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What to wear to the Polo

In Melbourne during the summertime, three major polo tournaments (at Albert Park, Werribee and Portsea) spring to life.  This “sport of kings” is certainly a social one; a mixture of spring racing and music festival frivolity that has not yet descended into debauchery. Globally they may dress for the polo like it’s a royal occasion at a yacht club thrown by Vogue, but here the style is somewhat more relaxed. Our polo dresscode is still indefinable. Let’s nudge it towards effortless glamour shall we? Remember there will be very nice athletic gentlemen wearing jodhpurs to meet between matches.

There are a few simple rules to abide by; it’s a daytime event, think wedges, espadrilles or flats as the tradition of “stomping the divots” occurs and don’t forget your sunscreen (and H20 intake between glasses of fizz).

Here’s a few pieces for inspiration – from those that capture a chic contemporary look to pieces with a touch of Bohemia – that I think would be simply divine to wear to the polo.

L-R 1. Nevenka “End of Time” dress 2. Nicholas “Nyssa” shirt 3. LIFEwithBIRD “Walkman maxi” dress 4. Steele “Free Love maxi” skirt 5. Mossman “Venezuela knit” top 6. Wet & Wendy “Strong Horizon extendable” sunbrella 7. Arabella Ramsay Panama hat 8. Kuwaii “Darby” shoe 9. Leisa Flannery “Venus” earrings 10. One Point Five “Selene” espadrilles 11. Owl of Eden “Mediterranean collar” necklace 12. Amber & Thomas dress 13. Livia Arena “Peek-a-Boo” shirt 14. Jolet “Lucid Dreams wrap” top 15. Kathryn Beker “Leather cap sleeve” tee 16. Leonard St. “Anita shirt” dress

P.S. To assist Melburnians in getting dressed appropriately for the polo, online fashion destination Shopbop is giving one lucky reader a $100 voucher to spend! They stock many Australian and international designer labels including polo-worthy locals like Shakuhachi, Willow, Kirrily Johnston and the aforementioned Nicholas. All you have to do to be in the running to win is;

1. Subscribe to our newsletter ‘StyleSnap’ to the right or on our homepage if you aren’t already signed up (we check this).
2. Then email win@stylemelbourne.com using “Shopbop” as the subject line. Remember to use the email you subscribed with and include your full name.
3. Wait to see if you have won this gorgeous prize! The winners will be drawn on 28th November 2011.

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