There’s always an occasion for dress up: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or the endless parties that seem to come around. We’ve picked dress up kit that will last all year round, so you don’t have to keep buying new stuff all the time. (Phew!) And let’s not forget how great this stuff is for imaginative play. If you use your imagination, you can take one or two pieces and use them time and time again.

1. Make it different

We know how it goes, there’s always the latest craze in fancy dress. Make sure you don’t lose them in a sea of Supermen or Elsas at that next party by thinking out of the box. This Colour-In Cape by Selfie Clothing is a perfect way to give a cool nod to superheros, while a simple headdress like this beautiful Meri Meri Pastel Blossom Headband means they can be an emperor, a princess or a woodland sprite for hours.

Meri Meri Pastel Blossom Headband

Meri Meri Pastel Blossom Headband

2. Make it last

My kids have a better social life than me! So to save time and tears (mine) I’ve turned to some awesome stuff that can be used over and over - just change outfits for a brand new look. These Tell Tail animal tails, can be teamed with, well, just about anything. Feeling feline? A pair of cat ears can be dressed with a tutu, while this cool Lion Mane by Meri Meri looks great teamed with jeans.

Tell Tail animal tails

Tell Tail animal tails

3. Face paint fallback

World Book Day (shudder) or that last-minute invitation, it’s a part of parenthood we non-creatives would rather avoid. The answer? Add face paints to your craft box. Look for kits that are sensitive skin friendly and water-based too, so they're easy to take off. Dress your kid all in black, add a pirate or a skeleton or an animal look and there’s a fancy dress outfit in seconds. #yourewelcome

Djeco Face Paint Dress Up Set

Djeco Face Paint Dress Up Set

4. Prop it up

For when they want to use their imaginations and dress up at home, encourage their creativity with some fun and easy props. These Meri Meri Sparkly wands are great for getting their imagination flowing, while this Mimi & Lula Pirate Dress Up Set can be worn by them or their toys. Shiver me timbers!

Mimi & Lula Pirate Dress Up Set

Mimi & Lula Pirate Dress Up Set

So there it is, a few ways to think out of the box when it comes to fancy dress. Fancy that!