Fancy Dress Fun For Kids

TOAST picks the best imaginative play fancy dress for kids

At children’s parties you really want to let their imaginations run wild and create as much carefree fun as possible – and nothing is quite as effective as some fantastic fancy dress! So next time you’re organising a do for a little one, or you just feel like topping up the dressing up box – here is TOAST’s pick of the best children’s fancy dress!

When I was little, you could not get me out of my Wizard of Oz costume. I was Dorothy – in my blue chequered dress, a stuffed toy for Toto and of course – the ruby slippers! I would skip around the house wailing the words of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ – much to mother’s dismay.

Now 20 or so years later (ahem..) and kids still love dressing up. It is timeless, glorious, old-fashioned fun that has been delighting children for decades. Dressing up inspires story telling, escapism and creativity and allows children to make believe and really let loose – before the pressures of being a grown up well and truly arrive.

So next time you’re planning a party why not add a splash of fancy dress fun – guaranteed to delight the sprogs (and keep them occupied!) for the whole day. Here are TOAST’s picks of some of the best imaginative play and fancy dress out there. 

TOAST'S Pick of the Best Children's Fancy Dress

Wild Things Funky Little Dresses

Established in 2011 and proudly promoting British-made, Wild Things Funky Little Dresses is a home-grown brand based in the heart of the Lancashire Hills. Their charming handcrafted character dresses and dungarees are boldly colourful and have a stylish nostalgic, retro feel; there are beautifully made foxes, bunnies (for Easter!), puppies, sharks, mice and more, but the outfits are not strictly fancy dress, so they can also be worn day to day for a bit of quirky fun. Their showstopper however is their selection of amazing superhero and superheroine cape sets, digitally printed using vibrant colours, you can also add your child’s initial! These really are the coolest capes in town (I want one). Celeb fans include Lilly Allen and Charlotte Church.

Wild Things

Take a look at www.wildthingsdresses.com in our Little Black Book. 

Sequins and Swords

With over 5 years experience, Sequins and swords’ costumes and dressing up accessories come in a range of sizes to fit girls and boys from a tiny 3 months all the way up to 12 years! They are well-designed, great quality and beautifully imaginative. The company specialise in costumes with charming, traditional themes, ranging from pirates and princesses to fairy tale characters and army outfits! The dragon and unicorn costumes ‘ride on’ are particularly fun – which make the wearer look they are actually riding said mythical beast! Their toddler outfits are also not to be missed - the baby Donald Duck outfit is adorable and perfect for Easter.

Sequins And Swords

Sequins And Swords Dress Up

Take a look at www.sequinsandswords.co.uk in our Little Black Book for more information. 


Isabee’s outfits are carefully handmade in Britain, using top quality (often organic) fabrics, and are made to last. Designed to capture children's imagination, they can be worn by children of all ages, on top of whatever they’ve already got on, so they are versatile and can be mixed up or layered in all sorts of ways. The designs are simple, yet effective; a charming selection of beautifully made crowns, capes, skirts and accessories. Their hand made angel wings are made from silver grey taffeta, foam padded wings and elastic straps and are modern and stylish – perfect for teenagers and tinier people alike, and their selection solid wood swords complete with natural rope handles are destined to be treasured for years to come.


www.isabee.co.uk see their profile on our Little Black Book

The Dressing Up Chest

Owner Libby launched the Dressing Up Chest in order to offer a refreshing alternative to the mass-produced costumes made from poor quality fabrics that were so readily available. She specialises in hand-making luxury, bespoke costumes and can create anything that your child might like to dress up in! She also has a range of range of traditional, age appropriate costumes for children of all ages including pirates, fairies, superheroes, knights and characters from fairy tales and fiction. Her princess dresses are beautifully made, and the Little Red Riding Hood cape is pure luxury, but as Libby can make just about anything – the possibilities are endless!

Dressing Up Chest

www.dressingupchest.co.uk take a look at thei rprofile in our Little Black Book for Details


Next up is the brilliantly named iwishiwasa, who are on a mission is to create original, vibrant and fun costumes to satisfy your little ones’ thirst for imagination and adventure, as well as yours for beauty, quality and design. Their mix-n-match range helps harness kids’ imaginations by allowing them to create their own characters and worlds, and all their pieces (handmade in-house at their studio in South London) are hardwearing, hard-playing, and designed to be are heirloom pieces to keep and treasure forever. Choose from colourful superhero cuffs, masks, and headdresses, as well as cool capes, superhero shiny leggings and more. They also have brilliant Superhero Starmask Party Packs so that your sprogs (and their guests) can have a go at making their very own! Truly cool costumes for kids.

iwishiwasa also do amazing fancy dress gift sets – take a look at TOAST’s notebook over on TheEdit now.


iwishiwasa can be found in our Little Black Book

Time to Dress Up

Based in Bolton in the North-West of England, Time to Dress Up is a family run business that aims to provide unique kids fancy dress costumes that are a little bit different...

Owner and mum Ayshea handpicks every outfit to make sure that each one is comfortable to wear, as well as being convenient for busy parents too (if a baby costume doesn’t have poppers for nappy changes, it doesn’t get on the site!). Their animal capes are brilliant and can be worn over anything, they have a vast selection of baby animal costumes that are simply too cute and their World Book Day section features everyone from Harry Potter and the Gruffalo to Horrid Henr y and Dennis the Menace!

Time To Dress Up Costumes

 Time To Dress Up

www.timetodressup.co.uk can be found in our Little Black Book


Finally, if you don’t fancy going the whole hog with an entire outfit, then take a look at Berylune’s beautiful papier maché animal masks. They are perfect parties and play, but they are so pretty you might want to hang one on the wall of a child's bedroom or nursery! Available in four designs – a fabulous fox, beautiful bear, dainty deer or a terrific tiger, all the masks are hand painted and come with a satin ribbon tie - so no nasty elastic. Gorgeous! Papier Mache Childs Animal Masks

For more information on www.berylune.co.uk take a look at our Little Black Book

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