Play dress up at these creative costume shops in Toronto

Even grownups like to play dress up from time to time. You’re sure to find an outrageous outfit for your next theme party at these Toronto costume shops. Now you just have to decide if you want to go for spooky, silly or sexy.

Malabar Ltd

1
14 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1V6

This Toronto institution has been in business since 1923 and has an unrivaled selection of theatrical costumes and props for rent or purchase. The McCaul Street shop also carries stage makeup and dancewear. The rental service boasts an impressive array of highly detailed historical period pieces (Medieval knights, Victorian bathing costumes, 1920s flapper dresses) while the retail shop specializes in licensed costumes (superheroes, movie stars), novelty costumes and traditional spooky Halloween ensembles.

Exile

2
20 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2J7

Kensington Market is full of vintage clothing boutiques but this colourful clothing emporium is in a class of its own. You’ll want to take plenty of time to scour the racks and racks of vintage tuxedos, evening gowns, ’80s prom dresses, fur coats and many more creative costume necessities. You’ll also find plenty of pop culture savvy costumes for men and women and partywear for all sorts of seasonal holidays. Visit during Pride Week to pick up rainbow-coloured fashions and accessories for a loud and proud look.

Theatrix Costume House

3
61 Elm Grove Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2J2

These certainly aren’t your average thrift store costumes. This iconic costume shop caters to the theatre, film and television industry with its finely crafted pieces. Regular folks are also welcome to rent over-the-top outfits or partake in the costumes, wigs, makeup and accessories available in the retail shop. If you have your heart set on a Marie Antoinette ensemble for Halloween, make sure you reserve ahead of time.

Candy's Costume Shop

4
685 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N2

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming storefront — you’ll be amazed by the large selection of whimsical retail costumes, accessories and props inside this Mount Pleasant boutique. Stumped on your solo costume? Check out the great selection of couples costumes and group outfits. You can also rent Easter bunny costumes and Santa suits during the seasonal holidays.

Toronto’s constantly changing weather patterns are a great excuse to expand your footwear collection. When your feet are your main mode of transportation, it’s best to dress them up in shoes and boots that are both fashionable and functional. Pay a visit to these shoe boutiques and you’ll be sure to step out in style, just in time for fall.
Looking to update your Canadian tuxedo with a fresh pair of jeans? Slip into some new styles at these designer denim shops in Toronto where you’re guaranteed to find a pair of jeans that’s the perfect fit.
Not every day can be casual Friday. Thankfully, Toronto is home to a number of big-name retailers and independent boutiques that carry smart suits and other tasteful wardrobe staples for well-dressed women. Channel your inner working girl and shop for office appropriate attire at these women’s wear stores.
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