As a sport with a real heritage dating back almost 2,500 years, polo goes hand in hand with style. Polo games are social events where rural freedoms meet cosmopolitan refinery, and timeless elegance is more important than a passing trend.
Chestertons Polo in the Park has gone to great lengths to make polo a more accessible sport to a wider audience and generation, but a big part of polo's appeal is still the opportunity for some tasteful extravagance – something Chestertons Polo in the Park provides in spades.
While the game itself has evolved, there's certainly been no change to the overall experience, merging exhilarating equestrian action and a fantastic social event with the opportunity to network; the perfect combination of champagne and hooves in a fun and relaxed environment.
Comfortable yet elegant style is the aim for spectators on a day where, uniquely in the sport, country tweed is thrown out in preference for city chic.
For men, pale pastels, whites and beiges provide the ideal foundation for a summer day, combined with the occasional bold splash of darker colour to stand out from the crowd. Of course, the polo shirt is an obvious choice, paired with shorts and loafers for the more casual look. But be aware: if you plan on attending some of the hospitality areas, then smart attire is generally required.
However, while sporting a polo shirt with dark jeans is more than appropriate, do not attempt to look like a polo player – pairing white jeans and just a polo shirt – if you are not actually jumping up on a horse, as this is a bit of a faux pas in the polo community. The more classic dandy style, with a modern twist of eye-catching coloured trousers or blazer jacket, is the way to go.
Consider combining chinos with a button-down shirt and blazer for a classic and comfortable combination. It should go without saying that you should leave the top hats and tails at home – this isn't Ascot.
For women, perfect polo style means something elegant and timeless, ripped jeans and crop tops are great on the high-street but, at polo, a form-fitting and classic pair of jeans with a silk top will express elegance and gracefulness. If you want to incorporate the seasonal trends in to your polo style, wide-leg high-waisted trousers with a crop top – showing only very little skin – is the way to go.
Summer dresses are a favourite for many; the brighter the better in most cases – it is the official beginning of summer after all – but chic pastels or perfect whites are often sported as well. A dark military-style blazer could add a regal touch, provided the look comes off more Kate Middleton than the Libertines. A word of warning: leave the super-high stilettos at home, and opt for wedge sandals or a pump with a thick heel instead so you can have fun treading the divots between the chukkas, and won't be held back from exploring the many areas with food and beverage, as this is half the fun of Chestertons Polo in the Park.
Just remember that style should be a reflection of your personality rather than an attempt at fitting in with the surroundings – so be yourself! At the end of the day, the most important part of polo will always be getting involved with the action and enjoying the sport – the real key to having a great day at Chestertons Polo in the Park.
Note: This article was part edited by Diana Jensen of http://www.polopeopleplaces.com/