The words “fancy dress” evoke many different responses in people. Some are filled with delight at the idea of putting on a costume and becoming one of their favourite characters for a few hours, while others prefer throwing on a pair of animal ears and calling it a day.
Whether you’re a fancy dress connoisseur or feel wary about straying from anything different than jeans, a t-shirt and a funny hat, we’ve looked at the best costumes you can create when you dress up and bake for Caketober!
We have been spoilt for choice for Blockbuster films and the amazing costumes that come with them over the past year.
For the ones looking to put in little effort but achieve maximum effect, think under the sea with a Finding Dory theme! Costumes can be as easy as wearing orange or blue and painting your face, and there is a great opportunity to decorate your place of work like colourful depths of the ocean.
For those looking for something a bit more extravagant, we’ve seen an abundance of superhero movies this summer, so why not channel your inner light, or darkness, and come as your favourite hero or villain? From the iconic Superman “pants over trousers” look, to Black Widow’s sleek spy gear, there is plenty of choice for everyone to get involved.
With films like Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all becoming big hits this year, costumes from movies are a great fancy dress choice.
Movies aren’t the only place to find great costumes. Book lovers also have their time to shine, with a whole host of iconic costumes that will spark the imagination of even the most ardent fancy-dress hater.
You can choose you favourite Hogwarts house and grab your cloak for a magical Harry Potter theme, or go for a crazy Dr Seuss costume like The Cat in the Hat or Horton the Elephant.
There is a selection of characters to choose from when it comes to the works of Roald Dahl, from the ugly and messy outfits of The Twits, to the suave outfit of Fantastic Mr Fox, or even the whole cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
If you’re looking for something a bit more grown up, go for the punky style of Lisbeth Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, or glam it up as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan from Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby.
Animal costumes can be as simple or as complex as your love for fancy dress is. From the aforementioned cat ears, black clothes and cute whiskers, to the far more complex, you can have so much fun with animal-themed fancy dress!
With an animal theme, many people can simply wear their favourite animal onesie (that comes with the added bonus of being super comfortable all day). Failing that, the colours of your chosen animal and some decorative ears can look very effective with minimal effort.
The more daring are also spoilt for choice. Anyone who chooses to go as a bat, bird or butterfly will have the chance to make beautiful wings to attach to their costumes. Tigers, pandas, owls and other types of animals will afford you the chance to show off your artistic skills with extravagant face paint. Those who like to think outside the box can go for pieces of material hanging down from a transparent umbrella for a beautiful jellyfish, or sew eight legs onto their clothes for a simple but effective octopus or spider costume.
Many people like to emulate their favourite artists when it comes to fancy dress, and there are some iconic costumes from music history that always turn heads.
You can channel your inner 80s diva with a black tutu, fingerless gloves, lots of beads and some crazy hair accessories for an easy Madonna, or wear lots of black and silver and get your face paints out to emulate the glam rock band, Kiss. Freddie Mercury has a whole host of looks to choose from, as well as everyone’s favourite, Elvis Presley.
If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, both Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have an array of weird and wonderful costumes that you can take your pick from, or wear your best grey turtle neck or red bubble coat (and practice your best dance moves) and go as Drake in the Hotline Bling video.
Fancy dress is also the time to channel your inner child and dress up as the characters from the shows you used to love watching when you were little.
From your favourite Disney Princess to the brilliant Danger Mouse, or any member of the Scooby Doo gang, there really are a whole host of cartoon costumes out there. The easiest ones range from Where’s Wally (glasses, hat, stripy top) to Woody from Toy Story (yellow check shirt, cowboy hat). You also have the simple but effective costumes of The Simpsons characters, and any of the Winnie the Pooh creatures.
If you want something a little more complex, Ariel from the Little Mermaid is always a winner (as are most of the Disney Princesses), and the characters from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland look really effective.
What will you go for?
We hope we’ve given you some great ideas for your Caketober fancy dress. If you think we’re missing out on a great idea, let us know by tweeting @Caketober.
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