How to Buy a Fancy Dress Costume

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You don’t have to be Superman to find a  fancy dress costume that nobody else  has; you just need a bit of imagination.  Stand out from the hundreds of cavemen  and cowgirls with unique a fancy dress costume to make everyone jealous.
 
Fancy Dress Costumes
How to decide your costume
Fancy dress costume ideas
Getting the right size
New vs Used costumes
 

Deciding which fancy dress costume to buy

If you’ve ever bought a fancy dress costume before, you’ll know the feeling of browsing the  rails or scouring the web for hours on end, arguing with yourself as to which is best. 

The easiest way is to break your decision down into three smaller questions.

Does your party have a theme?
Halloween aside, most fancy dress is bought for fancy dress parties, and most fancy dress  parties have a theme. This should immediately  make your decision much easier. Popular  themes include  pirates, superheroes and other fictional characters but why not think outside the box and go as something no one else would have though of? Maybe an Oompa Loompa or even a Rubix Cube

Are you going alone or with others?
If you’re going to your party with a group of  friends, you might want to consider  coordinating your outfits. Try going as a group you have seen on TV like the Teletubbies or characters from a computer game such as the Mario brothers.

What’s the weather going to be like?

You don’t need to be a weather forecaster to know that rain is always possible in Britain. Be sure to check the forecast in advance of your event to see whether your great new Wombles costumes will become waterlogged before you leave Wimbledon. 

 

Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

 
Disney Characters
 
Disney is responsible for some of the most memorable and colourful  characters in film. Classic favourites such Snow White, Cinderella and  Aladdin work well as fancy dress costumes, as do more modern Pixar  creations like Buzz Lightyear, Mr Incredible and Sulley.
Pirates

Ahoy there! So you’re thinking of going as a pirate arrrrr you? Pirates are great for fancy dress and have seen a surge in popularity recently thanks to the success of the brilliant Pirates of the Caribbean films. For kids, look no further than Jake & the Neverland Pirate for inspiration.                                                                 
Express your inner superhero with costumes ranging from Superman  and Catwoman to Batman and Robin. Superhero costumes are perfect  for mixed sex groups, with an abundance of cult characters to choose  from. Special powers not included.
 
1960s/70s/80s
Go back in time to an era of rock and roll, punk or disco with a fancy  dress costume themed to a particular decade. And if music’s not your  thing, why not go as your favourite film star or celebrity from that era for a costume  that’s personal to you and your youth?


Getting the size right


Fortunately, choosing the size of a two-person horse is much easier than buying a new shirt for work. Always check product descriptions for size information before you commit to your favourite costume.

What will you be wearing underneath?
Do you plan to be naked underneath your tight-fitting morph suit or layering up under  your giant teddy bear costume? Factor this into your decision and buy smaller of  larger sizes, as necessary.
 

Should I buy a new or used costume?

  
Depending on how often you plan on wearing your fancy dress costume – probably not too  much – you might wish to consider buying a used one at a fraction of the price. 

Used fancy dress costumes are generally in good  condition from people wearing them once before  deciding to sell them on. However, as with buying  anything second hand, always ask the following  questions and never be embarrassed.
 
− How many times do I plan to wear it?
  Used costumes are great for one-off  events but probably won’t withstand  multiple uses.
 
− How unique do I want to be?
Stay away  from generic second-hand costumes if  your aim is to stand out. You’re just  retelling somebody else’s joke.
 
− How could this Chewbacca costume  have possibly been cleaned inside and out when it doesn’t even fit into a washing machine? Answer: It’s dirty; buy a new one.

You don’t have to be Superman to find a
 
fancy dress costume that nobody else
 
has; you just need a bit of imagination.
 
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