BILLED as the social event of the summer, the polo attracts a preppy-inspired, well-dressed crowd.
The “polo chic” dress code means no nightclub attire, stilettos or flashing too much skin, according to style experts.
“If you’d see it at a nightclub, don’t even consider wearing it to the polo,” said Lee Elliott, who is a regular at the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo.
Elliott — who won Georgia Love’s heart on The B achelorette — is behind the Amalfi-themed Casa Amuk marquee, which will host between 700 and 800 ticketholders at Portsea tomorrow.
It’s fair to say Elliott knows polo style etiquette given he has attended “too many (polo events) to count”.
“Boys can have a lot more fun with what they wear to the polo — chinos, shorts, shirts, a tie if they want, and accessorise. It’s a lot more relaxed, the dress code,” Elliott said today.
His go-to outfit? A pair of white chinos, a blue shirt and a blazar teamed with navy loafers.
Thurley designer Helen O’Connor said showing too much skin was a polo no-no.
“The first tip is not to over dress or over expose too much skin,” O’Connor said.
“Don’t get mislead by the beachside location, beachwear is not appropriate and nor is embellished evening wear,” she said, adding polo attire for the girls should be “subtle, stylish and relaxed”.
O’Connor said all-white was the Portsea Polo’s unofficial dress code last year but she expects pastel tones to trend in 2018.
“I think this year it will be about sorbet pastels,” O’Connor told News Corp Australia. “Women at the polo embrace their feminine side and be more playful with their outfits.”
She said statement sunnies were one way to elevate an outfit for the polo field.
“It always gives your outfit a fashion forward edge and gives you an air of intrigue,” she said.
And then there are the shoes. The wedge has always been the favoured polo footwear but Alias Mae owner Tom Kirkhope predicts the block heel will be all over Portsea tomorrow.
“(There’s) nothing worse than sinking into the grass at the polo, so (wear) a pair of block heels, platforms or sandals,” Kirkhope said.
WHO’S WHO AT PORTSEA
Key VVVIP marquees at Portsea tomorrow include Alfa Romeo, which will host Offspring star Asher Keddie, Carissa Walford, Gracie Otto and Tahnee Atkinson.
Rpple will unveil its social media marketing business venture with Australian model Ellie Gonsalves.
And Bec and Chris Judd will front the enclosure for their fashion brand Jaggad, with Nadia Bartel, Brooke Hogan, and Billy and Nicole Slater on the guest list.
Post-polo, crowds head to the Portsea and Sorrento pubs.
Hotel Sorrento’s Myles Pitt said the venue will be at capacity, with 1100 partygoers expected at the newly-renovated pub on Saturday night.
“The polo finishes at 5pm so I’d suggest to come before 4pm to beat the queue,” Pitt said.