Hi, I am Adele, and I have run a large fancy dress shop in Essex, England, since 1998. I'm happy to pass on my knowledge to help others.
The pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One idea for a fun party theme is encouraging your guests to choose a costume that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet. Here are some ways to do that:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first name if you want to narrow their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters to inspire their costumes. These could be randomly or deliberately chosen.
When you first send out invitations, it's possible that your guests will be confused about what you're asking them to do. To avoid confusion, be sure to explain the idea thoroughly since if your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they might skip your party altogether.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "T," some based on famous characters or people. If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box so you can help other people too. Have a fantastic party!
Costumes Starting With T
Tarzan — Tarzan, a character from the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was made famous by several films, including one from Disney. Brought up by apes, Tarzan's costume includes fake-fur trunks or a tunic and can be teamed with accessories such as vines. Tarzan could be partnered with Jane from the film, who was a British naturalist.
Tamora — Tamora is queen of the Goths in Shakespeare's play Titus Andronicus. To get the look, you could use a costume based on Boudicca (an early English tribal queen) or Xena the Warrior Princess. Bolder party-goers might want to add some tattoos or tribal body art.
Tasmanian Devil — The Tasmanian devil is a mammal made world famous by the Warner Bros. cartoon character, Taz.
Teacher — Both men and women can dress as teachers and go either by themselves or with a group. There are many takes on the look, from modern teachers to boarding school masters to even instructors from Harry Potter! Accessories like a cane and small-rimmed glasses are perfect for this character. To get the classic look epitomised by The Bash Street Kids or Pink Floyd's song "The Wall", wear a teacher's gown, a moustache, and a mortar board hat.
Tea Gown — A tea gown was a piece of popular at-home attire from the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras that usually consisted of a full-length dress made of a quality lace fabric and sleeves with a fitted yoke. During the war years, a young lady would go out to a dance in a tea dress (an updated version of the tea gown), so any '40s dress would also suffice for this costume idea.
Teddy Bear — Teddy bears have been the fearless defenders of children since the early 20th century. Costumes for Winnie the Pooh or Rupert the Bear could be used, or more recently, the adult-orientated Ted. Similarly, a plain bear in a range of shades of brown can be worn. For a groan-worthy pun, if the fabric is a little too worn, then he's a 'fred-bear'!
Teddy Boys and Girls
Teddy Boy — The Teddy Boy look was a major British youth fashion trend in the late 1950s and early 1960s that was based on elements of Edwardian clothing, hence its name. The look for men included drainpipe trousers and a draped jacket with a black collar and puffs. Suit jackets came in a range of popular colours from the era and the getup also included stylish shoes, such as brothel creepers, which featured leather uppers and thick crepe soles. Winkle pickers, a slim shoe with a pointed tip, were also popular and favored by rock-and-roll fans.
The Teddy Boy look was adopted by many artists such as Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly, and Shaking Stevens. No fashion movement is complete without a signature hairstyle, however. The Teddy Boys favored a coif inspired by Elvis, and a ducktail (hair slicked back to a point at the base of the neck). The Teddy Boy was rarely without his comb! Later, in the 1970s, pop groups such as Showaddywaddy and Mud copied the Teddy Boy dress style, albeit with a slightly glitzier look.
Teddy Girl — Though it took place in the same era as the Teddy Boys, the Teddy Girl look was more closely aligned with the preppy fashion movement in the US, with full poodle skirts, petticoats, off-the-shoulder tops, and neck scarves. Teddy Girls favored ponytails and accessories such as flyway glasses. Some '50s style Teeny Bopper costumes are similar to the Teddy Girl look.
Temple Dancer — Temple dancers are exotic dancers found in countries such as India and Thailand. Wear an ornate Eastern or Arabian costume, similar in style to belly dancer or harem outfits but with more decorative embellishments such as gold accessories and finger jewellery. Don't forget elaborate stylised makeup and headdresses.
Tennis Player — Tennis whites work for both men and women. For women, wear a short skirt and blouse, and for men, wear shorts and a shirt. Dress it up with some accessories such as headbands, wristbands, a racquet, a ball, and a towel.
Terminator — Terminator is a cyborg killer from the future played by Arnold Schwarzenneger in a series of films. Wear a cyborg mask, combat gear, and fake weaponry.
Texas Ranger — This character is popular within certain murder mystery games based in the Old West and was popularized by the US television series Walker, Texas Ranger. Wear a black cowboy hat, chaps, a trench coat, and a sheriff's badge.
The Vamp or Torch Singer — Wear a slinky, smouldering dress in the style of Marlene Dietrich or Jessica Rabbit. Be sure to bring a repertoire of torch songs to lament the loss of a lover.
Theatrical Performer — This cateogry is very broad and so allows for a wide range of interpretations. You can use any historical costume, current theater performer, or go as a stereotypical drama kid or Glee cast member (US television show). Just make sure it's over the top!
Thief of Baghdad — The Thief of Baghdad is the hero of an Arabian Nights story. Wear a costume similar to Disney's Aladdin with harem trousers, a matching waistcoat, and an optional turban.
Thor — Thor is the god of Thunder in Norse mythology and also a popular Marvel comic character which has now been featured in some recent major motion pictures. Be sure to wear the key elements of a winged helmet and a war hammer. If you can't get the official costume, a Viking costume also works as a base.
Three Degrees — Three Degrees was a female soul and disco group formed in 1963 that was Britain's answer to The Supremes. Preferably you could go in a group and wear matching glittery gowns, stylish hairdos, and makeup.
Thunderbirds — Thunderbirds are characters from a popular Gerry Anderson puppet TV series of the late 1960s and have also appeared in two feature films. A Thunderbird pilot costume is based on a blue jacket with matching trousers, a yellow sash featuring the IR (International Rescue) symbol, and a matching chip bag or side cap hat. Pilots were
- Scott (Thunderbird 1 - Rocket-style first response ship)
- Virgil (Thunderbird 2 - Heavy-duty aircraft with interchangeable equipment pods)
- Gordon (Thunderbird 3 - Spaceship)
- Alan (Thunderbird 4 - Sub-aqua exploration unit)
- John (Thunderbird 5 - Space-based tracking station)
Other characters from the series include Jeff Tracy, father of the pilots, Brains the scientist, and British agent Lady Penelope and her chauffeur Parker.
Tinker Bell — Made famous by the much-loved film Peter Pan, Tinker Bell now has her own film franchise! She is a small blonde fairy who wears a short green dress that’s often sparkly. Her accessories could include a wand, wings, and bells.
Tiger — To become this distinctively marked member of the big cat family, wear a tiger-striped fur jumpsuit with attached hands and feet. You can also find tiger onesies as well as tiger print unitards. Some people wear a tiger mask or paint their face as well. A fun variation is going as Tigger, the hyper-enthusiastic friend of Winnie the Pooh.
Tiki-Man — The Tiki-Man is a character associated with the Pacific Islands. Wear a grass skirt, fur tunic or waistcoat, and face makeup or a tribal mask. Be ready to fire dance.
Tiller Girl — Similar to a show girl, the Tiller Girls were among the most popular dance troupes of the 1900s, famed for their synchronised precision dancing. Wear vintage showgirl attire.
Tina Turner — Tina is a world-famous recording artist that first hit the scene in the 1960s. One of her most famous outfits is a short gold sequined dress. She also had a very distinctive hairstyle with wild leonine layers. Wigs are available to get the look.
Tin Man — The Tin Man is the famous character in search of a heart from The Wizard of Oz. The character wears a silver suit made out of tin (or something metallic), a funnel hat, and a silver mask or metallic makeup. You can also modify this to be a costume for women.
Toad — Toad is a character from The Wind and The Willows. You can easily find a Toad mask and makeup available. Mole, Badger, and Rat are some of the other characters from the book that could make a fun group costume project.
Tom Jones — Tom Jones is a legendary singing star that became popular in the 1960s and remains so today. Most recently, he has been a judge on BBC's The Voice talent show. His most famous look is made up of tight-fitting black leather trousers with an open neck white shirt. You could also choose to wear a cardboard celebrity mask.
Tom the Cabin Boy — Tom the Cabin Boy is from the children's books and TV cartoon series Captain Pugwash. Wear a red and white-striped t-shirt with white breeches.
Top Hat and Tails — Wear a black top hat, black tailcoat and trousers, white waistcoat, and a bow tie. You can accessorize with a flower or white handkerchief. Ladies can sex this costume up by wearing fishnet stockings and heels.
Top Gun — Top Gun is a popular 1986 film about American Navy fighter pilots featuring Tom Cruise as the main character, Maverick. Wear a jumpsuit, glasses, and a helmet. At one point, Tom Cruise also wears a white naval officer suit, so this is another option for this character.
Top Hat and Tails Performer — This is also the dress used for a cabaret dancer and would make a fetching outfit for ladies.
Toucan — A toucan is a tropical bird. You can get the look either by using a fur and fabric costume, or body and face makeup and hairspray colour. One method would be wearing a basic black bodysuit with blue material added for some flashes. You could either paint your face or wear a balaclava.
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de — Toulouse-Lautrec is a famous French artist of the late nineteenth century, contemporary with the heyday of the Moulin Rouge. Use any Victorian gentleman costume to create this character and be sure to add a beard and moustache.
Toy Soldier — You could go different routes with this look, either as a formal British soldier, with a bearskin hat, a red jacket, and black trousers, or as an American toy soldier like the ones in Toy Story, in all green.
Tradesman — These characters often crop up in nursery rhymes and take a number of forms. You could be a:
- Candlestick maker
- Farmer (and wife)
Tweety —Tweety bird is a popular yellow canary from the Warner Bros. cartoons. You can easily team this character with Sylvester the cat. Wear a canary body and head, yellow tights, and overshoes.
Trinity — Trinity is a leading character from The Matrix films. Wear a black PVC jumpsuit with sunglasses and short, slicked black hair.
Troll — These characters are often found living under or guarding bridges as in the fairy tale, "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Long haired, bug-eyed trolls were a favourite toy of the 1960s and '70s, and a modern take on the concept would be the nefarious internet troll.
Truly Scrumptious — Truly Scrumptious is the leading female character from Ian Fleming's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Wear an Edwardian-style lace blouse with a long white and red striped skirt. In a later part of the story she disguises herself as a dancing doll, so that is also a costume option.
Turkey — Wear a brown or grey feather costume with a crested headpiece and mask. You could also purchase a reddish-grey novelty outfit. Don't forget the dangly red thing under your neck.
Twiggy — Twiggy was a slim English model, named 'The Face of 1966' by the Daily Express. A "dolly bird" combined with the wild excesses of sixties fashion, she was most noted for her use of false eyelashes and eye makeup. There are lots of mod A-line dresses available to purchase to suit all sizes and budgets to get her look.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee — Tweedledum and Tweedledee are rotund, fictional characters from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass which were featured in the 1951 Disney film Alice in Wonderland and its remake in 2010. Wear red trousers, yellow shirts with a white bib and blue bow, and a yellow cap with a red flag on top.
'20s-Style Lady — The '20s was the first time ladies' dresses were knee length and hair was cut fashionably short. There are plenty of '20s flapper and Charleston dresses available to purchase. Accented hairbands were also a popular accessory.
'20s-Style Man — Wear a striped blazer and Oxford bag trousers, a straw boater, and a moustache, or use a top hat and tail to get the '20s look.
Toreador — A toreador is a type of Spanish bull fighter. Wear a short jacket and pantaloons (or tuck long trousers into socks to get the same effect), black shoes, a white shirt, and a cape. You can also find costumes to purchase.
Tourist — Wear brightly coloured clothes, long socks (especially if you're wearing sandals), big sunglasses, an obnoxious camera, a wide-brimmed hat or ball cap, and of course a bum bag.
Trooper — Trooper is another name for US state police. Wear a wide-brimmed police hat, collared shirt, tie, and boots.
Thriller — To dress as the King of Pop in one of his most well-known songs, wear a red PVC top and trousers with an afro wig. You could also try a red PVC suit with a werewolf mask!
T Bird — T Bird is the beloved boy's gang from Grease. Wear a black leather jacket, white shirt, blue jeans, and of course, greased hair. Official jackets are available to purchase or get an old black bomber jacket and write "T Bird" across the back using white fabric paint.
Tommy — Tommy was slang for a common soldier in the British army circa WWI or WWII. Wear a vintage British army uniform.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — A licensed costume is now available to purchase of the dynamic group. If you'd like to put this costume together at home, however, you'll need to find green trousers and a long-sleeved top. You could make the turtle shell from cardboard or from padded fabric. You'll also need an eye mask in the chosen colour of your favourite turtle character.
- Donatello - Purple eye mask
- Michelangelo - Orange eye mask
- Leonardo - Blue eye mask
- Raphael - Red eye mask
Comments? Questions? Other costume ideas? Say so in the comments section!
vesper on June 20, 2017:
do you know what a tourist wears?
Frankie on November 08, 2015:
My sister is go to be a tourist!☺️
emma on January 06, 2013:
Grace Ryan on June 04, 2012:
You could if wanted to dress up as a telephone.
It's a good joke!
Stella on February 09, 2012:
Someone could dress up as a toilet
chris moir on October 26, 2010:
i need a good celebrity costume idea
jj on August 02, 2010: