Summer is nearly here (honest) and that can only mean it’s the start of the country show season, but how do you fit in with the country folk as hard-core city dwellers? And how do you survive a day out in the countryside? Here are MirrorMePR’s top tips:
Boots or no boots? Trudging around a 50-acre field with 10,000 other people means yes to boots, unless there is drought weather before and forecast on the day – then still boots without the really thick socks.
Which boots? Hunters are standard country wear for fashionable folk. Dubarry’s, if horsey or wishing to be known to be horsey, or something tall, leather, practical and gorgeous – how about a pair of Spanish Classic Boots?
Yes, country folk do wear tweed but it has to be the right tweed. Young and trendy or over forty and fabulous: tweed fashion designers Timothy Foxx do pretty much everything in tweed from bottom check skimming hot pants through to skimming the knee pencil skirts with kick pleats in pretty vintage fabric touches.
You need a dog – any small wire haired dog will do or ideally a Black Lab – but watch small children with ice-creams in push chairs. The latter could cost you a small fortune during your day out!
Wear a hat. Not a big ‘70s wide brimmed hat, unless you are 6ft 7 and can avoid getting it knocked off in the crowded Jam tent. Something neat to keep the sun off your head is perfect and no, not a baseball cap.
Make sure you have a handbag the size of France to carry all the bits you need: hand disinfectant for the portaloos, tissues for portaloos, sunblock, mini umbrella for rain, loose change for all the charitable stalls you will want to donate to and someone willing to carry the wrought iron garden obelisk, giant stuffed teddy you won in the charity tombola and the jams, chutneys and local regional cider around the showground for the rest of the day. The cider will be particularly welcomed as you wait along with the other 10,000 people to exit the showground.