Reinventing the Classics

Leena Thompson on The Classics

Q. You recently styled Natalie Roser in a Newport classic hat. Talk us through her styling.

LT. Styling Natalie was so much fun! She is a beachy Australian girl, and I made sure to represent her fun personality in the styling. I drew on her natural beauty, sourcing a floaty floral Alice McCall dress and neutral wedges to show off her fantastic legs whilst remaining polo appropriate. Natalie has a gorgeous cuteness and innocence about her, so this feminine and fun dress was perfect! I added the classic Helen Kaminski Newport hat- worn back on the head- for the polo. It’s the perfect example of fun, flirty and modern, meets classic refinement.



Natalie Roser at the Portsea Polo

Top Tips for the Classics

Q. The Portsea Polo sits high in the fashion stakes. What are your top five tips for dressing at the polo?

  1. Go lady-like. Take the opportunity to wear something pretty and feminine. 

  2. Maxi and midi dresses are fail-safe looks for the Polo. 

  3. A raffia boater or classic round crown style fits the occasion, and there are many classic hats you can choose to suit your face shape and style. 

  4. Keep to crisp, clean colour palette such as whites, pastels or neutral tones.

  5. Be sure to wear wedge heels as you will be standing on the grass all day...


Make it Modern- Raffia Fedora

Q. How do you reinvent a classic?

LT. Classics are a major part of modern fashion; the combination of classic with a new look is what defines contemporary style.

Q. What do you pair with a classic to make it feel ‘now’?

LT. Anyone can be creative and make a statement by pairing a fashion-forward outfit with a classic piece. But remember, be authentic to your own sense of style, and choose something you’re comfortable in!

Q. What is your favourite classic?

LT. A raffia fedora always makes a statement. Everyone should have one- especially when there is no time to do your hair! They also match the majority of outfits from casual to chic, for day or night, and are always in fashion.

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