Whether you’re a keen polo spectator with a ticket to burn or you’re just interested in getting your summer social wardrobe pulled together, then a good place to look for sartorial instruction was at this weekend’s ultra-swanky Veuve Clicquot polo at the Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Handsome chaps strong-of-thigh aside, there was plenty to perve over in the fashion department. This annual event always draws a glossy A-list posse, but 2014’s attendance was particularly strong for hot-weather dressing inspo. Scroll through the gallery above for the best looks from the day and four formulas – complete with the things you can buy now - that ace strict style requirements as inspired by Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore and Karen Elson….
4 Ways To Look Fancy But Fashiony At The Polo And Other Glam Summer Events
GALLERY >> What To Wear At The Polo (Other Other Fancy Summer Events)
BE CLASSIC IN BLACK AND WHITE
Lupita Nyong’o put in a winning performance (when does she not?) in a monochrome Alexander McQueen frock and matchy black-and-white accessories. Her look echoed that of soon-to-be-global 50 Shades starlet, Dakota Johnson, proving that the ol’ classic combo never fails at a smart occasion.
Shop the look: Monochrome
Clockwise from top left: [a href="http://www.farfetch.com/uk/shopping/women/moschino-cheap-chic-oversized-gem-mini-shoulder-bag-item-10665156.aspx">Moschino clutch £431 at Farfetch.com[/a], [a href="http://www.lkbennett.com/Clothing/Dresses/Lilum-Grid-Print-Dress/p/DRLILUMCOTTONSILKPrintBlackWhite?nr=3&product=3&source=79682&utm_medium=affiliate&network=affiliatewindow&affiliate_id=79682&awc=2246_1401704180_d1b75d785446441b7f54482c4e2f6393">LK Bennett dress £325[/a], [a href="http://www.hatsandcaps.co.uk/jaxon-hats-straw-boater-hat-black-band-wholesale-pack-p801889/">Jaxon hat £138[/a], [a href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/product/191000?qxjkl=tsid:30065|cat:0RpXOIXA500&c3ch=LinkShare&c3nid=0RpXOIXA500">Derek Lam dress £1590 at MatchesFashion.com[/a], [a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/385544/Tabitha_Simmons/alexa-two-tone-leather-flats">Tabitha Simmons flats £425 at Net-A-Porter.com[/a], [a href="http://www.dunelondon.com/cathryn-leather-slingback-kitten-heel-court-shoe-0095503830004487/">Dune slingbacks £65,[/a] [a href="http://www.asos.com/Quay/Quay-Kitti-Sunglasses/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3874581&SearchQuery=white%20sunglasses&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=White">Quay sunglasses £25 at ASOS.com[/a]
DON'T FEAR A SMALL FLASH OF FLESH
The official dress codes won't clearly state that a crop top is ok, but within reason a little slice of skin is a-ok. Simply take the cue from designer Carly Cushnie (in black) and blogger Athena Calderone (in florals) and balance out baring with longer hemlines and higher necklines.
Shop the look: Chic Flesh Flashing
Clockwise from L-R: [a href="http://www.avenue32.com/clothing/dresses/all-dresses/floral-blue-silk-cut-out-dress-57501.html?currency=1&utm_source=shopstyle&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopstyle">Suno dress £525 at Avenue32.com[/a], [a href="http://www.farfetch.com/uk/shopping/women/isa-arfen-side-cut-out-dress-item-10667808.aspx">Isa Arfen Dress £680 at Farfetch.com[/a], [a href="http://www.brownsfashion.com/product/011A47740002/027/structured-silk-headband">Balenciaga headband £525 at BrownsFashion.com[/a], [a href="http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=12556&catalogId=33057&productId=14922672&categoryId=1093304&parent_category_rn=208524">Topshop crop top £40[/a] and [a href="http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=12556&catalogId=33057&productId=13892977&categoryId=1093356&parent_category_rn=208528">culottes £42[/a], [a href="http://www.mylacambra.com/en/mini-chic-bronce-1.html">Lacambra bag £74[/a], [a href="http://www.stories.com/gb/Shoes/All_shoes/Wraparound_strap_sandals/590763-3341565.1">& Other Stories sandals £125[/a]
GO TONAL IN NEUTRALS
A bevy of beauties opted for very chic neutrals – a palette of cream, putty, nude and white is properly posh. This kind of look portrays a chauffeur and champagne kind of lifestyle – the kind where nothing gets dirty and everything gets dry-cleaned. Genevieve Jones and her polo pal Elizabeth Gilpin went matchy in muted tones, while Karen Elson channelled Aprhodite in a Grecian nude gown.
Behati Prinsloo also opted for washed-out neutrals with her slouchy suit
Shop the look: Elegant Nudes
Clockwise from L-R: [a href="http://www.farfetch.com/uk/shopping/women/designer-see-by-chloe-double-breasted-blazer-item-10332344.aspx">See by Chloe jacket £287[/a], [a href="http://store.pomellato.com/gb/pomellato67/o-b226_cod50139079oe.html">Pomellato 67 earrings £635[/a], [a href="http://www.whistles.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/dept/clothing-tops?resetFilters=true#product=903000061553">Whistles crop top £95[/a], [a href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/product/184820?qxjkl=tsid:30065|cat:0RpXOIXA500&c3ch=LinkShare&c3nid=0RpXOIXA500">Christopher Kane dress £2200 at MatchesFashion.com[/a], [a href="http://www.hm.com/gb/product/25633?article=25633-A">H&M sandals £29.99[/a], [a href="http://www.whistles.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/dept/clothing-trousers?resetFilters=true#product=903000061661">Whistles trousers £195[/a], [a href="http://uk.accessorize.com/view/product/uk_catalog/acc_19,acc_1.10/5890351200">Accessorize clutch £49[/a]
TRY A JUMPSUIT OUT FOR SIZE
Trust Julianne Moore to win the day with something unexpected. This ultra-minimal navy jumpsuit is divine in it's simplicity. A great alternative to dresses that can blow up in the wind and a pitch-perfect way to start channeling a retro decade, these kind of smart onesies are hitting rails across designer and high street price points. You don't need to accessorise because the cut is a statement in itself.
Shop the look: A-list-worthy All-In-Ones
L-R: [a href="http://www.riverisland.com/women/playsuits--jumpsuits/jumpsuits/Cream-bandeau-jumpsuit-656476?mid=38432&cur=GBP&cmpid=af_Linkshare_UK_0RpXOIXA500&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-pzRb7_DXAlot0xVpvjACFw">River Island £55[/a], [a href="http://www.harveynichols.com/89154-navy-bow-embellished-cotton-jumpsuit/?istCompanyId=c721e458-728e-4a28-bc83-6a1d2abf7708&istItemId=xaqriiqim&istBid=t&_$ja=tsid:44452|cgn:986215680">MSGM £310 at HarveyNichols.com[/a], [a href="http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/prom-1767037/chateaux-lace-jumpsuit-2697502?bi=21&ps=20&geoip=noredirect&cmpid=aff_lsuk_0RpXOIXA500_10&_$ja=tsid:19906|prd:0RpXOIXA500&c3ch=LinkShare&c3nid=0RpXOIXA500&network=linkshare&utm_source=linkshare&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=0RpXOIXA500&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-Y9_x5VRycMQI3CdxaBarzA&cmpid=aff_lsuk_0RpXOIXA500_10&_$ja=tsid:19906|prd:0RpXOIXA500">Topshop £65[/a], [a href="http://www.stylebop.com/uk/product_details.php?menu1=clothing&menu2=10&id=498886&campaign=Kooperation/shopstyle/de&campaign=affiliate/linkshare/uk/&utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=linkshare&utm_campaign=adsuk&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-Ld7d3eGgdtz6jF0nGj3Yyw">Valentino £1915 at Stylebop.com[/a]. [a href="http://www.astleyclarke.com/uk/18-carat-yellow-gold-vermeil-nugget-bead-and-white-cord-hoop-earring-d33115">Astley Clarke earrings £135[/a], [a href="http://shop.mango.com/GB/p0/women/accessories/shoes/bow-suede-sandals/?id=23000260_ND&n=1&s=accesorios.zapatos&ident=0__0_1401704448589&ts=1401704448589">Mango sandals £69.99[/a], [a href="http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/shoes/high-heels/laser-cut-leather-court-shoe-c358018p1983195.html">Zara court shoes £49.99[/a]