How to fashion your own DIY West End costumes
Feeling uninspired with your current wardrobe? Take a trip down London theatre for inspiration with your fashion choices. These strong outfits aren’t just for models on the catwalk, anyone can pull off these West End-inspired looks. Whether it’s for a Halloween bash, New Year’s Eve celebration or just wanting to change up your style, our outfit tips are a sure-fire way of dressing like a West End sensation!Take our fashion theatre quiz as well!
West End Fashion tips
Step back in time where the hair was short and the skirts were even shorter! The Great Gatsby is the place to be if you want to show off your figure and slip on your dancing shoes. For a bold Gatsby-inspired fashion statement, you need a sparkly number or a sharp suit. To really hit the style, go for a dress with a dropped waist and lots of fringing! For your suits, a crisp white jacket like this is the perfect nod to Jay Gatsby himself.
Dress from Frock and Frill, Suit from ASOS.
Get the back to school look you wished you could get away with as a child with some School of Rock inspiration! If you’re wanting to be part of the band, then tartan is the way to go. Tartan comes in all colours and pieces of clothing and is a real Autumn/Winter necessity for your wardrobe. Dewey Finn’s look is comfy and easy, but if there’s one stand out piece then it’s the slipover jumper. Worn over any shirt, the slipover jumper has the potential to be your staple piece of clothing!
Dress from Next, Slipover from Marks and Spencer.
Throw on your platform boots and your brightest colours and take a trip to Greece as a Mamma Mia inspired look will have you in the Grecian mood. By day, it’s all about flowy clothing that will blow in the island breezes; kaftans and palazzo pants are real winners here. By night, channel your inner Donna and the Diamonds by wearing a pair of ruffled trousers, the more ruffles the better!
For those who want to look like Sky, going shirtless is the best way. For those chillier moments, throw on a patterned shirt and you’ll still be looking cool.
One of the easiest West End styles to master, The Book of Mormon fashion is owning a crisp, white shirt. Team your white shirt with smart black trousers, freshly polished black shoes and slick your hair down to be on your way to achieving Mormon perfection. For the finishing touch, tie a black tie and you’ll look like the smartest Mormon in town.
Shirt from Burton, Tie from ASOS, Hair gel from Boots.
Feel like part of the sultriest show in London with a Chicago inspired look. To perfect this look, it’s best to show some skin and even sexier when covering up with mesh. Wear a mesh shirt or fishnet tights, it’s definitely a look you’ll be seeing on catwalks as well. Team this with underwear as your clothes, and you’ll definitely feel confident to seduce whoever you want.
For even hotter honey rags, wear a black bowler hat and a fitted blazer.
Dripping in diamonds, the Dreamgirls style is the epitome of class. For a real piece of fashion magic, wear your glitziest prom-style dress to really feel as though you’re going to the ball. Gold will work best to smash this iconic look, but for a fiery approach, a red skirt with thigh-high slits will be sure to turn heads. For that final touch, slip on a feather boa to really feel like a diva.
Dress from Goddiva, Skirt from Pretty Little Thing, Feather boa from Amazon.
Known for her tresses, Tina Turner always gets the attention when she walks into a room. To perfect this look, a comb and hairspray will become your best friend. For best results, use a hairspray with Argan oil to maintain shiny and manageable hair. You’re well on your way to being simply the best…
Hairbrush from Tangle Teezer, Hairspray from Boots.
Rev up your wardrobe’s power with a little help from Bat Out of Hell. Get the Strat vibe by wearing tight skinny jeans and a sleeveless shirt. Any printed tee with a celebrity will also do the trick. Give your motor-gang inspired outfit the finishing touch by wearing a killer leather jacket and black eyeliner; the thicker the better.
Jeans from Topman, Jacket from H&M, Eyeliner from Superdrug.
The mysterious Phantom wears a long, black cape but to perfect this look on a day-to-day basis, a black trench coat or mac will work all the right angles. For the purity of Christine, any white dress will capture her innocence. To maximise a Phantom of the Opera look, a white dress with ruffles will really capture her character.
Coat from H&M, Dress from Glamorous.
One of the most fashionable characters in theatre, recreate Lola’s style by slipping on a little red dress. Always dressed to the nines, channelling Lola is a sure-fire way to inject some fabulousness into your wardrobe. Pair this with red thigh-high boots and you’ll look simply irresistible.
Dress from Pink Boutique, Boots from Public Desire.
Following Thomas Jefferson’s style will definitely have you standing out. Layering burgundy pieces, the colour blocking here is simple yet creates a striking outfit. If you want to step into Alexander Hamilton’s shoes, then go for a black leather boot. Perfect for men and women, owning a pair of black boots will have you feeling like you could start your own revolution.