Fancy dress costumes are a brilliant way of livening up any kind of party. Whether it’s a stag party, hen party, birthday, Halloween or just your run of the mill night out, there is no better way of breaking the ice and making it that bit more exciting than turning it into a fancy dress party. There are however a couple of problems that you can come across when finding your fancy dress costume. The first is that obviously you’ll want to look unique and not have the same costume as anyone else, so you need to think of that perfect fancy dress idea, the one that absolutely nobody else has thought of and everyone will have wished they’d thought of. The second problem is that once you have a few fancy dress ideas floating around, you then have to decide upon just one, this is very often much harder than it sounds.
Although with the huge number of fancy dress ideas out there, it is sometimes difficult to know what to dress as when going to a party. You only get one shot at coming up with the best fancy dress costume and so obviously you want to get it right! So in order to come up with that perfect fancy dress idea, first of all you have to decide which angle you want to take on the night, whether you want to go sexy, funny, authentic, subtle or just plain outrageous; then once you’ve got your angle, you can finally decide on an actual fancy dress costume. For the inexperienced party goer this can actually be quite a difficult process, if you don’t have much idea of what is available then it’s not easy deciding which fancy dress ideas are good and which are bad.
Sometimes the best fancy dress ideas are the most unusual ones, the type of ideas that comes flying in from way outside the box and are completely unique to you. This requires a little bit of imagination and some thought, but is ultimately well worth it when the party comes round. The highest praise you can receive at a party is the phrase “I wish I’d thought of that” so try taking a different angle to the fancy dress theme that others might not think of. Although you should be careful to make sure that you are recognisable; the last thing that you want is to have to spend the night explaining to people what, or who you are. This though doesn’t mean that in order to have a good fancy dress idea it has to be unusual, at the end of the day it’s about looking good and with the sheer number of fantastic fancy dress outfits available, you can easily choose something that will make you look amazing!
60s, 70s and 80s fancy dress ideas are often the hardest ones to come up with, what with these being very broad themes coming up with that perfect fancy dress costume can be quite difficult. Your first option is to go with the fashion of that particular decade, flower power with the 60s, disco with the 70s and neon with the 80s. There are loads of fantastic costumes available in these styles and it’s a great way to laugh at the various things that people used to wear on a regular basis. Also they work brilliantly if you’re going out dancing because what better outfit for an old school club than a 70s disco cat suit? Another option for these themes is to dress as a famous celebrity from that era, every decade has its celebrities and stars but there are also video game characters or even popular board games or household items that define a decade and make for fantastic fancy dress ideas, this is really anything that makes people look back and reminisce. Lastly movies, films and TV shows are a large part of what people remember from a particular decade and are often very easy to recreate for a fancy dress costume. So try taking a look at the box office hits from around that time and find characters within those movies. The 70s obviously had the Star Wars saga and the 80s had such great movies as Ghostbusters or Top Gun, all of which and many other make for wicked fancy dress ideas.
For kids, the best childrens fancy dress ideas are all about what they will recognise, for example, unless they have a particular love for it, a child may not want to dress in a 70s or 80s outfit because they will have no idea what it represents. Children would much prefer to dress as more familiar television or book characters, this naturally has a greater meaning and so they can have far more fun with it. For childrens fancy dress ideas they often have a pretty clear inclination of what they want anyway, kids will soon tell you whether a costume is a good idea or a bad idea when they see it, and that is a pretty good indication of whether or not they will fall in love with it or refuse to wear it!
Group fancy dress ideas where you coordinate your costumes are great if you’re going to a party as a group or on a hen or stag do, there are loads of great fancy dress costumes that works really well when a lot of people do it. For example togas go fantastically well for a crowd as do prisoner outfits, Top Gun pilots or Police Officers. When thinking about a group fancy dress idea it’s important that all of the costumes are easily identifiable with each other, whether that means that they match or are very similar it’s definitely important that they bear some relevance to the entire group.
When going to a party with your better half it always works very well for the two of you to dress in complimenting couples fancy dress costumes. Luckily, there are loads of great couples fancy dress ideas that have both men and ladies versions of the outfit to go with each other. For instance there is the policeman and convict partnership (it’s up to you to decide which is which), a doctor and their patient, an airline pilot and steward/stewardess, a pirate and wench and loads of other great male, female versions of similar costumes. Coming up with good couples fancy dress ideas is a great way of combining both of your costumes for a better effect and is a nice thing to do as a couple.
At Universal Fancy Dress we have a huge number of fancy dress ideas for all occasions and fancy dress themes. By browsing our many categories you can choose from a list of our ideas for a theme or you could go for a slightly different take and choose something else. We have outfits for authentic costumes, sexy costumes or funny, outrageous costumes, all of which are guaranteed to make you look and feel amazing. At Universal Fancy Dress we make sure that coming up with your fancy dress idea is the hardest part of getting an outfit, we offer a next day delivery service so you are guaranteed to get your costume in time and for all orders over £20 we offer free standard delivery. So with this number of costumes, accessories, wigs and all sorts, whatever you may be looking for you will find some great fancy dress ideas right here. Enjoy!