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Why Pirate Fancy Dress is Always a Winner

Posted by fddblog on June 3, 2013 at 11:28 am. Filed under: Fancy Dress Ideas

It could have caused a few red faces, but when one West Country WI who dressed up in female pirate fancy dress costumes, they proved that these get-ups are always winners, even in potentially embarrassing situations.

The North Devon group sported eye patches, moustaches, striped T-shirts, bandanas and pirate hats because they thought speaker Colin Darch was going to talking to them about piracy. What they hadn’t realised was that he had himself been held hostage by armed Somali pirates for nearly 50 days five years ago.

But while their cheap pirate fancy dress costumes could have been considered slightly tactless by some given the circumstances, in fact Mr Darch, a retired ship’s captain now in his 70s, took the dressing up in good part – even saying that the WI members were more embarrassed than he was himself, and wasn’t offended at all.

Instead, he applauded the fact that the women, who have dressed up in the past to match speakers’ themes, had made an effort.

The greatest challenge of Mr Darch’s career took place in 2008, as he and his five-strong crew were delivering a tug boat to Singapore when pirates boarded the vessel off Somalia’s northern coast. Having originally demanded ransom of £1.6m, the pirates eventually settled for around £437,000.

Mr Darch has since written a book about the experience, and one WI member said: “Although it was a horrific thing to go through, he made it very humorous and we had a great evening. In the end, our costumes just added to the whole thing!”

Pirate garbs are, of course, a fancy dress staple, and they’re simple and inexpensive to out together. This year, Talk Like A Pirate Day is on September 19 – the
perfect excuse to perfect your “Yarrrs” and shiver your timbers, at work, at home and on the phone. It’s also, of course, the perfect excuse to dress up as a
buccaneer of the high seas!

Pirate Costumes and More from Fancy Dress Delivered

At Fancy Dress Delivered, we supply great value costumes across the UK, whatever you want to dress up as. With our help, you could be a convincing pirate but also a villain or a super hero – be anything from a rocking Robin or a stunning Batgirl! Cops and convicts, clowns, doctors and nurses, cowboys and Indians and cavemen are just some of our other ideas. We also supply a number of great season ranges covering your year from New Year’s to Halloween, and stacks of delightful children’s outfits in an endless selection of themes. Not to mention all the accessories, wigs, hats and masks you’re ever likely to need!

And we offer a variety of ways for you to get your order, including free UK delivery with no minimum order required. Got a party and time of the essence?

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Learn more from our website – and we’ll be glad to answer any queries you may have on any of our products.


Stuck for a Fancy Dress Theme? Go Underground!

Posted by fddblog on May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm. Filed under: Fancy Dress Ideas

If you’ve decided to organise a fancy dress party, whether to celebrate a birthday or anything else, the trick is to come up with a theme that strikes the right balance between being too broad and too specific.

Of course, some occasions are easy – you just ask for people to wear Halloween or Christmas fancy dress outfits.

But one idea for a fancy dress theme you may not have considered is an intriguing and original one – the London Underground. And it opens up more possibilities than you may have realised.

Go as a footballer, for example, and you could have come from Wembley; a tennis player, and you’re Wimbledon. Women can dress up as convicts and say they’ve “escaped” from Holloway. Sherlock Holmes lookalikes have, of course, travelled from Baker Street. There’s ample room for inventiveness – your guests could come as Angel, complete with wings and halo or in some kind of canine costume and be Barking!

And anyone who wants to rock up pitching a beehive wig has the perfect get-up for High Barnet.

Alternatively, you could dress up as the 1970s music stars Abba and you’ve got Waterloo covered.

Some stations such as Holland and Regent Parks, Charing Cross and Oxford Circus, present the interesting challenge of combining two names in one costume. For example, you could have a clown’s costume and a mortar board to represent Oxford Circus.

And, if you’re the host, you could add to the fun of the occasion by having a competition for guests to guess which stations everyone has come as. Just make sure you know yourself before announcing the winners! Give a small prize to the winner, and you could also reward the most inventive fancy dress costume.

Finally, in case anyone turns up without realising the theme or not in fancy dress, it’s worth having a few straightforward accessories to hand so they can join in the fun. That could be as simple as Monopoly money (Bank) or a chef’s hat and apron for Baker Street, for example.

With so many possibilities, you and your guests are in for a cracking evening of fancy dress fun.

Costumes from Fancy Dress Delivered

Whether you’ve been invited to a fancy dress party or are hosting one yourself, make Fancy Dress Delivered your first port of call. We can meet all your needs, whether you’re after superheroes and villains fancy dress or anything else.

In no rush? Take advantage of our free delivery option and save you cash. Left it to the last minute? No problem, and it’s happened to the best of us! Thank goodness for our next day fancy dress delivery service. For a small extra charge, we can supply you with an outfit from across our entire product range, whatever you want to dress up as. And you pay delivery just once, not per item.

We have a number of other shipping options as well, from express delivery to Saturday delivery.

There’s more on our website – browse our fancy costumes for adults, kids, and all the accessories, online.


Running in Fancy Dress Top Tips

Posted by fddblog on April 11, 2013 at 10:13 am. Filed under: Fancy Dress Ideas

If you’re planning on entering this year’s London Marathon, or any other big race, and want to raise funds for a favourite good cause, a fancy dress costume is a great way of attracting attention, and adding to your final total, as well as the challenge.

And, with no end of choice these days, you can let your imagination soar when it comes to choosing a fancy and creative costume. To be honest, with so many costumed runners in most races, you’ll need to give your gear some serious thought to stand out. Go to any race these days and you’ll find an array of runners dressed as beer bottles, rhinos carrots and a lot more besides.

But, while the plan may seem like a laugh and a good idea at the time, it can be easy to forget just how different in fancy dress can be, and you need to be prepared. Follow these tips, though, and put your best foot forward and you’ll be fine:

•    Do a trial run in full get-up with a shorter run and take stock of any rubbing. Make any necessary adjustments accordingly.
•    If you have a costume which is much heavier than the kit you normally train in, run with a rucksack weighed down so it’s a similar load.
•    Accept that your time may be slower if your strides can’t be full-length, or for particularly bulky costumes
•    Make sure you can see properly – both for safety and to add to the experience
•    If your costume is limiting arm movement, carry water, energy supplements and medication inside your outfit.
•    Your charity’s name should be shown prominently on your costume for maximum effect – and funds!
•    Consider constructing your get-up around a rucksack-style harness for extra comfort. Remember to only use textiles that won’t become heavy with sweat or rain water.
•    You could be interviewed before or after the race, or even as you run. It’s worth having a few words prepared just in case, so that you are not caught on the spot.

Next Day Fancy Dress from Fancy Dress Delivered

Of course, you don’t have to be a marathon runner to dress up! Whatever the occasion, if you’re looking for great value fancy dress anywhere in the UK, make Fancy Dress Delivered your first port of call.

Our superb range of gear encompasses everything from adult sexy fancy dress to superheroes’ full regalia to horror fancy dress and a lot more besides.

We sell fun, affordable costumes and offer free delivery to any UK address. If you want next day fancy dress, we can do that free of charge, along with express or Saturday delivery options, which also incur a small fee. But the next day options are great if you’re planning ahead and can wait for your order. Equally, this service applies to all outfits in the same order and is available across our whole product range.

From popular films to Halloween, stag and hen parties and more, we can help for men, women and children’s costumes, whether you want to be Batman, Sandy from Grease, a sailor or the Wizard of Oz. Learn more online.


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