1930s Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

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    Please Note UK size – ONLY GUIDE – Please go by BUST by measuring around not by Bra Size.

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    MEDIUM (10-12): Bust upto 34″ Length 31″
    LARGE (14-16): Bust upto 38″ Length 33″
    XL (18-20): Bust upto 42″ Length 33″

At SoWest Fancy Dress, we receive so many requests centered around 1930s fancy dress costumes. The 1930s is an odd decade, sandwiched between the bright young things of the 1920s and the stark austerity of World War II. It was a decade which, following the 1929 Wall Street Crash in America, saw not only the Great Depression, but also a partial return to the social structure and class system, experienced before the advent of World War I. A major difference between the 1910s & 1930s was the gradual emancipation of women, which meant they were leading more active and busier life-styles. As a consequence, there was a difference in daywear, with more practical outfits being used, whilst for evening wear, the dropped waistline of the flapper decade, was replaced with the natural waistline. Dresses of the period (particularly evening wear) were often made of satin, cut on the bias, and embellished with frills and bows. In the 1930s, fancy dress costume jewellery in the form of necklaces, brooches and rings was also very popular, as were cigarette holders.

When it comes to fancy dress costumes, at SoWest Fancy Dress we have both day and evening wear for males and females in our hire range. Aside from the dresses, suits, top hat and tails, we also have a range of products to help you carry off the look, including wigs and make-up. The latter was another aspect of life which had become more mainstream during the 1930s, with manufacturers such as Elizabeth Arden and Max Factor becoming household names. In the 1930s, pencil thin eyebrows and lipsticks in pinks and shimmer colours replaced the 1920s flapper look of heavy kohl eyes and bright red lips.

Another fashion trend that became adopted by some women in the 1930s was the wearing of trousers. Nowadays of course, women wearing trousers is an acceptable fashion look, but back in the 1930s and even as late as the early 1970s, it was unacceptable in certain quarters, for females to be donning trousers. Consequently, the film star Marlene Dietrich caused a sensation when she wore a male Top Hat n Tails outfit in the film Morocco in 1930 and she found herself banned by the Chief of Police in Paris when she went out in public in a male-orientated ensemble.

Hats also evolved in the Thirties: The cloche of the 20s developed a popular twin, the toque, a similar tight fitting piece of headwear. Meanwhile, a soft hat with a dented crown, seen in a stage version of a du Maurier novel, took the name of the heroine of the piece, Trilby, (and with an added feather became especially popular with the Germans of both sexes). The 30s also saw a first appearance of the fashion pillbox hat: Garbo wore one in the film As You Desire Me and it generated almost as much enthusiasm as when Jackie Kennedy helped revive the style in the early 1960s.

1930s Films – an ideal place to get some alternative 30s fancy dress costume ideas…

If you are attending a 1930s party and not particularly wanting to emulate the fashions of the period, the Silver Screen also spawned a number of films, for which fancy dress costumes are available. These include:

  1. The Wizard of Oz
  2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  3. Tarzan
  4. Frankenstein
  5. Dracula
  6. The Mummy
  7. Cleopatra (remake)
  8. Alice in Wonderland (remake)
  9. Adventures of Robin Hood, starring the swash-buckling Errol Flynn
  10. Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  11. King Kong
  12. Bride of Frankenstein – great for a couple
  13. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – another great couples fancy costume idea
  14. Treasure Island – a chance to wear a pirate fancy costume
  15. Gone with The Wind (also a book) – Scarlett O’Hara & Rhett Butler fancy dress costumes

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  • Outfit comes complete with DREDD AND HEAD PIECE with FEATHER

    (Does not include Gloves, Cigarette Holder, Boa or Necklace)

    This Dress is Great Quality, Fringe is all around front & back, Shoulder straps with Sequins.

    Choose WHITE or GOLD

    Please Note UK size – ONLY GUIDE – Please go by BUST by measuring around not by Bra Size.

    UK SIZE
    SMALL (6-8): Bust upto 31″ Length 31″
    MEDIUM (10-12): Bust upto 34″ Length 31″
    LARGE (14-16): Bust upto 38″ Length 33″
    XL (18-20): Bust upto 42″ Length 33″

Original Yellow Zoot “Zuit” Suit Fancy Dress Costume

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The opportunity to enhance museums’ permanent collection is always a consideration when curators organized an exhibition. The special exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear inspired numerous fancy dress museums to forge a strategy to fully develop their permanent collection of twentieth- and early twenty-first-century menswear. An authentic zoot “zuit” suit fancy dress costume was always at the top of their list.

Flamboyant in style and exaggerated in proportion, the zoot “zuit” suit fancy dress costume is linked to a relatively small subculture, yet it represents a significant moment in the history of menswear. Its exact origin is unknown, but it was closely associated with urban youths, who frequented swing clubs and dance halls during the 1930s and early 1940s. Their zoot suit fancy dress costumes, defined by overtly broad shoulders with wide, pegged sleeves, narrow hips, and deeply pleated pegged trousers, allowed for ease of movement while creating an image of extreme dandyism.

For more than a decade, curators in the department of Costume and Textiles had been in search of an authentic 1930s–‘40s-era zoot suit. Our quest proved extremely difficult due partly to WWII-era restrictions imposed by the War Production Board in March 1942 to reduce the amount of fabric used in garment construction, thereby limiting the production of the voluminous zoot suit. Later, many examples may also have been remade into other garments, as zoot suits required much more fabric to create than a typical suit. And zoot suits simply may not have survived use, whether from day-to-day wear, nighttime dances of the fashionable jitterbug or Lindy Hop, or the so-called “Zoot Suit Riots” that erupted between American servicemen and zoot-suiters across America and beyond.

The big break in acquiring an original zoot suit fancy dress costume came in 2011 when a man’s wool suit from New Jersey appeared in an East Coast auction catalogue, listed with an estimated value of six to nine hundred dollars. Knowing that it was an extremely rare zoot suit, museums submitted their applications to bid by phone. When the auction began on November 2, the opening bid of five-hundred dollars skyrocketed in less than a minute to bids of five figures. The representative on the other end of the phone line could barely keep up with the pace of bidding. Finally, she said, “Yes, it’s yours!” A hard-fought winning bid for the zoot suit set a new auction record for twentieth-century menswear.

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50s, 60, 70s & 80s Fancy Dress Party Costumes UK

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How about having a fancy dress party to dance  off the extra weight you have accumilated over the past months? Assuming you are one of those people who have had to work, a party can be a good time to look back over the past months and assess what we would like to achieve in the coming ones.  This is why New Month resolutions are often made. Many of these tend to be health related, such as getting fit, losing weight, stopping smoking, etc..

At SoWest Fancy Dress we are naturally in the business of promoting people having a good time, so how does that equate with developing a healthy regime, particularly if you are in a party atmosphere, where quantities of food and drink are likely to be consumed? Well, for starters we would advocate plenty of music, plenty of dancing (apparently 1000 kcals can be burned by 2 hours of techno dancing) and plenty of costumes! We always give you costume themes and ideas weekly, so we thought, what else would get everyone going and keep the ‘good’ feeling? Sixties, Seventies, Eighties and now Nineties parties, will certainly help you to shed those pounds (assuming you do get on the dance floor and party the night away). So, if one of your New Month Resolutions is to get fit, why not do it by having some fun at the same time?

SoWest Fancy Dress has a huge range of decade costumes suitable for all decades. Our website groups the 50s, 60, 70s & 80s all together to make it easier for you to have a browse.

1960s Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

On this leg of our insight into fashion for the lower body, we start at the Sixties, where following on the ‘anti-establishment’ Teddy Boy/Girl fashions and the young having more money of their own to spend, street-wear could only get more controversial. The iconic Sixties look was, of course, the mini-skirt, widely agreed to have been ‘invented’ (or at least heavily popularised) by Mary Quant. Whilst employers came to terms with the new look with ‘modesty boards’ on desks, the girls had to decide what to do with their legs. For many, boots were the way forward, with the Jane Fonda film ‘Barbarella’ helping popularise the vinyl variety in the late 1960s. With girls having made all the effort to show their legs, there was a reluctance to cover them up with tights (also a novelty), so many either went bare legged or, with the help of a creative friend, wore body-paint style leg make-up to draw even more attention to their lower limbs.

In the 1960s, tights were still in comparative infancy, having only recently taken over from stockings, but with technology having come on since then, you can now create the same eye-catching effects with less effort next time you are celebrating the Sixties. The era has been recently highlighted in the ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’ Jean Shrimpton/David Bailey drama, featuring Dr Who girl Karen Gillan.

SoWest Fancy Dress stocks a huge range of 60s costumes from Hippies to Retro outfits. We have also looked at some popular pop stars, films & television to give you loads of 60s costume ideas

Popular 60s Television

  • Addams Family
  • The Avengers
  • Batman
  • Benny Hill Show
  • Blue Angels – angel wings & blue body paint will make an interesting 60s costume!
  • Bugs Bunny
  • The Green Hornet
  • Hawaii Five O
  • I Dream Of Jeanie
  • The Jetsons
  • Lost In Space
  • Tarzan
  • Star Trek
  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You
  • Roaring Twenties
  • The Saint
  • The Fintstones

And here are some great 60s Films that we think you could use as inspiration to dress up…

  • Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid – wear Western Costumes
  • Lawrence Of Arabia
  • Mary Poppins
  • Psycho
  • The Sound Of Music
  • West side Stroy
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 101 Dalmations
  • Batman
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s,  Audrey Hepburn style costume
  • Camelot
  • Cleopatra
  • Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
  • Pincher
  • The Pink Panther
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • James Bond – loads were filmed, and released in the 60’s, take a look at all of our James Bond costume Ideas.

And famous people of the 60s era…

  • Elvis Presley
  • The Beatles
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Jacksons
  • JFK
  • Audrey Heburn
  • Jackie Onassis
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Bob Marley
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Janis Joplin
  • Diana Ross
  • Yul Brynner
  • Richard Burton
  • Marlon Brando
  • John Wayne

Meet the Ladies’ French Maid Fancy Dress

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    Dress with attached frilly net underskirt & Headband

    (Duster & Neckband not included)

    UK Size Bust Length
    Small 6-8 Upto 32” 31”
    Medium 8-10 Upto 34″ 32”
    Large 10-12 Upto 36″ 34”
    XL 12-14 Upto 38” 34”
    2XL 14-16 Upto 40” 34”
    3XL 16-18 Upto 42” 35”
    4XL 18-20 Upto 44” 35”
    5XL 20-22 Upto 46” 35”

When we all think about fancy dress costumes, the usual suspects crop up including the famous french maid fancy dress outfit. The traditional black and white uniform can be simple and conservative, short and sexy or even dirty and slutty. We sell french maid fancy dress costumes in a selection of sizes, that is, from SMALL (S) to 5XL.

A common feature of most french maid fancy dress costumes is a white lace, which is used for both detailing and dress trim. It’s also very common to see a dress matched with a white feather duster, which is a great accessory that completes the look perfectly. It’s not always a great idea to carry the feather on a night out as it’s pretty much likely that you’ll lose it, but for house party or private event it’s ideal.

Our Number 1 French Maid Fancy Dress Costume

We’ve been selling french maid fancy dress for years so we have a fairly good idea of what’s popular and what isn’t. The plain and simple look as well as the sexy outfit is easily our best seller. It is cheap(£13.99) and looks fantastic. It is quite short, so wearing a pair of black hot pants, leggings or even a puffy petticoat to give the skirt some volume is highly recommended. Obviously in the colder months of December and January it’s best to wear something that will keep you warm so make sure you have something to cover your legs and ensure that you can make it to the end of the night without getting frostbite.

  • 2 Piece Outfit

    Dress with attached frilly net underskirt & Headband

    (Duster & Neckband not included)

    UK Size Bust Length
    Small 6-8 Upto 32” 31”
    Medium 8-10 Upto 34″ 32”
    Large 10-12 Upto 36″ 34”
    XL 12-14 Upto 38” 34”
    2XL 14-16 Upto 40” 34”
    3XL 16-18 Upto 42” 35”
    4XL 18-20 Upto 44” 35”
    5XL 20-22 Upto 46” 35”

Throwing on a pair of high heels and a pair of fishnet stockings is also a great way to complete the look. Hen parties and holidays abroad are ideal opportunities to get the girls together and go out dressed up in french maid fancy dress, so get on your phone or Facebook and get a night to remember organised!

Our Favourite French Maid Fancy Dress Outfit

The two piece style costume can be worn by anyone. Throw in a white duster and you have a really cool french maid fancy dress costume that’s bound to have guys eyeing you up. You might even want to consider treating your man to a night in the bedroom with some fantasy play.

If you’ve seen a french maid fancy dress costume that we don’t have available on our website and you think that it should be added to our collection why not leave us a message in the comments section below and we’ll look into it. We always listen to our customers and all suggestions are taken into consideration.

  • 2 Piece Outfit

    Dress with attached frilly net underskirt & Headband

    (Duster & Neckband not included)

    UK Size Bust Length
    Small 6-8 Upto 32” 31”
    Medium 8-10 Upto 34″ 32”
    Large 10-12 Upto 36″ 34”
    XL 12-14 Upto 38” 34”
    2XL 14-16 Upto 40” 34”
    3XL 16-18 Upto 42” 35”
    4XL 18-20 Upto 44” 35”
    5XL 20-22 Upto 46” 35”

Amazing Hippy Costume Fancy Dress Ideas For You

Today is all about Hippy fancy dress costumes as we are now a week from the mid-summer solstice (it’s on the 20th), and because many associate this event with hippies (much to the annoyance of the Druids who used to have Stonehenge and the like to themselves) we thought this was a good excuse to spend a day or two back in the Sixties – getting back to the roots of the Flower People, so to speak.

The term Hippy  fancy dress arguably derives from the term ‘hip’, interchangeable with ‘cool’ and ‘way-out’ in the vernacular, and the look is typified by an overtly casual look –T-shirt and jeans at the most basic level, but more commonly associated with bell-bottom trousers (or full length flower fabric skirts) and tie-dye tops. Hair was worn long and straight and outfits were accessorised with flowers, love beads and small Indian bells (because of their association with meditation, which was very in vogue in the Sixties, especially when the Beatles took it up).

Button badges with appropriate slogans may also be used on clothing and the more creative types might wish to use face and body art to reinforce the ‘non-conformist’ look, face painting being a rare and exotic thing back in the Sixties.

The hippy look continued in to the 1970s, so can still be used for a 70s themed fancy dress party.

Sowest  Fancy Dress stocks some great Hippy costumes for men & women, but if you do not want an entire costume we also stock a fabulous range of hippy accessories, including:

  • Wacky weed
  • Giant spliffs
  • Peace Medallions
  • Hippy wigs
  • Round Glasses
  • Flares
  • Flower Power Glasses
  • Hippy Kits

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Fancy Dress for an Exceptional Hen Party

For any bride-to-be (and the members of her bridal party), in the run-up to the big day there isn’t anything more needed than the celebration of your final night out as a single lady. Getting together with great friends and having a ball is a great way to relieve the stresses and strains of wedding planning. We all know the common signs of a hen do en-route to a night of partying: laughter and screams, the ‘L’ plate, glitter and confetti, very high heels, headgear and of course amazing fancy dress outfits.

Hen do outfits are an absolute must! Have a brilliant night made all the better by our individual fancy dress choices.

There are plenty of ways to make your night unique with fabulous, fun outfits. Here are my top hen do fancy dress ideas to inspire any bride-to-be or hen party planner. Whether you go all out as characters, or just have matching t-shirts, it’ll be easier to spot your group throughout the hen do shenanigans!

Hen Do Fancy Dress Ideas

Who doesn’t love to play dress up?

Feel Super!

Girl power is the key to a successful hen do, so why not ask everyone to choose their favourite superhero to dress up as? You’ll be a pretty powerful group of ladies and the bride-to-be will be safe as houses with Spider Woman, Catwoman and Wonder Woman by her side.

Step Back in Time

Setting a theme by era or fashion statement is great fun, as everyone will be dressed differently with a similar theme running through the group. 1920’s flappers, 40’s vintage chic, psychedelic patterns and headdresses from the 1970s … they’re all easy to fit within in fun and sexy style that’s perfect for a night on the town.

Embarrass the Bride

Yes, we want her to feel beautiful on her hen do, but playful antics and dress-up jokes aren’t just for the stags! There’s no harm in kicking off the night with a little fun – just make sure you have her dream outfit or fancy dress ready for when she gets bored of being the centre of attention for the wrong reasons.

Matching Hen Night Outfits

It’s fun to all dress to a similar theme, whether that’s characters from a film or in outfits from the same era. Plenty of hen parties go for the classic nickname t-shirts or bunnies – but you can do better than that! Go retro in colourful Crayon outfits, or take my wonderful maid of honour’s lead and do Disney – hen do style!

The Best Hen Party Ideas to Do While in London

So, you’re getting married and looking to spend your final days of freedom perhaps drunk, dressed as tackily as possible, and touching and leering at men – or indeed women – without their consent. It’s your (or your best mate’s) hen night, after all, and absolutely nothing will be allowed to take the spotlight away from your navel-gazing narcissism.

Well, whether you want something naughty and salacious or a couple of classy hen do ideas, here are 5 themes or places you can explore and possibly play Hen Party games in London …

Back to the Eighties

The 80s was a special time for many of us. Whether you decide to dress up in neon clothing, sweatbands and Hi-Tec trainers or lace, lipstick and leather jackets, there are lots of fancy dress ideas for this most tumultuous of eras. There are also several clubs and bars with 80s or decade theme, like Reflex, Maggie’s Club and The Loop Bar, all around the Soho/Barbican area. Should you wish to go for a different decade, then Disrepute cocktail bar in Soho is a great 60s-themed place (and was Audrey Hepburn’s bar of choice!).

Have a Luau

Finding good hen do locations can be a difficult task. Many venues can be overly expensive and have all sorts of rules, conditions and hidden fees attached to them. For this reason, Ridley Road Market Bar near Dalston Kingsland Station gets a special mention.

Ridley Road Market Bar is not too expensive, a great jazzy vibe and tiki bar style decor means you can go full-on Pacific Islander during the summer months. Just be wary of the long queues if heading to this place in the wee hours of the morning!

Go Greek

You don’t have to be John Belushi to have a toga party, but it certainly helps. Nothing screams “hedonism” and “debauchery” quite like dressing up like a Greek Goddess and hitting London town with all you’ve got.

As for parties and locations, some places occasionally host toga parties, but they are usually held at sporadic times of the year. Perhaps the most consistent and well-regarded Greek-themed night on at the moment is Hellenic Nights at Morton’s Club (W1J 6EN). They host parties that include a mix of Greek and English music, and it’s a place where lots of Greek people go for a good night out.

Be Bavarian Maids

If the bride to be is a fan of beer an unusual theme’s, why not celebrate Octoberfest early and go to a Bavarian style Beerhouse! Bavarian Beerhouse near Old Street offers delicious traditional German food as well as a jolly atmosphere! You’ll be able to dress up and have a full stomach too!

Victorian Girl Gang

If you want to do something both classy and morally dubious, you can’t beat the Victorians for inspiration. Mr. Fogg’s Residence is a cocktail bar in Mayfair with an olde-world charm, styled after the period when Phileas Fogg set off on his adventures around the world. There are also 80 different drinks to choose from.

The venue also appreciates it when its patrons make the effort and dress up. Oh, and you have to ring a bell to get in. Once you’re in, expect to see interesting objects everywhere – a bit like a curiosity shop or attic-filled-with-old-wondrous stuff.

Women’s Fancy Dress Costumes From the 80s

Women looking to indulge in 80s fancy dress costumes will have numerous options to choose from. Ladies fancy dress gives women the chance to be original, imaginative, scary, fun and even sexy, so here are just a few 80s ladies fancy dress ideas that all women need to try.

•    Princess Leia. Princess Leia, the ever-popular Star Wars character, would be ideal for women who want to make any men at the party hot under the collar.
•    Madonna. A Madonna costume is the perfect choice for ladies to get creative, as because she’s had so many looks the possibilities are endless.
•    Cyndi Lauper. Another icon of 80’s music, Cyndi would be another great star to emulate.
•    Fame. This film has recently enjoyed a revival, and with legwarmers, leggings and other 80’s fashion filling clothes stores this look shouldn’t be too hard to achieve.
•    Cocktail dresses. Perhaps slightly tame for a fancy dress party, but cocktail dresses came into their own in the 80’s are perfect for people who aren’t so fond of far-out costumes.
•    Power dressing. Another idea that’s particularly easy to achieve with tailored suits flooding the high street. Think big shoulder pads and even bigger hair to perfectly hit the mark.

These are just a few 80’s fancy dress costumes that would be well worth considering. Ladies fancy dress ideas can come from just about any 80’s film, fashion or trend of the era, and for a place to find even more ideas going to SoWest Fancy Dress would definitely be recommended.

Stag and Hen Party Fancy Dress

On the off chance that you are planning to get married, then most likely you will anticipate having a stag night or a hen party. In the course of the most recent couple of years the topics and thoughts for stag and hen evenings have changed significantly.

A standout amongst the most prevalent thoughts for a stag or hen party is to dress up in coordinating extravagant dress ensembles. Fancy dress outfits permit the individual who is wearing them to imagine they are another person and lose their restraints. Regularly when on a stag or hen party, the proprietors of open houses and night clubs give away free beverages and incentives for coming into their bars or clubs, so it pays to be perceived that you’re in a Hen or Stag gathering!

If you are thinking about wearing extravagant dress ensembles for your hen or stag party then you may need to choose a theme.

In the event that you are anticipating voyaging abroad for your stag or hen party, then you have to consider the atmosphere of the nation you are going to, as you would prefer not to wear a favor dress ensemble that will make you excessively hot or one that will abandon you solidifying and with hypothermia.

Guarantee that all your Fancy dress outfits coordinate, remember the extras and above all, always carry your camera.

If you are searching for couples Fancy dress outfits or costumes, then here at favor dress shop SoWest Favor Dress we have an extensive variety of ensembles and thoughts for you to look over. Our favor dress administration is of the most astounding quality.