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
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    Dressed as an “F” – frontier man

 

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

Send in the Clowns! Loved or loathed…..always colourful!

Clowns are the funny bone of the costume world……..(get it!  Sorry, had to!).  They are also super flexile, being able to morph into different categories easily.  You can go from a circus theme to a horror theme with just a few face paint adjustments.  Or just, you know, the end of the night make up!

Large vintage clownMulticoloured Clown

A surprising number of people have clown phobias so they should be used with caution, lest you have crying children at a party – not good!  I have lost count how many have come in the shop and recoiled from the clowns in horror!

Scary clowns!

Which leads us to the latest craze of scaring random people with clown outfits in public places.  Not on!  There is too much potential for disaster here, in my humble opinion!  Either the clown could get hurt or a person could get hurt trying to get away.  Imagine if someone had a heart attack!  Given how many people I see with clown phobias once they come in our shop and see some of the costumes, I don’t think clowns need more of a bad name either.  Let’s just leave the pranks alone guys, or at least at the party where they belong!

Multi Clown

Clowns don’t have to be scary!  Clowns have been around since the 5th Century BC and became an iconic figure from the 1800’s onwards.  Clown associations generally recognised there are actually three main sorts of clowns – white-face, Auguste and Hobo.  We used white-face as our theme for most of these photos.  The Auguste or Red Clown use a red or pink colour in place of the white-face paint.  Hobo clowns feature a beard and white around the eyes and mouth.

Before the advent of the scary clown trope their prime function was to delight, amuse and entertain their audience.  They are known for their playfulness, humour and sense of fun.  Haven’t we all just wanted to run away and join the circus?

Kid Clown

Always unique – vintage clowns

Our collection of clowns has some costumes dating back to about the 1930’s/40’s……..one thing about clown costumes, they are always unique and one of a kind!  We are always in the process of clown costume construction – sometimes they get too boisterous!

One of my favourite interpretations is the vintage Dolly clown – something about girly clowns is really intriguing to me!

Vintage Dolly Clown
Vintage Dolly

 

Cutie

Clowns costumes can be made by collecting interesting and unique items and combining them in your own way.  Add on bright patches, buttons and accessories.  Rodeo clowns mix with western motifs, plus practical choices that allow them to evade angry livestock.

Make-up is a whole topic of it’s own.  For now I’ll simply state that it is important to use quality face-paint for the best results.  Not only will the colour be more true and intense but there will be less risk of an adverse reaction for the wearer.  We have been selling a good quality range of face paint and supplies since the 1980s – have a look at our shop for more details.

Thanks for reading my blog, I’d love it if you suggested any costume genres you would like to see!