Polo Casual Chic
Spring Racing Carnival is over, but our collective love of horses and fashion continues as we gallop into polo season. Unlike the Spring Racing Carnival, which boasts structured outfits and fashion themed race days, polo fashion is more relaxed and is about showcasing your personality and best version of “casual-chic”.
The key to polo dressing is to ensure your outfit is comfortable and practical, yet still hits the mark in the style stakes. There are a few guidelines ladies need to consider when choosing the right outfit for a day at the polo.
- A day at the polo usually means a long day in the sun – wearing a wide brimmed straw hat not only frames the face and completes an outfit, but a hat will shield your face from the harmful rays.
- Sunglasses are essential – selecting the right pair can make a style statement as well as being functional.
- Opt for natural looking makeup that contains SPF and avoid dark, smoky eye makeup.
- Dress for the warmer weather and choose flowy, breathable fabrics. Kaftans, maxi dresses and garments made from natural fibres i.e. cotton or linen, are great options.
- If maxi dresses are not your style, opt for tailored dresses or skirt and top options. These always look crisp and guarantee your outfit will fit the “casual–chic” style brief.
- Have fun with bold coloured fabrics, prints and jewelled embellishments or opt for a simpler outfit and style with statement necklaces or earrings. Demonstrating restraint is key to styling the perfect polo outfit, as your outfit should balance both sophistication and individual style.
- Pair your outfit with a matching clutch or small shoulder bag with a strap to hold your essentials. Remember to pack foundation powder for touch ups and a travel-size deodorant to ensure you stay fresh throughout the day.
- Wedged heels, flats or cute sandals are a must – polo is infamous for ‘Stomping the divots’ which means you will need appropriate footwear to be out on the field replacing the divots thrown up by the horses during the match.
- Spring Racing fashion should not be confused with Polo fashion – the polo is a fascinator free zone.
- Staying modest is especially difficult if you plan on spending the day picnic style or if there is a breeze out on the field. Opt for longer hemlines like maxi dresses instead of shorter hemlines.
- Practicality trumps fashion when it comes to shoes. Stilettos don’t belong on the track – you’ll sink faster than the Titanic!
- Similar to Spring Racing Fashion style rules, large handbags do not belong on the field, the smaller the better.
- “Casual-chic” should not be confused with bohemian style. Metallic tattoos and feathers although they continue to be on trend this Summer, do not belong at the polo.
- Sequins, plunging necklines, short tight skirts and anything you’d consider wearing out on a Saturday night should not be worn to the polo (the same rules also apply to the Spring Racing Carnival).
Emily Plummer also known as Corporate Catwalker, trademark style is best described as corporate chic, pushing fashion boundaries and blurring lines between work and play attire. In addition to her 9 to 5 job as a Manager at a top tier Accounting firm, Emily works as a stylist, fashion writer, brand ambassador, model and fashion consultant.
Emily wears: Maxi Dress from Sheike, Sunglasses and Boater from Seed. Shoes are Emily’s own.