Need a fancy dress outfit that will put all others to shame? These are the best places in Leeds to find the ultimate costumes.
Finding the perfect costume can be a toughie. Will it be a superhero? A Disney character? Or maybe something historic like a toga-clad Roman? Well, make your decision that little bit easier by heading one of Leeds’ fancy dress shops – they’re packed full of amazing get-ups that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow, as the name suggests, takes its inspiration from The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy was the first costume they made, but while you can certainly still find Oz characters to dress up as, that’s not all they have. The Leeds fancy dress shop takes you from 1920s flapper dresses to 1960s hippy numbers and 1970s disco suits. They also have a slew of book, music, game and TV and inspired costumes – think Super Mario, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and even Rod Stewart. Each outfit can be hired for three days for between £8 and £35, although you can always buy your costume if you’d prefer.
Over the Rainbow, 3 Valley Road, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 9ER.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Costume Hire
Where better to get your next fancy dress idea than from one of Leeds’ most prolific theatres? West Yorkshire Playhouse has had a Costume Hire department for over twenty years, and the bulk of their offering has been handmade for the venue’s own productions. Whether it’s a 1920’s Gatsby style suit, a 40’s pin-up girl dress or something else entirely, the Playhouse has a slew of costumes for you to choose from. They’re open from 5pm until 8pm on Thursdays and from 11am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – prices vary depending on the outfits you pick out.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Costume Hire, 6 St Peters Buildings, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
Formerly known as Best Kept Secret, here’s one of the more unusual settings for a fancy dress shop in Leeds – Dr Jekyll’s is in a converted petrol station by Hyde Park Corner. Inside is where the real magic happens – you can transform into all kinds of characters or even travel back in time, as they stock everything from sailor hats, Viking helmets and animal onesies to Shrek, Lady Gaga and Batman costumes, to hire or buy. If you need the perfect accessories to finish your look off, they have loads to choose from, including plastic axes, devil horns and fake blood.
Dr Jekyll’s, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL.
Formerly the Amazing Party Company, Luvyababes is still one of the best fancy dress shops in Leeds. The choice is almost endless, whether it’s for the kids’ birthday, a stag or hen do, the Otley Run, Halloween or any other reason you might have. They stock full-body skins, so you can look like a skeleton or real-life Superman – outfits include characters from a range of TV shows, films and books, not to mention a whole host of scary costumes if you’re looking to give people a fright. They also do a range of wigs, fake moustaches and make-up to put the finishing touches on your get up, with prices starting from just £4.99.
Luvyababes, 90-92 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AD.
The Fancy Dress Experience
Conveniently situated just yards away from The Otley Run route, The Fancy Dress Experience opposite The Headingley Taps has plenty of costumes for you to choose from, all from as little as £10. You can find classic characters from your childhood, like Mr Blobby, Skeletor or an Oompa Loompa, as well as spine-chilling Halloween ideas. They also have a full range of accessories like hair colour spray, face paint, body paint and props to make sure you’ve nailed your outfit – this Leeds shop has it all.
The Fancy Dress Experience, 24 North Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HE.
Sashes and Tashes
Rothwell’s Sashes and Tashes specialises in much more than their name suggests. Their Leeds shop is chock full of amazing fancy dress ideas that will come in handy for everything from birthday parties to Halloween nights out – and prices start at just £4.99. You can become Captain America or Catwoman, go for a police or fire uniform, or even try an eye-watering pink mankini if you dare. They have everything you need to put a fright into folk with costumes and accessories for zombies, witches, clowns and more.
Sashes and Tashes, Haigh Road, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0NW.
On the outskirts of Leeds in Cross Gates, Sandroy has over 3000 different costumes to hire or buy. The range means there’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking to dress up as a rockstar like Freddie Mercury, a film character like Snow White or something scary like Dracula. Sandroy have all bases covered, and you can hire their costumes out for three days or purchase them for good if you can’t bear to part with the memories.
Sandroy, 74 Crossgates Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 7NN.
Otley Run Fancy Dress
Just ten minutes from Leeds city centre in Armley, Otley Run Fancy Dress offers fancy dress costumes from just £4.99, which is perfect if you’re working on a tight budget. They also specialise in a range of cosplay outfits that aficionados will love, perfect for events like Thought Bubble. There are also zombies, witches and devils for Halloween and loads of options for kids too.
Otley Run Fancy Dress, 12 Aberdeen Grove, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3QY.
Jay’s Fancy Dress and Costume Hire
For over 20 years, Jay’s Fancy Dress and Costume Hire has been dishing out quality outfits from its home in Guiseley. The Leeds Road shop offers a range of hire options, which usually cost around £20-£25, from Victorian or Medieval-themed get-ups to the best television and film outfits. They also have loads of accessories, wigs, hats, eye masks and face paints that they sell for you to keep. With over 3000 different looks to choose from, you can steal the show with Jay’s help.
Jay’s Fancy Dress and Costume Hire, 1a Leeds Road, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9NA.