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Aspinal's Guide to Dressing for Polo


Royalty, celebrities and sports stars will be among those descending on Cowdray Park's famous lawns on 17th July to attend the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup Final. It's guaranteed to be a stylish event and, while the focus may be on the prestigious game, fashion will certainly be high on the agenda.

There is no standard dress code as with racing but as the most stylish in society will be in attendance, it's the perfect opportunity to dress up and embrace this season's key trends. We've put together some top tips for on-trend polo style.

Keep It Simple

Polo tournaments have become a stage for the most stylish but, being an outdoor event, keeping things effortless is essential. Overly complicated outfits don't mix with relaxing in deckchairs or congregating on the lawn, so think simple when planning your look. Feminine slip dresses are on trend for SS16, so opt for soft lines and a simple silhouette to achieve the look. Our Lottie Bag is the perfect accompaniment to create a quintessentially English summer look.

Fashion Forward

Give your outfit a contemporary twist with an unexpected detail, such as a flash of colour or a geometric silhouette. White as a foundation colour has been popular at the biggest society events this summer, ideal for a fresh summer look and the perfect blank canvas for a pop of bold colour. Echo the modernity of your outfit with our Mini Trunk Clutch. Mini bags are huge for SS16, adding a playful and stylish touch to any look.

Classic With A Twist

Wear a tailored dress to give a modern feel to a classic look. This modern day update will look chic and sophisticated, and taps into the masculine tailoring trend that filled the catwalks this season. Continue the theme and team your dress with our vintage-inspired Mayfair Bag.

For Gentlemen

Unlike the races, a polo tournament gives you much more opportunity to experiment with your style. A full suit and tie is not required but an element of tailoring, whether it's trousers or a blazer, will play up to the smart atmosphere of the occasion. Make use of accessories such as pocket squares and cufflinks to inject personality into your outfit.

Not Forgetting Footwear

Whatever outfit you choose, don't let footwear be an afterthought. Stilettos are best avoided - sinking heels are tricky to navigate while treading in the divots. Instead, opt for chunky heels, espadrille wedges or even flat sandals or pumps.

Gentlemen should wear smart shoes, for example some Brogues or Loafers.


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