Ideas for jungle themed fancy dress

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Ideas for jungle themed fancy dress
Big cats are popular options for jungle-themed costumes. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Fancy dress parties, or costume parties, are a fun way to celebrate a variety of occasions, with the most obvious being Halloween. Wearing costumes to a party is a great way for guests to break the ice with one another, and is always a hit with children of all ages. Ideas for jungle-themed fancy dress can include variations of jungle men, women and animals geared toward all age brackets. Small, creative details can make your jungle costume take on a life of its own.

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Dressing up as a jungle animal is sure to be a hit at any costume party. Common jungle animals include tigers and leopards, elephants, exotic birds and monkeys. These costumes can be made at home, using materials such as animal-print fabric, bright clothing and feathers and large cardboard-cutout ears. Many jungle animal costumes are also available in retail stores and online.

Jungle animal costumes can be tailored to suit both children and adults. For example, while a child can be dressed up as a leopard or tiger cub, a costume that is more geared towards an adult party would be a leopard print jumpsuit.


Jungle-themed fancy dress can also encompass dressing up as individuals traditionally associated with jungle settings. This includes the well-known couple Tarzan and Jane, as well as jungle warriors, tribesmen and safari explorers. As with jungle animal costumes, these ideas can typically be executed at home or purchased in-store. Use animal print fabric to create the one-shouldered outfit typically associated with jungle or cave people, and combine beige clothing, hiking boots and binoculars to create a safari adventurer costume. With customisation, children and adults can easily dress up as these jungle characters.

Additional Ideas

It's also helpful to think outside the box when deciding on a jungle-themed costume. Ideas that delve outside the realms of animals and characters include reptiles and insects, such as snakes, spiders and butterflies; or plant life, such as trees, ferns and flowers. These costumes are likely harder to create at home and find at the store, but can be worth it in the end when you see the reaction of others.

Creative Details

Adding creative, interesting details can make a good costume into a great one. A fun way to achieve a more authentic jungle look is through make-up and hair. Big, dishevelled hair suits jungle characters quite well, while leopard print, tiger stripe or grey facial make-up adds realism to big cat and elephant costumes. For character costumes, you can also add streaks of fake dirt or use bronze make-up to fake a darker, tanned complexion. Accessories are also creative costume additions. Try tying a plastic bone in your hair if you're dressing up as Jane, or carrying a map if you've chosen to be a jungle safari explorer.

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