Its time to scrub the mud of your wellies and give them a lease of life beyond walking the dogs. It’s Welly Ball! That magical time of year when we actually get to wear footwear suited to Kinkell Byre.
As a general starting point, when you’re scouting out a dress I’d suggest keeping it short. I think we should leave the midi skirt and welly look to the Queen (though she does rock a pair of Hunter’s). Without the added stress of choosing a pair of heels, get playful with your dress. Suddenly a bedazzled dress that put you on the wrong side of tacky when paired with high heels, is glamorously edgy. For those trying to keep the look a little more country demure, a floral print dress in a classic style will do the trick.
Onto the legs. Wearing a pair of wellies with no socks is not comfy, so why not make a feature of them? Over the knee socks are a great option, especially with a cheeky lace edging. However, do not dismiss the power of tights. Seize the chance to channel the fishnet trend from the catwalk, without looking like an 80’s secretary. For those who prefer their tights a little less holey and want to capitalise on the options for comfort that Welly Ball offers, be brave in a pair of glittery hosiery. Who said the wellies had to be the only stars of the show?
Last but not least, the one and only Wellington boot! Though I would hate to mislead you into thinking a welly offers only one option. While the tall Hunter boot will always be a firm favourite, there is a sea of funky wellies out there just waiting for you to get muddy. I am a particular fan of the Calvin Klein ankle boots, who knew a welly could look this good? For the more girly girls, a Chelsea style boot with a white corsage will look beautiful with any dress. Or for those keen to let their wellies steal the show, take a walk on the wild side with a crazy print or ribbon lace ups.
Cinderella may have been given a pair of glass slippers to go to the ball, but trust me she’d rather have had a pair of wellies.