Fashions in the Field

What to wear on an archaeological site while still looking ultra stylish, as seen by me.



The checked, button-up shirt is an easy go-to classic. You really can’t go wrong with one of these bad boys in your field ensemble. The pants are also worth a mention here, designed for tradesmen, they are covered in useful pockets with a reinforced knee, and optional knee-pad. A good, functional trouser.


The galibeya provides the wearer with an ease of motion that you simply can’t find in trousers, not to mention in a hot climate, the breezy cotton will keep you cool under pressure. The scarf wrapped around the head provides not only sun protection, but also sweat absorption. Growing a moustache is advisable to complete this look, or perhaps a light stubble.


The bucket hat simply can’t be beat for sun protection, and the use of the kafir as a shawl is both stylish and functional. Having morning tea on some collapsed monumental stones will bring the whole look together nicely. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain.



When the weather is dubious, you simply can’t go past the all weather jacket. Water and wind resistant, this stylish number will keep you safe from the elements. Best if the jacket is reversible, two jackets in one!


For team building and a fun atmosphere, matching T-shirts are a must. Even better if they’re home-made with esoteric themes. Go team!


Scarves are exceptionally functional when it comes to neck warmth or sun protection. Pour some water on your scarf and wrap it around your neck for instant relief from the heat. Fabulous!


The straw hat isn’t seen enough on the archaeological site. What it may lack in functionality, it makes up for in style. Gorgeous.
Also worth mentioning, the pants are puffy explorer pants, for a Death on the Nile, lady-explorer look.


The trilby, for the classicist in all of us, teamed up with a plain white T-shirt, just screams “come at me dirt, I’m not afraid of you”


An adorable straw hat seen here teamed with a loose cotton trouser and bright shoe-laces. The green water here is a valuable addition. You won’t lose your water bottle, and the powdered gatorade will provide you with those much needed electrolytes.


Giorgio is reading levels

A checked shirt rolled up to the elbow, for when you really mean business. A classic. If you set up your dumpy level a little lower than necessary, you too can achieve this intense gaze.


A gamble that has paid off, teaming a striped shirt with a checked head scarf. The sunglasses really complete the look with their distinctive shape. Very chic.


The knee length boot is rarely seen on an archaeological site, but don’t they look fantastic with these leggings? A closer look reveals the leggings are printed with hieroglyphs. It doesn’t get better than that, every archaeologist should have an item of clothing with hieroglyphs printed on it whether you’ve been to Egypt or not.


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