One of my very favouritest things on this leg of the MX tour has been fan fashion.
But before I share my top Coldplay-fashwan pics, I thought I’d give you some of my Oxfam roadie tips style tips too, ’cause you never know, you may be an Oxfam roadie one day too.
1. On a hot Canadian tour leg, shorts are the best option. Cool, easybreezy, plenty of hooks to hang your radio mic on, and packing and unpacking tour cases and setting up an Oxfam case requires the kind of strange movements that make skirts a liability. Flashing your knickers at fans may work for pop goddesses and Marilyn Monroe, but you are an Oxfammer so decorum first, please!
2. No matter how hot it is, do not wear anything open-toed. An Oxfam banner may collapse on your feet and slice off your toes at any given time. Comfy trainers are best for all that dashing between front of house and backstage and chasing after errant carrots.
3. Fashionistas may tell you that matchy-matchy is for sinners, but colour coordinating yourself with the Mylo Xyloto artwork and flashing wristbands is strangely addictive.
4. ….as is colour coordinating yourself with the lovely VIP ticketing rep who also has a penchant for colour blocking.
5. As well as being fashion-forward in its autumnal colour palette, the tomato outfit provides extra warmth in colder British venues as it also comes with a tomato titfer. Here’s me flexing the vegetable vibe before being apprehended by some local bobbies at Arsenal.
6. Pack a pair of flipflops for showering in the venue, jumping on the bus and into your bunk superquick. No one likes a smelly pair of trainers by their pillow.
7. I love upcycling and recycling clothes as it’s a sustainable way to shop. But not every country has Oxfam shops for stocking up on new finds. So have a mooch around the local vintage and thrift shops on your day off instead. Toronto had some amazing gems – see my lovely new 50s skirt which was a total bargain. And very Coldplay yellow.
8. If you can work food into your day off outfit, you get bonus GROW campaigner points. If you can’t be dressed as a food stuff at all times on tour, the least you can do is rock a lovefoodhateinjustice look by working food into your outfit. My watermelon skirt is just one day-off foodie fashwan option in the backpack.
Here’s a pick of some of the best Coldplay customisation on the tour so far:
So… tell us. What are your top tips for Coldplay-ising your look pre-gig?