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2015: A Look Ahead Comments Off on 2015: A Look Ahead

Posted on January 05, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

2015- A Look Ahead

Happy new year! Did you have a good one? Are you returning to work today filled with resolutions and good intentions?

Well, we are too – and we’re really excited about all of the fantastic opportunities (excuses!) to dress up there are in 2015. We’re just itching to share a few with you…


January is Creativity Month – and what could be more creative than wearing fancy dress? On top of that, the 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet day, and it’s Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th. And there you have three cast-iron excuses to get your fancy dress on!


Everyone knows that 14th February is Valentine’s Day… but did you know that the 2nd is both Hedgehog Day and Marmot Day? And on Friday the 13th, it’s Blame Someone Else Day. So you can legitimately turn up for work in fancy dress, and… blame someone else! Our favourite though, has to be the 16th, which is Do a Grouch a Favour Day. What better favour could you do to a grouch, than to dress up like Oscar the Grouch?!


March is Women’s History Month, so expect a lot of things going on to commemorate that. We’re sure if you put your mind to it, you can think of a woman from history to whom you could pay tribute!

If Women’s History Month is not your thing, then what about Dr Seuss Day on the 2nd? Even better, the 3rd is What If Cats And Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day – so you can re-use your Cat In The Hat costume, and save on cleaning bills! We know, we’re so helpful!

March really is a jam-packed month. On the 9th we have Barbie day, and following shortly afterwards on the 13th, it’s Ken Day! Why not go the whole hog, and dress up as both of them?

And if you don’t want to dress up for any of these days, then Poultry Day on the 19th is the day for you!


Aside from the fact April 1st is April Fool’s Day, when nothing is off limits, the 2nd is Children’s Book Day – why not dress as your favourite children’s book character? If that’s not appealing, the 4th is World Rat Day… imagine how many people you could freak out on your morning commute, if you did it in a rat costume!

March 11th is Barbershop Quartet Day. Do you have a candy-striped suit and straw hat somewhere at the back of your wardrobe? If that’s not your thing, the 17th is Nothing Like a Dame Day… so dust off that purple wig and the ridiculous heels!

Not feeling inspired? The 23rd is World Book Night, when books are celebrated everywhere. Who’s your favourite literary character?


Ooh, May’s going to be a good one! It’s Batman Day on the 1st! Who doesn’t want to dress up as Batman? Here’s your cast iron excuse to do so. If ghosts and ghouls are more your thing, the 3rd is Paranormal Day.

Of course, the one day in May everyone knows about is Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be With You!

Also, you should probably be aware that the 13th is Leprechaun Day. Keep an eye out for little ginger fellas in bright green suits… or just dress up as one yourself!


Wow, June is like a bumper month for fancy dress enthusiasts! The 9th is Donald Duck Day (though you might want to avoid dressing up as him in public – he never wears trousers!). Then on the 12th, we have Superman Day – another underwear issue, but easier to deal with. On the 19th it’s Garfield the Cat Day, so you can dress as a ginger cat and eat lasagne all day! And finally, the 25th is Global Beatles Day. The possibilities with this one are endless: you could go with early Beatles, with their trademark hair and suits, or the hippie Beatles, with the round spectacles, long hair and free love, man. Then there’s Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or the outfits from the Magical Mystery Tour… half the work is in deciding which era to choose!

We’ll be back on Wednesday with Part 2 of our look ahead to 2015!

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!

Celebrate Barbie’s Birthday Comments Off on Celebrate Barbie’s Birthday

Posted on March 21, 2014 by admin


This year everyone’s favourite childhood doll turns 55! Yes, Barbie celebrated her birthday on 9th March and as a never ending source of inspiration for great fancy dress, we’ve put together some tips so you can easily achieve a fantastic Barbie costume.


That perfect, plastic look can be hard to achieve, so check out this awesome make-up tutorial from Michelle Phan, who shows you how to get that flawless Barbie look. Using a combination of pale blue and bright pink shadows along with false eyelashes, you can easily achieve the perfect Barbie make-up style.

Perfect Barbie Hair

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If you’ve already got Barbie blonde locks, why not style your hair into a classic Barbie ponytail? Alternatively, invest in a platinum blonde wig and accessorise with a pink hair band or ribbon.

Alternative looks

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If you’re planning on a Disco or Ballroom Barbie look, you might want to consider using a bolder eye-shadow and black eye-liner for a more striking effect. Once again, it’s best to highlight your lower waterline with a pale pink or white eye-pencil.

Barbie costumes

Barbie has had many looks over the years, so there’s a wide variety of choice when it comes to selecting your outfit for your Barbie costume. Here are some of our favourites…

Tour Guide Barbie

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We love this really simple but effective costume idea for Tour Guide Barbie!

Dream Date Barbie

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If you’re thinking a little outside the box (or in this case, inside the box) for costume ideas, then check out this Dream Date Barbie costume, complete with Barbie packaging!

Barbie Make-up Head

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Check out this great costume idea with a twist – the Barbie hair and make-up head, and dressing table. If you’re feeling a bit crafty, then you can fashion a make-up table as part of your costume and attach some old make-up and brushes to give it that dressing-table look!

Barbie and Ken Group Costumes

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If you’re looking for a great group costume idea, then look no further! Drawing inspiration from loads of different Barbie, Ken and Skipper dolls!


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Get the look… The Nightmare before Christmas Comments Off on Get the look… The Nightmare before Christmas

Posted on December 03, 2013 by admin


If there’s an antidote to the onslaught of mainstream Christmas cheer, it’s Tim Burton’s classic stop-motion cinematic The Nightmare before Christmas. Starring the residents of Halloweentown, this dark musical is a favourite at Halloween as well as Christmas and is the favourite of those who like to take a break from the traditional carols of the season.

To celebrate this merriest of seasons, we’re helping you get the look that defines this film, so get your black and white make-up at the ready!

The make-up method

Sally may look pretty creepy, but her innocent nature and desire for adventure make her a perfect choice at this time of year. Costume make-up artist Mystique has got the low-down about how to achieve the Sally look.

Despite the complex and precise finished look, it’s clear that this is one kind of fancy dress that’s actually pretty easy to achieve. Blending colours and applying fine detail has never looked easier thanks to Mystique’s relaxed and calm application.

The products

Some of the features, such as the delicate areas around the eye, are best treated with standard eye make-up such as eye shadow and eye liner. However, the main parts of the face require specialised face paint.


As you can see from the video, the face paint requires shades of green, blue and grey, all of which can be found for the make-up used for a ‘ghoul’ costume. White, of course, is the founding colour of the skin make-up and is best used in a liquid form. Finally, shading and definition should come from a light grey and gently applied across the collarbone and neck.

The alternative looks

Putting your own spin on the look is one of the most exciting things about costume make-up and the greatest thing about The Nightmare before Christmas is the huge cast of amazing characters. Whether you choose to be inspired by the characters themselves or perhaps the stunning scenery, there is much to be experimented with using this film.

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This eye make-up is ideal for those looking for a slightly more subtle way in which to bring the Tim Burton magic into their Christmas make-up. Including Oogie Boogie and Zero, the design also includes the pivotal hilltop scene between Sally and Jack, resulting in a stunning design.

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This second image is incredibly impressive. While the look may not include a huge amount of make-up, combining a steady hand with a very fine brush has resulted in this beautiful design that uses the buildings as the main inspiration. The artist has also paid tribute to Sally with the stitches along the mouth.

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Of course, the hero of the story is Jack himself and the artist in this image has helpfully shown us how to create his look using only make-up! This is a little more complicated than the make-up for Sally, but with a steady hand and a pinch of confidence, this is yet another look that would fit right into any Nightmare before Christmas themed celebration.

If you are getting dressed up for Christmas, send in your pictures and we’ll feature them on our Facebook page!

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Travel Back in Time with Historical Fancy Dress Comments Off on Travel Back in Time with Historical Fancy Dress

Posted on February 10, 2011 by admin

You might well enjoy picking up the occasional history book, watching a documentary about previous eras on the TV or settling down in front of a film that is set in times gone by.

But there is nothing quite like donning historical fancy dress to get the feel of how life was in previous generations.

Here at Fancy Dress Ball, we have a plethora of outfits available for you to purchase that can help you relive bygone times. Ranging from 80’s costumes to men’s and women’s fancy dress based on a Roman theme, we stock it all. Indeed, our selection goes right back to Egyptian times.

You can adorn clothes resembling those that would have been worn by the ancient pharaohs, Viking warriors, Roman guards and much more.

Pharaoh Costume

Meanwhile, you might be inspired to don garments similar to those worn in Victorian England. After all, there are plenty of factual and fictional accounts of this time and the items of clothing that were worn during this period are often viewed as iconic.

And you can get children involved too, as there are plenty of options available to them as well.

Indeed, the experience can be a family affair. And by wearing clothing from previous times, you might feel inspired to find out more about them. There is a wealth of fascinating information out there to be discovered by you.

To find out more about the women’s and men’s costume choices available, simply have a look at the relevant section of our site. You are bound to be impressed by the variety of ensembles we offer.

Left Your Fancy Dress to the Last Minute? Don’t Panic Comments Off on Left Your Fancy Dress to the Last Minute? Don’t Panic

Posted on January 26, 2011 by admin

There’s nothing worse than realising that the party you thought you had weeks to prepare for is actually only a day or two away. If it’s a fancy dress party the whole thing becomes even more daunting, because how can you possibly find a costume on such short notice? Well, fear not – if you know where to look, you’ll easily be able to find the fancy dress costumes that you need.

One option would be to frantically search through your wardrobe to see if you’ve got anything suitable, or head to the high street to see if you can find pieces that you can cobble together into a costume. This could work if it’s a theme that’s easy to achieve (80’s fancy dress springs to mind, thanks to the amount of 80s fashion on the high street), but what if you’re looking for something a bit different? That’s when it’s time to head to the experts.

Video Vixen Costume

By heading to specific costume shops you’ll have a much better chance of finding the outfit to suit, and you’ll be able to arrange it all at incredibly short notice as well. You could always head to the high street, but why not save yourself the hassle of searching and come to us here instead?

You’ll be free to browse through our selection of men’s and ladies fancy dress outfits at your leisure, making the whole process far more enjoyable and much less rushed. We can even offer next day delivery to ensure you get your outfit on time, so if you’ve left it until the last minute don’t panic just yet – come to us and get your perfect costumes in the quickest possible time.

Top Five Ladies Fancy Dress Outfits for Pregnant Partygoers Comments Off on Top Five Ladies Fancy Dress Outfits for Pregnant Partygoers

Posted on November 08, 2010 by admin

Congratulations on the bump! We love knowing a new little life is coming into the world to enjoy our fancy dress ranges! We reckon that being pregnant and all, you’ve got enough to contend with, so here are our top five picks for womens fancy dress outfits… that are 100% pro-bump!

1. Pirates Ahoy!

The “Captain Swashbuckler Costume” might include a super-short (very loose fitting) dress, but that’s because we think you should get your gorgeous pins out… pregnant or not!

2. Luau Hawaiian Lady

Perhaps for the braver ladies amongst you! Choose from our massive range of grass skirts, coconut/shell/flower bikini tops and gorgeous floral garlands.

3. 1970’s Fancy Dress

The psychedelic “Hippy Chick Costume” is not only one of our absolute favourite women’s fancy dress costumes, it’s also very bump-friendly! The “70’s Stripped Go Go Dress” is another of our fantastic 70’s costumes that will flow nicely over that bump

Captain Swashbuckler Costume4. Off the Wall

In the mood for something a little off-the-wall? Check out any of our “Adult Animal Costumes” section. We had a tough time choosing, but today’s favourite is the “Mouse Costume” for sheer cuteness!

5. Myths and Legends

We know all things with an empire line are your friend during pregnancy. Fancy being Roman royalty for the evening with our “Roman Empress Costume”? Or how about scaring the pants off everyone with our terrifying “Medusa Costume”?

Whatever you and your bump are in the mood for, we’re sure to have something awesome and comfortable in our fancy dress costumes collection.

Unusual Fancy Dress Costumes Comments Off on Unusual Fancy Dress Costumes

Posted on August 25, 2010 by admin

Fancy dress parties, especially for significant birthdays, are very popular right now. But despite how fun these parties are, sometimes choosing the right fancy dress costume can be difficult. There’s nothing more gutting than showing up to a party in the same costume as one of your friends! To choose a more unusual fancy dress costume, think outside the box.

For unusual ladies fancy dress costumes, why not choose a historical figure. You can choose a popular one like Cleopatra or a Greek goddess like Medusa, but if you want to be really unusual, why not choose a more generic costume and then personalize it. Dress as a queen, and then add your own touches to become Marie Antoinette, Queen Victoria, or even Mary Queen of Scots. Or, choose a generic Indian costume and become Pocahontas, or Sacajawea.

For a groovy look, choose a generic 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s fancy dress costume and then think of a historical figure from that era that you admire. Maybe an artist or novelist?

For unusual men’s fancy dress, take the same principle. A generic Viking costume can become Leif Erikson, the Viking who discovered the Americas well before Christopher Columbus. Or, choose a French Revolution costume and become Sidney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities.

Choosing unusual fancy dress costumes is really easy when you put your mind to work. Thinking outside the back can make any average costume become something really special.

Music Trivia from the 80s Comments Off on Music Trivia from the 80s

Posted on April 14, 2010 by admin

Having an 80s fancy dress party is likely to induce nostalgic thoughts of what the 80s held for many of you. Fancy Dress Ball understand just what an impact the 1980s fashion, music, and celebrity lifestyle had on many people, including today’s culture, which is why they’ve drawn up some music trivia facts from the 80s to accompany the fantastic 80s fancy dress costumes they have on offer. These facts are guaranteed to help you find inspiration for your fancy dress costume if you previously were struggling for ideas.

The top selling albums of the 80s was Brothers in Arms by The Dire Straits, Michael Jackson’s Bad and Thriller, and Queen’s Greatest Hits. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album is the best-selling album of all time, selling over a staggering 42 million copies worldwide. Fancy Dress Ball have a range of Michael Jackson costumes inspired by the outfits worn in several of his videos.

The top five artists during the 1980’s were Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, The Smiths and U2, therefore making them ideal sources of inspiration for fancy dress parties.

Kylie Minogue entered into the charts with her first big hit coming from “Locomotion” in 1987. However, who can forget the famous duet with Jason Donovan with followed in 1988, “Especially for You”. Kylie is ideal to draw ideas from if you prefer the girl-next-door look for your fancy dress.

In 1983, David Bowie alone had 10 albums in the UK charts. One of the most iconic men of the 1980s – not just for his music but for his outrageous fashion and hairstyles, he is perfect for a fan of glam rock.

Topping yourself up on this music trivia has no doubt got you pining for the 80s again, so make sure your 80s fancy dress party is full of a fantastic playlist from this amazing decade.

xfactor Cheryl Cole Comments Off on xfactor Cheryl Cole

Posted on October 21, 2009 by admin

Well the jury may be out on Cheryl Cole’s vocal performance but she definitely pulled of the costume strutting around that stage with her army of Russian soldier back-up dancers.  Her costume was a quasi Russian officer come lion tamer in my opinion and I know lots of males and females out there loved her look.

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Russian OfficerRingmaster

Fancy rocking the Cheryl look at your next event or has her costume inspired you and your friends to get into a Circus theme perhaps, much like the most recent Take That tour?  Take a look at the costumes above – they are not a match for Cheryl but they start you off in the right direction.  With these costumes and a little bit of your personal additions and some accessories I am sure you could nail the look!  If you want some more help tracking down any unusual items of fancy dress costumes or want to replicate Cheryl’s look then get in contact with us here at fancydressball.co.uk and we will do our best to sort you out.
Update October 2010: Cheryl Cole Costume NOW IN STOCK
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