All you need to know about: Polo Attire February 10 2014, 0 Comments

All you need to know about: Polo Attire
On the 23rd of February 2014 there is an event that we are all getting excited about - the BMW Polo Open.

If you love dressing up and having a day in the sun with friends then this will be right up your alley - liking horses is a bonus!
Although both involve horses, the polo and horse-racing are two very separate events. At the polo you will be much closer to the action and the games are much longer than a horse race. There are also differences in fashion between race wear and polo attire, so we have put together this little guide to help you decipher what to wear.

Our inspiration: Pretty Woman

The Polo calls for a relaxed silhouette, gentle and neutral colours and soft flowing fabrics.

In the much adored film Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts' Vivian attends a polo match donned in a memorable polka dot frock and straw hat, which served as a major point of inspiration for our collection. We went on to source exclusive cotton, lace and viscose fabrics with dainty prints and patterns on them favouring a soft and neutral colour palette, perfect for a day out in the sunshine.

Left: 'Cora' crop top dress and right: 'Vivian' in polka dot

Here are a few of our favourite ladies in their polo outfits for some inspiration! Also take note of their soft flowing hairstyles and accessories.



Some rules do cross over when it comes to polo attire and race fashion - the most important being hem length. Hems should not be shorter than mid thigh, although with the polo it is acceptable to go midi or maxi.
It is a little more accepted to wear a strapless dress, but bear in mind that you will be wearing it all day and it might not be the most practical option.

Also think about your shoes! At half time during a polo match you will invited to stomp the divots! This is where you walk out onto the playing field (yes it is grass!) to stomp down the grass that has been turned up by the horses. A small kitten heel or wedges are the right fashion choice for the polo - stilettos are a little formal and impractical for the day.

Love this look! But also note the shoes!

Headpieces for the polo are also important- again they are different to the races. Think floppy wide brim hats. Although we create handmade millinery, we don't make hats to suit the polo. But we love these custom made to order hats from Matakana Millinery which we will be wearing on the day!


If you want to play up your hat a little bit, try adding rosettes by Natalie Chan to your hat! Available online here

The BMW Polo Open also has a Fashion in the Fields competition and a catwalk show - both in which Natalie Chan will feature in. The BMW Polo website says;

"The unique summer experiences don’t stop at the polo, our official international fashion partners will present fashion shows, with models showcasing their latest collections. Don’t miss our fabulous Fashion in the Fields event, where you have a chance to win exclusive prize packages for the most fashionable Man & Woman."

Again this competition is run a little differently to the races, with contestants being picked from the crowd during the day rather than entering the competition and registering.


We can't wait for the 23rd of February and are busily planning our outfits!

If you need some outfit inspiration, check out our polo tab on our website to check out our new collection. We also create custom made to order pieces.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Polo,

The Natalie Chan Girls