What to wear to the polo

 

Said to be the oldest team sport on record (first played some 2,500 years ago, but who's counting?), today polo is as much of a joy if you’re a punter as a player. The International Day takes place on Saturday 27th July and will see England battle against Argentina for the Coronation Cup. Frasers are the official sponsor of the England Polo Team so fittingly, we’ve got polo on the mind right now.

With the heat, sun and people to impress, knowing what to wear to a match can be a tricky one. So we’ve pulled together this foolproof guide.

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The dress code is smart-casual which can mean many things. Start with a great shirt and wear tucked into stone chinos with a slim, tan belt and chocolatey loafers. Otherwise, a printed, short sleeve shirt – even a Cuban collar one – can look great with tapered trousers and chunky brogues or sleek leather loafers. Think the shirt you’d wear to a festival but outfitted a whole lot smarter.

Summer suiting is another great way to go. Seersucker, linen and hopsack are all breathable so look for these fabrics.

Loose, relaxed fits are very much on-trend. If you’ve just got ground tickets, try a loose, linen two-piece with a white t-shirt or neutral polo shirt. In a hospitality venue where a collared shirt is a necessity, try a lightweight suit cropped to just above the ankle to show off summery-yet-smart espadrilles. If you’re feeling daring, opt for wide-leg trousers with a linen shirt tucked in and black leather sliders – the style spectators will applaud.

Sunglasses are an absolute must (no one likes squinting at the best of times). Ties are optional so instead pop a patterned pocket square in your jacket pocket. But if you do don a tie, a slim shape and a mellow hue, like a forest green, will look smart yet relaxed.

When the mercury rises, rolled up sleeves look crisper than a shirt that’s unbuttoned too far - definitely don’t feel the need to swelter in your jacket. A jacket casually slung over one shoulder says easy sophistication – just remember to take out your wallet to avoid any slipping-out-of-pocket mishaps.

There you have it. Polo may be a historic game but dressing for it, that’s a modern day coup. 

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