The XI FIP World Polo Championship is heading to Sydney. Here, one of its ambassadors talks dress codes.
“The polo is one of my favourite events of the year,” says model Erin Holland. “It’s the perfect mix of sport, fashion and socialising.” She is counting the days to her next chukka fix at the XI FIP World Polo Championship in Sydney this month, when the world’s top eight teams face off amid a carnival atmosphere with live music, fashion shows, food stalls, an art exhibition and other equestrian sports.
As an event ambassador, Holland enjoys the lead-up as much as the polo. “From planning what to wear and shopping, the preparations are fun, too.” While spectator fashion is as big a deal at the polo as it is at the races, different rules apply. Fascinators – a race-day favourite – are a no-no at the polo, so she suggests a straw hat or an Akubra. Polo outfits can be more fun, with colours, florals and stripes. “Go playful with a printed chiffon mini-dress, or separates dressed up with accessories,” she advises. “A jumpsuit or pants-suit is a great trend to embrace: comfortable yet empowering.”
For the tradition of stomping divots at half time, apt footwear is a must, such as espadrilles, wedges or R.M. Williams boots. “No stilettos, or you’ll get stuck in the grass!” Holland says.
“THE POLO IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE EVENTS OF THE WHOLE YEAR. IT’S THE PERFECT MIX OF SPORT, FASHION AND SOCIALISING”