JUST because horses are involved, it doesn’t mean you should be dressing for a day at the races when it comes to the spring polo, said Toowoomba fashionista Savannah Barber.
Ms Barber, the fashion spokeswoman for the upcoming The Event Group’s Spring Polo, said while the style guides were far less rigid, there were a few unwritten rules people should keep in mind.
“Polo’s vibe is elegant and refined, casual yet sophisticated,” she said.
“Think summer picnic or garden party smart casual.”
She said while polo style wasn’t as proper as dressing for the races, elegance was key for both.
“The difference means you can embrace the spring feel with less structure and more comfort,” she said.
Ms Barber said to go for dresses in mid and maxi lengths, tailored trousers, jumpsuits and on-trend two pieces.
“Try something light and flowy in cotton or linen. It could get windy at Queens Park, so don’t go for anything short and floaty. This is a celebration of spring, so colour and pattern are just the tickets.”
She said while head-wear wasn’t compulsory, leave the fascinators at home and go for a wide brimmed number, such as a boater, trilby or straw hat.
“When looking at what shoes to wear, remember you’ll be on your feet for a long time so choose something you can commit to for a full day,” Ms Barber said.
“Leave the stilettos at home or you’ll spend much of the day extracting yourself from the grass of Queens Park.”
Instead, she suggested going for a block heel or wedge, a pair of ladylike flats, sandals or even brogues were suitable.
As for the perfect hairstyle, Oscar Oscar Grand Central salon partner and manager Hollie-Jay Taylor said to think relaxed, dishevelled styles.
“You will be seeing a lot of soft waves, low textured buns and effortless looking ponytails,” she said.
“It’s all about movement and texture this year.”
And for the men, Ms Barber said tailored chinos paired with a crisp, well-ironed linen or cotton shirt was the way to go.
“Plain light colours, stripes or checks… boat shoes, brogues or loafers, they are all winners,” she said.
“You can add a slight polish to your look with a blazer or sports jacket. If you’re keen to step up the style stakes, a fun pocket square tucked into your blazer will add the cherry on top.”
Ms Barber said if you were still unsure, don’t be afraid to ask.
“There’s a great range of stores in Grand Central stocking polo-friendly attire, and their staff would be more than happy to help you find a great outfit,” she said.
For expert advice, Grand Central’s centre stylist can assist you in putting together that polo-perfect outfit. The spring polo will be at Queens Park on September 23.