Introduction to Fancy Dress Shops
Fancy dressing is something that allows us to use the most extravagant areas of our imagination. Some people enjoy making the costumes or putting them together out of normal outfits. Other people may not have the gift or the patience to do that, although the process of buying a costume may be considered at least as exciting. A short internet search will reveal that fancy dress shops can be found in almost any area, although if one were to live in the few areas that are not covered, online and phone orders are also available.
Choosing the Fancy Dress Shop
Just like in every other field, there's a range of shops available. If you know exactly what you want to wear before starting the search, then of course the shop will be chosen based on the types of costumes for sale or rent. Most shops have both these options available and in most cases rental might be a more practical idea (depending, though, on how many costume parties you expect to go to and how much you want to vary the costume from one to another).
Traditional shoppers will enjoy browsing for fancy dress, literally. If you live in a large city, chances are that a walk through the regular shopping area will allow you to find sufficient choices, although in the interest of saving time you might want to do a quick search on the internet beforehand. Just like with everything nowadays, though, busy and lazy people have their options through telephone and online orders. Not as exciting and slightly more risky to order something you haven't tried on, but in the end probably a lot easier.
Some Fancy Dress Shops
Here's some possible choices for shops selling fancy dress in the UK:
- AbFab http://www.abfab.co.uk/ - Has a large variety of fancy dress categories in the online shop, allowing you to quickly locate the costume that you are interested in. The company also owns a shop in Wales, in Bridgend.
- Joker's Masquerade http://www.joke.co.uk/ - The online shop presents fifteen fancy dress categories, each with their own subcategories and also offers the option for wholesale.
- Mad Hatters http://www.madhattersfancydress.com/ - Offers around 25 fancy dress categories, each of them later with its own subcategories. Among others, they offer the option of group fancy dressing, for the cases where you would like to share a costume theme with your friends.
- Just For Fun http://www.justforfun.co.uk/ - A general party shop, very useful in the case you're the one throwing the party (offers services like balloon printing, helium gas hire, corporate merchandising and party planning on top of the costume hire options). The website presents the available costumes in alphabetical order. The company also has three stores in the area of Hampshire.
A more standardised search can be done based on desired location if you go to Yell (www.yell.com). Yell offers local results categorised through county or town – it will allow you to identify whether something in your area exists.