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Party queen Violet Naylor-Leyland, founder of dress-up boutique site VioletsBox.com, reveals tips and tales from the costume bin.
TIP 1: Make it two-for-one.
Invest in pieces that are versatile, such as a kimono, which is a hugely popular costume - but can also be worn poolside or as a dressing gown. Corsets can also make a great non-dress-up party outfit.
TIP 2: Theme your event.
I like a specific theme because all the creative people bust a gut to come up with an original outfit. But a general theme can be brilliant, too. I went to a "Food" party, and there were such inventive costumes, like runner beans and Carmen Miranda - with an edible headpiece!
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TIP 3: Just do it.
If you're not into dressing up, add a little touch to your normal partywear - like a colorful tie or scarf or a wonderful hat - to help get you in the spirit. My best advice: Try it! You might like it!
TIP 4: Be on-trend.
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