Dressed as an “F”?

Dressed as an “F”?  Yep, could be seen as a hard one – you have to go dressed as something starting with the letter F?  Resisting the obvious urge here I’ve thought of the following….

Can you think of any I’ve forgotten?

  • Fabian – long flowing blonde hair, swashing buckling clothing, flouncy shirt or bare chest, tight breeches, pirate boots etc
  • Fagin – Oliver Twist character – ragged street wear
  • Fairy/Fairy Princess/Fairy Queen – variety of styles of fairy dresses with wings, flower garlands, flowing hair etc
  • Fairy Godmother – traditionally a pink ball gown with silver details, also sometimes blue hooded robes with pink bow, see Cinderella
  • Fallen Angel – black shredded dress/leotards, black feather wings, bustier et
  • Fame/Flashdance – leotards and leggings
  • Farm Animal – see Cow, Dog, Chicken, Cat
  • Farmer’s Daughter – sexy gingham dress with piggy tails
  • Fat Bastard (Austin Powers) – kilt plus orange wig
  • Father Christmas – see Santa
  • Father Time– traditionally wearing white robes with a scythe and hourglass
  • Felicity Shagwell (Austin Powers) – see Retro Dresses
  • Fred Astaire – tailcoat and top hat
  • French Foreign Legion – Biege safari suit worn with Foreign Legion cap
  • Felon – see Convict/Criminal
  • Fester Adams, also known as Uncle Fester – long grey robe, bald head and bald head with very dark eyes.
  • Fifties Rock n Roll Chicks – huge variety of possible looks from poodle skirts to pedal pushers
  • Fiona, Princess (Shrek)- green velvet dress, green shrek ears, green face and body paint, red plaited wig
  • Fire Fighter – variety of looks, usually red and yellow with hardhat etc
  • Fantastic Four – blue leotard suits with symbols
  • Flight Attendant – see Air Hostess and Stewardess
  • Flamenco Dancer – Spanish flounced dresses
  • Flappers 1920’s – variety of fringed/sequinned/beaded dresses and accessories
  • Flash, The– red suit with headpiece
  • Flower Seller – from My Fair Lady – any sort of Victorian Floozy type costume would work, with a basket full of flowers
  • Flying Nun – see Nuns
  • Fonzie – pegged jeans, brown leather bomber jacket, white t-shirt, dark brown elvis style hair, comb
  • Footman – military style jacket, pants and pillbox hat, handy for Cinderella etc
  • Forest Fairy – fairy with forest theme eg flowers/vines etc
  • Forties Dresses –variety of vintage 1940’s dresses with gloves, stoles, hats etc
  • Fortune Teller – see Gypsy – skirt,top, jewellery etc
  • Foxy Cleopatra – gold disco shorts plus top worn with platforms and large brown afro wig – made famous by Beyonce in Austin Power’s movies.
  • Dressed as an "F"?
    Foxy Cleopatra hair!
  • Frankenfurter – large corset, suspenders, fishnets, jewellery, gloves, boy shorts, curly black wig, heaps of make up, feather boa, high heels
  • Frankenstein – kids large – jacket, pants with built on shoes, mask
  • Fred (Scooby Doo) – White 1970’s shirt, blue flares, red necktie, blonde men’s wig
  • Fred Flintstone – kids large – orange and black tunic, tie and wig
  • Freddie Kruegar – striped red and khaki jumper, beaten up fedora hat, mask and Freddie glove, black pants/jeans
  • French, Dawn – try Vicar of Dibley with bobbed wi
  • French Maid – black and white maids outfit, feather duster etc
  • Frenchy (Grease) – pink or pineapple blonde bee-hive wig, beauty school dropout outfit or Pink Ladies jacket with fifties wear
  • Friar Tuck – see Monk
  • Frodo Baggins – light brown tunic, shirt, leggings, cloak, big feet, shaggy brown wig
  • Frog– green suit with mask
  • Dressed as an "F"?
    Frogger!
  • Frontier Man – see Cowboys
  • Dressed as an "F"
    Dressed as an “F” – frontier man

 

Okay, I’m tapping out here – let me know if you can think of any other “F” costumes!

Book Week 2017 – Escape to Everywhere!

Book Week doesn’t have to be a drama – I know easy to say right?  On the bright side, there is plenty of time till the wonders of 26th August and the start of Book Week 2017!  The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere which I love cos it is super easy to work with whatever your darkling little rug rat is into this year…….I’ve started a few thoughts, just to begin with some tried and true characters….

Escape to….Wonderland!

Can’t go wrong with the classic from Lewis Carol – Alice in Wonderland…….there are plenty of cool characters to choose from.  Bonus mummy points if you actually read it with your lovelies and double bonus points if you can sprout some memorable quotes from this gorgeous text!

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Alice in Wonderland – quaint version
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Caterpiller and Cheshire Cat
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Queen of Hearts
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Cutie Alice in Wonderland
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“We’re all Mad here – but the best people are!” Mad Hatter
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“Off with their heads!” Don’t mess with the Red Queen
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Mad Hatter exceeds at eclectic!

Escape to….a fairytale once upon a time….

There are so many fairytales to choose from!  Twisted versions are always great to get kids thinking out of the square – you don’t have to go for the standard fare, see what varieties on fairytale themes you can find out there to spark some creative thinking….

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Red Riding Hood – always outsmarts that mean Wolf!
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Which Witch? So many witchy characters! Bonus pet familiar!
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Witchy with cat friend – spot her?

 

Escape….Over the Rainbow

Poor Dorothy – searching for something she already had!  Still she had some adventures and met lots of interesting characters!  From Dorothy and side-kick Toto, to the Witch, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin-Man – these guys are unmistakable.

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Dorothy – just needed to tap those shoes together!

Okay, so far I’ve just scraped the surface of the possibilities here.  Time to get down to the shop and start dragging out the Book Week costumes – whew, hang on to your knickers folks, it’s about to get costume crazy!

When you have to dress as an “E”: Costumes that start with “E”

Costumes that start with “E”

Wowsers, this one was hard!

  • Easter Bunny – see Rabbit
  • Edina – from “Absolutely Fabulous” – Red ringlet style wig with awful designer style 1980’s wear
  • Effie – also see Cocktail Dresses and Eighties
  • Egyptian King – tunic with ornate belt, collar and headpiece – sandals
  • Egyptian Queen – see Cleopatra
  • Eighteen Century Aristocrat – see Amadeus/Courtier
  • Eighties Poodle Perm Girl – see Cocktail Dresses and below
  • Costumes that Start with "E"
    Eighties Glamour Girl
  • Elephant – furry elephant suit in grey fur
  • Costumes that start with "E"
    Elephant costume
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine – Queen of both England and France in 11th Century – see Queens and Ballgowns
  • Elizabeth the First – the Virgin Queen – jewelled gown with large collar, shortish red wig.
  • Elf – variety of elf tunics with stripey tights, pointed elf shoes, pointy elf ears
  • Elton John – stage outfit
  • Elvira – black slinky dress, gloves, wig
  • Enchantress – see Witch
  • Elvis – either signature white suit with cape or black vinyl pvc suit – in a pinch use a Hawaiian shirt – pair all with classic Elvis wig and lots of goldtone bling
  • Costumes that start with "E"
  • Emo – black and ripped clothing, flannels, denim – dark straggle fringe wig, goth make-up
  • Eric the Viking – see Vikings
  • Eskimo – fur lined tunic etc
  • Esmerelda – see Gypsy
  • Eve – bodysuit with flower bikini etc, long hair wig, flower garland for hair.
  • Evil Fairy – black and gauze fairy with black wings
  • Evil Kenevil – stunt man outfit with gold cape
  • Evil Queen – black queenly garb
  • Evil Stepmother – as above
  • Evil, Doctor – see Doctor Evil – grey long sleeved tunic and pants, wear with a bald head wig
  • Executioner – Black robes or viking/barbarian attire, worn with black hooded mask and axe

Still there are heaps of great “E” characters to consider!  Please be sure to leave a comment if there are any I have forgotten!

 

Costume ideas that start with D: D Costumes!

It’s always popular to have a letter themed party!  We are gradually going through our huge collection to list some ideas that might be helpful to those going to a D party!  D costumes!  From Daisy Duke to Dame Edna you are sure to find some inspiration here!

Costumes that start with D:  D Costumes!

  • D’artangnon (The Three Muskateers) – same as other Muskateers, flouncy shirt, cape, bootlettes, sword etc
  • Dad’s Army – army clothes, from the television series based on WWII
  • Daisy Duke – cut off shorts with western shirt tied up
  • Daisy Hillbilly  – cute gingham dress or denim shorts outfit with piggy tail hair
  • Dallas/Dynasty – selection of 1980’s dresses with wigs – see Cocktail
  • Dame Edna – 1970’s maxi dress with wig, glasses, beads and flowers – see below plus Maxi’s
  • Damsel – selection of medieval gowns – see Princess/Queen
  • Dancer – Ballarina costume or Flashdance dancer
  • Danny Zuko (Grease) – Wig with chops plus Thunderbirds jacket worn with jeans
  • Dark Bride – Zombie Bride with headdress etc – see Bloody Bride
  • Dark Nymph – Dark shredded gothic fairy with punk accessories
  • Darth Vadar – Black bodysuit, cape, helmet, gloves, light sabre, black boots
  • David Bowie –  Ziggy Stardust 1970’s suit with red mullet and makeup
  • David Livingstone – safari suit plus pith helmet – see Safari
  • Davy Crockett – western man with Crockett styled hat
  • Dead – use a zombie
  • Dead Man Pirate – Zombie pirate
  • Death – black robes, black hooded cape, scythe
  • Deer – furry brown suit, make up, headband, tail
  • Delilah – see Belly Dancers
  • Delinquent – see Schoolgirls
  • Demis Roussos – see Kaftans
  • Demon – see Devil
  • Dentist – see Doctor
  • Detective – See Gangsters, also Beige Trench Coat with Fedora Hat
  • Devil – all things red, from red bodysuit to red dress, cape, gloves, wings, horns and tail of course!
  • Diana Ross
  • Diana, Greek Goddess – see Ancients
  • Dick Tracy – gangster suit with yellow jacket worn over the top
  • Dick Turpin – highwayman and smuggler, plain pirate costume with cape
  • Dinner Suit – see Formal
  • Dinosaur
  • Disco King/Disco Queen/Disco Stu/70’s Disco Suits, shirts, flares/Disco Diva/Safari suits/1970’s suits and all things disco…………..
  • D Costumes
    Disco King – D Costumes

    D Costumes
    Disco Bunny – D Costumes
  • Disney costumes – see Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cruella De Ville, Shrek, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mr and Mrs Incredible, Dash Incredible, Pirates of the Caribbean etc.
  • Divinyls – see Chrissie Amplet
  • Doctor
  • Doctor Evil – medium – grey jacket, grey pants, bald head wig Doctor Livingtson
  • Doctor of Death – see Zombie Doctor
  • Dog, Hot – onesize – foam hot dog costume
  • D Costumes
    Hungry for a Hot Dog? – D Costumes
  • Dog
  • Dolly Clown
  • Dolly Bird – word used to refer to ladies in 1960’s who wore bouffant hair, white go-go boots and minidresses – see Retro Minidresses
  • Dolly Parton
  • Dolly Varden
  • Dominatrix – PVC bondage style – use Catwoman, punk bits and black PVC clothing
  • Don Juan
  • Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) – blue gingham dress with white blouse, white socks, red glittery shoes, basket, blue hair ribbons, auburn wig, Toto dog optional!
  • D Costumes - Dorothy
    Dorothy – D Costumes
  • Dr Watson (Sherlock Holmes offsider)
  • Draco – bad guy from Harry Potter
  • Dracula – can be a full tuxedo with cape/mask/widow’s peak wig or a more simple and lightweight version with formal shirt, vest, formal pants, cape with collar and red lining, mask/fangs etc
  • Dracula - D costumes
    Dracula – D costumes
  • Dracula’s Bride – a wide variety of slinky dresses suit this look, pair with a cape, gloves, bride headpiece etc
  • Dragon
  • Druid – see Wizard
  • Duchess – see Princess and Queen
  • Dumbo – see Elephant
  • Dungeon Master – see Executioner
  • Duran Duran – 1980’s
  • Dusty Springfield – famous for her blonde beehive, heavy eye make-up and often wore shorter A-line 1960’s style dresses – see Retro dresses
  • Dutch Girl
  • Dynasty – see Cocktail Dresses

Phew!  That turned out to be more than I had bargained for!  Please be sure to let me know if I have neglected any “D” characters!

C costumes: Costumes starting with “C”!

Through the year we often have folks going to dress up shows where they have to dress up as a character that starts with the initial of the birthday boy/girls names……this can lead to some heavy brainstorming to get the perfect costume!  Here I’ve outlined some of the most common “C” costumes….

Costumes that start with “C”!

 

  • Cactus Pete – see Mexican
  • Cabaret Dancer – see Saloon Girls
  • Caesar – see Ancients
  • Caesar’s Wife, Calpurnia – see Ancients
  • Calamity Jane – see Cowgirls
  • Cardinal – see Bishop
  • Calico Jack – see Pirates
  • Call Girl
  • Can Can Girl
  • Calypso Girl/Caribbean Girl/Carmen Miranda
  • Calypso “Pirates of the Caribbean – tattered skirts, petticoats, bodice with fishing net feature, shell belts, black tattered shawl, heart necklace, dread lock wig
  • Canine – see Dog
  • Captain Caveman – see Cavepeople
  • Captain Cook – see Courtiers
  • Constable – see Police
  • Construction Worker – work clothes, boots, hard hat, tool belt
  • Captain Feathersword – see Pirates
  • Captain Hook – see Pirates
  • Captain Jack Sparrow – see Pirates and Jack Sparrow
  • Casino – formal wear/Casino themed costume
  • Captain James Kirk – Commander of the US Enterprise in Star Trek – see Star Trek
  • Captain Pugwash – Popular children’s pirate
  • Captain Lightening (Aussie Bushranger)
  • Caribbean Man – see Calypso
  • Care Bears – variety of fur suits, masks etc
  • Carnival – see Calypso
  • Carol Singer – Christmas Carol singer – Christmas coloured skirts, blouse, capes with hoods etc
  • Carpet Baggers – see Southern Gents
  • Carrie – horror prom girl covered in blood
  • Casanova – see Amadeus/Courtier
  • Castaway – ragged trousers, shirt, shredded straw hat, wild beard and wig, optional “friend” rock
  • Cat – variety bodysuits with fur, tail, headband
  • Cat in the Hat – black suit, white chest, striped red and white top, white gloves, face paint
  • Catwoman – black lycra bodysuit, gloves, headpiece
  • Caterpillar (Alice in Wonderland) – skivy top, green Caterpillar suit, green top hat with antennae
  • Cavalier – see Muskateer
  • Cavepeople – variety of fur tunics, armbands, leg bands, wild hair wig
  • Centurion – see Gladiator
  • Chaplain
  • Charles, Prince
  • Charleston – see Flappers
  • Charlie Chaplin – Black tails coat, grey pants, white shirt, vest, short wig, black bowler hat
  • Charlie’s Angels 1970’s version
  • Cheech and Chong – see Hippies/Bikies vests etc
  • Cheerleader – skirt, top, pom poms
  • Cookie Monster – Blue fluffy suit, fluffy shoes, fluffy gloves, mascot head
  • Cheetah – bodysuit and headpiece
  • Chef/Cook – Cook top, pants, chef hat
  • Cher – either 1970’s hippy style with long black hair with fringe or 1980’s leotard with fisnets, leather look jacket, sailor hat, huge black curly wig
  • Cheshire Cat – variety of suits, headpieces etc
  • Chicago – see Flappers
  • Chicken – furry yellow suit, mask etc
  • China Doll
  • Chinese Emperor
  • Choir Boy – red Priest with white shirt overlay
  • Chimp
  • Cinderella – Ballgown, petticoats etc
  • Cinderella (Rags)
  • Circus performer – also see Acrobat
  • Circus Strongman– Muscle shirt, jungle tunic, tattoos and bling
  • Clark Kent – wear pinstripe suit (Gangster) open over superman suit
  • Cleopatra
  • Clint Eastwood – cowboy with poncho and hat
  • Clown – variety of clown suits, hats, vests, wigs, face paint
  • Clyde Barrow(Bonnie and) – See Gangsters
  • Coachman
  • Cocktail dress – 1980’s glam/Dynasty – variety of 1980’s cocktail dresses
  • Colonial Lady/Colonial Wench – selection of historical dresses, skirts, bodices, petticoats, hats, gloves etc
  • Colonial Lad
  • Colonial Trooper
  • Commando – See Army
  • Conan the Barbarian – See Gladiator/Vikings/Barbarian/Caveman
  • Confederate Soldier table – see Police
  • Construction worker
  • Convict – see Criminal
  • Cop – see Police
  • Corpse Bride – see Zombie Bride
  • Corpse Groom – see Zombie Groom
  • Cossack
  • Count of Darkness – see Dracula
  • Countess Bloodthirst – also see Vampires
  • Countess Nocturna – see Vampires/Dracula’s Bride
  • Count, The – Sesame Street
  • Count Dracula – see Vampires/Dracula
  • Court Jester – also see Clowns/Jester
  • Courtier – see Amadeus
  • Cow – bodysuit with headpiece
  • Cowboy – selection of shirts, vests, braces, kerchief, hats etc
  • Cowgirl – Western shirts, vests, skirts, etc
  • Criminal – variety of suits/dresses/prisoner garb
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Cruella De Ville
  • Crusader – see Knight
  • Cupid – nude bodysuit, tunic, wings, bow and arrow set

Be sure to comment if I have missed any character costume starting with “C”!

Costumes Starting with “B”

It’s taken a bit to get back to this project but finally I managed put together our “B” costumes in one list!

From all the Bobs to busty Bordello Babes, B is another popular category we get request for throughout the year………

Costumes starting with “B”

  • Baby Spice
  • Babe – pink pig suit – infant to adult
  • Bad Fairy
  • Baker – see Chef/Cook
  • Baldrick from Black Adder – medieval peasant costume
  • Ballarina/Ballet Dancer – variety of lyrical/tutu style ballerina outfits
  • Ballgowns – large variety of historical costumes, skirts, bodices, petticoats, gloves, accessories
  • Ballroom Dance– Yellow sunflower dress with built in petticoats
  • Bamm Bamm –One size fits most – black and white tunic with club, blonde wig, headband
  • Banana – yellow banana suit
  • Bandit – either Mexican or zorro or highwayman
  • Bank Robber – see Convict
  • Barbarella – cult 1968 film starring Jane Fonda in skimpy space girl outfits
  • Barbarian – see Gladiator/Vikings also
  • Barbarian Queen – see Vikings
  • Barbie Doll: slinky dress with boa/stole/gloves/long blonde wig
  • Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean) – Black pirate coat, breeches, shirt, sash, vest, hat with black feather, black bootlettes, wig, beard for sale, eyepatch, sword
  • Barmaid, French Maid – see Maid
  • Barney Rubble – blonde tufty hair and fur tunic plus big feet
  • Baron – velvet tunic, velvet cloak, baron medieval hat, pants, bootlettes, beard etc
  • Barrister – Black pants, white shirt, white cravat, black robes, barrister wig
  • Batman/Batgirl/Batkid – black lycra bodysuit, cape, bat belt, bat gloves, bat gloves, bootlettes – Batgirl skirt
  • Bat Bride – see Witches with bat motifs, bat headpiece
  • Bathers – ruffled pants, ruffled top, mop cap, striped socks
  • Bavarian Lady – Heidi style dress – see Beer Girl
  • Bavarian Man/German Man – lederhosen, shirt, long socks and hat
  • Bear – furry suit, mask, furry boots, furry gloves, vests, bowtie
  • Beast (Beauty and the)
  • Beatles – shaggy beatles wigs with straight legged vintage suit
  • Beauty Queen – Leotard with sash, tiara
  • Bee, Queen Bee:  Bee themed dress, wings, striped sox, headband etc
  • Beer Bottle – brown beer suit
  • Beer Girl – beer wench style dress, drindls and blouses, pig tail plaits, high socks/thigh highs
  • Beezelebub – see Devil
  • Bellboy/Buttons from Cinderella
  • Beefeater – brocade trimmed red jacket, pants with trim, plush black hat
  • Ben Hur – hero of Roman times – see Ancients/Gladiators
  • Benedictine Monk – see Monks
  • Belle (Beauty and the Beast) – yellow gown with hooded skirts, yellow gloves, brown hairpiece/wig
  • Belly Dancers – variety of midriff tops, blouses, harem pants, head pieces, scarves with coins, jewellery etc
  • Betty Boo – slinky dress with short curl wig
  • Bert from Sesame Street – Striped top, mask, jeans
  • Beverly Hillbillies – Gingham dresses with aprons/Farmers clothes
  • Biblical – see Ancients, Gladiators etc – variety of tunics and cloaks
  • Big Bad Wolf – see Granny Wolf
  • Big Bird – yellow top, yellow pants with orange legs, mask
  • Big Daddy – see Pimp
  • Big Momma (Pimpette)
  • Biker – biker leathers, biker studded stuff, wear with any tight jeans
  • Biker Chick – see Heavy Metal also
  • Big Game Hunter – see Safari suit
  • Biggles – jophurs with brown jacket, googles – see Amelia E
  • Bill Clinton – suit with grey hair wig
  • Billy Bob Hillbilly – casual clothes plus Billy Bob Teeth
  • Billy Idol Leather top, leather pants, studs, belt, chokers, white wig etc
  • Billy the Kid – see Cowboys
  • Bimbo
  • Bishop
  • Black Cat
  • Black Sabbath – see Heavy Metal
  • Blackbeard the Pirate – see Pirates
  • Blondie – 1980’s wear with blunt cut blonde bob wig
  • Bloody Bride – also see Zombie Bride
  • Bloody doctor/Bloody Nurse – bloody uniforms with accessories, bloody wounds and special effects
  • Blues Brothers- dapper black suit, skinny leg, skinny tie, white shirt, black hat, black sunglasses
  • Bonnie Parker – from Bonnie and Clyde – see Flappers
  • Boadicea – see Viking or Barbarian Queen – medieval gown, cloak, wig, sword, jewellery
  • Bob Marley – variety of Rasta and Hippy clothing, dreadlock wig, peace sign necklace
  • Bob the Builder – blue brace pants, orange check shirt, scarf, builders boots, builders hat
  • Bobby (English Policeman) – vintage style uniform jacket, pants, belt, bobby hat
  • Bobby Soxer – 1950’s Rock N Roll Chick
  • Bodgie – Rock n Roll, 1950’s
  • Bogan – ripped flannels, jeans, mullet wig
  • Bollywood
  • Bon Jovi – see Heavy Metal
  • Bond 007 – see Formal tuxedo
  • Boot Scooters – see Cowboys/Cowgirls
  • Bo-Peep – village style dress, crook
  • Bordello Babe – see Saloon Girls/Showgirls
  • Boxer – Silky boxers shorts, singlet top, boxers headpiece, boxers gloves
  • Boyz Band/Backstreet Boys – 1980’s casual wear
  • Bozo the Clown – see Clowns
  • Baby Clown
  • Brady Bunch – see Retro/Disco/Flares
  • Bundy Bottle – bottle of Queensland foam suit
  • Braveheart – see Scottish
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Bridegroom – see Formal
  • Britney Spears – schoolgirl costume with blonde wig in plaits
  • Brutus – see Ancients
  • Buccaneer – see Pirates
  • Buddy Holly
  • Buffalo Bill – see Cowboys
  • Bullfighter – breeches, bolero jacket, sash, red cape, bullfighters hat, long socks or hose
  • Bunny Girl – Black leotard with white trim, black fishnet tights, bunny ears, bow tie, gloves or cuffs, high heels
  • Butler – See Formal
  • Butterfly – fairy style dress with Butterfly wings/headpiece
  • Buzz Lightyear

Thanks for looking at this list, I hope it helps someone find their perfect B costume!  Please be sure to drop me a comment if you think of any B character costumes I have forgotten!

Costumes starting with “A”? Absolutely!

All year long we have (sometimes stressed) customers looking for a costume starting with the letters of their names, the letters of the birthday boy/girl or even combos of engaged people’s initials!

Since we have been doing this for so many years now, we have run the gauntlet of this task many times before.  So I thought we could share some the ideas we have seen over the last couple of decades of costume foolery!

Starting, of course, at the beginning with “A”!

Costume ideas – Starting with “A”

  • ABBA – Agnitha, Benny, Bjorn, Frida – variety of white, silver, blue and red 1970’s clothes with appropriate wigs.
  • Abby (NCIS) – lab coat, tartan miniskirt, black t-shirt, black and studded accessories, black wig with fringe and ponytail, lots of tattoos, striped socks
  • Abraham Lincoln –  black frock coat tails suit with black pants, black top hat, wig, beard
  • Absolutely Fabulous:  Eddie – 80’s tragic designer style with red curly wig,  Patsy – 80’s biker chick or designer style with blonde beehive, ciggies and booze bottle,
  • Absinthe Fairy – gorgeous green fairy dress, green glitter fairy wings, green garland, glitter makeup.
  • Academic/Judge – black robes with academic shawl, hat/ black pants, white shirt, black robe, white shirt, barrister’s or judge wig
  • Academy Award – Gold morf suit
  • Acropolis Now – “Effie”  tight 1980’s Glamour clothes, huge teased brown wig, heaps of make-up, heaps of gold jewellery
  • ACDC – Angus Young – School uniform, shorts, velvet jacket or school shirt, tie tie, shaggy brown wig, school cap
  • Ace Ventura – Pet Detective – loud shorts, Hawaiian shirt and quiff hair – add pink tutu if desired
  • AeroSmith 1980’s Glamour Rock flared and tight pants, studs, belts, scarves, ripped/singlet top/vest/frock coat, flicked brown wig
  • Acrobat/Circus performer – see Muscle Man as well – Acrobat is showgirl type leotard/tights, optional muscle shirt if a male, jungle person tunic, tattoos etc
  • Action Man – camo uniform – see Army
  • Adam Ant – Pirate shirt, pirate coat, black pants, scarves hanging off belt, bracelets, white stripe across nose, mullet/black hair with plaits hanging off
  • Adams Family:     Morticia – black dress with draped sleeves, long and slinky, long black wig – white makeup, heavy eye make-up and red lipstick

Gomez –  pinstripe black suit with whites stripe, white shirt, black tie, cigar, moustache.

Wednesday Adams – black dress with white collar and cuffs, black plaits wig

Lurch – black formal suit, white shirt, Frankenstein mask.

Uncle Fester – Great coat or monks robe worn with bald head wig

  • Admiral – military style uniform and hat
  • Aerobics Fan – leotards, tights, sweatbands, headbands and 80’s wig.
  • AFL Player – Footy players/supporters colours
  • African man – Masculine kaftan
  • African lady/queen – Kaftan with head wrapping
  • Agent 99 (Get Smart) – Retro dress, wear with brown bobbed wig plus small hat, gloves etc
  • Agent Smith (Matrix) – Black business suit, white shirt, black tie, black glasses
  •  Air Hostess: sexy stretchy minidress with scarf and hat
  • Airline Pilot: vintage navy wool blend jacket with insignia, navy pants, blue shirt, blue tie, blue vintage hat
  • Al Capone – variety of gangster suits – see Gangsters
  • Aladdin – top, vest, baggy pants, sash, turban etc
  • Albert Einstein – Lab coat plus scruffy grey hair wig
  • Ali G – Yellow tracksuit with black trim, heaps of gold jewellery, glasses
  • Alexander the Great – see Gladiators
  • Alfred Hitchcock – black suit, bald head
  • Alfred from “Batman” – Formal shirt, French cuffs, cuff-links, vest, bow-tie, grey wig
  • Ali Baba – top, vest, baggy pants, sash and hat – or see Aladdin
  • Alice in Wonderland:  blue floral top, blue petticoat skirt, white apron, blonde wig, blue head band,  or blue dress with lace up adjustable back, white bodice with white apron, black bow headband etc
  • ..
  • Alice Cooper – black cape, heavy metal t-shirt, worn with jeans or black pants, black studded bits, gravediggers hat
  • Altar Boy – Red robes, white shirt
  • Amadeus/Courtier:  Gold cutaway frock coat, breeches, ruffled shirt/cravat, tricorn hat, court wig available
  • Amazonian Chief – witch doctor style costume with grass skirt, fur vest, feathered headdress, bone jewellery
  • Amelia Earhart – jodhpurs, pvc bomber jacket, aviator cap and goggles
  • American Civil Way uniform – Confederate or Union uniform
  • Amidala, Queen – red robes, red collar with gold embroidery, headdress, white face make-up
  • Amigo – see Mexican
  • Amy Winehouse – Black beehive wig with flowers, tight skirt, tiny top, big heels, tattoo sleeves or stick ons
  • Amphlett, Chrissy – School girl uniform with red wig
  • Angelica “Pirates of the Caribbean” – Pirate Lass pants, shirt, vest, long brown curly hair, boots, sword etc
  • Angry Anderson – Denim vest/punk t-shirt/vest, bald head, heaps of tattoos
  • Anne Boleyn – Medieval gown with hanging sleeves, dark straight wig
  • Anakin Skywalker – black tunic top, black PVC or leather shoulder pelmets, brown breeches, black boots or boot covers with buckles, black cape, black gloves
  • Animal “The Muppets”
  • Ancient Greek/Ancient Roman – also see Cleopatra/Gladiators: White gown with gold trim, cream and wine gown with attached draping, head cord etc
  • Annie – red knee-length dress with white collar, red curly hair
  • Andy Warhol – Straight white short-haired wig, 1970’s flared pants, shirt/vest/jacket, large dark 1970’s glasses
  • Angel White corset, white lace top, white long satin skirt, white gloves, wings plus halo
  • Angel dress
  • Ann Margaret –  see Retro dresses, add red straight wig
  • Anne Bonney (Pirate Queen) – see Pirate Lasses…..
  • Annie  Oakley – “Annie Get Your Gun” –  see Cowgirl costumes….
  • ANZAC – Historical Army Uniform
  • Auntie Em “Wizard of Oz” – 1940’s style day dress with cotton apron/pinafore, grey hair bun wig
  • Ape – see Gorilla
  • Aphrodite – Goddess of Love – see Ancient
  • Apostle – Arabian Prince robes/cape etc
  • Applegate, Christina  – 1980’s Rock Chick with blonde wig
  • Arab Prince/Arabian – blue and black robe, black cape, black scarf, grey bear
  • Arabian Nights – see Harem Dancer, Sheik, Guard, Genie
  • Aragorn – Black medieval shirt, vest, coat, pants, boots, cape, belts, brown shaggy shoulder length wig
  • Archbishop – Religious robes
  • Archer – see Robin Hood/Aragorn
  • Artist – Paint covered tunic, beret
  • Ariel, the Little Mermaid – see Mermaid
  • Aristos, Surprise Chef – chef uniform
  • Aristotle – see Ancient
  • Army/Army Girl/Army Pin-Up/Foreign Dictator – Army pants, camo jacket, khaki shirt
  • Army – US Marine –  Authentic US Army Marines Uniform – Blazer with badges, pants, shirt, tie, hat
  • Army:  Foreign Dictator style – cream pants, khaki shirt, Pale camo jacket, black military cap, medals, gun belt (optional) – 36” waist
  • Army Pin-Up Girl, army girl top with attached belt and medals, red gloves, collar and hat.
  • Artful Dodger – Oliver Twist – raggedy Urchin clothes
  • Attila the Hun – Wide legged pants, cross-over tunic, shirt, padded vest, sword, sash
  • Arwen – (Lord of the Rings) – midnight velvet gown with red hanging sleeves
  • Astronaut – see Space People
  • A-Team – Mr T – Denim or leather vest, lots of gold chain, mohawk wig
  • Athena – see Ancients
  • Audrey Hepburn – black and white formal dress – white gloves, Audrey wig
  • Aunty Jack
  • Aussie Digger – see Army
  • Austin Powers – Blue velvet pants, blue velvet jacket, white shirt with lace cravat, brown wig, glasses, medallions.
  • Australian Soldier – see Army
  • Autumn Fairy – Brown and green fairy dress, wings, trimmings, garland
  • Avatar – blue bodysuit, brown skirt, plaited wig, beads
  • Avengers – Black Widow, The Thing, Hawk-eye, Spider-man, Venom, Spider-woman, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Wolverine, Thor, Iron-Man, Captain America, She-Hulk, Hulk etc – 101 Characters have been in The Avengers!
  • Aviator – Bomber style leather look jacket, goggles, leather look cap, tight gophers
  • Axe Murderer – blood covered clothes/overalls, executioner mask, axe prop
  • Axel Rose – small to medium – leather pants, metal singlet, black leather look jacket/vest, chains/studs, bandana, red wig.

Phew!  Let’s see how I go keeping motivated to get to the end of the alphabet!  Think I may need a coffee refill!

Good Golly Miss Molly! 1950’s Rockabilly Girls are Hot!

1950’s Rock n Roll Retro costumes

One of our favourite categories!  Getting ready for a 1950’s themed show can be daunting but a few clever tricks will have you transformed into a ravishing retro Babe or Cool Cat!

Cat-eye’s rhinestone glasses are a perfect finishing touch to any Fifties costume – these come in fire-engine red, blue or black frames with clear glass and cute diamonte accents – check them out in our store!

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Vintage green shirt, white beads, pink Poodle circle skirt, pink belt, petticoats layered, pink cat-eyes glasses…..

A Poodle skirt is a popular way to reference the 1950’s theme!  These circle skirts are best worn with a heap of petticoats underneath for a full skirt.  Don’t forget to cinch in that waist!  The belt really does make a difference!

Black stretch top, silver scarf, elastic belt, red circle skirt with guitar and stars motif, over full petticoats…..vintage black cats-eyes sunglasses

Most circle skirts have a fun 1950’s motif around the hem – from records, to Poodles, to guitars and other cute retro themes.

Vintage tri-colour circle skirt, red stretch top, black scarf, vintage cat-eyes sunglasses…….

This vintage circle skirt is a full pleated style in a tri-colour of red, yellow and black with a teeny, tiny waistband!

Vintage sunflowers halter dress, gloves, headscarf, layers of petticoats ……

This gorgeous vintage sunflowers halter dress is a 1950’s style with cinched waist and full skirt……Add matching gloves and a cute headband!

Black dress with ruched bodice, white spots, pink belt, scarf and gloves, vintage cats-eyes sunglasses………….

 

Not strictly a vintage dress, this dotted number is still a cute option for a 1950’s theme.  Team with hot pink or red accessories to make it really pop with colour!

Vintage Fifties floral dress, hot pink belt, gloves, vintage beads, blonde bee-hive wig…..

A super-cute vintage dress, this is a photo-realistic floral print on amber background and a very simple shape with full skirt.  I’ve teamed it with hot pink belt and gloves, vintage beads and a blonde beehive wig.

Don’t panic if you have to go to a Fifties Show!  Consider some of the many options past a pink Bomber jacket with some vintage, retro cool!

Peace Babies! Hippy costumes for a groovy night!

I think I was born in the wrong era!  I’ve always thought they had it right in the Hippy Years, from music, ideology to fashion.  One of the best dress up nights you will ever go to is bound to be a Hippy Party!

Hippies range from minidresses, to maxis, from all sorts of materials.  Often there are beautiful details like embroidery and extra features on vintage items – the sort of attention to detail rarely seen in our mass produced market of today.  Hippy fashion entails all things beautiful and bohemian with the craft of different cultures front and centre.

In fact, I met my beautiful husband at Deb’s 1970’s party (as I’ve blogged before!)……he was wearing a huge afro and I didn’t recognise him when I saw him again a few weeks later!

Hippies are a constant item in our little costume shop.  People are always happy to go as a groovy hippy to a 1960’s or 1970’s show.  The look is comfy yet eclectic and you are free to express yourself anyway you feel.

From miniskirts to maxi dresses, this era was characterised by freedom and self expression.

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Searching the Pattern Box for inspiration!

Sometimes you just need to take a break from all the “have to do”‘s on your list and just imagine something gorgeous!  Today was one of those clean up days.  Time to sort some dress making patterns back into their packets, but a great chance to dream!  I love having a look through dress making patterns, imagining the material I would use and the changes you could make to make it your own.

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This great 1950’s pattern from Vogue features a tailored pencil skirt and matching jacket – so chic!

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This gorgeous pattern from the 1960’s features long and shorter formal dresses with a formal coat to match.

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From the funky 1970’s, this pant suit could look great in some wild colour combos!

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Can’t forget the kids!  I love the flared leg overalls but I doubt my darlings will let me inflict a matching set on them – I can dream!

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One of my favourite pattern series is the American Designers series from Vogue in the 1970’s.  Above is a killer Bill Blass Americana skirt set.

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This pant set pattern by Yves Saint Laurent would create a wonderful disco outfit with the right sparkly fabric.

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This glamorous maxi-dress design by Bill Blass would look gorgeous with the right fabric to create the flowing effect.

We’ll be adding more pattern photos to build up our reference library over the next little time period.  We are currently in a bit of a clean-up phase with lots of costumes being sorted from storage.  It’s a busy time of year for us with lots of parties and a lot of bulk orders coming and going.

While it is so busy it is almost impossible for any projects of my own choice.   I can only sort my dress making patterns and dream of the creations I could make, given time and space.  For now, time to muse!