80’s Fancy Dress Costumes

If you need inspiration for an 80s themed party, look no further than, Mark Knopfler who was born on August 12th (same day as my brother) 1941. Best known for being in Dire Straits – it happens to the best of us – he also produced music for films such as ‘Local Hero’ and ‘The Princess Bride’ and his band’s music graces the soundtracks of numerous films. It was, of course, the Brothers in Arms album (1985) that is credited as being the groundbreaking first million-selling album on the CD format. To many Knopfler was Dire Straits as few people know who else was in the band (his brother David, John Illsley and Pick Withers (later replaced by Terry Williams)), since you ask.
As the ‘Straits’ were a major influence on the Eighties, this might form the basis of a theme event. You might even work some costume ideas based on Dire Straits song titles – Romeo & Juliet, Sultans of Swing? Pop down to us here at Props n Frocks for some Private Investigation into Our Latest Trick. We’re not So Far Away!

Props n Frocks has a great range of 1980s costumes, including Freddie Mercury outfits, Madonna (her 80s and 90s look) and Michael Jackson costumes. We also stock a large range of neon accessories including wigs, gloves and glasses. Let’s not forget that punk was still around in the 80’s and, of course, Props n Frocks stocks punk costumes and accessories

Goodwood Costumes

We mentioned Goodwood in connection with our 1940s blog. New this year is the Vintage at Goodwood festival, which is happening from August 13th-15th. Aside from being a music event featuring ‘vintage’ artists such as Sandie Shaw, Earth Wind & Fire and Kid Creole & The Coconuts (plus quite a few more modern performers), it promises to offer a complete ‘retro experience’: Not only will it take in the culture of the 1940s, but it will also be exploring the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, up to the present day, with a ‘High Street’ of retro and vintage clothing and accessory outlets. So, if you want to be part of that event, we will be pleased to help kit you out in a fancy dress costume of the era of your choice. Props n Frocks stocks a huge range of 1950s costumes, 1960s & 70’s costumes, and of course, we stock 1980s costumes as well.

Also ‘Of the 40s’ is the Twinwood Festival, held over the late August Bank Holiday (August 28th-30th), which dedicates itself to jazz, swing and Big Band music, and also incorporates a Glenn Miller celebrational event. The festival is held at the Twinwood airfield, Bedfordshire. Festival goers are encouraged to get into the spirit by dressing up in 1940s costume.

I actually attended The Goodwood Revival a couple of years ago. My group of friends all dressed up in 1950s costumes and 1940s uniforms. The weather was terrible, which did ruin the weekend a bit, to be honest, but, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and dressing up in costume made the entire weekend so much fun. All the people who had dressed up seemed to get more out of this terrific event, which looks like will be even better this year with the addition of ‘vintage’. Please let us know how you enjoy the weekend if you go this year.

New Costumes Just In

The costume range of an 80s themed fancy dress party just gets better and better. Props n Frocks now stocks a factory worker, suitable to wear as an Oompa Loompa costume, from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. We also now have blue gnomes, suitable to wear as a Smurf costume.

We will always keep you up date with new costumes and accessories that we get in every week.

How to Pick the Best Fancy Dress Outfits

Anyone looking for the perfect fancy dress outfits will undoubtedly have a lot of options in mind. It can seem difficult to know which one to go for, so here are a few tips on how to pick the perfect costume.

First up, it’s important to have a theme and stick to it. A specific decade or era would be a great place to start, and in that vein 80s fancy dress outfits are becoming increasingly popular. It’s a good idea to base the costume on a film, genre or even celebrity, and luckily there are plenty of options to suit just about everyone.

Once an idea is in place, it’s important to go somewhere that has a great selection of fancy dress outfits to choose from if the right decision is to be made. There are a lot of costume retailers out there, but the best option is bound to be Props n Frocks.

Props n Frocks has a great selection of all kinds of costumes, including a fantastic array of 80s fancy dress ideas. There are choices to suit everyone no matter what they’re looking for, and with great prices there’s no need to look anywhere else.

So, choosing the best fancy dress outfits largely depends on the theme that’s chosen and the place that’s visited to find them. 80s fancy dress would be well worth considering for the sheer variety of costumes that can be created, and for a great selection of fancy dress outfits Props n Frocks should definitely be considered.

How to Throw the Perfect 80s Fancy Dress Party

80s nights are becoming more and more popular, and it really isn’t hard to see why. The decade has become fashionable again, making 80s fancy dress great fun to try out. So, to help anyone throw the perfect 80s fancy dress party, here are just a few tips on how to make it a huge success.

•    Make sure that everyone will wear appropriate fancy dress costumes. The decade even offers scope for people who don’t normally like to dress up, so there’s no excuse for non-compliance.
•    Have plenty of 80s music throughout the fancy dress party, either through a DJ (depending on the size and budget of the event) or through a mix tape – what could be more 80s?
•    There should ideally be a film room or white screen that’s available to show iconic films of the decade.
•    Cocktails became popular in the 80s, so a fully-stocked cocktail bar should always be available for guests at any 80s fancy dress party.
•    Everyone will be looking to the host for inspiration, so as such it’s essential that they put proper time and effort into their fancy dress costumes.
•    Keep a can of hairspray in all bathrooms for women to keep their hair as big as possible.

These are just a few tips on how to throw the perfect 80s fancy dress party, but the most important point to remember is to have a killer outfit. Fancy dress costumes can be found from a range of places, but for a great selection of all kinds of 80s fancy dress, customers should always check out Props n Frocks to see what can be found.

Why 80s Fancy Dress is Making a Comeback

Theme nights are a great way to make any party go off with a bang, and it doesn’t get much better than 80s nights. 80s fancy dress has risen in popularity in recent years, but why is it making a comeback?

That largely comes down to the fact that the 80s were long enough ago to instil a sense of nostalgia in most people. Those that were growing up during the 80s can relive their youth through 80s fancy dress costumes, and the whole decade is becoming incredibly fashionable again so even those that were born more recently can appreciate it.

The fact that the decade is becoming popular again probably explains why 80s fashion is flooding the high street. Power suits, cocktail dresses, leg warmers, ra ra skirts, leggings – all of these are readily available, making 80s fancy dress costumes particularly easy to source. A lot of costume retailers, such as Props n Frocks, also have an influx of suitable 80s fancy dress, meaning that dressing up for the decade has never been easier.

Let’s not forget the many films from the 80s that have recently enjoyed renewed popularity. The remake of Fame was a great success, and Patrick Swayze’s upsetting death has led many people to pine for Dirty Dancing. A lot of great 80s films have never really left, offering a wealth of choice when it comes to 80s fancy dress.

These are just a few reasons as to why 80s fancy dress is making a comeback, and there are sure to be many more besides. So, 80s fancy dress costumes should always be considered for anyone looking to impress at a party, and for a great range Props n Frocks should always be consulted.

Reasons That Fancy Dress Sales Are Soaring

Dressing up has always been popular, and fancy dress sales are doing a roaring trade. But just why are such costumes proving to be so popular?

Well, that largely comes down to the fact that fancy dress parties are one of the best ways to relax and unwind. In the current climate people are always looking for ways to have fun, and it doesn’t get much more fun that dressing up in outrageous clothes. It allows people to let their hair down and enjoy themselves, and what could be better than that?

Then there’s the fact that a lot of universities, colleges and other student venues host regular fancy dress nights, making the purchase of a suitable outfit essential. A lot now host theme nights, with 80s fancy dress being an increasingly popular choice.

Fancy dress sales don’t have to cost the earth either, making dressing up an incredibly cost-effective way to have fun. Of course, it still takes time to find the perfect outfit, but for a great selection of 80s fancy dress, Halloween outfits and everything in between, customers should head to Props n Frocks for some varied options at great prices.

So, fancy dress sales are soaring simply because dressing up is fun! It lets people forget about the stresses of everyday life, and by turning themselves into their favourite character or film star for the night they can really let loose and enjoy themselves. Anyone looking to host a party would definitely be advised to make it a fancy dress night, and for a great selection of costumes Props n Frocks should always be consulted.