EQUINE STYLE

The XI FIP World Polo Cham­pi­onship is head­ing to Syd­ney. Here, one of its am­bas­sadors talks dress codes.

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“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”

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