Hollywood Theme Dress Ideas

A Hollywood theme party appeals to all ages, as an evening full of glitz and glamour is elegant and entertaining. Part of the fun of such a theme party is the opportunity to dress up. Several costume ideas are available for both men and women attending a Hollywood theme party. Use your favourite current or past celebrities as inspiration for your glamorous look.

Glamour Gal

Women can use the glamour of Hollywood as inspiration for their party attire. Rather than going dressed as a specific celebrity, you can go as a glammed-up version of yourself. Look back at past red carpet looks of your favourite celebrities for inspiration. Visit thrift shops to find a full-length gown that suits your style. Pair the dress with your favourite pair of high heels, and accessorise with plenty of sparkly jewellery. Curl your locks, or put them in an up-do, and wear dramatic evening make-up.

Hollywood Guy

The average guy can transform himself into a megastar with a Hollywood costume. For a red-carpet-perfect look, look dapper in a tuxedo. Rent one from a formalwear shop, wear your own or check out a thrift store for a used one. If you don't want to spend the money on a tux, pair your nicest suit trousers with a solid-coloured shirt, tie and pair of aviator sunglasses. You'll look like you grew up on the red carpet.

Couples Costumes

Make your party hosts feel like they've invited a real celebrity power couple to their party by dressing up as your favourite celebrities. Celebrate old Hollywood by going as classic duos like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall or Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Or, celebrate modern-day celebrities by dressing up as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt or David and Victoria Beckham. Check out recent paparazzi photos of these famous couples to find a look that you can recreate for your costume.

Party Girl

Hollywood has its share of party girls, and if you want to enjoy a night on the wild side, dress up as one of them for your Hollywood-themed party. You can attend the party dressed as an "heiress," wearing a mini dress, heels and plenty of make-up. Don't forget your handbag and pint-sized pooch -- or a stuffed one -- as your accessories. Or, you can dress up as your favourite Hollywood party girl. From Paris Hilton to Lindsay Lohan, you have plenty of options.

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Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.