Fashionable You: The Gentlemen of Horsepower & Polo

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Styled by Anna Robertson Ham  |  Photography by Melissa DelRossi

Summer style is not just for the ladies. Men can embrace prints, color, lighter fabrics and have more fun with their summer wardrobes as well. We were lucky to have five of the team members of the Franklin Polo Academy sport some of our suggested summer looks. These gentlemen play polo in the heat often, so wearing comfortable and breathable clothing is important, whether in uniform on the polo field or heading out on the town.


James Armstrong was born and raised in South Africa, where he learned to ride and play polo from his father, starting at the young age of ten. At the age of eighteen, he immigrated to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a professional polo player. For more than twenty-five years, he has played professionally in the United States, competing for some of polo’s most prestigious titles. James started Franklin Polo Academy, along with fellow pro and teammate, Stevie Orthwein. James and his wife, Lexie, an accomplished amateur polo player herself, live here in Williamson County. He is one of the initial founders of Chukkers for Charity, an annual fundraising polo match benefiting Saddle Up! and the Rochelle Center held at Riverview Farm and taking place this year on August 26. Over the past nineteen years, Chukkers has raised more than $2,000,000 for Saddle Up! and the Rochelle Center.

James is ready for an evening out or even a casual summer wedding in this Naked & Famous Kapok blend chambray button down, Naked & Famous “Weird Guy” white denim pants, a 7 Diamonds blazer in a light beige, and Ted Baker “Siablo” light gray suede derby shoes, completed with a Remo Tulliani Italian leather belt. Next to this sophisticated, beige Rolls-Royce convertible, he will definitely turn some heads.

Clothing available at Franklin Road Apparel Company. Rolls-Royce available at Music City Motor Cars.

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