My aim is to help all those budding fancy dressers who don't know what they're looking for and how to find it. I would like to show you how I go about planning and getting hold of the perfect costume!
I love dressing up to go out. It was only last year that I actually started fancy dressing often; I've even got my partner into dressing up to go out! The key thing is to plan enough in advance, so that you can get everything you need in time for the event. Disorganisation generally leads to not looking how you want to.
What I usually do is think about where I will be going, who with and what I can get away with wearing (or not wearing in some cases!) I tend to talk to the people that I will be going out with and deciding whether or not to have a theme. For example, if our theme is hospitals, my friends and I work out who will dress as what (i.e. doctor, nurse, casualty, etc.)
My next thought is "where can I find what I need cheaply?" Lets face it, fancy dress hire can be very expensive, especially when you need to place a deposit with the shop and start thinking about accessories and so on.
The thought which follows is "how many times am I likely to wear that costume?" So I search ebay as well, to get more of an idea of what is available. If it turns out, it's not a costume I would wear more than once, I would probably go for a hire costume. But if I see something that I think I can wear in lots of different places and for different occasions, then I usually buy from a seller on ebay. Don't get me wrong, I don't spend lots of time trawling through fancy dress shops and on ebay, I prefer to get what I want, when I want it, as I see it. If an costume makes me laugh out loud, that's the one I go for nine times out of ten!
With the availability, I try not to bid on items if I can help it. I tend to use the 'BUY IT NOW' button quite a lot, so that I can guarantee I will be getting what I want, even though it can work out to be more expensive than bidding, making sure I can get my items in time for the event.
If you find yourself in the situation where you need a costume in double-quicktime, I would use ebay, checking the feedback on your seller beforehand, making sure that items have arrived to others on time, etc.
If you need more than one item to make up your costume, have a look at the seller's shop. Most of the sellers of clothing items have their own ebay shop, so at least you'll know it will all arrive together (sometimes it could save you postage as well).
Then, I sit back, and wait for my items to come through the post! Simple.