Stylist Sarah Kate Byrne on how ladies can dress to impress throughout polo season

By Rachel Ingram | 23 Jun 2019 | Style

Tread the divots in style with our stylist's experts tips on looking hot to trot
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It might surprise you to learn that, when it comes to style, polo is one of the more welcoming equestrian sports. There is no official dress code, no rules and no strict regulations. So be mindful of the forecast and dress appropriately for the day – you won’t find short skirts flapping and hats flying off heads here, as you do so often at Cheltenham, Aintree and Ascot. Here, expert stylist Sarah Kate Byrne tells Tempus how ladies can dress to impress for the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club’s International Day on 27 July – one of the most exciting and elegant events of the season. Read on…


The beauty of polo is that you’re not buying something you’re only going to wear once. You can buy something that you could wear to the office or dress up for an evening. Summer garden prints are in style this year – it’s a real Chelsea Flower Show look that you can wear again and again, even in winter.

I’m a big a monochrome fan, so another look I love is black and white. It always looks so stylish and effortless, and it’s so easy to do. Try pairing a crop top with some palazzo culottes and some cream, or even red, espadrilles, a really cute look.

[Photography: © Eponine London]


For anything to do with horses, try and wear sensible shoes as you’re on your feet all day and navigating different surfaces. I appreciate a block heel, certainly if you’re going to stamp in the divots. Cheltenham-designed Keith Scarrott does a lot of colours and combinations. Espadrilles are also a sensible choice. Have a look at Penelope Chilvers. Fairfax & Favor is also well known for beautiful loafers and boots – their knee-high boots work for polo, while their loafers are great with a skirt or chinos.


Hairbands are having a massive moment. Everyone’s wearing them. There are claims the Duchess of Cambridge started the trend. She did not. I did. Have a look at Penelope Henderson on Instagram – she makes beautiful hair accessories.

If it’s sunny, you could wear a straw hat in a gentleman’s panama style – try Hicks & Brown. Sunglasses are a no-go – if you want to watch the polo and if you’re talking to people, you shouldn’t be hiding behind your sunglasses.

[Photography: © Hick&Brown]


If it’s cooler, add extra layers under your dress. If you’re wearing a decent, heavy cotton, you can get away with thermals underneath. Get a low necked thermal – Uniqlo has some good options.

If you must wear a jacket, go for a neutral. If you opt for a coat or a mac, roll up the sleeves – it will just make your outfit a little bit neater and tidier. Belt it at the waist to give you a silhouette. You could also use a patterned silk scarf instead of a belt to add a pop of colour – always a stylish choice for the polo.

[Photography: © Eponine London]