Introducing the next cycling fashion craze, The Jo Routens Tam O’Shanter

WE at Jo Routens take fashion seriously, and when it comes to head gear there is absolutely no other company on earth in our league. Not even Rapha. Seriously.

That is why we are bringing you the latest Jo Routens fashions straight from Marin County. Everyone who knows anything about Rough Stuff knows that people endlessly talk about tamo. Tamo this in Fairfax, I did a tamo the last two weeks, I just LOVE Tamo. We know you probably were wondering what is this Tamo thing everyone is talking about, and we are here to tell you it is the Jo Routens Tam O’Shanter we have been prototyping in Marin County for several years. Now folks, now you too can get some fashion in your very own production version of the Jo Routens Tam O’Shanter available in our webstore.

Because we take cycling and fashion so seriously we are offering up to you, our worshipping and adoring customers, a wearing guide for a Jo Routens Tamo with complete confidence written by our very own cycling God Rupert Smedeley (please call him Jo, he likes it).

Take it away Rup – er, uh – Jo!

jo wears his favorite tamo

Jo sporting his favorite Tamo – image used without permission

Wearing a tam o’shanter for the first time can be a scary experience and fill even the most confident person with a number of “what ifs”.


What if my tam o’shanter doesn’t look natural?
What if other people notice that I’m wearing a tam o’shanter?
What if my tam o’shanter falls off in public?


Our beginners guide to wearing a tam o’shanter answers some of the common questions we get asked on a daily basis and with the right advice, #tam o’shanterWisdom and style know-how, you’ll be stepping out in your fabulous new tam o’shanter in no time. Sit back, relax and read through our top tips for first time tam o’shanter-wearers so you can achieve your very own #SimplyTamoStyle and wear it with show-stopping confidence.

Choosing the Right Tam o’Shanter

If you are wearing a tam o’shanter for the first time, you may want a subtle transition from your natural colour and style. Choosing a tam o’shanter that is close to your natural colour and cut initially can help you feel more comfortable in your new tam o’shanter until you feel more confident experimenting with new and different styles.

Our lovely Lyli shares her own personal tam o’shanter journey and how she loves to try out new looks as often as she can, encouraging other ladies to change your tam o’shanter style with confidence. Once you have purchased a tam o’shanter, you can ask your washer woman or dry cleaner to shrink the tam o’shanter into a shape which complements your facial features and give you a look that makes you feel like ‘you’ again.

a tamo completes your wool kit

Lyli feeling complete with her Tamo on – get your tamo on too, at our webstore

If you like to wear your hair away from your face, a lace front tam o’shanter is the perfect choice. A lace front tam o’shanter is also great for randonneurs and randonneuse suffering from complete hair loss as many of our range are fitted with a non-slip poly strip which is discreetly fitted into the front of each cap for reliable staying power day after day.

Each individual yarn is lovingly hand tied onto a soft mesh cap to provide a super-comfortable and super-soft fit under your safety bonnet. So play around with the style of your new tam o’shanter as if it were your own natural locks!

Take a look at our tam o’shanter size guide to explore our full tam o’shanter size range and how to measure yourself for the perfect fit.

Putting on a Tam O‘shanter for the First Time

First and foremost, you’ll need to prep your hair if you suffer from partial hair loss or still have natural hair to cover. If you have very short hair, simply brush the hair away from your face and pin in place towards the back of your head. You may want to spritz with some hairspray to keep this in place, taking care not to get any hairspray on the tam o’shanter.

If you have longer locks, or excessive nose, eyebrow or ear hair to conceal, tie your hair into two French plaits (this can be fun!) tight against the scalp and cross them over just above the nape, securing them at the top and bottom with clips or kirby grips. Playing a few notes on your bagpipes helps to calm yourself and your neighbors during this process.

If you are wondering do I need a tam o’shanter cap, and decide the answer is yes, place the tam o’shanter cap on your natural hairline and stretch it over to the back of your head. All that’s left to do is tuck away any stray hairs into the cap and secure in place with clips or kirby grips. Our Rupert (just call him Jo, he likes it) gets down to the nitty gritty of wearing a tam o’shanter and shows you how to put on a tam o’shanter cap if you want a little more guidance.

Now it’s time to put on your tam o’shanter. Unwrap your new tam o’shanter hold it up in front of with both hands, ensuring that the label is at the back. Tilt your head forward and place the front of the tam o’shanter on the front hairline and slide it on from there. Adjust until your new tam o’shanter feels comfortable and sits comfortably with your natural hairline. You can now secure it firmly in place with tam o’shanter clips or tam o’shanter tape.

One of our lovely guest writers and devout tam o’shanter-wearer Lyli, reveals how to put on a tam o’shanter at home and shows just how easy it is to rock a fabulous style in a few simple steps.

felted tamos are the best for inclement weather

felted wool tamos are best for inclement weather and high fashion populaires

And now you’re ready to step out with style…

Just remember to stand tall and smile as you debut your new look. A smile is the best accessory you could have with one of our beautiful tam o’shanters found in our webstore.

If you would like any more information about choosing a tam o’shanter or wearing your tam o’shanter for the first time, contact our lovely team of tam o’shanter experts who will be more than happy to help you take the first steps on your tam o’shanter wearing journey.

cheers, your friends in cycling purchases, Jo Routens Cycles

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