An affinity for minimalism always leaves me a little stumped for race-day dressing, but the polo’s more relaxed dress code makes for an exciting challenge to get creative with unconventional looks. Ahead of Polo in the Valley next Sunday, I popped into Perth’s Adam Heath Boutique to play dress-up with some of my favourite brands, and to share with you my tips on what to wear to the polo.
The paddock friendly shoe
Being an event for which the dress code is a slave to the physical conditions – namely, out on the paddock on a possibly damp day – the practical considerations of your polo outfit cannot be overstated. Unless you want to spend the whole day with your stiletto heel stuck in the grass, I highly recommend block heels or wedges (or no heels at all). Personally, though, it’s got to be the dressy sneaker – yes, it’s a thing! A pair of clean and sleek, luxe tennis shoes is perfectly paired with a feminine skirt or dress for an effortless chic polo look.
Wearing: Camisole and pleated skirt by Forte Forte; Sneakers by Philippe Model Paris – from Adam Heath Boutique
Keep bling to a minimum
Your perfect polo outfit should hit the sweet spot between garden party and smart casual. Fascinators are completely out of place, as are all things decidedly ‘evening’. I am all for a relaxed blazer and trouser ensemble, whether it’s a white on white or white on black combination (black on black is too formal), or matching sets in fresh summer colours.
Wearing: White Blazer by Cedric Carlier; Black Trousers by 3.1 Phillip Lim – from Adam Heath Boutique
Finally, this is an occasion where breaking the ‘rules’ is absolutely allowed. Nothing says you have to turn up in the conventional dress and hat. Personally, I think crisp shirting and a touch of leather are so refreshing – climate permitting of course.
Wearing: Shirt by Dion Lee; Leather Pleated Skirt by Marnie; Sneakers by Philippe Model Paris – from Adam Heath Boutique
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