How To Dress For The Polo Season, Here Are Our Fashion Tips For You
Racing, showing, polo; the world of competitive equitation has always been a fashionable one. Whether you are a rider, a spectator, even a mount, the Sports of Kings is an important part of British tradition, and history.
Knowing how to dress for the playing season can be challenging; in general, etiquette is a lot more relaxed than, say, dressing for Ascot, but the rules differ with every venue and occasion. The expectations for a local polo match, for example, are a lot less than the feature high-goal tournament of the season.
In every case, however, classy attire is still expected, and there are more rules than you might think. Here are Dallas Burston’s fashion-forward tips for getting it right.
For Local Polo Matches: Our Fashion Tips, Keep It Casual, But Smart
Whatever the weather, rely on a pair of statement sunglasses.
Gents: Opt for a pair of smart, well-cut jeans or chinos to complement the casual, friendly atmosphere of a local match. White is the signature colour of a polo player, and a very popular choice. Likewise, you can show your support for polo with a classic Argentine polo belt , but any quality leather belt will suffice. Suede brogues or boots are popular choices; boat shoes and loafers are too, but slightly more casual. A lightweight wax jacket is a stylish back-up plan for the unreliable British weather.
Ladies: For a small match, there’s no pressure to dress like you’re going to the races. Straight cut jeans, a fitted shirt and a casual blazer make for a fetching outfit, combined with smart loafers or driving shoes. If the weather is a little questionable, you can opt for more reliable long, brown leather boots. Stay away from stiletto heels when you can- divot-stomping is a wonderful and social part of every polo match, and long heels would make negotiating churned grass very difficult!
The Big Matches: Think Dapper-Chic
Here is where it gets daunting. International high-goal polo Cups are extravagant affairs; everywhere you look, there will be prestigious stars, on and off the pitch, and it’s possible the Royal Family will be attending. Don’t panic, though; there’s no such thing as a fascinator for polo, so ladies don’t have to worry about finding a “regulation-approved” hat for the occasion. Stylish straw hats or wide brimmed hats are perfect. Panama hats are a great accessory for men, and whilst ties and pocket squares are not necessary, a casual matte-textured tie or a colourful pocket square could add a nice touch. Ladies should opt for well-designed, well-fitted dresses or jumpsuits. Our fashion tips on shoes should still be flat, but wedges can be used if you’re really craving a bit of extra height and grace.
For large, or small-scale polo matches, the key word is elegance. Aim to turn heads with a look that is as eye-catching as it is effortless. Polo is mainly played during spring and summer, so value light fabrics, full length dresses, jumpsuits, separates and shirts (for a very casual daytime match) and comfortable flat shoes. Smart-casual blazers for either gender make a wonderful addition to an outfit.
For inspiration, check out here for popular, and currents, fashion tips and trends in polo around the globe.