Floaty maxi dresses, strappy wedges and statement sunnies — Rebecca Judd is a pro at polo style.
Billed as the social event of the summer, the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo attracts a preppy-inspired, well-dressed crowd, and a more relaxed vibe to the Spring Racing Carnival.
The “polo chic” dress code means no nightclub attire, stilettos or flashing too much skin.
Judd will again host a hot-ticket marquee for her activewear brand, Jaggad, which will also serve as a launch of the Melbourne-based brand’s latest capsule collection with Instagram model, Brooke Hogan.
“Polo dressing is all about a relaxed summer vibe. Wedges, flats, maxi dresses, straw boater hats — I think it’s a looser version of the races,” Judd told News Corp Australia today.
“You can kind of get away with anything — jumpsuits, dresses, pants suits, a lot of fun with accessories.”
There are a few unofficial rules to get through the day, according to Judd. “Stay away from cocktail (dresses) and anything with a small heel, like a stiletto, because you’ll sink into the grass,” she said.
“It’s glary so everyone’s wearing sunnies all day. You see everything at the polo. It’s probably my favourite day of the year.”
Ever-busy Judd doesn’t know how to stop. “Some days I kind of go, ‘I need a day off to do nothing,’” she told Stellar. “And then by 9am, I’m so bored and looking for things to do. I don’t think my brain knows how to switch off.”
No wonder then that the 35-year-old manages to wear many hats, and wear them well. She and husband Chris Judd are raising four kids — but she is also a businesswoman, presenter, model, blogger, author and designer.
As well as running her successful businesses, Judd stays busy looking after son Oscar, seven, daughter Billie, four, and twin boys Tom and Darcy, two.
Asked if she is a chronic overachiever, Judd said: “I think I always have been”.
“I’m extremely assertive and I like to lead. I like to make things happen. I’m good at doing what I want to do. If I’m not into it, I’m not going to waste my time. And I’m comfortable now to be able to say, ‘I’m not into this. I’m not going to do it.’
“I’m a ‘no’ person now. I can genuinely say to you, hand on heart, everything I am doing — and I’m doing a lot — I love. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.”
Judd is a big advocate for activewear — even when it’s not as part of a workout.
“Instead of wearing the full activewear look when we’re exercising, we wear it every day, but put a bomber [jacket] with it, team it with a crop top, an open shirt and a pair of jeans or cut-offs. I hate heels. I hate them! My ankles are so shot I can barely walk in them. I’m loving this whole sneaker trend.”
Jaggad’s latest capsule collection — a collection with Hogan — features dusty peach and navy tones.
“The colour (peach) is so fresh. It makes your skin look good, because it throws a bit on warmth on your face,” Judd said today, before the brand’s launch of the line at Sorrento Hotel.
“There’s a cool striped tee. We’re never done stripes. It’s a crossover, plain (item) of activewear … you can wear it with your denim cut-offs, it doesn’t have to be just when you’re exercising.”