RUPERT CAMPBELL-BLACK IS COMING TO TOWN (SORT OF)

Grab your picnic rugs and a bottle of Bolly – Rupert Campbell-Black and his clan are coming to town! Well, sort of...

It's safe to say when it comes to summer and sport I'm in my happy place – I've spent almost every birthday courtside at Queen's watching/working/both and my first Condé Nast Christmas bonus went towards joining the Lord's waiting list (yup, cricket fan right here).

And I'm not immune to the appeal of other sporting days the British summer has to offer. As soon as there is the faintest glimmer of sunshine I go into excessive planning mode… So here’s a date I invite you to add to your diary too – Friday 9th June through to Sunday 11th June, Chestertons Polo in the Park takes place at Fulham's Hurlingham Park.

Translation: mallet-wielding, horse-riding hunks, a la Jilly Cooper, are coming to a playing field near you...

This is all-embracing summer fun – whether you're a sports-bore, social butterfly, sun-worshipper (fingers crossed), or happiest showing your appreciation for Europe's longest outdoor bar/tucking into all the Grazing Paddock has to offer (it means masses of food here), Polo in the Park has got you covered.

Click here to receive £5 off full price tickets for Friday and Sunday when entering the code HATTIEPOLO at the checkout.

With events like this comes the conundrum of what to wear. Cue looking to another fictional heroine (above) who got it so right, or a couple of other ideas below...

The not-so-humble jumpsuit has fast become a sartorial punchline when it comes to events like this, with a growing selection of them jostling for space in my wardrobe. Easy and comfortable and, as Vogue puts it, they have 'supplanted the cocktail dress as the summer occasion outfit of choice'.

Enter Paper London's Vivienne wide-legged silhouette. On a side note I can't get enough of this British brand's spring/summer collection and have the majority of it added to my fantasy shopping basket. A total dream to wear, it reminded me of the quality of tailoring you get when you pay that bit more. And for some reason the minute I laid eyes on it I wanted to add yellow. And rose gold followed...

Jumpsuit | Paper London

Bag | Zara

Shoes | Zara

Bracelet | Tada & Toy

Arm cuff | French market!

Then there's the enduring appeal of a white lace dress.

Teamed with the straw accents we're all craving this summer (I was introduced to bag label Mehry Mu at a recent press breakfast at Bluebird and fell hard and fast) and what I am now calling my Pie Shoes, it feels like the floodgates to summer have officially opened...

Dress | Jovonna London

Leather Jacket | Mango

Bag | Mehry Mu

Shoes | Zara

Sunglasses | Bailey Nelson

Necklaces | Mantra & Katie Rowland

Earrings | Dinny Hall

Of course if the British weather gods have other ideas as they so often do it's back to the drawing board...

In collaboration with Polo in the Park.

Remember, £5 off full price tickets for Friday and Sunday when entering the code HATTIEPOLO at checkout.

Covering life and style in London, reviewing dog-friendly travel 

with my miniature schnauzer Luna and interviewing influential movers and shakers. Formerly Vogue + Tatler.

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