Theatre Costumes: 500 Interesting Words to Describe Them

Here’s a list of over 500 words that will assist drama students in describing costumes seen in theatre productions. Most senior students go to the theatre as part of their studies and come back to class to prepare a written analysis or evaluation of the show.

Costumes worn by characters on stage can be everything from graceful and elaborate to slovenly and tacky. Sometimes costumes in the theatre are snappy or austere, at other times they are modest or even wispish. This list will help you decide!

If you’re not sure of the meaning of a particular word, then click the dictionary link at the bottom of the table. There is also a list of similar word tables posted elsewhere on the Drama Teacher describing everything from sets and movement, to characters and gestures.

Words Describing Theatre Costumes

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

Not sure of the meaning of a word on the list? Look it up in the dictionary.

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