Take inspiration from stylish celebrities and get your outfit sorted for the Land Rover NZ Polo Open, with tips from Fashion Quarterly editor and Fashion on the Field judge Zoe Walker Ahwa.
Going to the polo is a unique day out – both in terms of sporting spectatorship and dress code. While bearing some similarities to a day at the races, polo dress is less structured, more ‘undone’… and is about comfort, above all else. Think polished and fun, and a chance to put your own personal spin on summer event dressing.
We’re delighted to be the partner for this year’s Fashion Quarterly Fashion on the Field at the Land Rover NZ Polo Open, with three categories: best-dressed woman, best-dressed man and best shoe.
Dress up in your most elegant summer outfits and enter on the day, or you can pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and what category you want to enter. Judging takes place next to the Fashion Lawn at 2pm on Saturday February 23, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
We’re here to guide you on getting dressed for the social event of the summer.
Whether you opt for a pretty sundress, floating maxi dress, tailored trousers or comfortable culottes, the general rule here is smart and feminine – and lightweight. The polo is not necessarily the place to transfer over your race day outfit, nor is it the time to wear anything overtly sexy or tight. Think stylish summer picnic meets garden party and you can’t go too far wrong. Colour-wise, steer clear of black if you can… White is always a good option as are pastels, neutrals and bold pops of colour. Chloe Sevigny’s 2009 cream Chloe short suit is still the pinnacle of polo chic.
Going to the polo isn’t the same as going to the races – you don’t need a fascinator or a hat. But being sun smart is stylish, so protect yourself with a casual panama, straw boater or wide-brimmed hat.
Stilettos aren’t a great idea at the polo. Not only will you sink into the grass at every step but you won’t be particularly handy when it comes to the age-old tradition of stomping the divots. Instead, choose wedges, a block heel or a chic flat. You’ll not only feel more comfortable but you won’t get disapproving glances from those that are ‘ in-the-know’.
The polo is a great chance to have some fun with your accessories and bright, playful or statement-making pieces are a go. A wicker clutch a la Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller adds a whimsical touch (and doubles as a miniature picnic basket); a bold pair of sunglasses can completely round out an outfit and are essential in the summer sun (case-in-point: Freida Pinto) or make a subtle statement with your earrings, like Bianca Jagger.
Chinos are your go-to. Choose light, summery shades such as pastels, white, beige and camel and pair with navy blue or olive. The polo is your chance to have some fun with colour and accessories, so don’t be afraid of a pocket square, bow tie or a belt in a bold shade.
WATCH:FQ’s guide to dressing for the polo