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….
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!
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….
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.
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!
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, 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
Disco King/Disco Queen/Disco Stu/70’s Disco Suits, shirts, flares/Disco Diva/Safari suits/1970’s suits and all things disco…………..
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 Evil – medium – grey jacket, grey pants, bald head wig Doctor Livingtson
Doctor of Death – see Zombie Doctor
Dog, Hot – onesize – foam hot dog costume
Dolly Bird – word used to refer to ladies in 1960’s who wore bouffant hair, white go-go boots and minidresses – see Retro Minidresses
Dominatrix – PVC bondage style – use Catwoman, punk bits and black PVC clothing
Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) – blue gingham dress with white blouse, white socks, red glittery shoes, basket, blue hair ribbons, auburn wig, Toto dog optional!
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’s Bride – a wide variety of slinky dresses suit this look, pair with a cape, gloves, bride headpiece etc
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
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!
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
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
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!
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.
Hippies are a staple dress-up. You can never go wrong with a tree-hugging, nature loving, adorable, Woodstock, incense smelling, bohemian Hippy costume. From authentic items from the 1960’s and 1970’s, to folksy bohemian from more modern times, it is easy to throw together a complete outfit. Maybe even from your own wardrobe!
All about nature…..
Hippies love nature-inspired fashion. Items created out of natural products, locally and simple in design, are worn for their utility, not their label. A fringed suede vest is a timeless hippy piece which comes in and out of magazine trends. Multicoloured paisley looks great on tunics, tops, pants, sashes and headbands.
Don’t be colour-shy!
Bright colours and lots of contrast are always popular with disco inspired Hippies!
Easy accessories to suit!
The best way to jazz up a Hippy costume is to add some on theme accessories. We have a range of rose coloured round hippy glasses, dark round hippy glasses, peace signs, wigs and more!
One of the easiest costumes ever! Disco divas are the perfect choice when you know you want to rip up that dance floor!
From sexy Foxy Cleopatra, Felicity Shagwell or RollerBabe Girl. There are heaps of different 1970’s disco diva characters to channel.
Don’t panic if you are invited to a disco 1970’s theme night. Check out some of our collection of disco minidresses for some inspiration.
Many authentic 1970’s minidresses are outrageously short, even by today’s standards! They come in a huge variety of different styles with A-line, trapeze style and shifts.
Throw on some high boots, preferably white, and get ready to boogie.
Another great option for a disco theme is the maxi-dress. This is a perfect alternative if you don’t feel like showing too much leg! The 1970’s maxi-dress was a stylish option with funky prints and unique fabrics.
Wear them with chunky cork platform heels for an authentic look. Maxi’s were worn with ethnic inspired prints, block colours, multicoloured prints and everything in-between. They have retained an air of elegance and many are totally wearable today.
Maxi-dresses from the 1970’s have a huge variety of styles from empire line bust line to kaftans to simple sheaths and bell sleeved slinky gowns.
So between sourcing new stock, mending and cleaning the old and all the tasks in between I rarely get time to just have fun with our costume collection. My kids are rebelling and won’t let me dress them up anymore (!) so this last week I pulled out our latest Roaring Twenties outfits. Mannequins are very compliant (and don’t complain about being bored or hungry) but nothing beats the way a costume looks on a person.
A photo shoot is a great way to get gorgeous family photographs too. You don’t have to wait to be invited to a costume party to dress up! Why not organise a girl’s photo session? Invite the besties over and have a little shindig while dressing up in some gorgeous frocks. You will have a lot of laughs and end up with some lovely photos. Sounds like a great way to waste a rainy weekend!
I chose Roaring Twenties partly because we have been getting some new stock in. Also so I could play with vintage filters. (Oh so flattering and easy to wipe out lines and flaws!) When using vintage filters I have found it is best to have slightly heavy make-up. This will ensure eyes and lips are visible once the filters are applied. Same principles apply as when doing stage make-up. Apply with a heavy hand, to the point you don’t want to be caught in “natural” light!
We only used two dresses in this shoot – one a gorgeous sequin number with art deco shapes the other with fringing. While they are both great dresses it is the accessories that really bring this look together. I used a lighter fur stole to add contrast to the dark colour of both dresses. Black gloves were a given, black fishnet stockings, long pearls and a feathered headband also standard Roaring Twenties apparel. The shoes were gorgeous designer items from Jennifer Hawkins – not historically correct but just fab anyway.
I chose wigs to experiment with – both platinum shades which worked well with the vintage filter. One is a classic flapper style in a Marcel wave with side part, the other a straight banged bob. Wigs are not always easy to wear but using a headband is handy!
We had a lot of fun this day, it was different to get dressed up as I spend a lot of my time in track-pants now! Thanks for looking at my blog! If you are thinking of a Roaring Twenties costume check out our related posts for some more photos!