Welcome to 90s Fancy Dress Ideas
You’re visiting the only British (UK) costume website dedicated entirely to the 1990s! If you’re looking for a great party outfit, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to be a Spice Girl or a Banana in Pyjamas, you can use our A-Z below to find an idea. Also, don’t miss our 90s Party Decorations section.
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- A great retro acid house outfit for all lovers of house music and rave music from the nineties, ideal for a festival rave or club night listening to your favourite electronic dance music DJ
A-Z of 90s Party Costume Ideas for Adults
Ab Fab Patsy Costume
Sweetie Darling, why not become Joanna Lumley’s very memorable 90s character from the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, Patsy Stone, with this ready-made costume, or create your own using a zebra print jacket and blonde beehive wig. Add a glass of champagne and you’re ready to party, sweetie!
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Alrighty, then! So you want to become a pet detective? You’ll need a huge quiff, hawaiian shirt and red and black striped trousers, to make you instantly recognisable as Jim Carrey’s eccentric and funny character from the 90s movie. You can also opt for the crazy pink tutu look. We explore both options.
Acid House Raver
Starting in the late 80s, acid house and rave parties became extremely popular in the early 90s, and creating a look is pretty straightforward. We recommend reading the blog post How to Create an Acid House/Raver look.
There were two Austin Powers films released in the 1990s, which makes this theme ideal for 90s fancy dress. In the first film (1997) he wore a blue suit and in the 1999 sequel he wore a red suit. Become Mike Myers’ outrageous 60s Spy character or even Dr. Evil.
B1 and B2 were essential viewing for kids back in the 90s, and you may remember their “are you thinking what I’m thinking?” catchphrase. Obviously, this fancy dress idea is only suitable for couples, but it’s perfect for 90s dress-up. However, the costume is expensive, especially as you need two of them, but turning up at any event as this duo would certainly get you noticed!
Baywatch – Mitch Buchannon
The 90s just wouldn’t have been the same without Baywatch on our TV screens, so why not become David Hasslehoff’s hunky Mitch character? Official Lifeguard costumes are available in several styles and include the logo.
Become C. J. Parker (Pamela Anderson) or any of the other characters with this easy-to-wear shorts and T-shirt costume. It’s an ideal theme for 90s fancy dress. Check out the options using the link below.
Britney Spears Schoolgirl
Creating the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” look is relatively straightforward. Use a White Knotted Shrug Top or a white blouse and tie it up around your waist and leave unbuttoned and roll-up the sleeves. Add an unbuttoned grey cardigan with rolled-up sleeves. Add black thigh socks and a black pleated mini skirt. Finally, add a Britney Spears Wig. Read more here…
To infinity and beyond! Become the space ranger superhero from Toy Story (1995) or Toy Story 2 (1999). The adults Buzz Lightyear Costume is quite expensive, but there is also an official costume shirt by Disney for a much lower price.
Cool Runnings Bobsleigh Team
This amusing 1993 comedy movie about a Jamaican bobsleigh team entering the 1988 Winter Olympics became an instant hit. Ready-made costumes in the original green, yellow and black team colours are available, we explore them all.
Cher from Clueless
The 1995 coming-of-age movie brought us another iconic fashion look in the form of Cher’s yellow chequered suit. The rich valley girl was played by Alicia Silverstone. Another look with the red dress andwhite feather boa is also available, and you can also become Dionne.
Edward Scissorhands and Miss Scissorhands
This idea is ideal for both Halloween and 90s dress-up. The 1990 fantasy movie by Tim Burton featured Johnny Depp as the gentle artificial man who hand scissor blades for hands. The costume includes the stud and buckle print jacket, gloves and wig. Just wear with black trousers.
Father Ted Crilly
“Down with this sort of thing!”. Yes, the 90s brought us some terrific comedies, and this Irish sitcom quickly became a cult classic. Show your appreciation by dressing as Father Ted Crilly himself.
Life is like a box of chocolates, and you can become the iconic Tom Hanks character from the hugely successful and inspirational 1994 movie. Buy a ready-made outfit or create your own – we show you how!
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
It was, of course, Will Smith who played the lead role in the popular U.S. sitcom. You can easily recreate the iconic look using a green striped tee, baseball cap and shorts. A ready-made costume is also available in two styles.
Guns N’ Roses – Axl Rose
Axl created an iconic look in the 1990s by wearing a bandana and, more often than not, shorts and a leather jacket. This 90s Rocker set includes the long wig with bandana and shades. Wear with denim shorts. You may also wish to add a fake tattoo sleeve, leather jacket or leather vest .
Guns N’ Roses – Slash
Dressing up as the band’s lead guitarist is ideal for 80s or 90s themed fancy dress. There are plenty of suppliers selling the top hat and wig, and some sets come with an inflatable guitar, shades, crucifix necklace and fake cigarettes.
I Love the 90s Skirt and Shirt Raver Costume
These colourful neon costume sets for women are perfect for a rave look, hen nights, clubbing and 90s dress-up. See them all here…
Jurassic Park Dr. Alan Grant Costume
Forget about amber and mosquito DNA, we’ll show you all the ingredients you need to transform into the chaos-wrangling paleontologist, Dr. Alan Grant. Recreate the khaki and blue denim outfit worn by Sam Neill’s iconic character in the 1993 blockbuster film Jurassic Park.
Keith Flint from The Prodigy – Firestarter
You’ll set the party alight in this outfit (but not literally, I hope!) which is one of the most iconic looks from the 90s. This costume includes the stars and stripes shirt, wig and nose ring.
Kevin and Perry
Relive your teenage years, hating your parents (that is so unfair!), sulking and being completely clueless, by becoming the iconic 90s duo Kevin and Perry (Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke). Create your own costumes using accessories such as bucket hats, wigs and rave/Madchester clothing, or buy a costume set.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (1996)
If you remember playing the original 1996 Tomb Raider video game then why not become the sexy lead character Lara Croft? This costume is simple. You’ll need a military or olive green vest top, brown shorts and a gun holster with two fake pistols.
Madonna Cone Bra Costume
Recreate the iconic conical bra corset look that Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour. We show you three options to choose from. Just make sure you don’t have someone’s eye out while wearing it!
Along with Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer quickly became one of the best-known mainstream rap stars of the early 90s, after his 1990 single “U Can’t Touch This” reached the top ten across the globe. If you’ve always dreamed of rapping in a pair of oversized parachute pants, then now is your chance!
Noel’s House Party became essential Saturday evening viewing during the 90s, and Mr. Blobby with his permanent grin and wobbly eyes had many of us in stitches, although there were many who found him deeply annoying, of course! This inflatable costume is ideal for men or women and includes the suit and gloves with bow tie.
Become the colourful and energetic 90s fitness instructor (Derrick Evans) who woke us up each morning on GMTV. The costume includes the hat, bodysuit and bum bag. Available in medium or large.
Oasis – Liam or Noel Gallagher
The 90s just wouldn’t gave been the same without the Britpop scene, and you can go mad for it by becoming one of the Gallagher brothers.
Pretty Woman – Julia Roberts
Who could forget this classic romantic comedy film from the start of the decade, starring Richard Gere as the wealthy businessman Edward Lewis, and Julia Roberts as the Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward. These costumes are based on the outfits Roberts wore in Pretty Woman as a prostitute.
Right Said Fred
The British band’s debut single became a huge hit and this was soon followed by “I’m too sexy for my…” products starting appearing everywhere during the 90s – I remember receiving a pair of socks as a joke gift at work! Create a Right Said Fred costume using an “I’m Too Sexy for my shirt” T-shirt and bald head cap. The T-shirt is also ideal for 90s festivals.
Scouser in a Shell Suit
The shell suit was a gaudy nylon version of the tracksuit and actually became cool for a very short time in the late 80s. However, in the 90s, the look became a fashion faux pas, particularly when the “calm down! calm down!” bubble perm scouser characters wore them in Harry Enfield’s Television Programme. Sometimes they wore a standard tracksuit, too. Recreate the look with a shell suit or tracksuit costume, perm wig and stick-on tash.
Sonic The Hedgehog
If you owned a Sega Mega Drive back in the day, then you definitely had to own this game, too! Become Sega’s mascot character with this official outfit for adults or kids.
You may well remember those funny Tango adverts from the 90s with the big orange guy. Now you can become Tango Man and annoy the hell out of everyone by slapping their faces! This official costume is available in medium or large.
These four colourful characters that talked gibberish became a huge commercial success, but can you remember their names? I’ll put you out of your misery. They were Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. This idea is ideal for groups of four, although you could also turn up at the party/event as just one of them, of course.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Costume
You can easily create an Arnie T-800 costume using the leather biker jacket shown here, Arnie face mask and/or Terminator 2 shades. Add a black T-shirt, leather trousers or simply wear with black jeans to save money.
The Mask – Jim Carrey
Who could forget this smokin’ character with the green face and yellow suit! The film became a huge hit in 1994, and you’ll certainly be noticed in this costume! Ideal for 90s dress-up.
The Powerpuff Girls
Become Blossom, Bubbles or Buttercup and fight crime in Townsville! Complete costumes representing the cute, Kindergarten cartoon superheroes are available to buy, but we also show you how to make your own!
The Spice Girls
Baby Spice (Emma Bunton)
Emma Bunton gave us another iconic look when she wore cutesy pigtails with a mini dress. To recreate this looks you’ll need a pink summer mini dress, wig, white knee socks and platform trainers/sneakers. Add a Baby necklace to complete your look.
Ginger Spice (Geri Haliwell)
Just about everyone remembers Geri’s Union flag dress from the 90s which became iconic. This costume is easy to wear and ideal for the warmer months and include the wig. Available in three sizes from 8 to 18. You may like to add red boots
Become Mel B and bring out your wild side! This outfit includes a matching animal print top and trousers, fingerless glove, necklace and arm cuff. Add this afro wig to complete your look.
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Sporty Spice (Mel C)
Remember the iconic Adidas tracksuits with side stripes, the fiery orange crop tops, and the attitude that could knock you off your platform trainers? Then it’s time to unleash your inner Sporty Spice and relive the golden age of girl power! Channel the athletic flair and fierce spirit of Melanie C.
This Is My 90s Costume T-shirt
Perfect for lazy party people and cheapskates who just can’t be bothered faffing around with a full costume. Visit our page for our top picks.
Wayne’s World – Wayne
To become Mike Myers’ character Wayne Campbell is relatively easy. You’ll need a Wayne’s World baseball cap, black T-shirt and long black mullet wig. Alternatively, you can wear a Wayne’s World T-shirt.
Wayne’s World – Garth
There is no actual Garth costume available, but you can easily recreate his iconic 90s look using separate items. You’ll need a Garth Wig, geek glasses, blue check shirt and Aerosmith Aero Force T-shirt. If you’re on a tight budget then just wear a white T-shirt as pictured.
Woody from Toy Story
The original Disney Toy Story movie became a huge hit in 1995. There are several Woody costumes available for adults, but most are poorly rated. This costume set by Disney is the best-rated, although you’ll have to add a yellow check shirt and jeans. You may also like this Woody Costume Shirt which is also receiving great reviews, or a costume printed onto a tee, which is the best value option.
That’s it! We hope you found our A-Z of 90s fancy dress ideas useful. Hopefully, you’re now ready to buy or create a great party outfit. Have lots of fun!
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