As I got older the opportunities to dress up seemed to lessen, and while I plan on ballgowns and tiaras when I'm 80ish, in my 40s I fear it would either get me arrested or ensure that the teen and Dear Husband would disown me forever.
How lucky then for festivals! Festivals are well known for funky wellingtons, girls in short shorts wearing feathers and flower head bands, and for groups of young men in onesies. They often have a theme and a specific fancy dress day (not that you can't dress up every day!) and many people go to amazing lengths with their costumes.
This year I'm excited for the 'Wild' Theme at Camp Bestival
The usual mayhem and Fellini style glamour that is Wilderness
The new and exciting fun at Elderflowerfields Festival
( grab tickets with £10 off the ticket price with this code : ao24sm)
And the literary and sci fi festival Wadfest (theme this year - The Library)
So if I'm dressing up (and making an arse of myself) this year, will you be too? What costume plans do you have? I have a Pinterest board with some ideas..