The 5 Best Costume Rental Companies in Austin
Nothing gets you as close to the whimsy of childhood like dressing up in costume. Now that we’re adults, costume-appropriate occasions may be a bit more limited, so why not go all out for your film production, performance, or theme party? Austin locals are renowned for embracing all things weird, with no shortage of vintage spots to get lost in the search for the most imaginative wardrobe. Check out the most exciting costume rental companies in Austin — one of them is bound to lead you to the outfit of your dreams.
There is no doubt on any Austinite’s mind that Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is THE costume spot in Austin. Number one on our list, Lucy in Disguise has been an Austin staple for both locals and tourists since 1984. Named after one of the co-owner’s border collie and their love of The Beatles, this vintage and rainbow drenched costume shop provides you with anything as specific as its namesake.
They carry costumes for both renting and buying, jewelry, shoes, wigs, makeup, masks, and anything in between. Lucy in Disguise has over 10,000 costumes to choose from – and that’s not counting accessories — so you’re sure to find what you need. They cater to anyone with a desire for fun and outrageousness, if that isn’t already clear by the zebra with the fruit on it’s head that stands atop the store entrance.
What’s more, if you’re renting a costume for a performance they offer a discount. Plus, they offer a Halloween Special for anyone renting after Sept 1st so you can keep your costume longer if you are partying up to the Witching Hour. Next time you’re in South Congress, stop by, you never know what you’ll find.
A Cut Above Costumes is second on our list of the best costume rental companies in Austin, though it is actually located in Round Rock, a short drive north of Austin. It lends its services to everyone in the area, and with an inventory of over 50,000 costumes across all time periods, it’s an easy feat.
They help everyone find the right costume since they are geared towards helping local theater productions, film projects, wedding events, costume parties, or your casual Halloween renter. At A Cut Above, you can schedule an appointment to have one of their costume professionals consult with you about the pieces in their inventory that would work best for the look you are trying to achieve.
Schedule a fitting for your whole theater troupe to find the costume needed for the big night. And if all else fails, A Cut Above can create a new costume for you from scratch, making that drive out of Austin all the more worth it.
3. The Bazaar
The Bazaar is legendary, and though it no longer has a location in Austin due to the pandemic, its Wimberley, TX, is still open. They first opened up their store in 1966 on the University of Texas in Austin campus selling swimsuits. Then expanded into lingerie, clothing, and accessories. They sold Tim Curry the corset and stockings he wore for the first anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show celebration at the Paramount Theater.
It wasn’t until the UT Theater Department asked The Bazaar to sell some theater makeup that they began their stint as the glamorous theater shop it is today, now in Wimberly, Texas, about an hour south of Austin. They specialize in the smaller elements of a costume such as wigs, fake beards and mustaches, hats, jewelry, and makeup. If you are looking for some vintage glamour for your costume then the attire The Bazaar sells might be just what you need to be the life of the party.
Speaking of glamour, there is no place that will make you feel more glamorous than Coco Coquette. It is a wig shop located in East Cesar Chavez that sells not only the most amazing wig styles, but also headdresses, makeup, accessories, and masks in the New Orleans-style of costumery. Coco Coquette embodies the spirit of self-expression through dress up and costumes and because of this it landed a place in the best costume rental companies in Austin.
Offering services such as makeup with several tiers, photoshoots, and wig parties that can be done at home or in their store, Coco Coquette is an LGBTQ+ safe space and have modeled their services to help everyone. The staff hears what you want to express to the world and keeps it in the forefront when they are doing your makeup and helping you pick out your wig. Pair your Coco Coquette wig party with a lovely Victorian mansion hosted through Peerspace and you’ve got yourself a party for the ages.
5. Blue Velvet
Last but not least is Blue Velvet. It would not be an Austin themed list if we didn’t include at least one vintage shop. Blue Velvet has been around since 1994 but it’s inventory lives in the 1960s and 1970s. It is not necessarily a costume shop but if you are looking for a costume that covers these time periods and want a unique spin, Blue Velvet is definitely the place to splurge.
It is a women-owned shop that has been voted the “Best Vintage Store” for multiple years running by different Austin media sites. Located on North Loop Boulevard, you can find everything you need for your ideal outfit — platforms, sunglasses, jewelry, belts, and even a dated prop. Rotary phone, anyone? Remember those?
Find an amazing costume in Austin today!
These best costume rental companies in Austin can be the perfect mix-and-match. Find your wig or head piece at Coco Coquette, while finding an excellent futuristic outfit at either A Cut Above or Lucy in Disguise. Accessorize your look with a corset from The Bazaar, or some funky platforms from Blue Velvet. The world, or at least Austin, is your oyster.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to check Peerspace for a selection of party venues for your next soirée, with thousands of options in a major city near you, you are bound to find the perfect setting for your cyber-princess-pirate costume. Ahoy!