters, Ian Poulter wore an orange top with an orange stripe down his pants and an orange stripe across the top of his shoes. The trousers work for me, but I'm having a harder time with the shoes.

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Outfit

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What kind of title is "Outfit"? It's the kind of title that goes with this Ian Poulter outfit. Which seems rather subdued. Which seems rather strange to say, given that for most golfers on tour this get-up would be pretty outrageous. But the muted colors actually make it look a little conservative for Poulter. Whatever you call it, I like. I like it a lot, from head to toe. I could wear this. Not successfully. But I could wear it.

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Old School

Ian Poulter of England poses near the ninth green during the Par-3 contest The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2005
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Ian Poulter went old school - really old school, Gene Sarazen old school - during the Par-3 Contest at The Masters in 2005. And afterward he returned to his second job as maitre d' of the Augusta National grillroom.

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Hawaiian Punch

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That's not a Hawaiian shirt Ian Poulter is wearing at the 2005 Sony Open, but could those be Hawaiian pants? Ask yourself this, Ian: Would Duffy Waldorf wear this? If the answer is yes, then put it back in your closet. You're too good for this.

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Stars and Stripes

Ian Poulter of England takes his second shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. PGA Championship at the Whistling Straits Golf Course on August 12, 2004
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He wore trousers based on the Union Jack in a British Open, so why not pants based on the American flag in a tournament on American soil? Poulter busted these Stars and Stripes trousers out at the USPGA Championship in 2004.

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Ink Blots

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What do you see in these Rorschach test trousers? I see Bobby Jones eating nachos. Which reminds me: I'd really like some nachos! (Actually, it's another floral print that Poulter wore during a Sony Open in Hawaii.)

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Plus-Fours

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Poulter's fashion sense seemed a bit more hit-and-miss in the earlier days of his snappy dressing ways. This experiment with plus-fours seems more like a minus-two. The pink, however, would become a prominent color in Poulter's closet.

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Union Jack

Ian Poulter of England wearing his Union Jack trousers during the first round of the 133rd Open Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club on July 15, 2004
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Ian Poulter had multiple wins on the European Tour by 2004, but hadn't yet played much in America and was not yet a globally known player. Then he made one of his first really big fashion splashes, wearing these Union Jack-inspired pants at the 2004 British Open. After this, everyone knew Ian Poulter.