How to: Relaxed Summer Racing Fashion

Magic Millions Polo 2017

With all the super cool summer racing events flooding over our calendars throughout December to February, it’s handy to know the usual dress codes do not necessarily apply when the mercury is high.

Summer racing has picked up its game lately with many fun events popping up over the season throughout the country, from Australia Day racing with sausage sizzles to polo matches with pop-up bars and DJs. With all these hot events on your plate (hot in both senses of the word), you could be forgiven for wondering how on earth you will manage pulling off the sophisticated look of a genteel race-goer in searing 30 degree heat.

Well fear not, with the high temperatures comes a more relaxed approach both to racing and trackside fashion. Racing events taking place during the hottest months of the year are often pitched as ‘relaxed racing’. Many race clubs actively encourage patrons to adopt a relaxed dress code to match. It’s all about having a good time in the sun with the drinks on ice and the DJ spinning tunes as you dabble in a flutter or two.



Throw on a cotton shirt and some chinos and bob’s your uncle. Think relaxed tailoring and pastel shades. Jackets are optional in the Members area at most race clubs during the summer months, so that’s another thing you don’t have to worry about.

For polo matches, chino shorts and a cotton shirt with the sleeves rolled up will more than do the job. If you want to spruce it up, add a tailored jacket. As far as shoes go, boat shoes, loafers or simple plimsolls all look great with this look.


  • Leave the jacket at home
  • Try a short-sleeve shirt with a bow tie for a sophisticated summer look
  • Pair chinos or chino shorts with loafers, boat shoes or plimsolls


ModelCo Women Of Influence Event
Tim Robbards rocking a relaxed summer look.
David Jones Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Launch - Rehearsal
Jarrod Scott on the runway for David Jones.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14: Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich attend Portsea Polo on January 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
Above left: Tim Robbards shows how to nail pastel pink.



Girls, it’s as simple as throwing on your favourite breezy dress or summer jumpsuit and a pair of comfortable sandals or wedges to compliment the look. Fascinators and hats are really optional here. It’s all about making it as easy as possible for yourself, while enjoying the lack of stress usually involved in dressing for spring or autumn carnival events!


  • Take the pressure off by forgoing the hat or fascinator
  • Embrace the opportunity to wear one of your favourite summer dresses or jumpsuits
  • Give your feet a break: think flat sandals, low block heels, or your comfiest pair of wedges


Summer jumpsuit perfection from Laura Henshaw.
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Nikki Osbourne and Laura Gordon pictured at the Magic Millions Polo Event on January 8, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)
Laura Gordon and Nikki Osbourne nailing summer racing fashion.


Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic - Public Side & Atmosphere
Sandals, shades and a summer dress.


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