Ready to rock at the Sevens
A circus of clowns, a horde of hobbits, and a bevy of brawny ballerinas will be among the thousands partying at the Wellington Sevens.
The annual fancy dress shindig, which also features seven-a-side rugby, kicks off at Westpac Stadium next Friday.
Costume and fabric shops yesterday said more organised fans had already started to suss out their outfits.
"We had two guys come today - they want to go as clowns. There will be 24 of them, so they were looking for stripy pants, then they want to get a professional body painter in," said Fabric Warehouse manager Jacque Shaw.
Assistant manager Lara Jones said a group of young men were in last weekend, looking to dress up as ballerinas.
"They all had tattoos, I think they wanted to go as a ballerina gang. We can usually pick the sevens fans as soon as they walk in the door. They're a bit different to our usual customers."
They had also had a Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, and a few people wanting to dress up as bath loofahs.
Costume Cave owner Kate Iremonger said some Sevens punters had started to trickle in.
But the real influx was expected next week, she said.
Hobbits were already proving popular, along with South Korean singer Psy of Gangnam Style fame.
She urged people to avoid "fluffy animal costumes" which were hot, impractical and whiffy on the second day.
Teams have already started to arrive for the tournament.
England touched down yesterday, with Argentina expected today.
Clothing must conform to reasonable standards of decency.
No bare feet are permitted. No clothing or signs displaying offensive messages.
No gang patches. No high-visibility-type vests or jackets that may be confused with those of security staff.
Costumes should not be so large that you take up more space than your allocated seat, or affect the view of others.
No accessories that look like, or can be used as, weapons.
The Dominion Post