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2015: A Look Ahead… Part 2! Comments Off on 2015: A Look Ahead… Part 2!

Posted on January 07, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Welcome to the second part of our look ahead to 2015, where we share all of the fantastic fancy dress opportunities going on…


July 1st is Canada Day, Canada’s national day. Dress as a mountie, or another famous Canadian… like… er… Avril Lavigne! The second is World UFO Day, so there is plenty of scope for alien costumes, and then it’s International Tiger Day on the 29th. Rawr!


August is a great month for fancy dress: the 8th is International Cat Day, and if you want to go a little more hardcore, the 10th is World Lion Day! If cats aren’t your thing, the 26th is Dog Day too! If you’re not into dressing as an animal, dust off the Christmas costumes and celebrate Be An Angel Day on the 22nd.


September is Chicken Month! It’s possibly not practical to dress as a chicken all month… but for part of it? If you’re not really feeling the love for the chicken costumes, what about waiting for Teddy Bear Day on the 9th? The 13th is Roald Dahl Day, which is definitely something to look forward to. Of course, everyone knows the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day – obviously, you’ll already have that one marked on your calendar. And then, we round off the month of fancy dress fun on the 26th with Lumberjack Day!


As the weather turns colder, the fancy dress outfits become more fun, right? October has plenty of opportunities for bonkers fancy dress outfits, with World Farm Animals Day on the 2nd, and World Animal Day on the 4th. Then we have Mad Hatter Day on the 6th, World Octopus Day on the 8th and a definite favourite: Punk for a Day Day on the 25th! Of course, October is also the fancy dress high-point of the year, with Halloween on the 31st! We always look forward to this one!


November is fairly quiet for fancy dress, aside from the obvious Guy Fawkes Night. The 3rd is Jellyfish Day – that would be a fun costume to put together! And the 10th is Sesame Street Day; which character will you dress as?


December is a fantastic month for fancy dress. Aside from all the festive fancy dress opportunities, there is World Wildlife Conservation Day on the 4th – why not dress as a panda? International Day of the Ninja is on the 5th; the 14th is Monkey Day, and the 21st is International Dalek Remembrance Day. Imagine the fun you could have getting a costume together for that one!


And there we have it: 2015 in a nutshell. We hope you’ll stick around and see what else is going on through the course of the year!




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!

Ditch the Coat and Grab Your 80s Fancy Dress Glad-Rags Comments Off on Ditch the Coat and Grab Your 80s Fancy Dress Glad-Rags

Posted on May 17, 2011 by admin

If the heat of the summer sun isn’t the best reason ever for a really great fancy dress event, we’ll eat our ridiculous adult fancy dress pirate hats (the big ones with the feather in!).

Here are a few of our picks of the day for the best in summery (revealing!) 80s fancy dress outfits!

Ladies Fancy Dress
Flash the flesh ladies! Summery 80s fancy dress is all about revealing those bits of you hidden away during the winter months. Show off your pins in a neon tutu 80s party girl outfit, or channel your inner 80s characters in a Baywatch swimsuit (for the brave!), Wonderwoman costume, as Dale from Flash Gordon or in the super cute Starburst Girl costume!

If you’re not spirited away by any of our 80s costumes, don’t forget to check out the 80s accessory section to help create your own!

80s Lets Get Physical Girl Costume

Mens Fancy Dress
The 80s were a crazy decade for male clothing choices – we salute the 80s for making fancy dress what it is today! It’s time to bare all and indulge your secret fantasies to be a shirtless hair metal maniac (it’s all about the wig!), punk god, Village People Indian or pimped-out 80s rapper (gold lame all the way!)

We stock tons of 80s costumes and accessories for you to get your teeth into! Choose from our massive online selection to make your summer fancy dress event the best of the year (until Halloween, that is!)

Women’s Fancy Dress Fit for a Fairytale Princess Comments Off on Women’s Fancy Dress Fit for a Fairytale Princess

Posted on April 06, 2011 by admin

Being a fairy princess in today’s princess-eat-princess world can be pretty tough! We think one of the most brilliant things about fancy dress is the option for little fairy princesses (who happen to inhabit adult bodies!) to show their fabulousness on the outside as well as in!

•    Princess stories don’t come much older than the Egyptian tales of Cleopatra. Our Egyptian Queen Costume is elegant and could help you command the attention of your loyal subjects (as it should be!)
•    Sticking with ancient theme, how about the Greek Goddess Costume to put a spell on admirers…
•    Ladies’ fancy dress doesn’t come much more badass than the Warrior Princess Costume – perfect if you want to look like you could cut the throats of disloyal subjects in a second!

Warrior Princess Costume

•      Who are we not to include some fairytale magic? Princesses don’t come much sweeter than the Classic Snow White Costume (although we’re not sure she really wore suspenders…)
•    The Sexy Indian Princess Costume is the ideal choice for sultry princesses (who know how to handle a bow and arrow!)
•    Fancy being queen bee? Check out the Queen Bumble Bee Costume, and don’t forget your honey pot purse!

Women’s fancy dress is all about having fun playing dress up… and remember how much fun that used to be! A real princess is never shy with her fashion sense, so be brave in your fancy dress outfits ladies!

Alternative Female Fancy Dress Ideas Comments Off on Alternative Female Fancy Dress Ideas

Posted on March 02, 2011 by admin

So you’ve been invited to a fancy dress party. That’s great! You love dressing up and themed parties are always much more fun than dull old dinner parties. However, what other outfit options are their for ladies fancy dress aside from the usual schoolgirl, flight attendant or naughty nurse combos? Well, the short answer to that is: lots. Thanks to the internet, the amount of different costumes now available for women is staggering. So, if you want to try something a little different, how about considering the following:

Historical characters

Female historical characters can be a great choice for an outfit as there are plenty of famous ladies from the past to choose from. Top of the list surely has to be Egyptian queen Cleopatra, famed for her beauty the world over. Or perhaps you fancy yourself more as Queen Elizabeth I, complete with pale face, impressive gown and short fuse? Better still, how about a comely Maid Marion outfit to set male hearts all a-quiver?

Diamond of the Nile Costume

Legends and fairytales

The world of make-believe can also be a good place to get some brilliant costume ideas. Supernatural costumes like fairies and witches are always good fun. Or maybe you would prefer to regress back to your childhood and dress up as your favourite fairytale character like Cinderella, Snow White or Alice. Or, if you feel like taking on the World, you could always adopt your best hands-on-hips pose in a super-sexy Wonder Woman or Catwoman costume.

80’s Fancy Dress – Grab your Shoulder Pads Comments Off on 80’s Fancy Dress – Grab your Shoulder Pads

Posted on August 27, 2010 by admin

It’s hard to believe that 80’s styles are considered vintage now—but time marches on, as they say. And if you’re a fan of the 80’s, or you lived through the 80’s, why not go to your next party in 80’s fancy dress?

The bold colours and the big plastic beads, rainbow stripes and fishnet stockings—all this and more make 80’s style women’s fancy dress costumes a lot of fun. And you’ll be sure to catch someone’s eye if you go as a Baywatch lifeguard, a blushing bride, or a red or pink sparkly rock guitar.

Pair a neon blue tutu with black fishnet stockings, add a pretty tank top, and you’re set to go. For more snazzy accessories and fun final touches, add big, false eyelashes in pink or purple, big sunglasses, or long strands of florescent beads.

Neon Purple Glam WigLeg warmers were all the rage, so why not pop on a pair of orange or pink ones over your white fishnet stockings? Wear white heels and an orange or green tutu, and you’ve got the look.

And if you really want to cause a stir, why not add a fun wig? You can have long, luxuriously straight purple hair, or maybe you’d prefer bleach blond crimped locks? Glamorous curls or a frizzy afro – with a wig, you can have hair in just about any colour for one night.

Dress up your next fancy dress occasion with a fun 80’s costume, and you’re sure to get all the attention you want.

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.

1980s Film & TV Comments Off on 1980s Film & TV

Posted on June 23, 2010 by admin

The 1980s saw the release of some truly iconic films; Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back To The Future, Rambo and Terminator to name but a few. So iconic are these films that the scope for 80s fancy dress costumes is massive. Sadly, the popularity of such films means that you will probably not be the only Jedi or Ghostbuster at an 80s fancy dress party, so it may be worthwhile looking at other 80s films for more unique costume ideas.

The decade’s TV is also rich in 80s fancy dress ideas. Ladies can put on a beret, saucy underwear and a saucy French accent and voila; a barmaid from ‘Allo ‘Allo. Gents could turn up in a flat cap and fur-collared coat, puffing on a cigar as ‘Del Boy’ from Only Fools and Horses. And for the middle-aged receding man, a faded brown leather jacket with jeans and a grimace makes a transformation to Terry from Minder.

For a touch of glamour, there are also the American 80s TV shows to consider such as Miami Vice. Pull up those sleeves, grow a bit of stubble and put on your shades then you’re ready to smooth the ladies. Ladies can counter by drawing inspiration from soap operas like Dallas and Dynasty for 80s fancy dress ideas. These costumes really couldn’t be easier; big hair, big shoulder pads and bold make up and then you’re on for your fight over Sonny Crockett!

Style Icons from the 80s for the Ladies – Part 2 Comments Off on Style Icons from the 80s for the Ladies – Part 2

Posted on April 06, 2010 by admin

Annie Lennox – should definitely be a contender in one of your 80s fancy dress icon ideas, as Annie herself was an entirely different icon to all the others. Completely unique in her fashion, Annie was as bold and outrageous as the rest and is often referred to as the “androgyny diva” (dressing to both male and female fashions) which was also incorporated in Boy George’s fashion. Annie Lennox isn’t only someone that should remain confined to the 80s fancy dress party as she her fashion trend can still be seen to this very day.

Olivia Newton-John – this style icon gives you a whole host of possibilities. If you take her career as a singer, you could find yourself covered from head to toe in lycra. Or, you could adopt her super sexy style from her character Sandy in Grease, again wearing spandex trousers and tight tops. However, if you’d like to tone down the outrageous dress sense of the eighties fancy dress party you could also dress in the classic Sandy costume from Grease, with the chic girl-next-door look.

Molly Ringwald – she was so 80’s, with her glamorous attitude both in the film Pretty in Pink and in real life celebrity stardom. Everyone wanted to be like her, so why not take the opportunity to now?

If you’ve been invited to an 80s fancy dress party, it’s the ideal opportunity to dress like the childhood icons you all loved and adored. With glamorous costumes, Fancy Dress Ball offer a wide range of 80s fancy dress outfits for you to choose from, so you’ll soon be an 80s style icon in your own right!

Fancy Dress ideas – Donkey Troop Comments Off on Fancy Dress ideas – Donkey Troop

Posted on November 23, 2009 by admin
Ningunos burros permitieron!  And for those of you, like me, who don’t speak spanish – no donkeys allowed!  I’m sure there was a sign on the entrance saying no donkeys not even guide donkeys for the blind!  However I was given assurances these these mexican donkeys had come through the proper quarantine channels and were safe to be grazing round the event!
Donkey Fancy Dress

Donkey Fancy Dress

These fancy dress costumes are inflatable with a small fan placed in the bag of the costume which keeps a constant air flow into the costume.  This means that you don’t need to spend an hour blowing up your costume before you wear it – possibly making yourself light headed in the process!  As you can see the costume wearers legs are the back legs of the donkey and the costume forms the wearers front legs.  Can you remember Bernie Clifton?  If you can then you get the general idea.
The total group of donkey fancy dress costumes amounted to about 10 people and the sight of these people parading themselves on the dancefloor got a really good response from the crowd.  I know many people went home with a ‘mexican on a donkey’ picture.
Other items used to enhance this costume were the mexican sombrero and the mexican moustache.  Personally I would also have added a poncho, a couple of toys guns and a big fat fake cigar which would really have finished the look for me.  I would maybe even have taken taken a carrot to feed the donkey, got to keep its energy levels up after all!
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