According to the BBC, fancy dress is optional for this Sunday’s run a mile for Sport Relief. But, here at Props and Frocks, fancy dress plays an extremely important role in our business (after all it’s the reason why we are here). Not only do we offer a superb range of costumes and accessories, both for hire and sale, but we also cater for all ages, sizes and shapes. Over the next few days we are going to take a look at the types of costumes and accessories in which you might like to run your mile, starting with the practicalities of the two-person animal as depicted in the adverts (sorry, “promotion” – we forgot for a moment which TV channel we were talking about).
Whenever you are dressing up for charity, do think practically, a full mascot type costume may look fantastic, but have you ever tried running in one! We are often asked to assist in charity dress up days, and if you are local, we are often able to help by donating one costume in return for some leaflets being handed out for us. However, it does depend on what the costume will be used for. We are reluctant to hire costumes for hairdressers, due to the chance that the costumes could be ruined by hair dye and in this case purchasing a costume may be more practical.
We have a number of animal costumes at our shop, some of which are made for one person, whilst others are built for two. The two-person animal might seem a great idea, but in terms of practicality, it can be a bit of a nightmare. Take the horse for example. First of all there is the problem of who gets to be the back end. Unlike the two-humped camel (where at least you can actually stand up in the humps) in a two-person horse, cow or similar creature, one person will need to be bending their back and keeping pace with the other, whilst not being able to see where they are going. Refreshments might also not be that practical and if it is a hot day, the materials they are made of (many are based on fur fabric) could be rather warm. A mile may not seem like a particularly arduous task, but if you are the back end of a horse for that mile, you will certainly know it. The other point to bear in mind is how the animal is constructed. Not all pantomime animals tear apart in the middle as shown on the TV. In fact, the majority will be an all-in-one body, with separate trousers for each participant. At Props and Frocks we don’t like to get in the way of a good idea, so if you have considered all the down-sides discussed above and still want to go ahead and book an animal fancy dress costume, be it four-legged or two-legged, we have a number of options for you to choose from.