Creative Fancy Dress Ideas for Boys

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Creative Fancy Dress Ideas for Boys

Holidays, birthdays, and other parties can be made even more fun with fancy dress, also called costumes. Some younger boys even enjoy wearing fancy dress on a daily basis. Character costumes can make their play time with their friends more fun and realistic. Usually though, fancy dress is worn to a party or special event. In the United States, boys are even known to wear their costumes out of the house as they accompany their mother with her daily shopping.

There are numerous ways that parents can dress up their children for special events, and it is far easier to stay within a budget than many people may realise. It is definitely possible for parents to determine what their budget is and then stay within it. Fancy dress can be bought in sets, handcrafted, borrowed, traded, or even purchased pre-owned. This guide will discuss creative ways that parents can find or make costumes for their son’s fancy dress party.

History of Fancy Dress

Fancy dress is often considered to be more popular in the United States. However, the Brits have quickly caught on to how fun costumes can be. Fancy dress parties are generally thought to originate from the masquerade balls of the 18th century. The modern parties participated in today originate more from the elaborate parties of the 20th century that were somewhat exclusive to the wealthy. At that time fancy dress was not readily found in shops so the costumes had to be handmade or hired.

Parties in Britain began increasing in popularity amongst the general population in the 1940s. Costumes were worn to simple events in which people purchased accessories from the shop and altered their own clothing. The 1990s brought the new arrival of affordable fancy dress that people could purchase from shops. Bulk distribution of fancy dress from the manufacturers made it possible for the average Brit to purchase costumes of all varieties. Now the outfits are worn quite often to themed parties and special holidays.

7 Tips for Selecting Fancy Dress for Boys

As mentioned earlier, there are many creative ways to find fancy dress for boys. Parents are not limited to the products offered in their local shops. The following sections will discuss seven creative fancy dress ideas for boys.

1. Find the Boy’s Size

For parents who are planning to purchase fancy dress for their son, it is important to figure out what sizes to look for. Unfortunately, manufacturers size their costumes based on the age and height of the child and do not consider weight to be a factor. This can make it difficult to find fancy dress for the boys that are outside of their average heights. Here is the general sizing chart used for childrens’ costumes.

Size

Small

Medium

Large

Age

3 - 5

6 - 8

9 - 12

Height (cm)

110

130

150

Height (in)

43

51

59

With these charts it is more accurate to find the size based on height rather than age because children grow at different rates.

If shopping by age, use the chart below to determine what age group the boy is in based on his measurements.

Age

2 - 3

3 - 4

4 - 5

5 - 6

7 - 8

9 - 10

11 - 12

Height (cm)

98

104

110

116

128

140

152

Height (in)

38.5

41

43.5

45.5

50.5

55

60

Chest (cm)

53.5

55.5

58

60

64

69

75

Chest (in)

21

22

23

23.5

25

27

29.5

Waist (cm)

51

52

53.5

55

58

62

69

Waist (in)

20

20.5

21

21.5

23

25.5

27

Hip (cm)

55

58

60

63

69

75

84

Hip (in)

21.5

23

23.5

25

27

29.5

33

Outside Leg (cm)

57

64

68

72

81

90

98

Outside Leg (in)

22.5

25

26.5

28.5

32

35.5

38.5

If a boy is outside any of the average measurements, another option is to order fancy dress that is one size too large. The costume can then be tailored to fit the child better.

2. Find a Theme

Some parties will have a specific theme that they expect their guests to conform to. For example, a party may have a "Harry Potter" theme in which everyone that comes dressed up as one of characters from the Hogwarts school of wizardry. If there is no specific theme, or a broad theme like Halloween, talk to the boy and find out what themes he is interested in. Make a list of what he says and offer new ideas. If he doesn’t have any theme ideas then discuss with him the things that he likes. For example, if he likes superhero movies, suggest a superhero costume, or if he has a favourite animal, suggest dressing up as that animal.

3. Find Ideas

If the parents or the child still need some inspiration, go online and look at the costumes that are being sold. This is a fun activity for kids to participate in. Once they see all of their options, it is easier for them to decide what to get.

4. Consider Hand Crafting the Costume

Once there are some ideas for what fancy dress to try, see if any of them can be crafted at home. Existing clothing can be dyed different colours and new items like fish fins or a cape can be sewn on. A boy’s skin can also be coloured using special face paints. Character slippers such as dinosaur feet can add an extra touch to the outfit, and mittens can change the colour of the hands. There is even temporary hair dye available if parents want to change their kid’s hair colour.

5. Trade Fancy Dress

The problem with purchasing fancy dress is that it is often only worn once. Since most people do not want to find new costumes when they are invited to other parties, parents can see if there are any boys that would like to trade costumes with their boys. This allows each kid to get new fancy dress to wear without spending any money.

6. Order More Than One Costume

If there are other children that are participating in the same event as the boy, parents can save money by simply coordinating with other parents to order the costumes together. This saves money on shipping for each family.

7. Shop for Used Fancy Dress

Whether parents are hand crafting their fancy dress or shopping for it, they can save money by purchasing used items. There are stores and websites that sell both used fancy dress as well as new costumes. Since the item is likely to only be worn once, this may be more practical than getting brand new fancy dress.

Where to Shop for Creative Fancy Dress for Boys

Most of the local shops, with the exception of a few joke shops, will only have fancy dress around the Halloween time of year. This means that in some areas, parents can find costumes at shops nearby for only one to two months a year. For those other ten or eleven months, people either have to look online or hand craft their boy’s fancy dress. When hand crafting the outfit, there may be shops nearby that sell used and pre-worn items to turn into fancy wear, but it may require a lot of travel time between the shops to find the items needed. For this reason, many parents choose to shop online at websites like eBay where they can shop for both new and used fancy dress. eBay even allows its shoppers to set their personal price range to help them stay within their set budget.

How to Purchase Fancy Dress for Boys on eBay

eBay makes it easy for parents to find fancy dress for their children. There are thousands of clothing items for sale that people can sort through and decide between. Ordering costumes on eBay eliminates the need to travel between shops in search of fancy dress that a boy will like.

To locate fancy dress for boys on eBay, go to eBay website and simply type what you are looking for into the search bar. For example, enter "Boys Fancy Dress", or "Fancy Dress for Boys". You can also look for something in particular, such as "Boys Superman Fancy Dress". After you have performed the search and the clothing items are being shown, you can eliminate the products that you are not interested in. Enter in your price range so that only the fancy dress items within those price amounts will show. Now you can arrange the products based on their prices. This will allow you to shop for the less costly items first, or look at the higher priced and potentially better quality items first.

Conclusion

Parents can easily please their young boys by allowing them to dress up in a costume that they enjoy and will have fun in. Fancy dress helps stretch the imaginations of children by allowing them to pretend to be another character. Since costumes come in so many different varieties, boys have nearly unlimited options when it comes to finding the fancy dress that is perfect for them.

There are many manufacturers that produce fancy dress for parties or any occasions. They are not difficult to locate with the help of this guide. The information provided was designed to show parents some creative fancy dress ideas for their boys, educate them on where and how to shop for the costumes, and help them find the right sizes that will and reduce the chances of having to return or exchange the outfit.

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