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What fancy dress costumes do you own & on what occasions have/will they be worn?

Asked by ucme (46460points) September 26th, 2010

If you don’t actually own any, do you hire any for a certain occasion or are you simply not interested in “dressing up”?

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janbb's avatar

Just to clarify, do you mean fancy dress as in the English meaning which would be what we call a costume in the States? To the best of my understanding, fancy dress in the States would be very formal clothes but in England it means a costume such as you would wear on Halloween or to a costume party.

ucme's avatar

@janbb Yeah, you know I had a feeling it may have been lost in translation. I mean costumes in the English sense yes. Hopefully that will clear things up. Thanks for pointing that out, although I probably should have spotted it myself.

jaytkay's avatar

I have a tuxedo. So I’m ready for both definitions. Weddings and gala social events, plus I can be James Bond or a groom or a penguin for Halloween.

janbb's avatar

@jaytkay A tuxedo does not a penguin make! Just sayin’

@ucme Having lived in England and married to a limey, I am very aware of some of these “lost in translation” issues.

jaytkay's avatar

@janbb On the Internet, nobody knows I’m not a penguin.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have gowns,dresses and suits that I have worn to art openings,benefits,weddings,dates and other occasions.I’ve got it covered!
As for costumes…quite a few.I LOVE Halloween! :)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’m still a little bit confused about the definition.
I don’t own much formalwear anymore, I just haven’t had a need for it. I have a few cocktail dresses that I rely on for special occasions, otherwise I just buy what I need to suit the event.
As for costumes, I couldn’t even tell you what I have anymore between my closet and my attic. Wigs, dresses, corsets, stilettos, false eyelashes, a velvet top with black ribbon that laces all the way up the back. Sheesh, I dunno.. I am a huge fan of Halloween. I also have a cow costume floating around here somewhere. Also cat ears, mouse ears, and potentially tails.. but I’m not sure.

harple's avatar

Last halloween I went to an 80s halloween party… so I went as Zuul… I make the costume myself – bought the materials, borrowed a sewing machine, pinned it all out etc… only thing is my hair is straight, so I spent all day with it in lots of little daft plaits in an attempt to make it curly… which was quite funny as the party was a three hour drive away – I got some looks when I stopped for coffee (no, not in costume, just with the hair!)...

A few years back I went to a James Bond party as the “woman the morning after”... I wore a man’s white shirt, and erm, some stilletoes… (and underwear of course, who do you think I am?!?!!!) Sure beat all the other ladies wearing posh black frocks!

Jude's avatar

Police hat, cuffs, a police shirt and black boots, boots, ass kicking boots.

It’s for “fun”. ;-)

YARNLADY's avatar

As a former costumer, I have a closet full of fancy clothing, including several gowns and wear that would be appropriate for formal occasions, along with themed clothing.

jaytkay's avatar

@YARNLADY This is kind of random, but do you have any bunny ears?

YARNLADY's avatar

I’m going to change my picture because my currently zebra colored hair will be a better match with my bunny ears than the salt and pepper of a couple of years ago.

Seek's avatar

I have… * clears throat *

A Civil War era day dress in green check (aren’t those stripes horrible? Yuck!)
A Civil War era promenade dress in white with blue print.
A grey Viking female costume – the historical type, not the comic book type.
A white Mediaeval Fantasy-esque gown (very versatile! I was Galadriel for Halloween last year, for example) (best pic I have. I’m usually the one behind the camera)
A Doric Chiton, male version (my costume this year. Artemis dresses like a boy.)
A black leatherette dress that looks like something I’d have to wear to an S&M club. I used it once over a gauzy, ripped up gown to be a gothic fairy.
A nun’s habit. Never worn it, though.
Enough regalia to pass as a decent deckhand on a pirate ship.

…And enough fabric to make just about anything else, depending on the occasion. ^_^ There are never enough fancy dress events around here.

downtide's avatar

I’m still confused as to what sort of “fancy dress” you mean. If you’re talking about halloween costumes and things like that, I have occasionally been known to dress up (I used to go to science fiction conventions, and dressing in character was half the fun). It’s been a while since I did that though. My daughter took me to a cosplay event and persuaded me to dress up as Gojyo (sadly I don’t have any photos). That was fun, even if I didn’t know who 99% of the other characters were.

If you’re talking formal wear, tuxes and gowns, no I don’t own any and never have. I’ve never been to the kind of event that would require wearing something like that, and very likely never will.

iammia's avatar

I still fit into my school uniform, and have a pvc nurses uniform…..and i know you’ll know exactly when i wear them :)

ucme's avatar

@iammia Grrrrrrrr :¬)

ucme's avatar

For anyone still unsure of what was meant. My idea of Fancy Dress!

Frenchfry's avatar

I have a bridesmaid dress I have only worn once. I could wear that.

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