Summer Essentials!

clock Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 08:17PM

Following the spout of miserable May showers, it appears the sun has finally decided to make an appearance! With much delight, this has made us all at consider what fancy dress essentials we need to start prepping for the summer. Whether it be a BBQ, a day at the beach, themed pub crawls, or a get away, everything becomes that little more exciting and fun when you're accompanied by fancy dress. 

Don't go thinking you're too grown up and 'cool' for fancy dress this summer, because it's likely you are the one who needs it the most! If you tend to shy away from the garish concept of Fancy Dress, our step to step guide is guaranteed to brighten up your summer of fancy dress filled events!

1. No fancy dress is ever 'too much' - it's unlikely anyone is ever going to remember the time you showed up to a Summer BBQ with a hawian garland around your neck, make it worth your time and come as a bay watch babe instead. Show off your hard earned bikini body!

2. Incorporate Culture. - If you aren't getting away this summer, bring another culture to Britain. Go East in this colourful Sultan Costume. 


3. Get the Kids involved. - If you're going to make yourself look silly, you may as well drag the kids down with you. Plus, they are garunteed to look cute. Kit your little minions out in our online kids section. 


4. Add Shades. Everyone's favourite summer accessory also comes in the form of fancy dress. Our comical and cool selection of shades without a doubt add the finishing touches to many, many looks. 

We want to see your summer fancy dress get ups, tweet us at @allfancydress or post a picture on our facebook page

The Worlds Most Wanted Dress!

clock Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 06:31PM

After hitting the big screens in 2013, it seems the Frozen phenomenon had a far bigger affect on us all than first anticipated! With a range of loveable characters, seriously catchy songs and of course a new beautiful Disney princess, it would seem the world of fancy dress has literally frozen.

Young girls globally are pleadingly requesting the beautiful gown, of which Queen Elsa wears as she lets it all go in the frozen palace. The striking ice blue colour is wanted in every wardrobe of every child in the Western world.

Only lasting on our shelf’s for less than two months, it would seem some people have gone to even further lengths in order to make their little princess’ wishes come true. Some frantic parents have paid up to $1,000 to get this season’s hottest dress on eBay!

The Elsa phenomenon has not only hit UK stores but even spreads to some of America’s biggest department stores such as Macy’s! It would seem that little girls cant seem to get enough of inspiring to be Elsa, a very fitting role model. The empowering story of a strong sisterhood has clearly had the desired effect on young audiences, flocking to be just like the Princess Elsa.

 We will certainly keep every Frozen fan posted on when the two varieties of the dress arrives back in stock.

For now, check out our equally fitting Anna costume! 



In The Name Of Saint George

clock Friday, April 18, 2014 at 08:45PM

Celebrations for the patron saint of England are to take place on April the 23rd. Not only do celebrations take place in England but also in several locations around the globe including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, England, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. To give you a bit more information about our Patron Saint, we have compiled the basics about St. G himself. 

  1. St George died on the same date as Shakespeare. 
  2.  A popular custom in bygone years was for people to wear a red rose in their button hole, the national flower for the national day.
  3. His emblam cross is shown on the English flag. 
  4. Christians recognise St George as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
  5. He is believed to have been a Roman Soldier. 
  6. St George is believed to have been tortured. He was crushed between two spiked wheels and boiled in molten lead. Legend says neither killed him.


Celebrate St George's day with our excellently english costumes and accessories!

St George Knight Costume. 

Red and White Striped Tights

Eggciting Times Ahead!

clock Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 08:23PM

Easter is a time of giving and exchanging the gift of chocolate to our loved ones. The Easter Bunny also lends a hand in delivering the eagerly awaited eggs to all those excited. This year, at, we thought we would give you a little bit more than the conventional telling of the tale of Easter and instead celebrate all the wild and wacky concepts that the holiday brings to society. 

Australia's Easter Bilby. 
The Easter Bunny best not sleep with his eyes shut! Bilbies are an endangered species in Australia. The Bilby is used as an alternative chocolate option to the Easter Bunny in order to raise money and increase conservation efforts. Check out this video to find out all about the beloved Bilby in Australia. 

The Annual White House Easter Egg Role.
This year, America's sweetheart, Barack Obama, will host the 136th Annual Easter Egg Role. This year's theme follows the lines of 'hop into health, swing into shape' and is expected to haul over 30,000 people to The White House to join in! This years signature eggs endorse bright colours and will be sold as souvenirs post the event. It seems Obama really does know how to throw an eggcellent party and seen here in the 2012 Easter Egg Role Day

France's Fabulous Omelette!

12,000 eggs contribute to this GINORMOUS omelette in France on Easter Monday. Nothing more need be said. 

Not Hungry For Chocolate.
Instead of showering each other with chocolate in Hungary, it is tradition for young boys to chase girls of marital age and splash them with buckets of water. However, now the tradition consists of chasing your mates around in one big old water fight. This seems to be a sufficient way to avoiding chocolate calorie intake!

Red Egg!
In Greece, eggs are died red to represent the blood of Jesus. Red also happens to be the colour of life so these eggs aren't actually as intimidating as they look!

We are encouraging you too do something different for Easter this year. Send us your wacky ideas, and dont forget to check out the easter range at 

Toast To The Queen

clock Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 07:36PM

The fuss of organising a birthday party can be a stressful task for almost everyone. However, with an entourage of party planners and the most exquisite birthday cake bakers in town, the idea seems a whole lot more entertaining and even worth doing twice a year! Sadly, there is only one person who is lucky enough to celebrate a birthday TWO times a year. The Queen. 

As unusual and absurd as it sounds, being in charge of the country brings more privileges than first anticipated. On April the 21st, Queen Elizabeth II will mark 87 years old. Many Commonwealth countries around the world will celebrate by plastering Union Jacks around and toasting to Queenie. Not long after, in June, her second birthday will be celebrated also. This is when the Queen chooses to best celebrate her birthday due to the likelihood of brilliant british sunshine!

It is common for The Queen to celebrate her birthday with her fellow royal relatives at the spectacular Trooping the Colour Parade which proceeds from Buckingham Palace, to The Mall, and finally onto Horseguards Parade. Highlights from last years display can be seen here. 

To toast to The Queen, we offer a range of regal accessories that'll have the party poppin off whether you'll be in Buckingham Palace or not. 

If you think you could help raise the Queen's partying game, why not do it for her and fool all your friends with this Queen Elizabeth Mask. Who wouldn't want to see a break dancing Queen?!

If you fancy yourself a little more youthful, respect your elders and wear our classy Kate Middleton mask

This cute Queen Dress gives your little one the opportunity to step into the shoes of the monarchy and be addressed as Her Royal Highness for the day! 

The London Marathon 2014!

clock Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 08:36PM

There is only one day of the year where running through the streets of London dressed as the Sugar Puff Monster is acceptable.  This year see’s the 34th anniversary of the London Marathon, 26 miles and 364 yards of blood, sweat and tears. 

Whether competitors are competing for a medal, for a bit of self-appreciation, or for the sake of a charity, there is no denying the satisfaction one would feel when crossing the finish line.

Launched by Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981, The London Marathon had 34,631 competitors last year alone and in 2012 had the most competitors of any Marathon globally. Briton, Paula Radcliffe currently holds the women’s record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Most of us probably couldn’t make our way around London on the underground in that time, let alone running at a steady pace. 

Pounding of trainers onto the harsh concrete will be heard this year on April the 12th, an imaginably hot and sweaty day! But what could possibly make things any worse for the runners; on this occasion it is fancy dress!
Despite not bringing all the comfort in the world for those who chose to dress up, fancy dress certainly makes things a lot more fun! At, we have selected the top five costumes we would love to see cross the finish year this year on April the 12th!

5.  Angry Bird Costume

Taking a break from destroying structures and being fired across vast distances, seeing an angry bird cross the finish line is a level which not many gamers can reach!

4. Lets Get Physical Work Out Costume.

Instead of shooting down to your local sports wear shop and splashing the cash on the latest Nike gear, this costume can give you all you need and a bit more! Head turning and figure hugging for all those keen athletes.

3. Sumo Wrestler Costume.

There is probably no better way to put the opposition off their tracks than a super large sumo gracefully running past them!

2. Champagne Bottle Costume.

Remind fellow runners of the light at the end of the tunnel and kick off celebrations early with this champagne bottle costume!

1.Homer Simpson Costume.

TV’s laziest man will be the last person that spectators expect to see cross the finish line, put the donuts down and get running!


Watch the London Marathon on April 12th on BBC1!

St Patricks Day - Kiss Me I'm Irish

clock Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:31AM

St Patricks Day – Kiss Me, I’m Irish

Kiss me, I’m Irish!

Everybody knows the slogan, and thousands choose to wear clothes clad with the saying not only on Saint Patrick’s Day, but all year round.

But where did it come from?

It’s thought to be a reference to the tradition of kissing the Irish Blarney Stone, which brings ‘the gift of the gab’ and luck to whoever kisses it. Thousands, if not millions of people have kissed the stone (kind of unhygienic if you ask me), but to people who can’t get to the stone, Irish people are the next best thing! come from all over the world to kiss the stone at Blarney, with a plethora of celebrities and historical figures making the visit, from Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and comic legends Laurel and Hardy, to Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister who led us to victory against Germany in WW2.

Even The Simpsons have paid their tribute in the episode ‘The Name of the Grandfather’, where Homer and Grandpa go to Ireland, visiting famous land marks like Blarney Castle, Giants Causeway and of course, The Guinness Brewery.

The Story behind the Stone

The Blarney Stone is a bluestone built into the castles parapet (Blarney Castle, roughly 80km from Cork).

Irish folk law has it that Cormac Laidir MacCarthy was in a lawsuit and asked Cliodhna (Goddess of love and beauty, and Queen of the Banshees of The Tuatha) for help. She told him to kiss the first stone he saw on his way to court on the morning of the hearing. Following her advice, he kissed the first stone he saw and surely enough, pleaded his case with great eloquence having been granted the gift of gab, thus winning the case.

He then used the stone when constructing Blarney Castle, using it in the parapet.

The Method

To reach the Blarney Stone, you’ll need to climb to the parapet at the very top of the castle (entry is £12 for Adults, £5 for children and includes access to the gardens).

Once there, you’ll need to lean backwards over the parapets edge, holding onto the guard rails (often with an assistant holding your body too, just in case)

Then simply touch your lips to the stone!

Wear a Hat Day – 28th March 2014

clock Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 04:08PM

28th March 2014 sees the fifth annual National Wear a Hat Day in the UK, where Brain Tumour Awareness are encouraging us all to grace our heads with the presence of a hat for the day. The bigger, bolder and brighter, the better!

As it stands, Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer among children and adults under 40, yet research into brain tumours receives less than 1% of the government funding given for cancer research (0.7% to be precise). And thats where Wear a Hat day comes in.

Events like Red Nose Day, which raises money for Comic Relief, raises tens of millions of pounds every year to fight poverty. Brain tumour research have mapped out a five year mission plan, where with upwards of just £7 million per year, they could provide long-term, sustainable funds to seven research centres, all dedicated to brain tumour research, which would in turn accelerate progress and hopefully, improve the outcome for brain tumour patients.

£7 million is a realistic target as long as we give the supoprt the cause so desrves. 


Fundraising packs are available on the Wear a Hat Day website, but the rules a quite simple. Wear a hat, take a picture, save a life. 

Whether it’s paying a pound to wear a hat in school or at work, or taking part in fundraising events like a cake sale or fashion show, every penny raised will be granted to not only support brain tumour research and fund equipment, but to help set up support groups and helplines for brain tumour patients, as well as providing essential financial aid.

Every individual or group who raise at least £2,740 even get the opportunity to sponsor a day of research. The day will be marked with a tile on the Wall of Hope calendar, which is based in the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth.

Celebrity Support

Brain Tumour Research are supported by some fantastic famous faces, American Actress Gillian Anderson (known mainly for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files) has pledged her support after losing her brother to a brain tumour in 2011, along with the likes of BAFTA nominated actor Nigel Havers, Property Developer and TV presenter Sarah Beeny, Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, Prime minister David Cameron, and Vic Reeves & Nancy Sorrell.


We’d love to see all of your beautiful noggins topped with a hat, and so would the Brain Tumour Research team. So please do send your pictures to them on their Twitter or Facebook or to us at our Twitter or Facebook

Funding the fight in a hat-tastic way.

Boys World Book Day Ideas

clock Monday, February 24, 2014 at 01:27PM

Not all boys enjoy reading. At times it can be an outright chore to get them to sit down and read the book they bought home from school, especially with so many distractions and the allurement of the shiny Apple iPad sat across the room, or big brother playing on the PlayStation upstairs. That’s why schools all over the country put such an emphasis on World Book Day, encouraging kids to dress up and become part of the story to try to get them interested and involved. Any occasion that inspires children to pick up a book and read, rather than having their eyes glued to a TV screen, computer monitor or Tablet pc can only be a good thing.


But what does he dress up as? Encourage your child to stretch his imagination when choosing his costume. Maybe you know a lot of his friends are going as Harry Potter, So let him be Ron Weasley and stand out from the crowed, or he could even become an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

Still Stuck? Here are a few ideas to get the cogs turning…


Horrid Henry

Horrid Henry, by author Francesca Simon, started out as a book series and has since expanded, now with a range of  twenty-four books published, Six joke books, Fourteen activity books, a cartoon series on CITV and even a 3D live-action movie!

The stories usually involve Henry facing a problem and trying to find a solution, usually getting into trouble and causing mischief along the way.

Alternatively, Horrid Henry has a younger brother, a goody two-shoes named Perfect Peter; Horrid Henrys polar opposite.

Horrid Henry can be an easy costume to knock up. We stock either the whole costume (which comes with the Jumper, Trousers and Mask) or just the jumper, which can be worn with his own jeans.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan was first penned by J.M.Barrie, and has since been loved by every generation

The boy who never grew up has been the star of books, various movies (both animated and live action), Cartoons, even Panto!.

Peter Pan is a great character for fancy dress, iconic for his green tunic, green trousers, pointed, feathered hat and a sword always to hand!

If Peter’s a no go, then why not try Captain Hook, one of his many pirates, a lost boy (depicted in the Disney movie as boys in animal costumes, or often otherwise seen as young boys dressed in leaves, furs and ragged clothes) or even Wendy’s little brothers, John (complete with his top hat and umbrella) or Michael (with his trusty teddy).


James and the Giant Peach

A much loved children’s novel written by Roald Dahl in 1961, James and the Giant Peach is the story of a young orphan boy who enters a magically giant peach, where he meets seven just as giant insects, the 8 of them together taking an adventure across the world in the peach!

Did you know: James and the giant peach was originally penned as James and the Giant Cherry, but was changed by Dahl, who said a peach was “prettier, bigger and squishier than a cherry” and the Giant Peach is the story of a young orphan boy who enters a magically giant peach, where he meets seven just as giant insects, the 8 of them together taking an adventure across the world in the peach!

Also made into a live action and stop-motion movie by Disney in the nineties, which was produced by Tim Burton, James and the Giant Peach was nominated for an Academy Award, and won Best Animated Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

There are lots of options for James and the Giant Peach fancy dress. With the options of James Henry Trotter, any of the male insects (Mr. Grasshopper, Mr. Centipede or Earthworm), or even the peach itself!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Roald Dahl classic, is probably one of the most famous works by the author, having been adapted many times into movies (like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the cult classic featuring Gene Wilder, and more recently, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp), and even a stage musical London’s West End.

The story is about Charlie Bucket, a boy from a poor family, who wins a Golden Ticket to enter the mysterious Willy Wonkas chocolate Factory, where – along with 4 other ticket winners and their parents – they take a tour of the bizarre and truly unique factory, loosing kids along the way.

The most popular costume choices for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are Willy Wonka himself, and his workers, the Oompa Loompas (whom Willy Wonka claims to have saved from the Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, and Snozzwangers of Loompaland in West Africa). Other characters that could be replicated include: Charlie Bucket, in poorer clothes and baring his golden ticket, Augustus Gloop, the greedier, fatter child of the bunch, or Mike Teevee described as ‘a boy who does nothing but watch television’.

Harry Potter

As a series that got a whole generation reading, Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling is one of the biggest selling children books of all time, now with 7 novels, 3 spin off books, 8 blockbuster movies, a theme park and a studio tour.

Did you know: The use of a pen name was suggested to her by her publisher, Barry Cunningham, who thought that young boys might be put off if they knew it was written by a woman. The ’J’ in J.K.Rowling stands for Joanne, her first name, and the ‘K’ for ‘Kathleen’, her grandmothers name.

With a whole wizarding world to choose from, there are countless options for Harry Potter Book Day costumes. Whether you opt for the title character, Harry Potter with his Hogwarts robe, glasses and lightning bolt scar, Harry best friend, Ron Weasley, notorious for his ginger hair, Lord Voldemort He Who Must Not Be Name, in a black wizards robe with grey, ghostly skin, or one of his Death Eaters, Professor Dumbledore, in a long white wig and beard, you could even go as Harry in his Quidditch Uniform, or just a Hogwarts student of your choice from one of the following houses:

Gryffindor: Gryffindor values courage, bravery, daring and chivalry. Founded by Godric Gryffindor, their representative animal is a Lion, the Head of House is transfiguration professor, Minerva McGonagall, and House Ghost, Nearly Headless Nick. Gryffindor colours are Red and Yellow/Gold. Notable pupils include: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Fred and George Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Seamus Finnegan and Dean Thomas.

Ravenclaw: Ravenclaws are known for their intelligence, creativity and whit. Founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, their mascot is a Raven, the head of House is Charms Professor, Filius Flitwich, and the house ghost is The Grey Lady (Secretly Helena Ravenclaw, the founders’ daughter). colours are Blue and Grey/Silver. Notable students include: Roger Davis, Terry Boot and Gilderoy Lockhart.

Hufflepuff: Hufflepuff house pupils are hardworking, patient, just and loyal. Founded by Helga Hufflepuff, their mascot is a badger. Head of House is Herbology Professor, Pomona Sprout, and their house ghost is the Fat Friar. Their house colouts are Yellow and Black. Prominent pupils include: Cedric Diggory, Zacharias Smith and Ernie MacMillan. 

Slytherin: Pupils in Slytherin are Resourceful, cunning, ambitious, show leadership skills and are often pure blood. Founded by Salazar Slytherin, their house mascot is a Serpent. The head of house is Potions Professor, Severus Snape,  and the Ghost of Slytherin is the Bloody Barron. Slytherin colours are Green and Grey/Silver. Notable Slytherin pupils include: Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle, Vincent Crabbe and Tom Riddle. 

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is a story about the clever and sneaky Mr.Fox.

Every night he sneaks from their burrow to one of three farms to snatch livestock to feed his family. Unfortunately for Mr Fox, the three farmers (Boggis, Bunce, and Bean) soon grow sick of their livestock being stolen, and of Mr Fox outsmarting them and avoiding their traps, so set out to kill him.  Settling themselves with guns pointed at the entrance to the burrow, they wait for him to emerge. Trapped and starving, mr fox devises a plan. With a little help from some friends, they burrow right underneath the three farmers and to their farms!

Since the book was release, there was also a stop-motion animated movie made of the film in 2009, staring George Clooney as Mr Fox, Meryl Streep as Mrs Fox, Owen Wilson as Coach Skip, Bill Murray as Clive Badger and Michael Gambon as Bean.

Fantastic Mr Fox is usually depicted as a fox wearing human clothes, so can quite easily be replicated on a budget with some homemade fox ears, a tail and your own clothes. Alternatively, get it ready done with this Fantastic Mr Fox Costume. You could also become Boggis, Bunce or Bean for the day, or choose one of Mr Fox’s friends.


St Patrick's Day

clock Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:38AM

St Patricks Day  

St Patricks day, also known as the Feast of St Patrick is a day celebrated globally on March 17th to commemorate Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

 The story of Saint Patrick

Born in Roman Britain in the 4th century to a wealthy family, St Patricks Father was a deacon and his Grandfather a priest.

At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland, where he was kept as a slave for 6 years.

That is until he claims to have been told by god to flee captivity and run to the coast, where he was able to safely return home.

Upon his return, St Patrick joined the church like his father and grandfather before him, studying to be a priest and later being ordained as bishop.

He eventually returned to Ireland as a missionary in 432, where he played a vital role in converting the Irish to Christianity.

After almost 30 years of evangelism, St Patrick died on 17th March 461 and was buried in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.


The Shamrock

The shamrock, or clover, is universally used as decoration and seen on fancy dress on St Patricks day. This is because Irish folklore says that St Patrick used the shamrock as one of his teaching methods, to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity (The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost) to the Irish people.

 Celebrating St Patricks Day

Nowadays, St Patricks day is celebrated all over the world with people dressing up as leprechauns, wearing green, or bearing the slogan ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish’.

Monuments all over the world also go green for the day! With landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building lighting up for the event, Even the White House dyed their fountain green for the day!

Keep an eye out for more from us on how to celebrate St Patricks day, including what to drink, what to wear and the music to listen to!