The 1990s is becoming the trendiest decade for fancy dress parties that call for retro style! From ‘90s school discos to high school reunions, student union parties, and big nights out, ‘90s fancy dress is the way to go, and we’re here to inspire you with ideas. Jet back to your childhood and reminisce about your favourite TV shows, Saturday cartoons, and kiddie classics. Our TV character ‘90s fancy dress ideas cover all of the top shows of the decade that everyone will know and love!



Dipsy, Tinky Winky, Laa Laa and Po. Who’s your favourite Teletubby? Looking back at the Teletubbies the programme had a very weird storyline, but it was the best thing ever at the time! Noo Noo the hoover, the laughing baby sun, and the cute Teletubby team all set the scene for a programme that babies and toddlers adored. Bring back the famous four faces with authentic-looking Teletubbies costumes! You couldn’t find a better ‘90s costume idea for a group of four friends.




“In West Philadelphia, born and raised, in the playground is where I spent most of my days”. If you don’t know the lyrics to this song, were you even around in the ‘90s? The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is the coolest ‘90s TV show around. It kick-started Will Smith’s career and has plenty of hilarious characters to appreciate. Do you have what it takes to become the Fresh Prince? Don his hip-hop threads and a baseball cap in this quirky ‘90s costume that screams ‘retro’. You’ll be a trendsetter for any ‘90s school disco. 




Switch on your slow-motion camera and waltz into the party, letting your hair blow in the wind and showing off that finely sculpted beach body. Baywatch was one of the hottest shows on TV in the ‘90s, with Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff provoking crushes across the globe! Dressing in a Baywatch costume is a ‘90s fancy dress idea that’s great for beach parties, pool parties, and any other outdoor celebration. You’ll be giving mouth-to-mouth on the sand in no time…




Before being made into a movie, ‘The Mask’ was a popular animated TV cartoon. Anyone that puts on the mysterious mask transforms into a wild and wacky character with special powers. He fights the supernatural, causes plenty of laughs, and he’s stylish at the same time – look at that three-piece yellow suit! Dress as The Mask for the party and paint your face green. He’s a ‘90s fancy dress idea that no-one else will think of.




Can he fix it? Yes, he can! Those famous words have echoed through generations of children and you probably remember Bob from your childhood. He’s a chirpy cartoon handyman that gets around the village, fixing things and stumbling into sticky situations. Reminisce your younger days with an adult-sized Bob the Builder costume. He has all the tools you need to craft a night out to remember! He’ll also get plenty of laughs out of your mates.




Mr Blobby was a hilarious character with big googly eyes that was featured on Noel Edmonton’s ‘90s TV programme, Noel’s House Party. This big bumbling pink giant with yellow spots had a cheeky grin and liked to cause mayhem and say the silliest things. We’re not sure what it was about him, but Mr Blobby never failed to be funny, and he’s one of the most memorable TV personalities of the decade! Dress in a Mr Blobby costume to hear roars of laughter when you arrive at the party.




Looking back at TV shows, such as Banana’s in Pyjamas, kids nowadays don’t know what they’re missing! These oversized banana characters live by the beach and serve as beach patrol, living normal banana lives alongside giant animals, gnomes, and other wacky residents. The original live-action TV show was a big hit worldwide and the theme song is still a classic today! Grab your friend or partner, dress in a Bananas in Pyjamas duo costume and sing along as you parade into the party.




Cowabunga! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the most bad-ass dudes around. Trained by their sensei Splinter, they’re skilled in the art of Ninjutsu and also love pizza! The Ninja Turtles are iconic heroes of the ‘90s that every little boy had action figures of, and they recently featured in their own movie. Get suited up as a Ninja Turtle with three of your mates and bring the ‘90s crime-fighting back - turtle-style!




Super Mario may be one of the most popular video game characters of all time, however, many people don’t know that he also had an animated TV show in the early 1990s. Dress as the quirky Italian plumber and save your Princess Peach! Mario, Luigi, Wario, and the rest of the gang all have costumes available, so it makes a cool group idea. Hop on toadstools, collect coins, and make it to the castle before time runs out.




Big Bird, Elmo, and the gang may have first arrived on TV in the ‘60s, but it was a trend that lived on through generations to be a big hit in the ‘90s! This Sesame Street Oscar Costume adds a feminine edge to the messy Oscar the Grouch character. He’s a monster that likes digging through the garbage, but there’s nothing trashy about this costume! It’s colourful, easy to wear, and a unique ‘90s TV show costume idea.




Whilst that’s the end of our ‘90’ fancy dress ideas list for TV shows of the decade, you’ll also find costumes based on ‘90s movies, trends, pop stars, and other themes of this now-retro decade. Relive your youth as a ‘90s kid and host your own party – it’s one of the hottest dress-up ideas that your friends will flock to support!

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