We have a dress-up box crammed full of costumes, mostly fairies, princesses and superheroes. Interestingly, the pieces that are the most fought over (errr… I mean ‘sought after’) are the less specific pieces – an old tartan waistcoat, a red woollen beret, a green felt cloche hat, and a bunch of large fabric squares that are sometimes scarves, sometimes skirts, sometimes capes. And it’s because of this motley collection of favourite dress-ups that I can see the brilliance in Fafu.
The Fafu collection includes hats, capes, cloaks and ponchos, large felt ‘feet’ (called Handys and that can also be worn on your hands) and silky scarves in sumptuous colours. A quick glance at each piece and you can guess how it might be worn but the beauty of these dress-ups is that kids will undoubtedly find lots of different ways to wear them.
I love the Poppy capes – different colours on each side and a series of snap fasteners mean that kids can create sleeves, hoods, pockets or even ‘frills’ from the one cape. You can also join Poppy capes together – turn your cape into a tent!
With a little imagination, every Fafu piece transforms – turn the Eary hat upside down and it’s a bucket; the Andy poncho becomes a skirt or a tablecloth or a handbag; and the fringed Silly skirts could be a lion’s mane or a king’s collar.
Prices begin at €5 for a scarf. The Poppy cape is €32 and a starter pack with enough costume pieces to keep up to eight kids busy is €198. Fafu deliver worldwide.