Fancy Dresses

In British English, fancy dresses are what you wear in a fancy dress party. A fancy dress party, also known as costume party in American English, is a popular party in the modern Western culture. People dresses up in fancy dresses usually around Halloween time or other festivals such as Mardi Gras or a themed party. Wearing of fancy dresses go way back in the period when masquerade ball parties are held in courts.

Fancy Dress Parties Overview

Parties requiring fancy dresses are the perfect opportunity to relive your fantasy as a child. You can wear a princess dress from the Victorian era or the medieval times. It creates a venue for dressing up in lavish costumes and ornate accessories. The possibilities of what fancy dresses to wear are endless. This holds particularly true when there are no restrictions when it comes to dress codes, and you are given the freedom to be as creative as you can be.

Some fancy dress parties, however, have a dress code indicated. If this is the case, make sure to follow it out of respect to the host of the party and other guests. A formal fancy dress requires formal fancy dresses. The dress you wear should meet the black tie standard.

Purchasing Vs. Renting Fancy Dresses

The question is—should you rent or purchase fancy dresses? If you can afford them to buy them, do so. If your lifestyle involves frequent attendance to lavish costume parties and events, and you can afford to buy a new costume each time, then good for you. Wearing something new in every photo opportunity is a great way to create memories. Can you imagine an album full of pictures of you dressed differently each time you attend a fancy dress party? You certainly will always have a fun time looking back and going through the memory lane. Another advantage of buying your own fancy dresses is the fact that you can make a collection out of them. Purchasing your own fancy dress is also beneficial since you can do alterations to make the dress fit you better. You cannot do this on a rented fancy dress

Now, if you cannot afford to buy fancy dresses, and you attend these types of parties frequently, renting is the smart thing to do. Instead of being stuck with one dress and wearing them all the time and looking the same in every picture, with renting, you can wear new pieces on pictures every time.

Accessories to Wear with Fancy Dresses

Accessories are important in complementing fancy dresses. If the theme of the party is an outdoor English garden party, you can carry a parasol or a fan to complement your period dress. You can also wear a hat or a bonnet to go along with it. Period costumes work best with accessories for a more cohesive outfit. Some of the other accessories you can use are gloves and antique jewelries.

Consider Comfort When Choosing Fancy Dresses

Do not sacrifice comfort for fashion. Fancy dresses do not have to be uncomfortable. Consider your comfort when selecting fancy dresses. After all, a fancy party is an event, where you get to socialize. Socialization may require being on your feet, dancing or talking to people.

The perfect dress is not just pretty to look at on you, but it is also comfortable. Do not buy a tight fitting corset just so you can have a smaller waist. You will not be able to enjoy the party if you can barely breathe, let alone eat. Make sure you look for fancy dresses that are not too tight and will not cause any discomfort.

Children’s Fancy Dresses

There is a variety of children’s fancy dresses for you to choose from. Children wear them on various events. There are school plays, Halloween trick or treating, pageants and fashion shows. Toddlers and children love dressing up as princesses, like the Disney princesses—Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine and Aurora. They can also dress up as fairies or ballerinas or a hybrid of the two—fairy ballerina. Some other popular fancy dresses are ladybugs, butterflies and bumblebees. Like any other dress, do not go for looks alone; make sure your child will not be at any discomfort.

Fancy Dresses for Holidays

Holidays are another event where kids and grownups alike dress up in fancy dresses. When you mention costume party, the first holiday that will come to your mind is Halloween. Halloween is not just for kids. Grownups enjoy this holiday too. The type of fancy dresses or costume party dresses you wear are limitless as Halloween is when you get to wear whatever costume you want. An exception of course is a themed party.

During Christmas gatherings or New Year’s Eve’s party, they dress up in holiday motifs. Sometimes they will wear a Santa hat or white fur.

Another holiday event for dress up is Easter. Kids and women wear their fanciest dresses and their fanciest hats. Some even wear headbands with bunny ears. Valentine’s Day is another holiday when you can wear fancy dresses. Usually the prevalent color is red and women dresses up as a seductress or cupid. Outfits for this party are often sexy and revealing.

Affordable Fancy Dresses Ideas

Some people cannot afford to buy fancy dresses every time. If you are one of these people, do not fret, since all you need is a bit of quick thinking and improvisation.

If you are planning on dressing up as a princess for this event, you can purchase a relatively inexpensive princess costume. Now, for the next year, you do not have to buy another costume. You can just alter the dress by cutting it and making it shorter. With the altered costume, you can just create wings and you can be a pixie or a fairy. You can also keep the princess costume and tatter it, and you can be a corpse princess. See? All it takes is a bit of imagination and creativity.

Wearing fancy dresses is a great way to have fun and celebrate life. Fancy parties are certainly a party you can look forward to, as it gives you the opportunity to break away from your routines and simply just have fun.


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