Create an Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Costume

This is a great option for 90s fancy dress as Jim Carrey's whacky character is so recognisable. Three components will give you the look you need, a huge quiff, Hawaiian shirt and striped, red trousers. You can also choose to go for the tutu look, although that head slam is entirely optional!  Just to let you know that is a participant in the Amazon Associates affiliate program which allows us to earn fees from linking to products on

Best Ace Ventura Fancy Dress Costumes

Sadly, this costume is no longer available at UK fancy dress stores and is now exclusive to in the U.S. However, they do ship internationally, including to the UK. Or you can create your own costume using the items featured a little further down the page.

It's available in four sizes for men from small to extra large and includes the shirt, tutu, elasticated plaid shorts (for an easy fit) and the wig. Wigs are not as easy to manipulate as your own hair, so if you have a good head of hair then you may prefer to try and style it with plenty of hair spray. Add some cheap black boots, loosen the laces and pull the tongue outwards.

You can also create the look using separate items. You'll need a pair of plaid shorts, pink tutu and short sleeve pattern shirt.  


The second costume includes a flower power Hawaiian shirt, striped red trousers, belt, business card and quiff wig. The parrot is sold separately but is not essential. You'll need to add a pair of black lace-up boots if you don't have any. Like the first outfit, this one comes in four sizes up to X-Large. However, it is more expensive, so if you're on a tight budget then you may want to choose the first option.

You can, of course, create your own costume with separate components.

Floral Hawaiian SHirt for Men

This style of jeans is pretty hard to find, but this pair of Mod jeans was the best value I could find. The style is tighter than the pirate trousers that Jim Carrey wore, but for fancy dress purposes they're ideal. You'll need to add a black belt with a silver buckle, black boots and a Ace Ventura Wig unless you have enough hair to style, of course!

Ace Ventura When Nature Calls Yellow Striped Trousers
Ace Ventura Pet Detective Red Striped Trousers

If you want to create Carrey's style in the sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, then use yellow trousers instead. This pair of bodybuilding pants has the baggier look required and are considerably cheaper than the red mod trousers. While the stripes aren't as thick and authentic, the looser style is preferable.

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