Think outside the box to create a unique fancy dress costume.
Think outside the box to create a unique fancy dress costume.

Revellers keen to find alter egos

AUSSIES are embracing their alter egos and having fun in fancy dress.

Susan Grima, owner of costume store GlamCostumes, said Australians loved to dress up, and we were not waiting around for an excuse like Halloween or Christmas to throw a fancy dress bash.

Ms Grima said unlike other countries, where fancy dress events usually only coincided with special holidays, dress-up themed parties in Australia were “consistent all year round”.

She said they had become a popular way to celebrate almost any occasion, from birthdays to work functions.

The fancy dress store owner said dress-up parties were a lot of fun and a great way to “escape reality”.

“People feel like they can behave like a different person,” Ms Grima said.

“Even the shyest person can act silly.”

But if you’ve never attended a fancy dress event, taking on a new persona may seem daunting.

The fancy dress expert said it was easy to find a costume that would make you look fantastic and was also affordable.

“A fancy dress costume can cost you significantly less than it would for a normal party outfit,” Ms Grima said.

She advised customers to “be a bit realistic” and make sure to choose a costume that was comfortable and appropriate for party activities.

Samantha Cameron, owner of costume hire business Centre of Attention, said fancy dress parties were common, especially among those aged 18-50, and many businesses and organisations were also known to regularly hold fancy dress and themed events.

Ms Cameron encouraged anyone invited to a fancy dress event to get involved.

“It’s a great way of meeting new people,” Ms Cameron said.

“I find that a fancy dress party encourages more interaction.

“It creates a common interest and makes it easier to strike up conversations.”

Ms Cameron’s tip for party-goers was to “be creative”.

She said she often encouraged shoppers to think about the party theme but then come up with a costume or character that was “outside the box”.

This way you would not end up wearing the same thing as someone else, Ms Cameron explained.

The fancy dress specialist said anyone who was unsure about dressing up for a themed party would change their mind once they started browsing costumes.

“Once they come in and have a’s pretty hard for someone’s interest not to be sparked,” Ms Cameron said.

Popular fancy dress themes

Alice in Wonderland; Super Heros and Villains; Pick a letter; Circus; Pirates; 60s or 80s; Back to School; Fairies; Halloween; Christmas in July

Source: GlamCostumes

Tips for organising a costume party

1. Set the date for your fancy dress party – Make sure you leave plenty of time for attendees to organise their costumes.

2. Choose a theme – Think about weather conditions and the theme of the party.

3. Send out invites – Make sure there is plenty of time to spare prior to the date.

4. On the invites, it is a good idea to put pictures of costumes to offer ideas and get their minds ticking.

5. Set about organising decorations to go with your theme so when guests arrive it encourages them to get into the swing of things.


If you’re on a tight budget, don’t forget to check out your local op shop. Find an entire outfit or pick up some accesories at bargain prices.

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