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22 cheap fancy dress costume ideas

Fancy dress parties are great fun, but picking (and affording) a costume can be weirdly stressful. Our list of fancy dress costumes UNDER £15 should put your mind at ease!

Cheap fancy dress ideas

If there's one thing you can guarantee about your time at university, it's that you'll be invited to at least one fancy dress party along the way.

You may be blessed and be able to dream up a standout costume to wear for any theme, but then you have to navigate the price. Is it really worth spending £50 on fancy dress you'll only wear once?

So start with our list of eye-catching fancy dress costumes, which all sneak under the £15 price tag (including delivery, at time of writing)!

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Fancy dress costumes for under £15

  1. Banana

    Price: £8.99 (free delivery with Prime)

    banana fancy dress

    Scientists have spent years trying to figure it out, but we still don't know why banana costumes make everything funnier. But the fact remains that they do, and at this price, you'd be a fool not to get one for yourself.

    Get a Banana costume » 

  2. Jesus

    Price: £10.69 (free delivery with Prime)

    Cheap fancy dress costume

    He died for our sins, but you can be the life of the party in this fetching number.

    Note that this costume only includes the robe and drape, so you may have to pray for a beard spurt (or put faith into this accessory) if you're keen to rock the authentic Jesus-chic.

    Get a Jesus costume » 

  3. Cheerleader

    Price: £9.99 (free delivery)

    cheerleader fancy dress

    This sporty fancy dress costume (suitable for men and women) is available in a range of colours, but we've gone for the red as a throwback to the days of Glee and High School Musical. What team?! WILDCATS.

    Get a Cheerleader costume » 

  4. Hawaiian

    Prices (left to right): £2.29, £11.99, £10.24 (all free delivery)

    hawaiian costume ideas

    Their pizzas might leave a lot to be desired, but those Hawaiians sure know to spawn a fancy dress craze.

    Ladies (or guys!) can get the skirt, bra, cuffs, lei and headband in one set for £11.99. However, if you're not keen on skirts (or don't like getting cold), the Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses/lei set will go just fine with a pair of shorts.

    Get a sunglasses/lei set » 

    Get a Hawaiian shirt » 

    Get a full costume » 

  5. Solider

    Price: £3.50 (free delivery)

    army soldier fancy dress

    Once you've bought this, you just need to get your hands on a cheap green t-shirt (and a pair of green trousers, if you want to go the whole hog) and some face paint, and voilà – you're in the Army!

    The only down side – as Julie with the average-size-head points out – is that the sunglasses aren't of a high enough quality to double up as your new pair of shades.

    Get Army accessories » 

Fancy getting arty and making your own costume? Also try our list of Halloween costume ideas for a truly unique (& sometimes spooky) outfit!
  1. Gangster

    Price: £10.99 (free delivery with Prime)

    gangster fancy dress

    You know you're onto a good thing when someone appears to write their review in the form of a poem. You'll have to supply your own shirt, trousers and shoes, but we'd bet our bottom dollar that you've already got those lying around anyway.

    Get a Gangster costume » 

  2. Where's Wally?

    Price: £6.91 – £9.90 depending on size (free delivery)

    wheres wally costume

    God knows how Wally (or Waldo, as Americans seem to think he's called) manages to hide so well in such a conspicuous outfit, but you can't deny that it works. Perfect if you're trying to avoid someone at the party.

    Get a Where's Wally? costume » 

  3. Grim Reaper

    Price: £14.33 (free delivery)

    grim reaper costume

    Bearing in mind that it includes both the robe and the scythe, this costume is an absolute bargain. Just a warning, though – you may feel like death the next morning.

    Get a Grim Reaper costume » 

  4. Spiderman

    Price: £9.98 (free delivery)

    spider man costume

    According to the product description, you'll be able to "swing from building to building in this fantastic Spiderman costume". We can't speak for the legitimacy of these claims, but we can comment on the cost – at less than a tenner, eBay proves that not all heroes wear capes.

    Get a Spiderman costume » 

  5. Mario

    Price: £11.94 (free delivery with Prime)

    super mario

    You go for a Luigi, Wario, Waluigi or even a Toad costume instead, but we've chosen Mario to help minimise the chance of someone awkwardly asking what the hell you've come as. Plus, as Kaylee rightly says, the hat is so funny.

    Get a Mario costume » 

  6. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Price: £12 (free delivery with Prime)

    jack sparrow costume

    Don't let this be the day that you remember as the time you almost bought a Captain Jack Sparrow costume. Buy this bargain outfit now!

    Get a Captain Jack Sparrow costume » 

  7. Pink Lady

    Price: £11.40+ depending on size (free delivery with Prime)

    retro woman

    You and this cheap Pink Lady jacket will go together like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. Not to mention all the heads you'll turn if you walk up and down Buchanan Street.

    Get a Pink Lady jacket » 

  8. Mime

    Price: £12.52+ depending on size (free delivery)

    mime costume

    I guess we shouldn't be too surprised that a mimic costume is good at mimicking a mimic. Either way, this is the perfect excuse if you're a little shy, or simply don't like anyone at the party.

    Get a Mime outfit » 

  9. 118 man

    Price: £9.07 (+ £2.39 delivery)

    118 costume

    118-118. We all know who they are, but nobody knows what they do. Don't let that stop you buying this costume, though – we know that they're at least good for some affordable fancy dress ideas.

    Get a 118 man outfit » 

  10. Zoolander

    Price: £10.99 (plus £2.99 delivery)

    zoolander fancy dress ideas

    There's more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. But let's face it, costume parties are all about appearances, so why not go for this bargain Zoolander outfit?

    Get a Zoolander outfit » 

  11. Hippie

    Price: £13.05+ for women, £12.23+ for men (free delivery with Prime)

    hippie costume ideas

    Dressing like a hippy: the original cheap fancy dress costume. And as Finley notes in his review of the men's outfit, you'll struggle to find a comfier outfit to drunkenly fall asleep in.

    Get the female hippie outfit » 

    Get the male hippie outfit » 

  12. Breaking Bad hazmat suit

    Price: £12.89 (free delivery)

    breaking bad costume

    For £12.89 you get the hooded overalls, gas mask, goggles and the gloves. We knew Heisenburg dabbled in crime (to put it lightly), but this costume is an absolute steal!

    Get a Breaking Bad hazmat suit » 

  13. Toga

    Price: £10.30 (free delivery with Prime)

    toga party

    If your uni doesn't hold at least one toga party during your time there, is it even a real uni? In fact, even if you've not got a toga party coming up, it's almost worth getting this cheap toga costume just because you're so likely to have one in the future.

    Get a Toga costume » 

  14. Caveman/Cavewoman

    Price: £9.67 for men, £7.21+ for women (free delivery with Prime)

    caveman costume

    We'll leave you to guess whether this review was left on the male or female outfit. But we will confirm the value for money here – both of these make for great cheap fancy dress costumes.

    Get the Cavewoman outfit » 

    Get the Caveman outfit » 

  15. OAP

    Price: £1.20 for women's wig (+£1 delivery), £3.84 for men's wig (free delivery)

    old person costume

    Once you've got your hands on a wig, all you need to do is hit up your local charity shop and find some cheap-as-chips clothes there. You'll be getting a bargain fancy dress costume and doing a good deed all at once!

    Get the female wig » 

    Get the male wig » 

  16. Freddie Mercury

    Price: £12.99 (plus £1 delivery)

    Cheap costume ideas

    If, like Freddie, you Want To Break Free, you can't go too far wrong with this replica of the outfit he donned in the legendary music video.

    Sadly the outfit doesn't include a wig or moustache, but you should be able to find cheap versions of these online or on the high street. You'll also have to supply your own hoover.

    Get a Freddie Mercury costume » 

  17. Morphsuit

    Price: £13.95 (free delivery)

    morph costume

    The beauty of the morphsuit is its flexibility. Literally and metaphorically.

    If you're going to the party dressed as anything other than a human, a morphsuit can do the bulk of the legwork for you. Smurf? Blue morphsuit. Toy soldier? Green morphsuit. Butler who's probably on some kind of register? Tuxedo morphsuit.

    They really are the cheap costume for any fancy dress party.

    Get a Morphsuit » 

You've saved money on your costume – now discover ways to save money once you're on the night out!

All prices were accurate at the time of writing.

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