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10 Last Minute Fancy Dress Ideas for New Year’s Eve Comments Off on 10 Last Minute Fancy Dress Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball



That week between Christmas and New Year just sort of disappears, doesn’t it! You spend most of the time trying to figure out what day it is, with New Year’s Eve being some mythical date somewhere in the future… and then before you know it, it’s December 31st, you’re going to a party tonight and you’ve just realised it’s fancy dress!

What can you do?

There’s always the option of doing a Wednesday Addams: “I’m a homicidal maniac; they look just like everybody else” – but frankly, that is a cop out and although you might think it seems really cool… all of your friends who have gone to the effort of putting a costume together will not be so impressed!

Here are a few last-minute ideas to get you through that fancy dress party tonight:

1. Put your pants on outside of your trousers, make a mask from a piece of material, and a cape out of a sheet or duvet cover  – and make up a silly super hero name! Who says you have to be one of the ones the comics have already thought of? Think outside of that box, and be your own superhero!

2. Collect up all the discarded chocolate wrappers from the floor (don’t pretend there aren’t any down there!) and fix them onto your jumper; you can go as a box of chocolates! This one has an added bonus: if there really are no wrappers lying about, you have the perfect excuse to eat what’s left of the Christmas chocolates, in order to make a costume!

3. A toga! Grab a sheet from the airing cupboard, and follow these simple instructions:


4. Raid your wardrobe. Do you have a suit? James Bond! Some leggings, vest tops, bangles, necklaces? Madonna!  A black dress and some safety pins from the sewing kit? Liz Hurley! It’s highly likely that you have the makings of a passable costume in your wardrobe already!

5. Olaf from Frozen. This is easier than it sounds, and super trendy at the moment. Find a white top and trousers. For a girl, you can make a tutu with a piece of elastic and some netting if you like. (if you don’t have any netting to hand, a net curtain will work at a push) On the white top, stick two or three large black dots – you can cut these out of cardboard or similar. Draw sticks on the arms… to be Olaf’s stick arms. You can make a simple Olaf mask from a paper plate, cutting out eye holes and a smile for the mouth. Simple!

6. Be a zombie! This is perhaps the most simple of all. All you need is some old clothes, a bit of make up and some fake blood. Who doesn’t have those things hanging around the house? Tear holes in your old clothes, make them dirty and dusty and apply fake blood liberally. For your make up, you can go as simple or as gorey as possible, depending on the time and resources you have available.

7. The tin man. Everyone has some of that ridiculously wide foil left over from the Christmas turkey! Wrap yourself up in it, and you can be a tin man, a space man, all sorts. You could even pad it out a bit, and go as a pinball – genius!

8. Draw or print off a “decepticon” logo (from Transformers) and wear it over a normal outfit. You’re a robot in disguise! Obviously, this is only to be used as a very last resort as it’s along the lines of Wednesday Addams and a bit of a cop out!

9. If you have blonde hair of around chin length, use gel or hair spray to stick the front of it up on end – and voila, you’re “Something About Mary!”

10. We saved the best for last… go to the shop and buy some balloons. You need lots of either green, purple or red ones. Blow up as many as you can, and tie them to your clothes to form a bunch of grapes. Genius, right?


So there we have it. Ten last-minute fancy dress ideas for New Year.

What have we learned from this? Next time, order your fancy dress costume from Fancy Dress Ball well in advance of the party!

Iconic Costumes: Catwoman Comments Off on Iconic Costumes: Catwoman

Posted on October 19, 2012 by admin

Batman might have been the talk of the summer but there is one particular character that stood out once again in the superhero epic.

Catwoman has been around for almost as long as the Bat himself, first appearing in DC Comics in 1940 as, simply, the Cat. Selina Kyle, as she is also known, is the epitome of the sexy seductress of the comic book world and movie star Anne Hathaway has compounded that view even further with her sizzling performance as the antihero in The Dark Knight Rises this year.

IGN’s poll on the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time cast Catwoman in at number 11, which is not to be scratched at. The loveable villain has been the star of many a comic and, indeed, many a TV show and movie.

Michelle Pfeiffer was the last actor to portray Catwoman in a Batman movie, namely in Batman Returns in 1992, gaining glowing reviews in the process. Halle Berry, on the other hand wasn’t so widely praised in her depiction of the character in 2004’s Catwoman.

Nevertheless, such has been the popularity of Hathaway’s performance this year, there is talk of another Catwoman movie in the pipeline with the American actor as the star, so get the superhero costumes at the ready and prepare for another instalment of the iconic and ever-popular Catwoman series!

Celebrities in fancy dress Comments Off on Celebrities in fancy dress

Posted on March 19, 2012 by admin

There’s no doubt about it, fancy Dress has worldwide appeal. Everybody loves donning an extravagant costume for a big night out, whether it be for a stag do, hen night, birthday or St Patrick’s Day. The same applies to the A-listers of this world – and they really do it in style. We’ve seen some great celebrity costumes over the years, so we’ve picked out some of the best ones for inspiration for your next fancy dress shindig!

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian Red Riding Hood Fancy Dress

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Quickly becoming one of the most talked about celebrities in the world, Kim Kardashian is one sizzling Red Riding Hood. This costume hit the red carpet at Heidi Klum’s 11th Annual Halloween Party in New York.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga Meat Costume

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We couldn’t compile a list of extreme fancy dress costumes without including Lady Gaga, could we now? It’s difficult to pick the most eccentric costume from the wardrobe of the most eccentric person in the world, but her notorious meat dress seems to have generated more interest than any other, perhaps because of its supposed anti-fashion implications.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum wears Fancy Dress
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German-American model and TV personality Heidi Klum is one of the most prolific and impressive fancy dressers in showbiz. Her Annual Halloween Party is always a hit with the media, especially with extravagant costumes like this! This one made an appearance at the same party as Kim Kardashian’s Red Riding Hood above.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry Split Personality Costume
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Ever the fun, bubbly and unpredictable character, it seems that Katy Perry was undecided who (or what) she wanted to be this night. She nailed the dual fancy dress on the head with this half girl, half boy costume – we can only speculate as to what happened when nature called…

Teri Hatcher
Terri Hatcher Red Queen Costume
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Teri Hatcher paid homage to the timeless Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland at this party. Looking every bit as elegant as you would expect, the Desperate Housewives and New Adventures of Superman actress really stole the show with this one!

Sexy Couples Theme Ideas Comments Off on Sexy Couples Theme Ideas

Posted on January 11, 2012 by admin

For a couple’s sexy fancy dress event, there are so many different ideas when it comes to complementary costumes. Depending on the general theme of the party, ideas range from cute and quirky, to downright silly, to glamorous or historical. But for general sexy fancy dress, here are a few ideas:

• For a circus theme, consider him as the ringmaster and her as the wildcat daring to be tamed. The Satin Bow corset for her also looks great as a circus performer’s outfit. We can see her on the high wire now.

• For a 1980s theme or general film theme, nothing is sexier than Top Gun. Just don’t forget the aviator shades.

• For a military theme, he can go as the military man while she goes up as his pin up girl. Alternatively, both can go in army costumes.

• Who doesn’t love a fireman? As a couple’s idea, he can go as the fire officer while she goes as a red-hot firefighter or backdraft babe.

• Consider matching his and her SWAT Commander costumes. Hers features a sexy three piece black costume with a zipper front garter dress, belt and hat. His is a four piece costume which includes a utility vest, shirt, kneepads and fingerless gloves.

• For a fantasy theme, we love the Evil Mad Hatter coupled with the Transylvania Temptress.  As an alternative, we also love the dazzling dark queen or one of the evil Alices.

• Gladiators are always sexy, so why not go as two sexy Spartans or as Hercules and Zena, Warrior Princess?

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