FashionHow to perfect your Portsea Polo look

  • December 27, 2018
  • St. Collins Lane

Hello polo season, we’ve missed you!

With summer in full swing and the festive season behind us, it’s time to look forward to the first major event on the Melbourne social calendar, the Portsea Polo.

Similarly to the Melbourne Cup, the Portsea Polo isn’t just about watching the matches – it’s also about the fashion. However, trading in the Flemington Racecourse for a trip down the Mornington Peninsula means that you can lose the fascinators, kick off the stilettos and opt for a more relaxed outfit.

The official dress code calls for ‘summer casual with clean looks and smart detailing.’ To help you navigate what that means, we’ve curated our top tips and trends to help you decode the “polo chic” dress code.


There’s no doubt that white outfits are the unofficial dress code of the Portsea Polo with almost all polo goers loving this shade. An all-white outfit is clean, crisp and refreshing – making it the perfect colour to sport in January’s heat.

To shake things up this year, try a two-piece co-ordinate or experiment with lace, ruffles or ruching.

Look from Cue.

Portsea Polo

For those who go against the grain, it’s not a crime to inject some colour into your polo outfit. Make sure you stay on theme and avoid heavy fabrics and dark shades including black or navy.

To keep things light and summery, our tip is to go with a flowy silk dress in a pastel shade or a feminine floral print.

Look from Zadig & Voltaire.

Portsea Polo

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be happy to discover that the polo is one of the few events on the social calendar where high heels are frowned upon. At the polo, wedges and sandals are the norm, as you’ll be standing on grass for most of the day and no one likes the feeling of sinking into the ground.

Make the most of this opportunity and chose a strappy wedge – it’ll give you a bit of height, while still helping you feel carefree and comfortable.

Wedges from Jo Mercer.

Portsea Polo

No polo look is completed without the right accessories. In keeping with the outfit, your accessories should speak to the weather – so bring on the sunglasses and hats.

This year, we’re expecting to see quirky specs dominate the field – from tiny Rihanna-esque sunnies to bold, statement frames.

In terms of hats, these aren’t compulsory, but an understated straw hat will instantly add a polo-feel to your look while helping to protect you under the sun.

Sunglasses from Cue.

Portsea Polo

You can shop all these labels at St. Collins Lane.

Cue, located on Level One.

Zadig & Voltaire, located on Ground Floor.