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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!

Celebrate Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday! Comments Off on Celebrate Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday!

Posted on June 04, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Marilyn Monroe


This week would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 88th birthday. She’s been dead for over half a century, but she’s still one of the most popular and iconic stars the world has ever seen. Why not celebrate by dressing up in a Marilyn Monroe costume?

Born in 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson (her last name was soon changed to Baker), she spent most of her childhood in a succession of foster homes, and first married at the age of 16 in order to avoid being sent to an orphanage. Her first job was in a munitions factory; while she was there, a film maker from the US Army came to take morale-boosting photos of young women helping the war effort. He took photos of Norma Jeane, and encouraged her to sign up to a modelling agency, which she did. Having been told they were looking for models with blonde hair, she bleached her own chestnut brown hair to a golden blonde colour, and quickly became the agency’s most popular model. Soon after, Norma Jeane was spotted by 20th Centry Fox, and signed up on a six-month contract. They didn’t like her name though, and decided to come up with a glamorous stage name. She chose Monroe as her surname, as it was her mother’s maiden name. Marilyn was chosen because she reminded a studio executive of Marilyn Miller, a 1920s Broadway musical star. Marilyn Monroe was born!

She had several bit-parts in movies during her time at 20th Century Fox, but her starring roles came later, after she had courted controversy by becoming Playboy Magazine’s first Playmate of the Month. Monroe’s IMDB entry boasts 33 credits as an actress, though most of us probably only associate her with a handful of movies: Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Something’s Got to Give or How to Marry a MillionaireShe quickly became typecast as a “dumb blonde” and seemed to play up to this role, with her trademark blonde hair and bright red lipstick. Here are ten things you might not have known about her though:

  1. Monroe is often depicted as the prime example of a curvy woman, but she was actually quite petite, weighing just 8st 3lb, at 5ft 5 tall.
  2. Although they divorced and she remarried, famous baseball player Joe DiMaggio made sure half a dozen long-stemmed red roses were placed on her grave twice a week until his death in 1999. His final words upon his death were “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
  3. Far from being a dumb blonde, her favourite novel was Ulysses by James Joyce, a famously complicated and difficult read. She said she read it aloud to herself, because she loved the way it sounded. She also read Walt Whitman and Tolstoy, and listened to Beethoven.
  4. The famous line, “it’s me, Sugar” from Some Like it Hot took an amazing 47 takes for Monroe to get right. In the end the director had to write it on a black board in front of her!
  5. Her favourite drink was Champagne, and her preferred brand was the pricey Dom Perignon.
  6. She purportedly shaved half an inch off one heel of each pair of shoes, in order to perfect that trademark wiggle as she walked.
  7. Although never nominated for an Oscar, she did win a Golden Globe in 1960 for her performance in Some Like it Hot.
  8. Hugh Hefner paid £54,000 to reserve a crypt next to hers
  9. That famous skirt blowing scene was in The Seven Year Itch. When she filmed it in 1954, over 2000 people gathered around to watch.
  10. She featured on a USA postage stamp in 1995.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe fancy dress is not as difficult as you’d think. The iconic Monroe look is simple yet effective: black mascara, single beauty spot, bright red lips. Finished off with a dash of Chanel No5, of course! Don’t worry if you’re not a natural blonde; she wasn’t either! A wig and a simple white dress, and you’re there! Your pooch can even get in on the action with a fabulous Marilyn Monroe dog costume.

Happy birthday Marilyn!

TV & Film Character Costumes For Women Comments Off on TV & Film Character Costumes For Women

Posted on May 27, 2011 by admin

Going to a fancy dress party as a favourite TV or film character is a popular choice. But sometimes finding the right costume can be a challenge. Here at Fancy Dress Ball we offer one of the widest ranges of TV and film character fancy dress costumes for women available online.

Here are a few highlights of the many fabulous and flirty women’s fancy dress costumes that we offer.

Our range of Marilyn Monroe costumes are very popular. We offer four different ones with variations on her sexy white dress. You can even order a bombshell blond  wig separately to complete your sexy Marilyn ensemble.

We also have a complete range of Addams Family costumes including two choices each for Wednesday Addams and Mortica Addams.

You’ll also find women’s costumes from Underworld, Ghostbusters, and more. Check out our other celebrity and famous people sections for more choices including pop stars.

Morticia Addams Costume

Another great way to go as a TV or film character is to choose a costume from one of our vintage sections. Many of our 60’s or 70’s outfits could work for various characters from shows that took place during that era. Think outside the box, and be creative with the costume elements available. Mix and match to make your own unique costume.

Besides our wide range of fancy dress outfits, we also offer many costume accessories, wigs, hats, shoes, and other items to complete your look.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the online form and we will do our best to get back to you within one working hour.

Vintage Style Fancy Dress Costumes Comments Off on Vintage Style Fancy Dress Costumes

Posted on May 24, 2011 by admin

It’s definitely hip to be retro these days, and fancy dress costumes are no exception. When it comes to Halloween parties, fancy dress balls, and other parties where dressing up is in order, an outfit reminiscent of the 60s, 70s or 80s will never go amiss. Here at Fancy Dress Ball we offer a wide variety of vintage choices for your next fancy dress affair.

Looking for a hip 70s costume? We have dozens upon dozens of choices for both men and women. If you want women’s fancy dress that will rock your 70s party, browse through our full range of choices including mod hippy dresses, metallic pants suits, tight trousers, flowing tops and more.

Our Boogie Babe Costume, under 70s outfits for women, is a star buy. This adorable checked jumpsuit even comes with a belt. And you can make it a couples thing by also purchasing the men’s version of the outfit, the Disco Sleezeball Costume.

Disco Godbrother Costume

If you prefer the 60s we also have many different outfits to accommodate this era as well, and even an entire wigs section. Our 60s Groovy Chic outfit is new to the site, and will make a great impression with this classic black and white abstract square print dress and matching head scarf.

With new outfits in many sections, and all the old classics, there’s so much to choose from that you may have a hard time deciding, but you’re definitely sure to find something you love. Or you can mix and match different pieces to create your own outfit.

Man I Feel Like a Woman Comments Off on Man I Feel Like a Woman

Posted on May 16, 2011 by admin

There’s something about adult fancy dress events that brings out the silly side in all of us! Careful study on our part (throwing lots of fancy dress parties!) means we’ve glimpsed into the very heart and soul of all you costume enthusiasts, and we’ve noticed one of the funnest (if that’s not a real word then it darn well should be!) things you guys like to do when that invitation drops onto the doormat is let your fingers do the running to our online store in search of the silliest, most over the top men’s fancy dress costumes around!

Did we mention how popular women’s fancy dress is with guys? There’s something about being a dude and dressing as a dame for a fancy dress event that brings out the brilliant ridiculousness in guys!

Mr Miss World Costume

Our “Little Britain” section features three of our favourite female men’s character fancy dress costumes – Vicky Pollard, Desiree and Bubbles. We dare even the manliest of men not to fall into character as the zip comes up on that Vicky Pollard tracksuit top – Yeah but no but yeah but no!!

Perhaps the best assortment of fun men’s fancy dress is gathered in the “Stag Costumes” area (what better place is there for a collection of hilarious and perhaps slightly rude costumes!). Choose from the 80s-inspired “Let’s Get Physical” leotard outfit, Miss World, cheerleaders, Hawaiian hula girl, nurse, fat stripper or –if you’re feeling a little cheeky – pregnant nun!

Happy hunting ladies/men!

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!

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