Costume Practicalites

If you are wearing a fancy dress costume this Christmas, today’s post will help you

Funny Costumes

Gingerbread Man – not the easiest costume to wear serving behind a bar!

choose the most appropriate costumes to wear.

There has been an increasing trend to ally some aspect of dressing up (or down) to various charities in the course of the year. Be that as it may, it is probably true to say that this period leading up to Christmas is a potentially fertile period for opportunities to dress up, from the special outfit saved to stun your work colleagues at the office ‘do’ to the potentially hazardous decision to dress up as Festive Characters in the run-up to Christmas. Whilst we cannot help on the minutiae of work-place politics, we do know our subject when it comes to costume (evening-wear, perhaps not so much, but we’ll give it a go if necessary). Here are a few pointers to help in your costume choice:

a) If you are working in an outfit, ensure it is fit for purpose: Whilst the newer foam-based novelty costumes are an improvement on the older-style costumes, make sure you can reach, bend and do all you need to do, without damage to either yourself or your outfit. Also, short and skimpy might work well for club-wear, but it might not be practical (or warm) in a work environment.

b) Overhead Masks might ‘make’ many a costume, but they are not always practical, if only for reasons of health and safety if your vision or hearing is impaired by the mask. Explore the possibilities of fancy dress make-up as an alternative.

c) Note that not all costume outfits have pockets or means of storing essentials. Look to an alternative which either works within the spirit of the outfit – Bo-Peep and a ‘Lamb-bag’, for example,  or some other method of storage which can be concealed about your person, without compromising the costume.

d) It might seem obvious, but it helps to forsee potential glitches beforehand: How are you getting to the venue?: Are there facilities for sorting out final preparations such as make-up at the event?; Are you able to ditch and store any accessories which are great for the Grand Entrance but become a potential liability thereafter?

Novelty Costumes

Yesterday, we discussed the two-person animal fancy dress costumes. Today, we thought we would take a look at someBanana Budget Costumes of the innovative, but “slightly” more practical costumes, which can also make a strong visual statement, i.e. the novelty costume.

Novelty costumes can basically be divided into two different areas. Firstly, there are the instantly recognisable outfits, which aside from the fun animal-style fancy dress, also includes items such as drinks, in the form of bottles of champagne, vodka or beer; food stuffs such as bananas, hot dogs, chilli peppers, and characters from video games or off the telly.

The second type of novelty costume is the joke costume. There are some jokes where everybody ‘gets’ the joke, but it is important to remember that there are some jokes which in the wrong environment do not go down well. Bearing in mind that the sport relief mile is directed at individuals, friends  and families, ‘jokes’ such as males dressing up as female characters, or going as a whoopee cushion may be perfectly acceptable. What is probably not suitable for “family viewing” is the rather more risqué joke fancy dress, such as the groping granny or some of the other rude novelty costumes. Although these might be suitable for a private gathering or a stag weekend if used for to run a mile in, you can be sure that not everybody will appreciate the joke.

We have good stocks of both types of Novelty costumes, all available for next working day delivery.


Joke Costumes

Today is the ideal day to wear a novelty fancy dress costume. It’s April 1st and a day upon which it is traditional to beNovelty Costumes wary of traps and tricks being played for April Fool’s day (or alternatively you might have a few jokes of your own up your sleeve, which you are hoping to bring to fruition). Unfortunately the uniqueness of the day has become somewhat lost as there are now many other occasions throughout the year where, for one reason or another, you have the chance to at least act or dress outlandishly, often for a good cause or for fund-raising purposes. Obviously, wherever possible, we at Props n Frocks will be pleased to help you with your charitable efforts and, using our own expertise in the field, may even be able to offer suggestions as to how you can develop your plans and maximise your impact – no kidding.

Meanwhile, on a different subject there’s a film out today which may be of interest to those of you girls who complain that action hero role models are scarce. ‘Sucker Punch’ gives you five! We have not seen the film, but we have heard a lot about it and seen the surreal trailers. Some ‘official costumes’ are in prospect, so stay tuned. On the wider matter of ‘equal opportunity costuming’, we are taking some time next week to examine aspects of the issue.

Comical Fancy Dress

As you know, we try and look back into history to give you some different reasons to hold your own fancy dress party. On September 8th 1966, the first motorway bridge over the River Severn was opened, making it a lot easier for the M4 to get to Wales (and for the Welsh to travel to England). We were going to say that a Bridge Night might be on the cards but that would lead to some flippant card-game puns and people who couldn’t deal with it might lose their Patience (told you!). Instead we could celebrate one of the other good things to come out of Wales – Harry Secombe who was born on this date in 1921. Some will remember him for his singing – he was a regular on ‘Songs of Praise’ and starred in the Dickens-based musical ‘Jorrocks’ – but most will know him as one of the Goons, and as, coincidentally, his co-Goon Peter Sellers was also born on this day in 1925 (both Goon, but not forgotten), we thought a Comedy Night or Joke Karaoke might work.

Now holding a comical fancy dress party really opens up the theme (as most fancy dress cotumes once worn are very funny, no matter the theme), but we are thinking more of really stupid costumes. For example, last weekend I attended a fancy dress party as a Wacky Tourist. The costume is hilarious anyway, but I made it even more funny by wearing socks and sandals and I made up my face so that it looked like I had terrible sunburn (complete with huge panda eyes). I carried a phrase book (which I made up myself, with all the standard phrases a typical stereotypical Brit would need abroad) and I also had some St. George flags. It is the little details that you can add to a standard costume to make it truly fantastic!

Props n Frocks stocks a huge range of novelty fancy dress costumes – ideal for you to wear at a Comical Fancy Dress Party!