Tips for Dressing for Horse Racing, What the Experts Say

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We are now in the season for chukkas and beautiful ponies in Zimbabwe, South Africa and around the world.

Next week, Zimbabwe will host the OK Grand Challenge.

There have already been a number of polo events around the country and around the world in recent weeks.

Other equestrian sporting events will also take place in the coming weeks and months.

As one of the most luxurious sports in the world, it is not only about horse racing or polo, but also about fashion.

When you attend these events, you need to make sure you look and feel luxury.

Polo outfits aren’t the kind you’d expect to walk into the office with – they’re luxurious, colorful and with a bit of a whimsy.

Go for bright colors and make sure to stay close to the theme. Colors like emerald green, dusty pink, and ombre purple usually work. And for gentlemen, avoid black and white suits. Get out of your comfort zone and explore other colors like brown, green and purple.

For the ladies


It is not necessary to wear a long sparkling dress, it is the polo shirt, not a matrix dance. Opt for something more sassy, ​​like a mini dress with a dramatic bow or puff sleeves. Take inspiration from Candice Modiselle’s dress she wore at the Johannesburg Polo recently. Its designer Mdlalose Nhlanhla understood the mission. The asymmetrical satin mini dress, with puff sleeves and a train, was perfect. It wasn’t too much but it was still appealing for the occasion.


Suits are also perfect for ladies, they have the power to give you that bossy look. Depending on the theme, Ankara suits work best over the polo shirt. Think of Thando Thabethe’s polo look in 2019, when she wore an African print suit from House of Fabrosanz. She made a statement without trying too hard.

Flared skirt

If you want drama, wear a princess swing maxi skirt and puff sleeve shirt. If your shirt is plain, add a chunky collar to add more flair to your look.

Follow the advice of Lerato Kgamanyane, who knows how to create a nice polo shirt look with just a few items.


Fashion designers like award-winning Phupho Gumede will tell you that the most important thing is to look good comfortably.

“Functionality is key when attending an event such as polo. It’s best to avoid ball gowns and high heels for an event of this nature,” he says.

And we agree because nothing is more annoying than being at a social event and not being able to mingle because your outfit/shoes are giving you trouble.

Your confidence drops. We know this because I once attended a polo event in December 2019 and wore pointy stilettos, the worst mistake of my life.

Luckily there was a convenience store, and we ended up buying some sandals that could match my dress and only then where we could feast like everyone else. Since then, we have sworn never to wear stilettos in the polo shirt. The best heels are block heels because they are comfortable and elegant.


Avoid large purses and fascinators. You’re not attending a funeral, so leave this fascinator at home.

They were cool then, but now they don’t work. We just survived the pandemic and couldn’t do our hair for months. Get a nice hairstyle and show it off. Also, be careful not to accessorize too much. The focus should be more on your dress/costume than a neckline, so go for something minimal.

For gentlemen


Gentlemen, please remove the tuxedos. We have seen enough and we are tired. Why not opt ​​for high-waisted tailored pants and a ruffled shirt? Give us something.

If you would like to wear a full suit, can it be snug please? We have Tshepo Tsala, Tailor Me and Suitability for such occasions. We don’t want to see Gwede Mantashe’s oversized suits. Like the ladies, you can also opt for African print suits.

Meet Trevor Stuurman and Imprint designer Mzukisi Mbane; they’ll show you how it’s done.


Shoes should match your accessories, especially if you’re wearing a belt. Don’t wear sneakers unless you can take them off.

Instead, stick to your matching formal shoes to avoid disappointment.

When it comes to men’s shoes, oxfords are a go-to style. Whether you’re dressing for a smart-casual event or a semi-formal reception, brogues can complement your look perfectly.

The belt will depend on the pants you are wearing, but a watch is a must. Show them you’re always on time (even if you’re late) by wearing a nice watch to spice up your outfit. Don’t wear a hat, get a fresh cut, and if you have a beard, make sure it’s well-trimmed and moisturized.

Now that you know what to wear, be sure to complement your outfits with beautiful makeup and complement it with a smile and an inviting scent. Be on your best behavior and savor the taste of luxury.

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