Anything but Clothes (also known as an ABC Party) is a typical college party theme used by college-aged partygoers across the nation. Basically the idea and the number one rule of the party is to show up dressed in pretty much anything…but clothes. Those that do show up at this type of party in normal clothes usually get handed a black plastic bag to make use of.

The ideas here for an Anything but Clothes party are endless: Duck tape, saran wrap, cardboard boxes, etc. It usually ends up turning into another one of those parties you find college girls wearing pretty much close to nothing. Some may look down on this idea, but in a way it really tests the creativity of the individual partygoer.

Anything But Clothes Party Ideas

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Here are some typical Anything but Clothes ideas that partiers have used in the past:

  • Cardboard
  • Beer Boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Paper bags
  • Garbage cans
  • Duck Tape (used in just the right places)
  • Shrink wrap
  • Flag
  • Feathers
  • Caution Tape
  • Signs
  • Body Paint
  • Foam
  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Foil
  • Bubble wrap
  • Towels
  • Bed sheets (technically a toga I suppose)
  • Flotation devices
  • Nothing!

There are many other possibilities for an Anything but Clothes party. It’s always best to come up with your own original idea. Either way an ABC party, or "no clothes party" as it’s called, is one of the more popular party themes for college parties and mixers.