French maid fancy dress costumes are one of the most recognizable of all types of fancy dress outfits. Originating from the 19th century, where they were first worn by servants, French maid outfits usually consist of a black and white uniform with a frilly white apron.
If you are considering going to the upcoming party in this type of costume then there are a number of different options that you can choose from. Ultimately a lot will depend upon your personality when deciding which of the following French maid outfits you will go for.
The classic costume
The standard black and white outfit with its white apron and feather duster is a popular choice to wear to the party, but even then there are a number of variations on this theme. Most of these uniforms are predominately black, but some outfits are a like photo negative, where the colors are reversed and where white becomes the main color of the costume. For these costumes white stockings are often the preference instead of the usual black fishnets.
Other types of maid outfits
Although strictly speaking these are not actual French maid fancy dress costumes, maid outfits are similar in principle and are a great way to let your personality come to the fore, or at least the character you want to play on the night. There are some great alternatives to French maid outfits; from the bashful country maiden costume, to the cheeky European barmaid and the brazen Renaissance wench.
The PVC uniforms
Depending on how confident you are and the kind of party you are going to, you might want to consider getting a PVC French maid uniform. These are particularly sultry outfits, which are mainly confined to bedroom activities or hen nights. However, there are still many of these types of outfit out there, which are respectable enough to wear to the party, but be warned the chances are you will take center stage.