Creative Ideas for a Fancy Dress


Being creative for a fancy dress party can be difficult, although a little effort goes a long way. If you want to stand out at a party, and avoid turning up in a generic costume, then some prior preparation is needed. With a little thought and some lateral thinking, you will be able to make a creative fancy dress costume without spending large amounts.

Current Events

  • At a costume party, most people use generic costumes, themed around the holiday. So at Halloween, you will see plenty of vampires and ghosts. Instead, be creative, and dress as a recently deceased celebrity. Use current events to help guide you in your costume choice, and you will have an engaging and funny costume. If a famous person has just been arrested, dress as this person in prison clothes. To get your ideas, look through the newspaper or news websites and think about items you already own that would be useful for this costume party.

Lateral Thinking

  • Think about the title of the party. If there is scope for wordplay in the title, then think laterally and interpret the theme in a funny and unique way. If the theme of the party is "Elvis", then everyone will be dressed the same. Instead, dress as an elf, and claim you read the theme as an "Elves" party. If a party is themed around the '70s, dress as someone aged 70, rather than the decade. Alternatively, come as someone from the 1870s, or even the 1770s. This is a way to get creative, and will help you stand out from more generic costumes.

Group Ideas

  • Going as a group to a fancy dress costume can often come up with some fun and creative ideas. Not only will there be a greater pool of ideas to choose from in a group, but the impact of you all dressed the same will also emphasize your look. If you are really stuck for ideas, dressing as Smurfs is sure to raise a laugh as people remember the children's cartoon. Also consider dressing as inanimate objects. A group of people dressed as crayons from a crayon box is surreal enough to stand out at any party. If you are struggling to be creative, work as a group.

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