William Shakespeare Fancy Dress Costume

William Shakespeare Costumes

To be or not to be, that is the question. Well, I’m assuming you really want to be William Shakespeare, otherwise you’re in totally the wrong place!

I’m going to show you where to find the best William Shakespeare fancy dress costume for men and boys. These costumes are ideal for plays, a school history day, Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations, carnival floats and parades.

The poet, playwright and actor was born on April 23rd 1564, and baptized on April 26th at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. You can celebrate his work with one of these most splendid outfits.

The Elizabethan fashion style was pretty elaborate, and included capes, ruffle collars, baggy breeches and trunk hose.

Shakespeare Costumes for Adults

Adults William Shakespeare Costume

I really like the look of this costume which really captures the Elizabethan look. Priced at £28.99 (this varies with each size),  the costume comes in four sizes and includes the top and pants.

However, it does not include the wig and beard set, which will add a significant amount to the overall price. The best price I’ve seen for the Shakespeare wig and beard is £14.99 at Escapade, although this doesn’t include delivery. I also recommend checking ebay, where many suppliers are selling the item.

White Knee Socks for MenWhite Knee Socks for MenMetal Shoe Buckle with Elastic Strap - GoldMetal Shoe Buckle with Elastic Strap – Gold

To complete your look, add some white socks and metal buckles to black slip on shoes/pumps. All that glitters is not gold, and these buckles are definitely not real gold! However, they are metal and look authentic, and they be easily placed on your shoes using the elasticated strap, saving you the cost and hassle involved with trying to find a pair of buckle shoes.

Shakespeare Fancy Dress for Boys

William Shakespeare Costume for Boys

My top choice for kids is this outfit by Smiffy’s. Priced at just £13.47, it includes the jacket with attached frilly collars, trousers, boot covers with fake buckles, tash and goatee. It is available in two sizes for 7-9 and 10-12 years.

The faux buckles on the boot covers are a nice touch – just add some black shoes or pumps.

Children's William Shakespeare Costume, red and black

This alternative costume features red and black striped trunk hose and a jacket with attached ruffle collar and gold detailing. 4 sizes are available from ages 4 to 12 years, and the price of £12.98 is pretty decent, too.

The cheapest price I’ve seen is at Fancy Dress Ball for £9.99 plus delivery.

You’ll need the skull to add the finishing touch.

Well, here endeth my post for William Shakespeare fancy dress costumes. All’s well that ends well!

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