To not be sure what farmers wear?

(71 Posts)
Minicooper Fri 13-Jun-14 17:31:37

Dd1 is in Year 1 and next week they have to go in dressed as a farmer.... To me, that would be old clothes and wellies. Except that its hot and jeans, wellies and a jumper don't seem appropriate! Any ideas?!

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 13-Jun-14 17:33:31

Boiler suit?

Shakirasma Fri 13-Jun-14 17:34:32

I used to work in a agricultural shop, customers general summer garb usually consisted of jeans, t shirt and Welles.

Delphiniumsblue Fri 13-Jun-14 17:35:07

Boiler suit or jeans and shirt. Wellies whatever.

Minicooper Fri 13-Jun-14 17:35:10

Ha ha - just the thing, Lonecat! Who comes up with these ideas????

Minicooper Fri 13-Jun-14 17:36:55

Ok. I'm over thinking this, aren't I? So jeans, t-shirt (ideally sporting animals, maybe!) and wellies may be in order.

AlwaysLookOnBrightsideOfLife Fri 13-Jun-14 17:37:09

Are they looking for the checked shirt & wellies look? T-shirt, jeans & wellies are normal around my way. If it's warm could she wear denim shorts instead?

MintyChops Fri 13-Jun-14 17:37:16

Shorts and a singlet. No getting round the possibly hot work boots though.....

Minicooper Fri 13-Jun-14 17:39:15

I guess they were thinking dungarees and checked shirts - probably while planning in deep winter!

MehsMum Fri 13-Jun-14 17:44:38

Farmer uniform:
any old trousers (jeans, cords, drill, doesn't matter but must be dirty), held up by either an ancient belt or baler twine;
checked shirt or one patterned with that sort of grid design in shades of brown and moss green on a cream ground, possibly out at the elbows or worn through at the collar; rugby shirt also acceptable, but not if it's new;
decrepit pullover out at the elbows (tied around waist if hot);
if not wellies, then a pair of badly-scuffed and down-at-heel loafers or lace-ups;
perhaps a cap.
If you go for the baler twine/string and lots of dirt, you can't go wrong. Failing that, a boiler suit.

Alternatively, dress him up smartly, make him a blue-and-gold badge saying 'Steward' and say he's spending today organising the livestock classes at the local agricultural show.

This is the result of years spent observing my godfather, his sons, and various local landowners. Most of them wear specs. Only some of them really use baler twine. They all scrub up incredibly well.

Have fun!

MehsMum Fri 13-Jun-14 17:46:24

Ah, just noticed, it's for a DD not a DS.
Same applies, though, for the ones who actually work on the land, rather than having office jobs - they always look immaculate, even if they do know how to explain the problem to the man come to fix the combine.

maninawomansworld Fri 13-Jun-14 17:52:30

Farmer here....

In warmish weather I wear old trousers / mucky jeans and tshirt. Wellies or muckboots with steel toecaps (ever since a cow trod on my foot and put me on crutches for a month). If doing anything really mucky - like with slurry or anything proper nasty then I'll wear overalls too.

In winter I'll supplement the above with a jumper and sometimes gloves. I also change to nice insulated neoprene wellies to keep toes warm.

I do conform to the flat cap wearing stereotype though, love my cap!

Beavie Fri 13-Jun-14 17:54:00

My dad is a farmer and in summer he wears jeans, a polo shirt, and....wait for it...Crocs!!!!

I told him his dignity was seeping out of those little holes in his shoes but he said, and I quote: "I don't care".

So now you know.

Minicooper Fri 13-Jun-14 17:58:46

Brilliant, Beavie! I will quote you when I send dd in wearing pink crocs grin

And thank you, maninawomansworld - pleased to have attracted some real farmers!!! I'm hoping the school ship in some slurry just for authenticity....

Mehsmum - you have clearly done this before!

Lackland Fri 13-Jun-14 18:18:02

My NDN farmer wears a high viz jacket. I think it's regulations here in Ireland?
I wished I was a farmer. (Sigh)

ExcuseTypos Fri 13-Jun-14 18:21:42

DH used to be a farmer. He likes crocs toohmm

He always wore jeans, checked shirt and boots, but I think crocs would be great.

magpiegin Fri 13-Jun-14 18:30:19

A flat cap all the way.

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 13-Jun-14 18:32:53

When I worked on a farm I wore knickers and bra under a boiler suit in hot weather, that may not have been in the UK though!

TheScottishPlay Fri 13-Jun-14 18:56:55

Mehs. I never dreamt I would ever see the words 'baler twine' on mumsnet. Made my evening.

ouryve Fri 13-Jun-14 19:00:36

I'd dress her like Mr Bloom. Most of the local farmers wear jeans and t-shirts or sweatshirts, but that's hardly recognisable.

EddieStobbart Fri 13-Jun-14 20:38:57

DF used to wear a blue boiler suit and blue hat with a peak. However, a trip to the market meant bunnet (tweed), tweed jacket, green cords (jumbo cord) and brown brogues. Just like everyone else there. I'm always grin when I go into Joules and see that this appears to be an aspirational look as Sunday best for 4 year old boys!

Wellies, hat with straw stuck inside the brim, checked shirt, grubby trousers and a toy cow should do the job.

TheScottishPlay there is a whole facebook page dedicated to a farmer's ability to fix anything with baler twine.

OP. Farmers wear the same as normal folk. It just tends to have a few more holes in it, cow shit stains and a variety of washing machine wrecking metal objects or grassy materials in the pockets or attached to it if it is woolly/ fleecy

"Hold on till I untie the twine on this bale of straw, I wouldn't want to damage the twine by using items such as the spade, the jeep keys, a piece of slate and of course the blunt pen knife."

said no Farmer. Ever.

"Put that Baler Twine back in your Pocket son, this Gate is beyond fixing".

.... Said no Farmer. Ever.

is that enough baler twine for one night?

BolshierAyraStark Fri 13-Jun-14 21:28:50

Well the farmer I know wears combats & a T-shirt.

softlysoftly Fri 13-Jun-14 21:33:51

The young farmers I used to know ventured out in summer in just their denim shorts and willies <<sigh>> good times people good times.

Sadly so did some of the old boys.

MehsMum Fri 13-Jun-14 21:52:37

TheScottishPlay: glad to have made your evening.

Westmoreland: I have noticed that there is a lot less baler lying about in gateways etc now that bales have largely gone the way of the dodo and hay and straw are swirled into those great big rolls. I know they still use baler, twine but it obviously doesn't fall off the way it once did. Used to be great for emergency dog leads.

OP: Never had to kit a kid out as a farmer, but had plenty of practice at conjuring Gretel, Boudicca, Roman, Greek, Viking etc out of the dressing-up box and the drawers at a few days' notice.

Eve Fri 13-Jun-14 21:57:24

She needs a farmer tan, nut brown face and midway up arms, pale white everywhere else.

Eve Fri 13-Jun-14 21:58:37

Ref baler twine, my DS has some in his school blazer pocket, as you never know when he might need it!

Young farmers have a lot to answer for!

wigglybeezer Fri 13-Jun-14 22:00:04

Freudian slip there Softly!

ThursdayLast Fri 13-Jun-14 22:03:33

*"Put that Baler Twine back in your Pocket son, this Gate is beyond fixing".

.... Said no Farmer. Ever.*

Love this. So incredibly true.

yeah.... why are they making them dress as farmers?

ThursdayLast Fri 13-Jun-14 22:05:12

softly gringringrin

I always click on any thread that says farming in the title.
Usually they make me mad, but this one is fabbo!

Iseecows Fri 13-Jun-14 22:08:46

Overalls and wellies, that's what I wear everyday. If it's hot (like today) I wear a vest top underneath and tie my sleeves around my waist.

thenightsky Fri 13-Jun-14 22:11:20

If you are in Yorkshire then all belts (coats and trousers) must be bailing band string.

EBearhug Fri 13-Jun-14 22:12:24

My father wore cord trousers, shirt and jumper with an old coat over the top in winter - with a hat. Always wellies.

In summer it was often just denim shorts and sandals or wellies. I think he did have some short-sleeved shirts as well, but on a day like today, it would have just been shorts and sandals or wellies.

And a dust mask if he was doing something in the depths of the grain dryer.

ThursdayLast yes we do seem to keep meeting on these farming threads grin

Thursday and Westmorland educating the non farming public one mumsnet post at a time

EBearhug Fri 13-Jun-14 22:15:42

all belts (coats and trousers) must be bailing band string.

On my father's coffin, we put a sheaf (he died right at the start of harvest) and tied it with baler twine.

WitchWay Fri 13-Jun-14 22:20:00

I can't believe no-one has said they wear a smock with a straw hat - surely all farmers wear those?

Allthequeenshorses Fri 13-Jun-14 22:22:26

My dh is a farmer, i work elsewhere but also farmers wife. He wears shorts and singlet or cut off sleeve t shirt, every single day of the year. Only other attire being a kilt. He wears john deere dungarees over shorts if it's a winters day and very very occasionally a red checked jacket. If the jacket comes out we are talking ten foot of snow or torrential rain. I frequently complain about his bizarre body temperature and it is now fondly known valley wide that he has a "dicky thermo". He to wears crocs but generally rocks rugby socks and work boots. Height of fashion, my dsil has no choice but to allow dn to dress identically. Hero worship.
Oh dear.

Allthequeenshorses Fri 13-Jun-14 22:22:53

Oh yes, with a cowboy hat at all times.

ThursdayLast Fri 13-Jun-14 22:26:10

Trying, always trying Westmorland!

stealthsquiggle Fri 13-Jun-14 22:33:28

T shirts (or rugby shirts), shorts and crocs also standard wear amongst farmers doing school runs round here.

Other than that jeans and boots and t shirt. But either way you need to roll her in mud until it is really deeply ingrained in all clothing - none of your superficial splashes of mud.

Why exactly are they dressing as farmers, or did I miss that?

softlysoftly Fri 13-Jun-14 22:33:52

Argh wellies WELLIES!

UniS Fri 13-Jun-14 22:36:20

Saw a few farmers dropping their kids off at school today. A variety of looks you could go for.
a- wellies, jeans, rugby shirt.
b- sandals shorts vest top ( I think she may wear a boiler suit at work, or maybe was going to be tractor driving all day.)
c- walking boots, leggings and a t-shirt ( another female farmer).
d work boots, jeans, holey t-shirt. This one has a special wool lambing smock that he wears only in lambing season when hes been up all night.... He also owns a john deere bolier suit to go with his JD tractor.

QuietTiger Fri 13-Jun-14 22:40:29

My DH wears polo shirts, jeans and either a sweater or a fleece, as well as wellies or walking boots, depending on whether he is on the tractor or not. He's also welded to his baseball cap. Like others, he also likes crocs, but not in the yards. You won't go far wrong with a polo shirt, jeans and boots.

ReggieJones Fri 13-Jun-14 22:55:14

I've got a brand new combine harvester
And I'll give you the key

CoolCat2014 Fri 13-Jun-14 23:00:50

Knowing a lot of farmers, they mostly wear jeans, wellies, and a shirt, and green overalls for when they are actually farming.

liquidstatehasrisenagain Sat 14-Jun-14 02:18:31

Tatty combats or tatty shorts and tatty t shirt with steel toe cap boots. In winter a tatty fleece. On top of this a John Deere overall. It HAS to be john deere... plus ripped waterproof coat if cold and wet.

BasketzatDawn Sat 14-Jun-14 02:25:59

The willies have to be green. grin

BasketzatDawn Sat 14-Jun-14 02:28:05

Oh no. I know nothing about the willies. Maybe they are green too. The wellies. <time I went to bed to rest my middle-aged eyes>.

BadLad Sat 14-Jun-14 03:37:06

Why not do a google picture search for "farmer"?

whojamaflip Sat 14-Jun-14 03:38:38

Dh is in shorts and t shirt with cut off sleeves and steel toe cap work boots. Boiler suit over the top to do milking. Winter same except its jeans and a padded checked shirt over the top. Oh and grubby baseball cap at all times! Unless its raining and them its an ancient cowboy hat!

Me its denim cutoffs with a singlet top and overalls - it's too farking hot for anything else!

Yy to the baler twine - pockets full of grain, straw and unidentifiable bits are also mandatory and responsible for the death of many a washing machine

SarcyMare Sat 14-Jun-14 03:56:40

My oh is a farmers son, and it took me years to get him to throw old clothes away because "it'll do for farm work" is the answer

NinjaLeprechaun Sat 14-Jun-14 05:02:15

There seems to be a lot of talk around here about farmers' willies. hmm

The thing I love about this thread is that I live in a completely different country, on an entirely different continent, and I recognize the uniform. Probably a bit less tweed though. Also, a special mention to baling wire, which can be used to fix cars and actual tractors. But isn't terribly good for cows.

Ladyflip Sat 14-Jun-14 07:39:53

In summer DH sports Dickies shorts and T shirt complete with holes made when welding something together and some muck. Add in a hat (must have agricultural logo and have been free from some event e.g. Grassland and muck show).

In winter, Dickies trousers, t shirt, warm green tattersalls shirt and maybe jumper. Extra cold means long johns underneath. Can you tell we live by the dickies factory shop?

Add overalls for milking. And wellies.

And always what we call the green badge I.e.a little splash of muck behind an ear or somewhere which occasionally seems to miss the showering process.

The t shirt tan is also compulsory. Along with the three layered leg tan. Between knee and wellie line is deep brown, then to ankle a slightly lighter brown, the foot is pure white.

frumpet Sat 14-Jun-14 07:41:26

Most of the fencing where i keep my horse is held together with bits of bailer twine and i once spent a merry hour ( waiting for the blacksmith) fingerknitting the stuff into a leadrope . It is also acceptable to use it to fix various pieces of agricultural machinary and accessories round these parts grin

softlysoftly Sat 14-Jun-14 09:15:44

With some of the young farmers behaviour I'm quite sure a lot of the willies were green grin

Agree the tan is all important, especially the "one brown arm I've been combining" look.

Oh and a slightly glazed over dribbly expression when a sudden pocket full of cash combines with a shiny new bit of tractor equipment toy is on display.

magoria Sat 14-Jun-14 09:18:44

Can you not stick him in one of those thin white suits they wear for non contamination, a face mask and say it is an opium, cannabis or cocaine farm?

BlackeyedSusan Sat 14-Jun-14 09:23:11

ahh I see that farmers have the same attitude to baler twine as I have to duct tape!

(hides table held together with duct tape. and flip flops, ds's ot was too after it had done dd, and him and he was two and a half and still falling out of bed. and blowed if I was going to buy something new until he had stopped biting dd in the mornings and it was all that would fit in my room. )

Quangle Sat 14-Jun-14 09:23:32

This is what farmers look like. Everyone knows that.

Disclaimer: townie

UniS Sat 14-Jun-14 09:33:49

The wellies can be black if they are steel toecapped.

FrancesNiadova Sat 14-Jun-14 09:37:17

String for a belt, that's what our neighbour wears, & a checked shirt!

NinjaLeprechaun Sat 14-Jun-14 09:53:34

It is also acceptable to use it to fix various pieces of agricultural machinary and accessories round these parts
But you can't use baling twine to fix the bits that hot up, or it catches fire. Voice of experience.
My ex once 'temporarily' fixed an exhaust pipe with a bean tin and hose clamps. It lasted two years. [impressed emoticon]

EBearhug Sat 14-Jun-14 10:11:54

If it can't be fixed with baler twine and/or lasso/duct tape, then it's probably not worth bothering with anyway.

MardyBra Sat 14-Jun-14 10:13:14

Why is this in Aibu?

ComposHat Sat 14-Jun-14 10:17:26

What no smocks?

Minicooper Sun 15-Jun-14 22:02:32

Ha ha - this has made me laugh so much! Thought it had died down and missed that I had inspired a baler twine discussion! (So proud!)

MardyBra, its in AIBU because I wanted answers - right choice as I got them!

So - so far she needs old trousers held up with baler twine, checked shirt with corn sticking out of the pocket, flat fat and a green willy. Is that everything? grin

Minicooper Sun 15-Jun-14 22:03:25

Flat cap - obviously hmm

TSSDNCOP Sun 15-Jun-14 23:00:20

When I worked on a farm I wore cut-offs, a bikini top and rugby socks with docs.

Lots of stuff is prickly and brings your legs up in bumps.

softlysoftly Sun 15-Jun-14 23:09:11

Please please please send her in with a green willy and innocently say "well mumsnet says...."

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