Capturing the Zeitgeist The best Sevens costumes are ones that make a nod to current events while also being outlandish and possibly a little TMI. Think 2011’s “Black Swan” tutus or the infamous Borat “mankinis” from 2007. Try these on for size: LMFAO What better way to look ridiculous AND current than by copying the uniform of the party rockin’ boys of LMFAO? Animal print spandex pants : Worryingly easy to source in Hong Kong. Neon-brite top : Ditto. You’ll probably hit jackpot after a quick stroll down the Lanes. Extra points for getting a top printed saying “ I’m in Miami, Bitch. ” Giant lens-less glasses : Pottinger Street, natch. Big fluffy wig : Unless you rock the “Sideshow Bob,” everyone will think you’re dressed as Spandy Andy. EXTRA DARING OPTION : Sparkly skimpy underpants, as per the “I’m Sexy and I Know It” video. We’re pretty sure we saw some of these down the Ladies Market, if you really want to dance on the line of indecent exposure. More 2012 Sevens Coverage: Meet Team HK Interview with NZ coach Gordon Tietjens Stadium-Free Sevens Downton Abbey With everyone talking about this British World War I-set soap opera, we’d really like to see someone dressed up in full period regalia. Any takers? Jeremy Lin Just to add an extra dose of surrealism to the weekend, why not go as China’s favorite adopted American son, in full basketball uniform, to a rugby tournament? Linsanity! WOO! Angry Birds This outfit works best with a group. Get a bunch of people to be green pigs, and another bunch to be angry birds. Find some red/green/yellow/blue clothes and pick up a corresponding Angry Birds hat on Pottinger. Then drink too much and smash into each other while squawking. Oscar Fever With the Sevens following hot on the heels of the Academy Awards, you can always look to recent movies for inspiration. Good Idea: Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” General Aladeen in “The Dictator” Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn” Bad Idea: Mr. O’Brien in “The Tree of Life” Joey the Horse in “War Horse” George Smiley in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Sevens Survival Uniform For pragmatists, this outfit is made up of the most Sevens-friendly clothes possible to prevent you from feeling itchy, hot, cold, sunburned, damp or silly. You will, however, look like a first-class nerd. Sensible footwear: Bearing in mind that you’ll be wading through an inch-deep quagmire of beer by Sunday, good shoes are essential. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that flip-flops are a good idea, unless you want your toes crushed by a 200-pound Scotsman while you’re standing in the pie queue. We recommend a pair of wellies (available at any wet market) or a pair of trainers that you’re happy to throw away once you get home. Backpack: Crucial for keeping your Sevens experience comfortable and happy. Your pack should include a water bladder (filled with either water or vodka, your choice), plenty of tissues and wet-wipes (the toilets will be foul by Saturday afternoon), cash (no ATM queues for you!), a fresh T-shirt (lest you get a jug of beer flung at your head) and a copy of HK Magazine (you can spread out the classifieds to sit on, swat underage drinkers away from your pint, or use it as an impromptu sunshade. You can even read it during the march-past). Sun hat: This can be your one concession to “wackiness,” providing it has a broad enough brim to cover your neck. A cowboy hat is an excellent choice. Rainbow afro wig? Not so much. Black trash bags: Surprisingly useful. Bin bags make excellent rain ponchos, seat covers and swag bags for stolen plastic jugs. Take a whole roll and make everyone your friend.