6 easy-yet-fun fancy dress ideas

6 easy-yet-fun fancy dress ideas

It’s time to dig out those leg-warmers, wigs, and face paint as Caketober’s office fancy dress has arrived! Sign up for this year’s battle of the businesses as we want to see whose fancy dress imagination is the most creative and downright hilarious. We’re not taking any excuses either, because we want to raise as much money for Forever Manchester as we can! So things like you “haven’t got enough time” or you “don’t know what to wear” just won’t slide. We’re even giving you a list of quick and easy costume ideas you can use.


Cow Girls and Boys

The essentials:

  • Jeans
  • Boots
  • Checked shirt
  • Cowboy hat

Now we’re not saying you need to jump around the office lasso-ing your boss (unless you want to), but the cowboy/girl outfit is one of the easiest costumes you could adopt. If you want to go further then by all means get yourself a waistcoat, a belt, and a plastic gun. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, then partner up and come as the double-act Jessie and Woody from Toy Story (we suggest not asking someone to dress as the horse Bullseye though…). Go on: channel your inner Clint Eastwood.



The essentials:

For the Rick Astleys:

  • Shell suit (pop down to the local thrift shop to find a bargain shell jacket)
  • “Made in the 80s” t-shirt (you can hand-make this)

For the Bonnie Tylers:

  • Leg-warmers
  • Anything neon
  • Colourful gymwear

Not much goes into creating an 80s look, because whether we like to admit it or not, we all have something 80s-related hidden in the back of the wardrobe. An inflatable boombox always gives your outfit that eye-of-the-tiger edge, and you can get one online for under £5.

If you’re stuck for ideas, take some inspiration from the Wham! guys. Think gymwear had an argument with a box of crayons and you’re onto an 80s winner.


Bank robber

The essentials:

  • Black trousers or shorts
  • Striped black-and-white t-shirt
  • Canvas bag with £ on (can be hand-made)
  • Black eye mask and hat optional
  • Black-and-white face paint for mime option

Two costumes for the price of one! If you’re feeling daring and a bit mischievous, take the role of a bankrobber, although don’t get too much into character – you do still have a job to do. Using the same attire, with a bit of white face paint and black outlined features, you’ve got yourself a mime outfit. Take the role on very seriously and you won’t have to speak up in meetings or answer the phone. Be careful, though: your colleagues may want a mime performance!

The 118 Guys


The essentials:

  • Red shorts
  • 118-118 vest (can be hand-made)
  • Long white socks with red stripes
  • Afro
  • Handlebar moustache

This classic, jovial costume all in all would set you back under a tenner online, or you can try your hand at making it yourself. Remember: this would work best as a double-act costume, so choose your partner in crime carefully as you’ll be stuck with them all day. You’ve got to have bundles of fun for this one; no lounging around the office, the 118 guys are always on the move because – after all – who are you gonna call?

Where’s Wally?

wheres wally

The essentials:

  • Red-and-white striped top
  • Blue trousers (blue denim jeans are totally acceptable)
  • Red-and-white striped hat
  • Glasses

The all-time classic of Where’s Wally. One of the easiest costumes you could come across, plus it lets you have a little fun in the office. Play the game of Where’s Wally throughout the day to liven up your working hours, but don’t make your hiding places too hard, as no work will get done (or is that the idea?).


Vicky Pollard

The essentials:

For the mandem:

  • Any form of tracksuit (a Fred Perry or Burberry print would work a treat)
  • A cap
  • Gold chains/rings/one giant diamante earring

For the galdem:

  • Any form of tracksuit
  • Over-sized hoop earrings
  • Lots and lots of gel to slick your hair

If you manage to pull this look off, it can be one of the funniest costumes going. Your style icons are Vicky Pollard and Blazin’ Squad. Ladies: don’t forget your “yeah but no but yeah but no but”. And lads: try to tone down the use of the middle finger, because you are still in the office after all. Remember to constantly have a frown on your face, or, as they say, have a “screw face”. In fact, it would be good to learn some sayings to really play the part…

‘Chav’ sayings 101:

  • Peng (“fit”)
  • Jam your hype (“chill out”)
  • Wargwarn (“what’s going on?”)
  • Sweet (“okay”, “fine”)

Word of warning: we wouldn’t suggest calling anyone in work ‘peng’ – could get a little awkward…

So there you have it, no excuses not to dress up and have fun this Caketober. Make sure you show us your best fancy dress costumes from your office. You can tweet us either @4EVERManchester or @theEword.

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