If you’re like me and feeling a little sad we have just said goodbye to the horse-racing season not to worry its Polo season. Polo fashion is the chic sister of racing fashion as the atmosphere is more relaxed and the rules aren’t as strict, think a mix between dressing for a day at the park with your friends and smart causal.
Its been one of my favourite summer events over the years and to see the transition of the fashion over the years is incredible, there is such an emphasis on what you wear now. We just had the stylish Paspaley Polo In The City on the weekend and if you are looking to attend the Portsea Polo in January I have a few handy fashion tips.
Polo days as traditionally very warm so opt for a cool fabric like cotton, linen or a lightweight lace. I love the drop waist style, I think it is very stylish (yet comfortable) for the day. My dress is from Cameo the Label, they have some great colours and prints in a similar style. Scanlan & Theodore and Keepsake The Label also have a great selection of drop waists.
Maxi Dresses and skirts are another great choice. I would introduce a bold colour or a geometric print with your maxi skirt. You could then match your skirt with a crisp white shirt.
I have worn lace to the Polo many times and I think it’s the perfect fit for the relaxed yet classy vibe on the day. A light tone in crème or white works best and I would head to Lover The Label, they do lace best. If you’re on a budget you can find some great lace pieces from Sportsgirl.
Jumpsuits are very popular this season and great to wear at the Polo. This goes hand in hand with shorts, you want to be in comfort as you will most likely be sitting on the grass sipping on those pimms and cocktails. Bec & Bridge and Finders Keepers have some great options.
Stick with fresh summery tones. I love yellow, mixed tangerines, white, green and hot pink. It’s fine to wear black if you are also mixing it with a bright colour as I love wearing black on my bottom (it helps making us look slimmer) with a bright colour up top. Prints in cobalt blue and white are very big this summer.
This is important, NO stilettos! You don’t want to be that girl that everyone is looking at for the wrong reasons because you’re stuck in the grass. Many women wear glam flats, head to Seed or Witchery for some gorgeous styles in leopard or different prints. I love a heel so I head to Tony Bianco, Wittner or Scanlon & Theodore for a minimal (but high) wedge.
Unlike the horse races, headwear is not necessary but many people wear a hat to show a little more personality with your outfit. It also comes in handy to keep the sun out of your face. You could wear a leather cap in white or black (I just brought this white cap from French Connection) Or go for a woven fedora or felt fedora look to Lack Of Colour.
The coolest accessory at the Polo is definitely a pair of sunnies. I have my eyes on a pair of Celine two-tone sunglasses that I saw in New York earlier this year. Another style I love is the ‘reflector’ style, Roc Eyewear have a cool collection at an affordable price.
Forget anything that is too sparkly as its a day event. I would head to The Dark Horse and find some beautiful minimal pieces rings and bracelets from Sarah & Sebastian. Or look for bright jewellers pieces to compliment your outfit.
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