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The best costume shops in Sydney

Fix up, look sharp with the best costume shops Sydney has to offer
Exotic costume at ABC Costume Hire
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Whether you want to slay the DF in retro flares, swing back into the ’20s in a bedazzled frock or scare the bejesus out of your mates with a gory mask, these local costumiers will make sure you’re dressed to the nines. But if you're looking for a regular fabulous daywear rather than something fearful, head to the best antique stores or best op shops in Sydney.

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The best costume shops in Sydney

Shop attendants at The Wardrobe Chatswood
Shopping, Costumes

The Wardrobe

icon-location-pin Chatswood

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the dress up box of your dreams when you enter the Wardrobe. The store’s bright pink interiors are home to over 30,000 individual pieces of costuming. On site they have a tailoring room used to customise costumes and create one-off pieces for local theatre ensembles and school productions.

Wigs and costumes
Photograph: J Mark Dodds
Shopping, Costumes

Fancy That Costume Hire

icon-location-pin Crows Nest

This space has a lot more room that the previous location – downstairs you’ll find costumes and accessories to purchase: fake blood, mardi gras beads, tiki cups, neon wigs and other costume embellishing knick-knacks. But upstairs is where Fancy That really shines. They have a comprehensive database of costumes, which you can browse through on one of five iPads in store (or online).

Masks at Costume Shop

The Costume Shop

icon-location-pin Waterloo

Its Waterloo location will serve anyone in the Inner West well – just make sure you arrive with plenty of time to try on all the different options. Downstairs you’ll find basic, for-purchase costumes. Upstairs you’ll find an extensive range of dress-ups organised mostly by period and style, from medieval outfits to ’50s frocks. 

Costumes at Snog the Frog
Shopping, Costumes

Snog the Frog

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

Tucked away in a Surry Hills sidestreet is the little costume treasure chest known as Snog the Frog. After entering their garage door you are surrounded by a collection of ridiculous celebrity masks. Upstairs is a small retail area but the real winner here are the hire costumes – especially their celebrity and character costumes. 

Halloween costume and masks
Shopping, Costumes

Party People Mega Store

icon-location-pin Drummoyne

This party shop has more balloons than we’ve ever seen in one spot before. They’ve also got copious sweets for candy bars, glow sticks galore and plenty of knick-knacks for themed parties. While the two-floor shop brings its A-game on the decorations front, the costume selection isn’t as comprehensive.

Two people standing up against a brick wall wearing skeleton hal
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Shopping, Costumes

Costume Party

icon-location-pin Newtown

This bargain shop has a decent costume selection – but the price cut means a cut in quality. Here you’ll find your run-of-the-mill nun, dentist and army outfits alongside extensive wacky sunglasses, sequined hot pants and fake blood.

Costume shop rack
Photograph: Adam Groffman
Shopping, Costumes

Jester Fancy Dress

icon-location-pin Caringbah

This sprawling costume shop has been peddling costumes since 1985 and has a big collection to show for it. Some of the outfits have seen better party days, but if you hunt through the collection or buy it brand-new you’ll be sure to find something that’ll work.

Dazzling Fancy Dress Costume Hire

Dazzling Fancy Dress Costume Hire

icon-location-pin Yagoona

These guys also specialise in Book Week costumes, so they’ve got a great selection of characters from kids’ literature, from Dorothy to real dinosaurs.

Freak yourself out

Ghost tour group inside a tunnel
Photograph: Supplied
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