Fancy Dress: the most popular themes you’ll see at Durham

Whether it is a society, sports team or birthday Durham prides itself on its fancy dress. As the hordes of drunken Durham students pour towards Loveshack Wednesday, we bring you the hottest themes of this academic year.


The Scary One

Long gone are the woeful witches or ghosts of our childhood, halloween means game on and a facepaint frenzy.

The Slutty One

Having finally broken free from the boaters and blazers of Charterhouse and Wycombe Abbey, the opportunity to dress up to get down and dirty is just too tempting. Forget the Barbour and crack out the crop top, these young ladies love any excuse to dare to bare.

The Twist on Words

Think outside the box and get creative: fancy dress doesn’t have to be obvious. The best social secretaries need to up their game and keep everyone guessing. Egg and Soldiers? Games Night? Heroes and Villains?

The Local One

Embracing the outside world can be hard from within the Durham bubble, but the annual HCRFC Crystal Palace social shows that where there is a will, there is a way (with the fake bake anyway).

The Dream Team

This one is for all the Team Durham minions out there, enough said.

The Ultimate Peacock

Fancy dress means getting outrageous and getting people talking, peacocking is all about dressing for attention


Bunk the trend in 2014 and get down with the grannies. Checklist includes nude tights, frumpy florals and a hair net. Bring on the saggy boobs and drink if you haven’t had any since the fifties.