Costume Ideas Starting with the Letter "A"
In costume party season, the pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One fun party theme is encouraging your guests to choose a costume that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet.
To do this, you could:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first names if you want to narrow their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters to inspire their costumes. These could be randomly or deliberately chosen.
When you first send out invitations, it's possible that your guests will be confused about what you're asking them to do. To avoid confusion, be sure to explain the concept thoroughly. If your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they might not come to your party at all.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "A," some based off of famous characters or people.
If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box so you can help other people too.
Have a fantastic party!
ABBA — ABBA was a popular Swedish band first seen internationally winning the Eurovision Song Contest at Brighton in the 1970s who went on to become icons of the era. ABBA is a great group costume choice for a group of four. Males should wear white suites and women can wear either short patterned mini-dresses and boots, or the glitzy flared jumpsuits.
Absolutely Fabulous — Absolutely Fabulous is a British comedy television programme from the 1990s, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Patsy and Edina. Patsy was a fag hag with a beehive hairdo and Edina was a kidult fashionista magazine editor with a liking for champagne.
Ace Ventura — Ace Ventura is a pet detective character played by comedian Jim Carrey in two different films. Wear shorts (or broad striped trousers), a loud Hawaiian-style shirt, and a coiffed hairstyle.
Acrobat — To create the look of this circus performer, wear a leotard or a top hat and tails. You can also dress up as an acrobat from another movie, i.e. Magda and others from the circus in Octopussy or an alternative entertainer from Moulin Rouge. With stylised makeup and a colourful unitard, you could also pull off a Cirque du Soleil character.
Action Hero — There are many possible incarnations of this theme including: Rambo, Crocodile Dundee, Indiana Jones, Terminator, and John McClean (from Die Hard). Ideas for women include Lara Croft, Selene the vampire from Underworld, Emma Peel from The Avengers, and the girls from the film Sucker Punch.
Action Man — Action Man is the English equivalent of the American boys' doll GI Joe. Wear a camouflage top and trousers or scuba gear.
Adam — Wear a nude bodysuit with strategically placed fig leaf. This makes a fun couple costume if you can find an Eve.
Adam Ant — Wear a black military-style jacket with gold braiding (frogging) on the front, tight black trousers, a frilly white shirt, ribbons in the hair, and a trademark white stripe across the nose. You could also use a highwayman costume as in the song "Stand & Deliver."
Addams Family — The Addams family was originally a series of cartoons created by Charles Addams (hence the name). Its characters include: Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing (the disembodied hand), and other gothic-looking fiends. Although rather against the spirit of the characters, there are sexy versions of Morticia and Wednesday on the market.
Aerobics Fan — This could be portrayed as a 1980s sports-related fashion victim. You could also use this costume to imitate Olivia Newton John as in her music video for 'Physical,' Diane Moran, Mad Lizzie Webb, or Jane Fonda. Use any dance or aerobic gear with leg warmers and a headband. The wilder the colors, the better.
Air Hostess — Wear a jacket, skirt, scarf, hat, and gloves. You could even bring along your own plane! For an example, check out the Britney Spears video for 'Toxic' in which she wore a stylised air hostess outfit.
Air Force Officer — This can be a Biggles-style costume or a more up-to-date version of the Royal Air Force. Uniforms are available to hire or purchase for both men and women.
Airline Pilot — Costumes are available to hire, or try sewing stripes and wings to a black or navy blazer. Caps are available to purchase.
Air Raid Warden — Though this wartime mainstay is from the days of WWII, it is best known from Dad's Army television series.
Al Capone — This infamous American gangster was eventually caught and charged for tax fraud and is one of Alcatraz's most notorious former inmates. His getup is easy to put together with accessories, or you could hire a full one. For a whimsical variation, try a shrimp or lobster outfit as a base and go as Al Caprawn!
Alice — Alice is the main character from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass. Use a blue dress with a full, white pinny and an Alice band for the hair. Alice has blond hair and wears white socks. For Halloween or bad taste parties, you can try a variation such as 'Bad Alice' or 'Malice in Wonderland.'
Aladdin — This character is best known in recent memory from the Disney film of the same name. Wear harem pants, a waistcoat, and a fez.
Albert Einstein — Albert is the genius scientist best known for his theory of relativity. Go for a white-haired, mad scientist approach with a white doctor's coat and mad professor wig.
Alex DeLarge — Alex DeLarge is a character from A Clockwork Orange, based on the book by Anthony Burgess. Wear a white jumpsuit or top and trousers, braces, and a bowler hat. He wears false eyelashes or makeup on one eye and carries a walking cane.
Alexander the Great — This conqueror reached the height of his empire at the age of twenty. Get his look by wearing Roman armour.
Ali Baba — Ali Baba was the hero of another Arabian Nights tale. Wear baggy harem trousers, a waistcoat, and a hat or turban.
Ali G — To be this cult character created by Sasha Baron Cohen, wear a yellow shell or tracksuit with matching cap, tinted wraparound glasses, goatee beard, and bling jewellery. It wouldn't hurt to brush up on his style of speaking by watching a few videos.
Alien — An alien is an obvious choice for space and sci-fi themes. Alien costumes, often with large overhead masks in the classic large eye style are available, or you can create your own futuristic costume using makeup and body paint.
Ariel — Ariel is a Disney princess character based on the protagonist in Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. Wear a sparkly green bottom (fish-styled if possible), a clam shell bra, and a long red-haired wig.
Alligator — The alligator is one of the world's favorite reptiles. Since this costume is a bit complicated, it might only be possible to hire one.
Amadeus — This 1980s film portrayed the early days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Wear a Georgian costume with a white, court-style wig.
Amazon Warrior — Mythic female race of women who were said to cut off their right breasts so as to become better archers. Wear a costume like Xena or a female Roman warrior to get the look. For a Shakespeare connection, both Hippolyta from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tamora from Titus Andronicus were supposedly queens of the Amazons.
Amazonian Indian Chief — Wear a witch doctor costume, which can be made up using a Hawaiian grass skirt, a fur waistcoat, and a feathered headdress. Bone jewellery is available to purchase or get creative and make some of your own!
American Cop — In addition to being a fixture of American television, an American cop was also one of the Village People. To go with the retro look, wear tight cream trousers, a blue, short-sleeved shirt, motorbike boots, a '70s moustache, and aviator glasses.
American Footballer — This costume can be difficult to find in the UK, but you could always adapt an ice hockey kit.
American GI — Wear a green US army uniform and make it as standard as possible since GI stands for General Issue. You could also go Elvis-themed and dress up as Elvis when he wore GI clothing and performed for troupes during WWII.
American Sailor — Wear a doughboy hat, a white sailor suit with blue or white trim, and bell bottomed trousers.
Android — An android is a human-like robot, not dissimilar from a cyborg such as the Terminator. Examples of androids include Kryton from British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf or Data from Star Trek Next Generation. Use a silver or gold suit, pale makeup, and maybe a tinsel wig or bald head to create a futuristic look.
Amidala, Queen — Queen Amidala is a character from the first three episodes in the Star Wars saga. Amidala is the Queen of Naboo and her official costume is a red, black, and gold gown with a headdress, a very pale or white face, and stylised makeup. In the second episode, she is retired and wears a white combat uniform and is called Padme Amidala.
Amigo — Amigo is a Mexican character from the movie The Three Amigos, in which three men are mistaken for heroes by a community in trouble. This is an easy costume to put together and all you need is a poncho, sombrero, and a Mexican mustache. A rifle and a bullet belt are optional, and all of these items are available to purchase. A more sophisticated (and expensive) outfit might be a black and silver mariachi costume.
Amy Winehouse — Winehouse was a talented singer of the 2000s who died tragically early. Her trademark look was a black beehive hairstyle, winged eyeliner, and a range of tattoos. Wear a short A-line dress and make sure your appearance is slightly disheveled.
Anakin Skywalker — Anakin Skywalker is from the Star Wars prequels and is the former name and identity of Darth Vader. Before becoming evil, however, he wore a standard Jedi robe and a lightsaber.
Ancient King — Ancient kings are royalty from the pre-medieval era, such as King Arthur, Shakespeare's King Lear, or Theoden of Rohan (character from The Lord of the Rings).
Arwen — Arwen is an elf princess character from JRR Tolkien's series The Lord of the Rings. Wear an ethereal medieval dress and pointy ears!
Andrews Sisters — The Andrews Sisters were a singing trio of the mid-20th century, usually seen in US military (1940s) uniforms.
Andy — Andy is a character from the British comedy series, Little Britain who poses as a disabled person and misleads his caregiver. There is a licensed version of the character available to purchase.
Andy Pandy — This character is from the series Watch with Mother first seen on UK televisions in the 1950s. The costume is a blue and white bodysuit with a matching hat.
Angel — Angels are symbols of goodness and heaven and are usually depicted wearing a long white robe with flared sleeves, wings, and a halo. You could also go with an edgy, fallen angel look. Satan, of course, is the ultimate fallen angel.
Angel of Death — Also called Azrael, this dark angel watches over the dying and takes their souls. Use a black robe, wings, and a dark halo.
Anna — From the musical and film The King And I. Anna Leonowens has an affair with a 19th century King of Thailand (or Siam as it was called then). Use a Victorian dress with the largest skirt you can find.
Anne Boleyn — Anne Boleyn was the beheaded second wife of Henry VIII (and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I). Any Tudor-style costume featuring a gable headdress will suffice.
Aphrodite — Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love. Wear a Grecian robe and and a long blonde wig in a high ponytail.
Anne of Cleves — Anne of Cleves was a German princess and the fourth wife of Henry VIII. They later divorced. Use a Tudor costume.
Annie Oakley — A performer in the wild west show run by William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, Annie's real name was Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses. In the musical Annie Get Your Gun, she dresses in a cowgirl outfit with fringing, tassels, and a sequin trim, though any cowgirl costume will do. A rifle replica might be a useful, but be cognizant of the dangers of carrying around replica weapons.
Apache — An Apache is a Native American Indian. Use any Indian costume or some of the many accessories available to purchase.
Aragorn — Aragorn is a character from JRR Tolkien's series The Lord of the Rings. Wear a dark medieval tunic over dark leggings and cloak. You'll also need a sword, straggly dark, shoulder-length hair, and a beard and moustache.
Archer — For an archer, use a Robin Hood-style costume. There's also a new hero TV series using an all-green hooded archer outfit, so look for official costumes at the store as well.
Arab — Wear a long robe with a turban. If you're going for a more modern sheik image, add a goatee, dark glasses, and loads of bling jewellery.
Argentina, Miss — Miss Argentina is a character in the Tim Burton film, Beetlejuice. A receptionist in the afterlife, she was a beauty queen who had died by suicide, hence her greenish-blue skin colour and the scars on her wrists.
Army Officer — Use any US or UK army uniform, which you may be able to find at an army surplus store.
Arnold Schwarzenegger — Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American actor turned Californian politician. Arnold is best known as the Terminator but also starred as the original Conan the Barbarian. To make the costume extra authentic, recreate the signature gap in his teeth.
Artful Dodger — Artful Dodger is a character from Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist (and the film Oliver). Wear a crumpled shirt and trousers with a too-large jacket and a battered top hat.
American Naval Officer — This getup was made famous (and dashing) by Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman.
Ascot Racegoer - Ascot racers appear in films such as My Fair Lady and A View to a Kill. A morning suit is typical for a man, and a lady can wear a glamorous summer dress and hat.
Astronaut — This is a classic costume with many styles and inspirations to choose from in television, movies, books, and music.
ATS — ATS stands for Auxiliary Transport Services. These were women who provided transport services whilst the men were on the front line in WWI and WWII. Look for green army uniforms.
Audrey Hepburn — Hepburn was a British actress best known for her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady.
Aunt Sally - Aunt Sally was a character played by Una Stubbs, opposite Jon Pertwee's Worzel Gummidge. Aunt Sally is a doll (fairground skittle) that comes to life. Use an Edwardian-style dress with a poke bonnet, black court shoes, and doll-face makeup.
Austin Powers — This character was played by Mike Myers in a popular series of Bond-like spoofs. In the films, a '60s-era Austin battles against his arch enemy, Dr. Evil. Many suits are available to purchase, including licensed versions. Use a plain velvet suit (blue or purple) or one with multi-coloured stripes. In Goldmember, he also wears a 1970s pimp costume. To complete the look, wear black-rimmed glasses, a 'love God' medallion, a messy brown wig, and horrible fake teeth.
Avatar — Avatar was a blockbuster movie featuring the blue-skinned humanoid aliens, the Na'vi. Costumes for the principal characters Jake Sully (in his Avatar form) and Neytiri, the lead female Na'vi, are available, but blue skin colouring, facial markings, and makeup may still be required for the face and hands.
Australian Lady — Also called "Sheilas" in the land down under, famous Aussie ladies include: Kylie Minogue (there are many memorable costumes in her videos), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Bewitched, Australia), and let's not forget the most famous Aussie lady of them all, Dame Edna Everage. You can purchase dame wigs and over-sized glasses to help get the look.
Australian Man — For this look, think Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin, the Australian naturalist who died after an unfortunate stingray accident. You can wear a safari outfit and a hat with corks. Alternatively, go as Russell Crowe from the film Gladiator (2000).
Austrian — An Austrian costume normally derives from the folk dress common to all alpine countries and might include dirndls, lederhosen, and capes.
Avengers — Avengers was a 1960s cult television series originally starring Patrick Macnee as John Steed with a series of female assistants. John Steed wore a plain suit with a bowler hat while his assistants were noted for their sexy action wear. In the movie version, Uma Thurman played Emma Peel while Sean Connery was the villain.
Avengers (also) — The Avengers is also the collective name for the alliance of superheroes from Marvel Comics who gather to combat a menace that threatens Earth. This is a fun group costume idea, and there are plenty of characters to go around, from Iron Man to Black Widow to Thor.
Now It's Over to You!
I hope this has given you some ideas for an A-themed fancy dress party, and I'm sure you can think of many others. If you do, please add them in the comments box at the end.
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