Your Ultimate Guide to Polo Etiquette

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

Splash Australia

Polo is not only one of the most prestigious events on the social calendar worldwide, but it is also one of the oldest recorded team sports in history. The respected and glamourous sport—which sees two quartets (a.k.a. teams) ride horseback (referred to as ponies, not horses) on a field with the aim to score goals with a small white ball using long handled mallets—is commonly renowned for its well-dressed spectators stomping the divots at half time while feeling as though they’re starring in a scene from Pretty Women.

With the rise of polo in Australia and to celebrate the lead up to the Jeep Portsea Polo this weekend, we asked Olympia Valance—Australian actress and the face of the 2016 Jeep Portsea Polo Marquee—to give us the low-down on polo etiquette. Read on so you’re ready for your next royal-esque outing.

Dress code is everything. The polo is casual and fun, but also sophisticated. Best to stick to light and natural fabrics like cotton and linen. As the Portsea Polo is by the beach, whites, and softer colours are definitely encouraged.    

The more accessories the better. The polo is one of the best opportunities to wear beautiful hats and sunglasses.

The right shoes are imperative at the polo. Always make sure you wear a thick heel or wedge as you are on grass all day.

Stay hydrated. As the Jeep Portsea Polo is in the middle of summer and outdoors, it’s important to keep hydrated all day long. Always make sure you are sipping water in-between champagnes. 

Get stomping. Make sure you get involved in the “stomping of the divots” on the polo field.  It’s always lots of fun and a great tradition!

Shop for polo-approved shoes before you hit the turf.

Have you been to the polo before? If so, we’d love to hear your tips on what to wear, bring, and experience!

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