There was a time when fancy dress was largely limited to Halloween and a few other occasions. But now, far more people are choosing to celebrate birthdays, engagements, and graduations in fancy dress. With more choice of costumes than ever before, it’s perhaps easy to see why it has grown in popularity. The amazing costumes in hit shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men. The prevalence of internet shopping. And the need for new and novel party ideas are all reasons why getting in costume has become more popular. If you’re starting college or heading to university too, you can guarantee there will be fancy dress needed almost every week! But if you don’t have much experience, all the choice can be overwhelming rather than encouraging. It can be hard to know how to pick the right costume or whether it will be suitable and original, and not too silly. The great thing about costume is that there are no rules. You can be as silly or as serious as you like. You can have great attention to detail or just go for an overall effect. With a few tips and tricks, you can nail your costume and just have fun!
A key way to succeed with any costume is to plan well in advance. Get as much information as you can about the theme. Talk to friends who are going to the same event and you can inspire each other. The theme might be as broad as a general inspiration such as “under the sea” or “America”. Or the theme might be more specific such as “heroes and villains” or a specific film or programme. Jot down a few ideas that pop into your head. Think whether you want to go modern or historical on the theme. Heroes and villains could mean from literature and history too, for example. Not just films or games. Don’t forget to think about more sideline characters or events. These can lead to a costume that’s very original and creative. You browse the internet for ideas, costumes, and related Pinterest boards. If you leave yourself enough time, you can let your imagination run wild.
Accessorise Your Costume
It can be easy to think our costume is done once we put on the main body of it. But it can often be the little additions that make a costume truly stand out. If you’re going somewhere as Lara Croft, for example, don’t skip the hairstyle. Everyone knows that her sensible braid keeps her hair off her face while she’s saving the world! They may not notice when you wear it, but something will be off with the costume if you don’t. If you have piercings or jewellery this can be a great addition to a costume. Helix jewellery or nose piercings, whether real or fake, can add a great edge to a rocker costume or character. Try to get into the mind of your character and think of the things they would complete their outfit with!
Arriving in costume can feel daunting at time. Pairing up with a friend in costume and going as something that compliments each other can be a great idea. You can boost each other’s confidence and it looks creative and eye catching too. A pair of university students went to a party as a burger and fries. A couple got married as Arwen and Aragorn from The Lord of The Rings! Pair up with a partner and a whole world of opportunities opens up.