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A nation of fancy dress –suits me!

 

The fact that the trusty panda suit is a feature in many of our fundraising events – including The London Marathon –  suggests that we’re up for a bit of fancy dress. Now through our new event, Wear it Wild, we’re giving everyone a free pass to dress as wild as they dare while helping to protect precious species. So as we put the finishing touches on this exciting event, it’s got me thinking, are we a nation of fancy dress lovers?

Panda and tiger fancy dress race on the beach Copyright: Vickie RichardsPanda and tiger fancy dress race on the beach Copyright: Vickie Richards

Through Wear it Wild we’ll be asking people of all ages, across the UK to show their wild side and raise money to protect precious species and their habitat. So as we put the finishing touches on this exciting event, it’s got me thinking, are we a nation of fancy dress lovers?

For starters, on the average British social calendar there are certainly plenty of occasions to choose from: big birthdays, Halloween, stag and hen nights – sometimes even a wedding day!  Star Wars themed weddings do exist, although I have yet to be  invited to one *hint*
Then there are fundraising opportunities. Here  we are incredibly fortunate to have dedicated runners and cyclists who fundraise for us as part of Team Panda – and many of them are partial to a bit of fancy dress. Indeed the hard core fancy dress elite-  yes that’s me –  once raced blind across a beach dressed as a panda – all in the name of charity.

Any excuse for a bit of dressing up

London Underground theme fancy dress_guess who’s the Shepards bush line! Copyright: Laurie RichardsLondon Underground theme fancy dress_guess who’s the Shepards bush line! Copyright: Laurie Richards

In fact, we could take my family as an example of fancy dress fans.  And I hope they won’t mind me saying we’re a little eccentric at times!  My sister’s 21st was a great example.  It had a Hero’s theme and she looked stunning of course, if not a little toasty in her Sulli from Monsters Inc costume. Later in the night she emerged to blow out the candles as Juliet. Other guests included a dashing Robin and a somewhat tipsy Batman. And they honoured the age old tradition of running up the high street prior to the party, much to the amusement of residents of our small market town.  But for me the highlights had to be chatting to Ali G and a boogie with Mr Bean!

I know we’re not the only ones out there who love a bit of this dressing up lark either. Lifestyle bloggers like Lorna Burford are blazing the trail and keeping the fancy dress fun alive.

It’s important to remember that you can do fancy dress while being kind to the environment.  Last Summer I went to a garden party which had a 50’s dress code. I hit the vintage fairs and came up trumps when I got kitted out with stunning upcycled designs-  so glam in my vintage dress it felt like being in another era for the day.

Vintage style theme is good for upcycling designs and feeling glam Copyright: Laurie RichardsVintage style theme is good for upcycling designs and feeling glam Copyright: Laurie Richards

Grab a piece of the fun my friends!

On June 5 join in Wear it Wild and dress to express your wild side.  If you’re not such an out there kinda girl or guy then tone it down with some subtle tiger socks, or a jazzy animal print tie – I hear flamingos are in this summer.  Or go all out with face paints, do something wild with your hair and nails -there are lots of ideas on the Wear it Wild website. You can also be part of the buzz online by using #WearitWild to upload photos of your wild outfit.Go on, you’ll be part of something special which will help us to protect precious species while having a wild time- Grrrrr.

Take a look at what people are posting on Instagram. You could appear here too! Just tag #WearItWild

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