The Best Fancy Dress Outfits

Written by michelle renee
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    The Best Fancy Dress Outfits

    A "Fancy Dress Party", as it is commonly called in the United Kingdom, is what Americans know as a "costume party". Invited guests are asked or required to dress according to the theme or season of the gathering. There are several types of Fancy Dress gatherings--from holiday gatherings to children's pageants to themed parties. Here are things to consider as you prepare your best Fancy Dress for any occasion.

    Consider the theme when choosing a Fancy Dress outfit. (masquerade ball image by Mat Hayward from

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    Common Fancy Dress Themes

    Fancy Dress parties started as a way for guests to leave behind inhibitions, and sometimes behave poorly, by showing up in disguise. Evolving over the centuries, Fancy Dress parties began to take on more specific themes. If you are invited to a Masquerade ball you'll want to wear a mask, pirate themed gatherings will require swashbuckler costumes, a Disney theme party would request dress as popular Disney film characters and so forth.

    The pirate is a popular theme for a Fancy Dress Party. (pirate girl image by Andrejs Pidjass from

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    Children's Fancy Dress Outfits

    There are many Fancy Dress events for children--school assemblies, fashion shows and beauty pageants, for example. The best Fancy Dress outfits for kids will play off the theme of the event. A popular Fancy Dress theme for children's parties is springtime. There are lovely ways to dress small children as sunflowers, bumble bees and butterflies. But you'll also want to pay close attention to comfort and safety. Be sure to always check that the outfit is free of any loose buttons, broken zippers or any other faulty accessories that may be hazardous to the child's safety.

    Always choose safe and comfortable costumes for kids. (pretty baby in festival dress rabbit ear and cnowflake image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

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    Fancy Dress Costumes For Couples and Groups

    No matter what the theme, guests arriving as couples or in groups may consider incorporating a group theme to their Fancy Dress costumes. Couples attending a 30's themed party may choose to dress as Bonnie and Clyde. If you are attending a futuristic themed party with the wife and kids, you may want to dress as The Jetsons. A common springtime Fancy Dress combination that is quite popular among couples is the female flower - male bee costume pairing. Collaborating with friends can make your experience more fun and your costume more interesting--if you remember to stick to the theme of the party itself.

    Fancy Dress for couples and groups can play with the theme. (Future Tough Women image by Scott Griessel from

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    Holiday Fancy Dress

    The best Fancy Dress outfits for Holiday functions vary considerably. You will generally want to follow the specific guidelines outlined by your host or hostess. Christmas parties tend to be more formal events where often subdued attire of green and red are the only requirements. Unless the host specified that Santa suits and Reindeer antlers are acceptable, you will want to keep with tradition when choosing your Fancy Dress Christmas outfit. Easter ordinarily calls for pastel colours, flowing dresses, large bonnets, and sometimes bunny or Easter egg costumes for smaller children. Valentine's can offer a more risque theme to Fancy Dress parties. Guests are often encouraged to dress scantily in red lingerie or as Cupid.

    Holiday Fancy Dress is traditionally formal for kids and adults. (little girl and Christmas tree image by NiDerLander from

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