The possibilities are endless with Fafu dress-ups


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.

Fafu is a small design company based in Iceland and their focus is on open-ended play, specifically through superb dress-ups.


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.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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