Race day dresses are tricky as the rules are numerous and very restrictive. However when it comes to dressing for the Polo, things are a little more relaxed and who doesn't love channelling Julia Roberts circa Pretty Woman? You may bare those shoulders if you so wish and frolic with finishing flourishes, because as long as ladies stick to a formula of dresses, skirts or tailored trousers anything goes. Even crop tops - WHO. KNEW!
In blistering sunshine at the Cartier Queen’s Polo final in Windsor celebrities showed how polo dressing is DONE. With a backdrop of rolling fields in Windsor’s Great Park, floral displays that would break any wedding Tumblr and a couple of Cartier boys in uniforms, the landscape alone is the ideal Instagram accessory!
Australian model, Jessica Hart led the field in a sweeping floor length Alessandra Rich dress. Buttoned from the neckline to the floor Hart showed you can be as seductive as one want to be, as you can increase the split of your hem at will. It’s totally ideal for emergency ventilation and also ideal for a little flirting, too. The ensemble goes to the show that you can never underestimate the power of the waist belt and a fan is the only accessory you need.
Elsewhere on the field blogger and international shopper, Karen Ng tackled the polo in Prada. Stealing the trophy in a nude sheer dress with a flourish of feathers, Karen finished the ensemble with patent Gucci boots. She raised a key sartorial point: avoid the stiletto at all costs.
Away from one-step dressing, Ella Purnell tackled a two-piece. Daring to bare her midriff in a halter neck crop top, the actress finished the look with wide culottes. Playing with texture to make sure it was all white on the night and she wasn’t the only one showing that the palest of colours doesn’t have to be boring. Summer whites are always a great go-to and Candice Lake in a Proenza Schouler showed just how with a few twists, an off the shoulder neckline and an asymmetric hemline to name just a few, you suddenly have an alternative classic.
Who said metallics were just for winter? Well Lara Stone didn’t, pictured below with Cartier's Managing Director, Laurent Feniou. Wearing a Christopher Kane lace midi dress in 30 degree heat could lead to you being a turkey baster away from a tin foil wrapped roast dinner but Ms Stone kept it oh-so-easy by avoiding any distracting accents.
For a masterclass in menswear, Skepta stormed through the field in a flat cap and printed shirt, showing the tried and tested suit doesn’t always have to win the day. However our very own Josh Newis-Smith AKA Joshington Hosts took George Michael vibes to the polo by wearing an unbuttoned white shirt and trousers off set with a blue blazer. The man-velage (the male cleavage) is clearly alive and well.
So when one is attending the polo, play with details to make sure you are the prized pony on the fields this summer.