Costume Ideas for Letter U
Ugly Betty – Leading character in a popular US TV series, which reached its finale at the end of 2010. The Betty look involves thick-rimmed black glasses, teeth with braces and, based on an outfit she wore on her first day at Mode fashion magazine, a Guadeloupe poncho. These items are principally available from US suppliers, although some will ship to the UK.
Ugly Bug – The film Summer Magic featured the Burl Ives hit Ugly Bug Ball, and this sometimes turns up as a party theme. Alternatively the costumes can be used for a Garden Party Depending upon your interpretation of the term ugly there are a wide range of insect and bug costumes on the market, from Ladybirds/bugs and Bees to Cockroaches and Flies.
Ugly Sister – Character(s) from the fairy story and pantomime Cinderella. Traditionally they are played by males but this need not stop you girls going over the top. Loud, exaggerated dress, shoes, etc. Brightly coloured wig and overdone make-up.
Uhura, (Lieutenant) Nyota – Communications officer in the original Star Trek series.
Uma Thurman – Actress who has played a number of parts with costume party potential: Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction; Beatrice The Bride Kitto in Kill Bill; Emma Peel in the film version The Avengers and Poison Ivy in Batman and Robin.
Ulysses aka Odysseus – Legendary leader of the Greeks, whose story is told in Homers epic poem The Odyssey. Having triumphed in the siege ofTroy, he then took ten years to get back home to Penelope, his wife. A standard Greek armour outfit may suffice.
Umpire – Not always popular with sports fans in whatever country, the UK football match official wears, typically, a black football shirt and matching shorts and has a whistle and notebook as accessories. In the US, for games such as Baseball, there may be more than one umpire, a typical outfit here being trousers/pants, a shirt in black and white stripes and a cap. Female versions of the outfit may also be available.
UNCLE Agent – The Man from UNCLE was a popular TV series of the 1960s, created during the enthusiasm for spies generated by the Bond films. Like Bond, UNCLE agents had guns and gadgets, and a spin-off series The Girl from UNCLE showed female agents in action. There is talk of reviving the franchise!
Uncle Fester – Character from the Addams Family. Long grey robe, bald head and whitish/grey make-up & dark circled eyes. He also had a party trick of lighting an electric bulb in his mouth!
Uncle Sam – Potential counterpart to Miss Liberty or the Statue of Liberty. Uncle Sam has for many years been a personification of America. The costume features a top hat (usually red-white stripes with a blue band, blue tailcoat and red-white stripe trousers/pants. He also usually has a beard.
Undead, The – The last few years have seen an upswing in enthusiasm for the Undead or Zombie outfits, over and above the demand seen around Halloween. Aside from the standard zombie, recent variations have included zombie cheerleaders and medical staff.
Underground Station – Underground Station refers to stations on the London Underground transport system, the point being to dress up to represent the name of one of the hundred or so stations on the network.
Underling – Another name for a peasant costume, or someone of a lower station in life – so any peasant style costume would be suitable
Underwear Model – Although you could play this straight if you are daring enough or you have the appropriate event, there are a number of novelty padded underwear model outfits (such as Its A Secret a take on the Victorias Secret brand) on the market, mostly designed for males to imitate females.
Undertaker – Wear a black Victorian style costume with tall black top hat and cane. Alternatively an Undertaker plus Dummy outfit is available.
Underworld Character – The Underworld films tell of the war between werewolves and glamorous vampires (well before Twilight got there). Principal character is Selene, who dresses in leather-look jumpsuits.
Union Jack Character – Aside from the Dolly Bird/Ginger Spice character below, another popular British character using the British flag, the Union Jack, as part of their costume is John Bull, the personification of Britain in much the same way as Uncle Sam personifies America.
Union Jack Dress Girl – Dolly bird of the Swinging Sixties, or as worn by Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) at the 1997 Brit awards.
Unicorn – Mythical & heraldic beast, part horse, part lion, with the legs of a deer, and a single horn on its forehead. It is said only a virgin can capture it, and its horn could detect poison in liquid. It, or slight variations appear in many mythologies and stories including Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Costume can consist of a white cat-suit or bodysuit, unicorn wig & headdress, (or sequined cone on a balaclava).
Uniform – Choose from a large range of potential costumes here from American Gi Costumes,to a sexy ladies army outfit.
Universe Mr/Miss – Further to the Underwear Model entry above, another excuse to show off some physique either real, or enhanced with padding or muscle chests.
University Teacher / graduate – Wear a headteacher style gown and mortar board
Under The Sea Entity – Various costumes can be used for this including: Mermaids,Neptune, Lobsters, Fish, shark as some examples.
Under-achiever – The politically correct name for a Dunce.
Undressed – just go to the party wearing one of our nude suits with a strategically placed fig leaf!
Union Soldier – Northern soldier of theUS during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
United State – As a challenge, try dressing as the name or representation of a US state. Some, such as Hawaii or New York, might be easy but for others you might need to research the State Flower or its nickname e.g. The Show-Me State (Missouri) or Hoosier State (Indiana).
Ursula Andress – One of the original and most memorable of the Bond Girls. Her emergence from the sea in a white bikini in Dr No is deemed to be one of the sexiest TV moments. She also starred as the goddess-like She in the 1965 film of the same name, based on the H. Rider Haggard book.
Utility Dress – Tailored and fitted dress from the Nineteen-Forties, reaching just below the knee.
USA, Miss – Alternative to Lady Liberty as a female representative of the Unites States, and possible counterpart to Uncle Sam.
US Air Force – Actual US Air Force outfits (or replicas) are difficult to find in Britain, but a good work-around is a Maverick/Top Gun flying suit which can be more easily found from suppliers some will even have the authentic decals.
USA Cheerleader – Okay, this is a bit of a long shot, but you always think of cheerleaders as being American