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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!

Superheroes vs. Supervillians Comments Off on Superheroes vs. Supervillians

Posted on February 23, 2013 by admin



It’s the 45th anniversary of the original Superman: The Movie this year and with the brand new Man of Steel set for release 13th June, it’s time to celebrate the all-American hero with a fancy dress party. The theme? Superheroes vs. Supervillians.

Anyone looking to fight for what is right will naturally want to take up superhero status. Just because Hollywood makes all the superheroes men, does not mean the ladies have to miss out!

Supergirl is a must for fans of the caped crusader, while Miss Captain America is perfect for any Avenger fans out there.

Of course there is always the original super lady in the form of Wonder Woman for anyone with the hair big enough to pull off the look.

Not all women are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, though, so for someone feeling a little naughty, the supervillian route is the only choice for them.

Ms Freddy Krueger is the stuff of nightmares, while the Wicked Witch might not look too scary, but a few choice words and it’s all over.

Just make sure Cruella de Ville isn’t let anywhere near the hot dogs – who knows what she’d do to them.

For men, Superman has always been the classic choice, even more so this year. If your mates already picked up the Superman look, though, it’s still possible to be part of the Justice League. Batman gets more women anyway and Green Lantern’s costume is maybe even cooler.

The Joker is the ultimate supervillian and a must for any faceoff between the do-gooders and the do-what-I-wanters. Michael Myers is perfect for anyone wanting to play the ‘silent mysterious’ type, or you can remind the girls that, actually, vampires don’t sparkle, they’re really terrifying. Sort of.

There are loads of superhero costumes to choose from, so let’s get to saving the world.

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.

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