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What to wear to the polo

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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Your summer capsule wardrobe

Your summer capsule wardrobe in 10 pieces

If you’re searching for a way to dress decisively and shop more economically, or maybe you’re just in need of a way to make your baggage allowance go further, the capsule wardrobe could be your summer sartorial saviour. The ideal 2019 summer capsule wardrobe should include the classics you revisit every year and can throw together easily - think tailored shorts, simple sliders and a chic one-piece swimsuit. Take a scroll of these editor-approved essentials that will see you through the summer’s heat wave and beyond.

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1. Tan sliders

 

This is the sandal that will go with every outfit this summer - tan works equally well with other neutrals as it does with bright hues. Slip on with anything from silky slip dresses to denim and you'll be comfy, cool and effortlessly stylish. 


Kurt Geiger, Deliah Sandals, £69

 


2. Simple swimsuit

Sunseeker High Leg Swimsuit

 

There are plenty of swimwear trends around this season, but when it comes to capsule summer wardrobes, it pays to opt for a simple one-piece that goes with everything. It can even double as a top you can throw on with some linen trousers or a midi skirt.


Sunseeker, Sunseeker High Leg Swimsuit, £69

 


3. Tailored shorts

Oasis Formal Shorts

 

The grown-up alternative to denim cut-offs, tailored shorts are best paired with a simple tank top and flat sandals during the day. Dress them up for evenings with strappy heels, a lightweight blazer and layered necklaces.


Oasis, Formal Shorts, £34

 


4. Strappy sandals

Jiji Knotted Block Heels

 

We’re calling it, the strappy sandal is the ‘90s revival piece we are most happy to see the heroic return of. A one-stop ticket to making every outfit you throw on look like something Carrie Bradshaw herself would strut out in? Count us in.


Head Over Heels, Jiji Knotted Block Heels, £48

 


5. Basket bag

Natural Weaved Bag With Stripe Lining

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to inject some carefree holiday vibes into your closet, then a basket bag is the answer. No longer just a beach-bound style, a wicker accessory will cut it in a city setting too.


Yumi, Natural Weaved Bag With Stripe Lining, £24

 


6. Cover-up

Gant Linen Shirt

 

When it comes to poolside chic, nothing makes a statement like wafting around in a floaty cover-up. The kaftan will never lose its status, but a linen dress or oversized shirt are great options that will work for your extended summer wardrobe too.

 


Gant, Linen Shirt, £95

 


7. Floaty trousers

Warehouse Stripe Linen Wide Leg Trousers

 

Forever a warm-weather classic, a pair of easy and breezy trousers will ensure you stay cool while looking smart. Pair with a simple racer vest, gold jewellery and sliders, or dress up with a slinky cami and a clutch bag.


Warehouse, Stripe Linen Wide Leg Trousers, £42

 


8. Chic sunglasses

Mulberry Kate Acetate Sunglasses

 

Classic with a hint of cat eye and inspired by iconic it girl Kate Moss, the Mulberry Kate sunglasses were made to channel some serious Riviera glamour. We love the tortoiseshell iteration, but an all-black pair is equally chic.


Mulberry, Kate Acetate Sunglasses, £190

 


9. Sundress

Whistles Digital Daisy Zelena Dress

 

A statement midi is a must for any summer wardrobe. Choose wisely and the right midi will see you through just about any sartorial situation. Dress up with wedges for warm evenings and with plimsolls for city breaks. 


Whistles, Digital Daisy Zelena Dress, £179

 


10. Straw hat

Oasis Lurex Floppy Straw Hat

 

A straw hat is perfect for holidays spent on the beach, perusing the local shops, or really anywhere you want to look chic and sun-soaked. If you think you can't wear a straw hat unless you're beach bound, think again - it will be a godsend come the next heat wave.


Oasis, Lurex Floppy Straw Hat, £18
 
 
 
 

Travel minis to squeeze into your luggage

Travel minis to squeeze into your hand luggage

We all know the struggle of squeezing our favourite beauty products into a tiny plastic bag to make it through airport security, but these travel minis will make your life so much easier. Here are the essential beauty products that you shouldn't board the plane without.

 

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Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray

Kiehls SPF

 

After cleansing in the morning, a quick spritz of this will hydrate and refresh your skin. Use it to prep for makeup or to wake up a tired post-party face.


Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray, £10

 


Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Sisley SPF

 

You don't have to compromise on your lashes when you go away. Benefit's latest winning formula gives amazing, smudge-free volume and it comes in a handy mini travel size too.


Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara, £11

 


BYBI Babe Balm

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

 

Multi-purpose products are perfect for holidays and none do the job quite like Babe Balm. It's a moisturiser, lip balm, hand cream and highlighter in one. Forget holidays, this is coming with us everywhere.


BYBI Babe Balm, £18

 


Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Wash

 

While it’s close to impossible to keep up an entire skincare routine on your holidays, don't risk dryness or blemishes by choosing face wipes. This face wash from Kiehl's will easily fit into your travel bag and wash away impurities, leaving your skin super soft.


Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Wash, £9.50

 


Benefit Cheekleaders Mini Palette

 

This limited edition palette includes the classic matte bronzer Hoola, the shimmering blush Gold Rush and the brand new highlighter Cookie. All in one place and for the fraction of the price, it's a steal.


Benefit Cheekleaders Bronze Squad Mini Palette, £26

 


Acqua Di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria

 

We can always make space for a fragrance, and you won't find a fresher scent than Bergamotto di Calabria. Beautifully Mediterranean, one spritz will last all day.


Acqua Di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria, £72

10 sandals you need for summer

10 sandals you need for summer

Whether you’re thinking about your next holiday or just the looming summer months, we’ve rounded up the 10 best sandals to buy this season. Some of our old favourite trends are back again (hi, dad sandals, tan leather slides and woven details), but we've also got some new additions to our hot list. Prepare to well and truly step into summer.

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1. Tan sliders

Dune Loupe Smart Slider Shoes

 

If you invest in only one sandal trend this year, make it minimalism. Simple leather slides in classic brown leather look great with a tan and will be the perfect finishing touch to your capsule summer wardrobe.


Dune, Loupe Smart Slider Shoes, £85

 


2. Woven details

Dune, Oceana Sm Flat Raffia Sliders

 

As the name suggests, the Dune Oceana sandals were made for being by the beach in your favourite swimwear but will look just as chic in the city with a pair of wide-leg trousers or a maxi dress.


Dune, Oceana Sm Flat Raffia Sliders, £55

 


3. Red accessories

Moda in Pelle Laroh Medium Smart Sandals

 

We don't think we'll ever tire of a statement red shoe. Brighten up your summer ensembles with these strappy, suede heels and finish things off with a matching red lip and a fresh pedicure.


Moda in Pelle, Laroh Medium Smart Sandals, £45.95

 


4. Strappy sandals

Kurt Geiger Park Lane Sandals

 

Floss? Barely there? Strappy? Whatever you call them, they’re a trend you won’t be able to escape this season. This stiletto pair will be your go-to for evening drinks and summer events.


Kurt Geiger, Park Lane Sandals, £99

 


5. Flip-flops

Dune, Lagoons Metal Trim Sandals

 

No longer confined to the beach, the classic thong style has been upgraded for summer with bold colours and soft leather, proving the simple sandal can be chic too. 


Dune, Lagoons Metal Trim Sandals, £50

 


6. Flatforms

Whistles Rae Flatform Sandal

 

Add a few extra inches to the soles of your flat sandals, and voila! You have the flatform sandal. Equal parts fashionable and comfortable, these elevated kicks are perfect for cocktail hour. 


Whistles, Rae Flatform Sandal, £169

 


7. Dad sandals

Sketchers Dlite Sandals

 

Think of these as summer's answer to the ugly-trainer trend of winter. These go-to tourist shoes are just the thing to dress down your floaty summer dresses and are great for sight-seeing holidays.


Sketchers, Dlite Sandals, £43.99

 


8. Block-heel sandals

Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottom

 

Beachy-ready and easy to walk miles in, these minimal sandals are the investment your shoe rack needs. With strappy fastenings, square-toes and block-heels - we don't think you could fit any more trends into one sandal.


Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottoms, £19.95

 


9. Wedges

Moda in Pelle Parcia Medium Smart Sandals

 

High enough to give some leg but low enough to stroll in for hours without an ounce of pain, these wedge heels are your new best friend. 


Moda in Pelle, Parcia Medium Smart Sandals;79.95

 


10. Sculptural mules

Dune Meli Sculptural Heel Mules

 

Leaders of the quirky-cool heel aesthetic, architectural heels are a great way to add interest to your everyday sandal selection. They're also far too pretty not to show off, so we suggest keeping hemlines above the ankle for ideal shoe showcasing. 


Dune, Meli Sculptural Heel Mules, £48