Armed Forces Day 2014.

clock Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 09:36AM

With 10 days to go untill Armed Forces Day, it is important to recognise all the amazing things that those in the Armed Forces do for us all. This day gives the opportunity to raise public awareness fo those serving in the Armed Forces, and to show support to these heros.

The Armed Forces are often not recognised for the vast amount of roles they contribute to in our society. Often on the front line of it all, we think of the soldiers, however it is important to remember the other services covered such as; promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and battling terrorism. Currently, there is around 6,000 personnel serving in Afghanistan and it is so important to be showing support through out their journey.

Recently, the 70th D-Day Anniversary celebrations took place in Normandy, hundreds of Veterans headed over to France to celebrate the D-Day victories. One Veteran, age 89, even escaped from his nursing home, and after later being reported missing, was found in Normandy! This quintessentially presents the passion and sheer commitment these Veterans and current serving members of the Armed Forces have towards our country.

There are many ways you can get involved this Armed Forces Day, if you're lucky enough to live near by to Sterling, this is where this years annual event is being held. The day in Sterling includes parades, band performances, displays by personnel and the opportunity to get a first hand look at the equipment used by different services. However, if this distance is a bit far for you, visit the Armed Forces link shown to find your nearest event. http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/events/find_your_nearest.aspx 
Or you could even hold your own event, every little bit of money raised helps to maintain the quality of work carried out by our services. To help with the spirirt of these events check out our wide range of costumes, such as the few shown below.

 

 

 

 


Brazil’s Fifa World Cup 2014 burst onto the scene with a colourful ceremony and wonderful fans

clock Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 09:12AM

The World cup is one of the most well known football tournaments in the world and many change their daily routines so they can either watch on TV or go to experience the magic of the cup. But no World Cup would be normal without any wacky fans dressing up in crazy ways for us to enjoy at home. However it wasn’t just the fans who dressed up as the opening ceremony showed. Hundreds of artists wore colourful costumes to entertain the fans and pay homage to their countries history and tradition. The majority of the performers were dressed as plants, trees and rain to represent the well known rainforests of Brazil. There were also performers who dressed up in costumes to represent footballs. Not only that, there were also performers who wore costumes to represent the different people of the country throughout the past. The ceremony showcased a wonderful amount of colour, entertainment and slight amusement for everyone around the world to enjoy.

The fans at the World cup have also been getting dressed up in numerous and funny ways. Hundreds upon hundreds of fans at each game have worn interesting and funny outfits whilst thousands more wore hats and face paint representing their team’s colours and showing patriotism (and weirdness!) at its highest level. Some fans have taken their costumes to a whole new level of weird. For example, A Dutch fan was photographed wearing a hat with some strange accessories of which the most interesting were carrots.

But that’s not all. A group of Japanese fans dressed up as bowling pins for no clear reason but they look like they’re enjoying themselves.

A Colombian supporter wore a very intriguing hat along with some great face paint. Good effort!

It’s been a great World Cup so far on the pitch and in the stands and the cup are only a few days old! Hopefully the hundreds and thousands of fans can provide us with even more weird and wonderful ways to show their support and entertain us for the rest of the competition.


Kick Off!

clock Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 02:22PM

The longly awaited World Cup 2014, has finally arrived! As the opening ceremony and first group game being hosted this evening, the next month shall be fully packed with multiple matches and celebrations. Sweep stakes galore flood offices, homes and pubs around The UK and the ultimate question of whether we will secure a 1966 victory is on everyones tounges. 

The World Cup is something which can be discussed all day, we have done a quick round up to fill you in with every vital piece of information you need to be the ultimate football fan for this commencing month of football. 

STARTS : 12.06.14 BRAZIL V CROATIA.

ENDS : 13.07.14 

GROUP A : Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon. 

GROUP B : Australia, Chile, Spain, Netherlands. 

GROUP C : Colombia, Greece, Japan, Cote d'lvoire.

GROUP D : ENGLAND, Italy, Costa Rica, Uruguay.

GROUP E : Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras.

GROUP F : Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

GROUP G : Germany, USA, Ghana, Portugal.

GROUP H : Belgium, Korea Republic, Russia, Algeria. 

LARGEST STADIUM : Maracana - Rio De Janerio (71, 159 capacity)

SMALLEST STADIUM : Arena Da Baixada (37, 634 capacity)

PLAYERS TO WATCH : Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Dempsey, Saurez.

 

 

Keep up to date with our twitter feed discussing all aspects of the Tournament and some chances to bag yourself some freebies! @allfancydress


Maleficent

clock Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 04:55PM

Sleeping Beauty has been my favourite Disney film since I was a child so when I heard back in 2012  that Disney were making a live action movie based on the evil villain Maleficent with Angelina Jolie in the main role I couldn’t wait to go and see it. The time flew by as it often does and before I knew it I had booked my cinema tickets and after a quick trip to Pizza Hut (Nandos was packed but that’s a whole other story) I was in my seat and ready to watch. The cinema was full mostly with groups of girls and couples, with the boyfriends and husbands doing their best to pretend that they wanted to be there! The film started beautifully, the trademark introduction of Tinker Bell flying around the castle plays out however this time it’s more than just an intro and the camera zooms in to reveal Sleeping Beauty’s Kingdom. The film is sold as the untold story of the evil fairy Maleficent, it focuses on what caused her to become evil and cast her curse upon a child, after all “evil has a beginning.” We learn that the Kingdom is split into two parts, one side for the humans, and the other for the magical folk including fairies and gnomes. Their land was called The Moors and the effects and CGI used to bring this land to life were truly stunning. Twinkling fairy lights and glistening waterfalls light up the screen. We learn that Maleficent had wings when she was younger and that she actually had a relationship with the human Stefan before he became King. The other humans are greedy and want to take over the whole Kingdom for themselves, invading The Moors and causing Maleficent to fight back and protect her land. Stefan betrays her in the cruellest of ways and leaves her hell-bent on revenge, with his daughter Princess Aurora tacking the brunt of Maleficent’s wrath, and being cursed to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday and fall into a death-like sleep from which she can only be awoken by true love’s kiss. As the movie plays out we see a much softer side to Maleficent, and one that truly regrets her irrational actions. In contrast to the original, this version almost makes you feel sorry for this misunderstood character as she agonises over how she can stop her curse. I won’t ruin the story but after a huge twist and many changes to the original fairytale the film finishes with a satisfying ending and the credits roll to the eerie tones of Lana Del Ray’s version of Once Upon a Dream.

I am still undecided of what I think about the film. I think if it was a stand-alone movie with new characters I would love it, but because I was such a big fan of the original Sleeping Beauty I am disappointed to find that one of Disney’s arguably most evil villains actually isn’t evil at all. That doesn’t take away the stunning job Angelina Jolie does at bringing this character to life though and her costumes look amazing as she drags around her long black cloak and wears the iconic crown around her horns highlighting her chiselled cheekbones and bright red lipstick, I’m sure it’s a look that will be recreated for fancy dress parties around the world.

 


Festival Fancy Dress

clock Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:16AM

As the influx of summer festivals begins, there near enough impossible task of deciphering what costume you'll be showing up in commences! With multiple factors to consider; how hot will it be? Will this costume be practical when drunk? Will I stand out in this costume? Will I get bad tan lines? The task can often over complicate itself. To make matters a little easier, allfancydress.com have selected the hottest costumes around to be worn at each of this years biggest festivals, applicable to the letter they begin with. 

V Festival 16th - 17th August. Hylands Park and Weston Park

Put away your board shorts and take it back in time with this Victorian Swim Suit, vintage is always cool of course. 

If you're looking to be the memorable person that everyone shouts catchphrases at all weekend, look no further than our Vicky Pollard. Yeah but, No but. 

Reading and Leeds Festival 22nd - 24th August.

Robin will save the day at Reading this year and will certainly not give them dodgy tan lines we all worry about!

Reading and Leeds will be full of hero's this year if you choose to attend in our hunky lifeguard costume. Another great option for not leaving unforgivable tan lines! This costume will be sure to attract a lot of attention. 

T in the Park, Scotland 11-13th July

Garunteed to be everyones favourite person, be that guy, be the Tequila Shooter Guy.

No party will be complete at the campsite without a classic game of Twister, save luggage space and wear the fun!

Glastonbury Festival, Somerset 25th - 29th June. 

You may need multiple costumes for this five day fest, but this traditional and groovy festival wear will last all week! 

Everyone appreciates a bit of 80s, wearing this costume will definitely attract like minded festival goers! Warning: Mud will be highly visable!

Bestival, Isle of Wight 4th - 7th September.

We have made an exception for Bestival, this years fancy dress theme is Desert Island Disco. Here are our top selection to fit in with this theme. 

Our local festival, Brownstock, Essex 29th - 31st August. 

Personify everyones favourite beverage... Be a Beer! 

But if you just want to have a laugh for the whole weekend, Be a Banana! 


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 allfancydress.com 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 www.allfancydress.com, 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 allfancydress.com 


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!