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Trousers are restricted to plain colours, ie not patterned, but no blue jeans. Dark colours are OK but there is a preference for bright bold colours if you can and ideally a colour which accentuates your jacket.

Most people in Rag Morris buy their bells direct from the Rag Morris merchandising officer. The standard set of bells that they will get from this source is 10 big bells, 10 little bells, and 30 medium sized bells. Most of us arrange them like so:

You will have noticed that the bell pads also have rags attached behind the bells. Ideally these rags should be the same as those on the wearer's rag shirt as this helps to give an all over effect of colour co-ordination. It is not compulsory to have the bell set up as above, nor is it compulsory for a dancer's bells to come from the same source. When it comes down to it, any set of bells is better than none. We do like them to have rags attached though.

There is, of course, no rule about shoes. However, it is a good idea to think carefully about what footwear you use for dancing. Morris dancing can put a lot of stresses and strains on the feet, ankles and knees. There is a lot of jumping, and the surface is usually a hard one, and sometimes it is not in very good condition. It is probably best to think of it a sporting activity, and choose your shoes accordingly. They need to have a good grip, have a good shock absorbing sole with plenty of bounce, and offer good support to your feet and, if practicable your ankles. The best morris shoes are probably good quality trainers of some sort. White trainers are generally frowned upon in Rag Morris circles, but apart from that pretty much anything goes.

These should be white, and nice and big. They are held by one corner, and most morris dancers tie a knot in that corner. We don't have a regulation size, but it's probably fair to say that if they don't reach your bells, they are probably not big enough. 38cm [15"] square is a good size, but some people (especially tall people) may prefer bigger hankies.