Sometimes we spend so much time talking about the handful of people who deliberately refuse to follow the garb rules (the bad garb conspiracy theory) that we overlook the majority of Dagorhirim who are wearing garb but, through an oversight, end up accidentally wearing something ugly and modern onto the field. I'll start with my own guilty confession.
I went to Ragnarok for the first time with enough good garb to stay legal for the whole week. It was nice garb, and while I looked new, I didn't look out of place. I got up in the morning, put on my linen tunic, my wool winingas, my leather belt, my unobtrusive modern shoes... and over top of it all, my modern knee pads with the logos shining out, ruining the whole thing. I've attached a photograph below (thanks to Tayn for taking cool photos!).
I'd put a lot of thought into my garb, but I never thought about covering those silly knee pads when I was wearing shorts instead of pants! I simply didn't think about it until I got home, saw the pictures, and realized what a spud I'd been.
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I think we often end up wearing bad garb not because we don't care about it, but because we're having so much fun fighting that we forget about what we're wearing, because we're running late to an event and don't grab the right clothing, or because something happens at the event and we find ourselves unprepared.
So what are some of the ways in which we accidentally mess up good garb with a silly oversight? Some of the things I frequently notice are:
-unobtrusive earth-tone shoes with bright white socks, instead of unobtrusive earth-tone socks.
-fighters who get too hot in their garb and strip off a layer, exposing a tshirt beneath.
-fighters wearing awesome tunics with striped nylon workout pants underneath.
What is your embarrassing thoughtless garb SNAFU story? Perhaps by sharing the ways we've failed, and some other common thoughtless mistakes we see others making (please, no naming names or singling people out), we'll be able to help each other remember the little details when it comes time to go to our next event.