Easy cheap fancy dress ideas

Dressing up is always a highlight, especially when you’re navigating the fun, unpredictable life of the university. It’s a chance…

Dressing up is always a highlight, especially when you’re navigating the fun, unpredictable life of the university. It’s a chance to let loose, be someone else for a night, and make unforgettable memories with friends. However, the reality of last-minute plans combined with a student budget can sometimes dampen the excitement.

Fret not! With a pinch of creativity and items you likely already have, you can conjure up an impressive costume without breaking the bank. Here are some university-friendly fancy dress ideas:


The timeless classic that never gets old! Most wardrobes harbour a little black dress which can easily be transformed into the base of a witch costume. As the spooky season approaches, witch hats will crop up everywhere, especially in budget stores like Poundland. Pair it with your LBD and you’re good to go.

Where’s Wally 

This one is a shout-out to all the glasses wearers out there. Why buy props when you can use your everyday spectacles as part of the ensemble? Simply sport a red bobble hat and a red and white striped T-shirt. Add your glasses, and you’ve transformed into the elusive Wally.

Mario / Luigi

Team up with a friend for this one. If you’re not into intensive DIY and have a partner in crime, the Mario and Luigi get-up could be your pick. Dungarees are the centrepiece here. If you don’t already own a pair, a quick raid in a friend’s closet or a visit to a second-hand store might be fruitful. Add a red (for Mario) or green (for Luigi) shirt underneath, fashion a makeshift M or L for your hats, and you’re set.


This is perhaps the easiest yet effective costume out there. Take a cue from childhood Halloweens: grab an old white bedsheet, carve out two eyes, and drape yourself in it. Simple, spooky, and cost-effective.


Another throwback to simpler times. All you need for this age-old favourite is white toilet paper or bandages. Wrap yourself up, leaving gaps for your eyes, nose, and mouth, and there you have it – a mummy that’s both cheap and eerily convincing.

In conclusion, dressing up doesn’t need to be a pricey or labour-intensive affair. The best costumes often come from spontaneous, imaginative ideas. Dive deep into your wardrobe, use everyday items in unconventional ways, and remember, the ultimate aim is to have fun.

As an added bonus, repurposing what you already own is not just kind to your wallet but also to the environment. So, the next time a dress-up event pops up at uni, embrace the challenge and let your creativity shine.

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