How To Choose The Perfect Fancy Dress Costume


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Fancy dress goes back as far as seventeenth century Italy, where people would dress up in intricate costumes and masks to celebrate at carnivals. This tradition was the inspiration for the eighteenth-century European masquerade balls that  gave way to simple fancy dress parties. Just like the ones held today.

When invited to a fancy dress party, there is no need to panic or stress, there are plenty of ways you can come up with an inventive costume idea. Whilst choosing a fancy dress costume can seem a little tricky, it isn't impossible to find an outfit idea that you love. Think about costume ideas that will look flattering on and will be comfortable to wear.

For all our best tips on choosing the perfect fancy dress costume, have a read of this.

Choosing an outfit

For parties where the fancy dress theme has been determined, such as a Halloween party or seasonal get together, choosing an outfit may be a little easier. All you have to do is come up with a few ideas based on the theme and tweak them until you come up with an idea that you love.

For parties where you have free reign of fancy dress, choosing an out can be a bit more difficult. When coming up with outfit ideas and looking at outfit options, it is important to think about the party itself. Some fancy dress costumes may be inappropriate for certain occasions, such as professional or family parties.

Coming up with an original idea

Thinking of an original fancy dress idea can be tricky, so here are some ideas to help:

Consider your personal interests

Start off by thinking about your personal interests, these can be anything from sports you like to your favorite movie character. Think about what costume ideas there are that are related to one of your personal interests.

Will you buy or make your outfit?

Decide whether you would like to make your outfit yourself or buy a ready made one.

If you are happy to make your outfit yourself, have a look in your wardrobe for anything that you could use. Perhaps your little black dress could be used to create a witch's costume, for example.

If you are planning on buying an outfit, go online for some hollywood fancy dress ideas and outfit inspirations.

Set a budget

Make sure to set a budget. Whilst you will want to look your best, remember you will only be wearing your outfit for one night, so don’t overspend.

When planning your costume think about everything you will need to create your look. Think about things like footwear, wigs, accessories, and even special makeup, remember everything adds up. Browse outfits and accessories online and in your local fancy dress shop to get an idea of how much everything will cost.


Don’t leave everything until the last minute. Make sure you give yourself enough time to come up with ideas, shop around for accessories and make or order your costume.

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