Words Used to Describe Theatre Costumes

Here’s a list of 500 words I have compiled to assist drama students and teachers in describing theatre costumes on stage. This list should prove useful for class discussions and essays after theatre visits.

acceptableforcedscholarly
adequateformidablescrappy
adornedformlessscrewball
aestheticfoxyseductive
airyfreshseemly
alluringfrightfulsensible
alternativefrivoloussensual
amazinggarishsensuous
amissgaudyserviceable
amusinggaysevere
annoyinggenuineshabby
apparelledglamourousshabby
applicableglitteryshapely
appropriateglitzysharp
aptgloomyshoddy
arrayedgloriousshowy
arrestinggoodsignificant
artificialgorgeoussimple
astonishinggracefulsinful
astoundinggracelesssleazy
attractivegrim-lookingsleek
audaciousguacheslick
austerehandsomeslight
authentichappeningslim
avant-gardehardsloppy
awkwardharshslovenly
badheavenlysmall
balancedheavysmart
barehipsmooth
beautifulhistoricsnappy
becomingho-humsoft
befittinghopelesssolid
beguilinghorriblesoothing
benignhotsophisticated
bewitchinghuedspartan
bichromehugespecked
bicolouredhumdrumspeckled
bighypnotisingspectacular
bizarreimaginativespellbinding
blandimportantspiffy
bleachedimpressivespiritual
bleakimpropersplashy
boldinsplendid
boringinappropriatespotted
braveinconsequentialspruce
breathtakinginconspicuoussquare
brightindigenousstained
brilliantinnocentstale
calculatinginnovativestark
cannyinsignificantstately
captivatinginterestingstereotyped
charmingintolerablesterile
cheapintricatestiff
checkeredintriguingstirring
cheesyirksomestraight
chicironedstraightforward
chromaticirrelevantstrained
civilisedirritatingstrange
clamjadedstreaked
classiclacestriped
classylacklustrestructured
cleanlargestuffy
clearlearnedstunning
clownishlightstupid
coarselittlestyleless
colouredloudstylised
colourfulloutishstylish
colourlesslukewarmstylistic
comfortablemainstreamsuave
commonmajesticsubdued
commonplacemarbledsubstantial
compactmarvelloussubtle
complexmasculinesuitable
complicatedmaskedsummery
conservativemeaningfulsuper
conspicuousmeaninglesssurprising
contemporarymellowsvelte
contouredmesmerisingswanky
contrivedmessyswish
conventionalminimalisttacky
coolminortame
correctmismatchedtantalising
cosmopolitanmoderntasteful
couturemodesttasteless
craftymonochromatictawdry
creativemonochromictawdry
crinkledmottledtepid
crudemulticolouredterrestial
culturedmultihuedterrible
curiousmutedterrific
curvaceousmysteriousthin
curvynaïvethoughtful
dailynakedthrilling
dandynaturaltidy
dappernaturalistictinged
dapplednaughtytiny
daringneattolerable
darknegligibletoned
dazzlingneutraltoned-down
debonairnewsworthytranscendent
decentnotorioustrashy
deceptiveobscuretrendy
decoratedoddtrichromatic
desirableold-lookingtricoloured
dichromaticoppressivetrifling
dimordinarytrimmed
diplomaticoriginaltrivial
dirtyornatetwo-tone
discreetorthodoxugly
disguisedostentatiousultrachic
dishevelledother-worldlyultracool
distinguishedoutmodedultrasmart
doggishoutstandingunacceptable
dottedoverdoneunadorned
dowdyoverstatedunattractive
down-marketpaleunbecoming
drabpalishunchic
dragpatterneduncivilised
dramaticpeacefuluncool
dreadfulpeculiaruncouth
drearypedestrianundecorated
dressyperfectunderdone
dryperiodunderstated
dubiouspertinentundistinguished
dullplaidundramatic
dumbplain-vanillaunearthly
dustypointeduneducated
dyedpointlessunembellished
educatedpolishedunexciting
effectualpolychromaticunfashionable
elaborateposhunglamourous
electrifyingposhunimportant
elegantpowerfuluninteresting
embellishedpracticalunkempt
embroideredpretentiousunobtrusive
enchantingprettyunoriginal
engrossingproblematicunpolished
enormousprominentunpretentious
enthrallingproperunreal
entrancingprovocativeunrealistic
etherealpsychedelicunseemly
everydaypurposefulunsophisticated
evocativepurposelessunspectacular
exaggeratedquestionableunsuitable
excitingquietuntidy
exhilaratingravishingunusual
exquisiterawupmarket
extraordinaryrealupscale
extremerealisticuseful
eye-openingrefinedveiled
eye-poppingrelevantvibrant
fabulousremarkablevoguish
fadedrespectablewacky
fairrestrainedwarm
fakerightwashed-out
fancyriskywashed-up
fascinatingrisqueweary
fashionableritzyweighty
feminierivetingwintry
fitrobustwispish
fittingroughenedwonderful
flamboyantroutinewondrous
flashyroyalworldy
flatteringrudewrinkled
fleckedruggedwrong
fleshysatisfactoryyoung-looking
foppishsavvy
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