The Muddy Fox

There is a Tswana riddle that says: “Phokoje go tsela o dithetsenya,” which translated literally means “Only the muddy fox lives.”

Or put simply,

only an active person who does not mind getting muddy gets to progress in life….”

Well I sure wanna progress in life, and they don’t call me Mrs Fox for nothing.

Yet I’m not a huge fan of mud. Or getting muddy.

Enter the wellie.

Kate Moss took the humble wellie to the fields of Glastonbury years ago, and ever since then we’ve had sartorial permission to wear these floppy tubes of rubber wherever we please – regardless of whether there’s a stump-jump-plough involved or not.


But how do you wear the wellie without looking like a farmer?

Exactly how you don't want to look


Our regular Fox in Flats contributor, AJ, has come to the rescue with tips and style inspiration.


7 ways to wear a wellie without looking like a farmer:


1. Avoid the ‘feet in a bucket’ look.

The difference between a fashion wellie and Farmer Joe’s gumboot is all in the width. Choose wellies that are narrow and fitted or you’ll look like you’ve got your feet stuck in two huge buckets.


2. Choose knee-length wellies.

Short wellies won’t really protect your clothes from splashy puddles, and a mid-length boot could make you look like you’ve stolen your daughter’s gumboots. Experiment to find the length that suits you best…a knee-length wellie is the safest bet.

Rachel Bilson going with the safe bet


3. Farmers never wear skinny jeans, leggings or tights.

If you remember this, you will never be confused with a farmer when you are wearing your wellies. Whatever you wear on your legs, keep the cut fitted, smooth and narrow – especially where your leg feeds into the top of the boot. And if you choose to wear leggings, click here for some handy legging-wearing tips.


Rubber Boots and black leggings



4. Experiment with patterned boots, and make them a feature.

Pair solid-coloured items with a patterned wellie.

Rubber boots and trench



5. Jazz up your jeans.

Your standard blue jeans are great, but don’t be afraid to add colour and mix it up with some bright denims.


Rubber boots combo with red jeans



6. Go mod!

Team with bright tights and mod-inspired jackets, tartan mini’s, structured satchels, and statement sunnies.

Rubber boots and pink duffle coat


7. Dare to bare.

Team with a short dress or shorts, and keep your legs bare. But keep the top half of your outfit loose or long-sleeved for balance.

sailing wellies


What sort of wellie wearer are you?

Do you take the opportunity to get a bit dirty and muddy, or do you step around the puddles?

baby hanger



For more pics of wellie wearing done well, and links to buy, click here.

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  • Mel

    This is the perfect post on a day like today, well actually with the weather we’ve had for weeks now. I love the look of well chosen Hunters or the like, but do think they look a bit try hard on a sunny day in the city. Those outfits you have created are sensational, love all the colour bursts and combinations. You have great style. I’m off to find some of those bits in my wardrobe and pull together an outfit like that. I only have navy Hunters, so may have to get myself a radical pair in fuchsia today! 

    • Thanks Mel! 
      The sets are cool huh – but I can’t take the credit today. Our special Fox contributor AJ is the master of the wellie. Well done AJ! x

  • Perfect style roundup for the rainy weather! Love these looks AJ x

    • Thanks Hair Romance. Timing couldn’t have been better for this post today! AJ’s got it goin’ on huh! x

  • Gemma @ My Big Nutshell

    LOVE! I have a pair of pip duck wellies and the ladies at school laughed when I wore them at the beginning of the year. I told them they would be jealous and now indeedy that are!

    • That’s what I call Fashion Karma x

  • Rachel

    I love my gum boots.  These are from Thomas Cook and I wear them even when it’s not raining.

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