What is World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration of literature, whereby schools, parents, and just about everyone around the UK take part in a variety of activities to celebrate their love of books.World Book Day is the world’s biggest campaign to provide every child and young person in the country with a book of their own,£1 Tokens are given to children to choose a book from any major bookstore in exchange for any of the official World Book Day £1 Books.In the UK World Book Week usually falls on the first Thursday in march, With brand new books from a whole host of celebrity authors and also the return of some childhood favourites giving a younger generation of children the chance to enjoy the same characters and stories we ourselves grew up with. Children will automatically get involved in all the fun at school. Children and teachers are all encouraged to dress as their favourite book character, with fun and games designed to to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Costumes can be as simple, silly or spectacular as you like, with prizes often handed out for the best outfit.

20s and gangster ideas

The 20s was a decade of economic prosperity, fashion was defined by the flapper look for British and American woman and the pinstriped suit for men.The decade is also known as Roaring Twenties and remembered for prohibition in the States With the ban on alcoholic drinks and gambling, resulting in a rapid growth in organised crime and the rise of  illicit speakeasies which became lively venues of the “Jazz Age”, Jazz began to get a reputation as being immoral and many members of the older generation saw it as threatening to old values. New novelty dances where seen on broadway and in the dance halls The Breakaway and The Charleston to name a couple.Flappers where young women who wore short skirts had bobbed hair, smoked cigarettes, listened to jazz and where brash.Gangster with colourful names like Bugs Moran , Lucky Luciano of course Al Capone who ran liquor and gambling.

So you Gangster’s get your pinstriped suit, fedora hat, tommy gun, braces, cigar and relax with a bootleg whiskey while the Flappers and moles are getting their flapper dresses, pearl necklace, satin gloves,cigarette holder and feather headbands the 20s is a perfect decade for a sophisticated party theme where everyone is dressed to impress 

70s Ideas

We love the 70s , Another great decade made for fancy dress. From Hippies to Nixon, From star wars to Happy Days , Also ABBA mania and Disco fever swept the planet, Glam rock, Heavy Metal, Punk , Funk early Hip Hop and pop also emerged in the 70s.

The 70s were all about big hair, platform shoes, flares, flower power, enormous belt buckles, bell bottoms, sideburns , jumpsuits and the end of  Mods and Rockers. The fashion was wacky, but really good fun. Movies from the decade include Halloween and the introduction of Michael Myers, Clockwork Orange, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, Saturday night fever And of course Star Wars.Pop star – Music icon ideas include Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles , Queen, Elton John, Bowie, Bob Marley and ABBA.Cartoons from the 70s are just as colourful and perfect for fancy dress ranging from Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Bugs bunny, Hong Kong phooey, Scoopy Doo to name just few.

 

Book Day Ideas

Alice Costume

Become Alice and start your adventure great new arrival

The Queen Of Hearts

A playing card from the suit of hearts. The queen of hearts is a foul-tempered monarch who is quick to give out death sentences at the slightest offence. Made famous in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland who Carroll himself describes as “a blind fury” You’d be scared to even say hello to her or you could be hearing her most famous line which  is the often repeated ”Off with his head ” ”Off with her head” or ”Off with Their heads” Two Great costume with great prices, perfect for wonderland so grab one of these fancy dress costumes before you fall down the rabbit hole or start staring through the looking glass or just enjoying a sandwich at the mad hatters tea party

80s Costume Ideas

From shoulder pads to perms , mullets to tutu’s. The 80s was a decade of bold styles and colours, with trends spanning from ripped tights and leather to oversized blazers, huge influence of fashion from the 1980s was from movies, TV shows, and celebrities. There were numerous individuals who were trend setters and style icons.

So for your fancy dress party try these styles

Bright Neon Colours from the Rave scene

Shell Suit, the 80s Tracksuit

tutu’s, bangles, beads, leg warmers, neon beads, big hair

Lets get physical decade of tv exercise

the scousers , pop royalty. aka the prince and queen of pop

  • The diverse Fashion of the decade, makes for a great fancy dress theme

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