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Costume Ideas For The Letters X Y and Z

Updated on October 15, 2014
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Hi, I am Adele, and I have run a large fancy dress shop in Essex, England since 1998. Happy to pass on my knowledge to help others.

Have you been invited to a fancy dress party with a letter theme? If the answer is yes, then you may be wondering, what on earth you should dress up as. This, and our other letter related costume hubs have been designed to help you decide which costume to go as.

Letter related parties giving your guests a letter as a costume theme is quite common and can make for some very interesting ideas for costumes. You have a few options...

  1. Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just first name if you want to narrow their choices)
  2. Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
  3. Choose 1 or 2 letters that they have to find a related costume for - this can be randomly chosen.

To be honest, if you decide to hold a letter related fancy dress party, many of your guests will be very confused as to what you are asking. I would suggest that in the invitation you do give them a good explanation. If your guests are confused, they may not even attempt to dress up, or worse, not attend your party. This Hubpage will give you lots of ideas for costumes beginning with the letters X, Y & Z. To be honest, if you have been given these letters, you are at a huge disadvantage to some other letters where there are pages and pages of costume suggestions.

If you look at the end of this hub, you will see links to lots of other alphabet costume idea hubs. Why not print off this hubs to give your guests some ideas?

If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box, you will be helping other people as well.

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All you need to do is put the kettle on and go down the list of ideas and choose your costume.

Zuko - Danny from Grease
Zuko - Danny from Grease
Wolverine Costume
Wolverine Costume
Iron Man Costume
Iron Man Costume

Costumes for Letter X

Xena, Warrior Princess Popular TV show of 1995-2001. A female fighter in ancient and mystical lands of Myth and Legend, her adventures provide a classical counterpoint to the likes of Lara Croft. A version of her black/gold armour outfit used to be available as a licensed costume, but you may be lucky and find an outlet with the superior latex-based 'lookalike' model.

Xmas entity Using the alternative spelling for Christmas gives you the opportunity to wear one of the wide range of festive seasonal costumes available – the Xmas Fairy, the Xmas Elf, etc.

X-Men Characters from Marvel Comic Books (and latterly several films including Wolverine spin-offs, prequels in 2011 & 2013 and a forthcoming 'time-travel' feature with 'old' and 'new' combining). The X-Men are humans each having ‘mutant’ powers, gathered together by Professor Xavier. Examples are the white-haired Storm, who controls the weather, Wolverine, who has heightened senses and retractable claws and Phoenix, Jean Grey's powerful alter-ego.

In contrast to these ‘good’ X-Men mutants, there are also mutants who have allied themselves with Magneto, who has powers over metal. These include the shape-shifting female Mystique, whose blue-skinned personna is popular at comic conventions (it's a minimalist look, but if you have the preparation time and enthusiasm, it will make an impression!) Official costumes for X-Men characters, when available, may reference the original comic book costumes in yellow and blue (as pictured at the top of this article) rather than those seen in the various films.


X Ray Picture - okay, we are clutching at straws with this one!
X Ray Picture - okay, we are clutching at straws with this one!
Xmas Helper
Xmas Helper

Costumes for Letter Y

Yankee Doodle Dandy Derived from the 1942 musical film biography of the multitalented American George M Cohen. The film starred James Cagney and the ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ song involved him in a patriotic ‘Uncle Sam’-style outfit. On the other hand, Yankee Doodle Pigeon was the carrier bird chased by Dastardly and Mutley in their ‘Flying Machines’ cartoon series

Yellow A 'Yellow' person intimates cowardice, but if you ignore that, there are opportunities for use of yellow wigs, clothes, tights etc for a head-to-toe portrayal of this colour - such as 'The Yellow Rose of Texas'. Also, of course, The Simpsons are yellow-skinned! For simplicity, a banana costume may also work.

Yellow Rose of Texas Subject of a much-loved American tune of the 1950s. If you don't use the yellow colour scheme suggested above, a Cowgirl in shades of yellow & white can work.

Yeoman of the Guard The traditional scarlet and gold uniform of the Yeoman of the Guard, who protect the Tower of London was devised by Henry VII but has been embellished over the centuries. (The ruff originated in the Elizabethan era, the be-ribboned bonnet in James II’s reign).

Yeti Also known as the Abominable Snowman. A legendary creature of shaggy appearance sighted in the Himalayan mountains.

Yin Yang Person (or a couple as Yin and Yang)The contrasting elements of Chinese to combine to create a novel concept for a party theme of opposites. As a couple, one person can dress all black, the other all white, or for the more ambitious one person can do a half-and-half costume - Black/white.; Male/female

Young Ones (The). BBC television series first broadcast in 1982 about a group of students. Main characters are: Neil - a long-haired hippy, Rik - would-be anarchist, Vyvyan - a punk noted for a semi-mohawk and studs in his forehead and 'normal' Mike, an American

Yoda – Jedi Master in the Star Wars Universe. An interesting costume idea, this might be for someone of small stature who has access to a suitable mask and robes.

Yoko Ono - Wife of the late John Lennon. Wear a hippy costume, long black hair and dark round glasses

Yuppie A term from the 1980s, denoting the young upwardly mobile set. Designer suit, coloured braces. Old-style (large) mobile phone. See also Nineteen-Eighties Yuppie.

Yul Brynner -
Actor who died in October 1985. Most famous for playing the King of Siam in the King & I. For the Siamese King, wear a sultan style costume and a bald cap wig. He was also one of The Magnificent Seven (1960), he played the robot Gunslinger in Westworld (1973) and Pharoah Rameses II in 'The Ten Commandments' (1956)


Zoot Suit Costume
Zoot Suit Costume
Zorro Costume
Zorro Costume

Costumes for Letter Z

Zebedee Character from the ‘Magic Roundabout’ TV series of the late Nineteen-Sixties/early Nineteen-Seventies (also a more recent feature film). Famous for his giant spring lower body, red, round face and large black curled moustache. Catchphrase ‘Time for Bed’

Zebra Traditionally black and white, although some show a brownish tinge, the zebra can be an interesting face/body-paint challenge beyond the fur-fabric alternative.

Zeus Leader of the Greek Gods, whose main claim to fame is transforming into various birds and animals, to visit and seduce mortal women.

Ziggy Stardust Persona adopted by British singer David Bowie for a music album and tour in the early 1970s with his backing group, The Spiders from Mars. Bowie wore a glitter jumpsuit and had orange hair . This look later developed into the more elaborate Aladdin Sane featuring the iconic zig-zag make-up.

Zippy Copyright character from the Nineteen-Seventies children’s series ‘Rainbow’. Characterised by a large ‘zip’ mouth. A licensed character costume is available.

Zombie For the more gross and gruesome approach, the un-dead look is the popular one to die for. The Michael Jackson 'Thriller' video and the various George A. Romero Zombie films are good reference sources. Recent years have seen a growth in enthusiasm for Zombies and Zombie films, matched by an expansion in the range of costumes available. Examples include Zombie Cheerleaders and Zombie Doctors and Nurses

Zoo Animal Use this as an excuse to portray any animal you wish.

Zoo Keeper Someone has to look after the livestock, so some parties have seen the staff as ‘Keepers’ to tend to the every need of their guests. An alternative to all animal dress, couples/groups may work an Animal and Trainer concept.

Zoot The saxophonist from Dr Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the band on Jim Henson’s Muppet Show, also seen in some of the Muppet films.

Zoot Suit Nineteen-Fifties American suit, popularised in the late Nineteen-Seventies/early Nineteen-Eighties, by the pop singer Kid Creole and also Jim Carrey in the film ‘The Mask’. White, black or coloured fedora (depending on suit). Baggy trousers with tapered hem, long jacket with padded shoulders, white or coloured shirt and bowtie. Smokin’!

Zorro Swashbuckling masked hero of Old Spanish California, portrayed in several films and TV series'. Costume usually involves dark trousers, light shirt, cummerbund, hat, cape and sabre (plus, of course, the mask (either in fabric or a black domino style with ties).

Zuko, Danny Principal character in the popular Grease film (1978). Played by John Travolta opposite Oliva Netwton-John as Sandy Olsson. Costume - T-Bird jacket and jeans.

Zulu For the Caucasian client, this costume requires a black catsuit or a deal of body colour. A grass or coloured-cloth skirt is used with spear and shield accessories, plus a dark and curly wig. Other accessories such as earrings and jewellery may be used.

Zulu Krewe Member The Zulu Krewe of New Orleans Carnival presents a parody of black Africans - all coconuts and grass-skirts. Perhaps not the most politically correct costume, but a possibility to use an upgraded witch-doctor outfit for the celebrations. The addition of a crudely made crown of bamboo, tropical fruits, coconut shells or whatever, plus an equally improvised sceptre will provide a Zulu King.

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Zebra Face Mask
Zebra Face Mask

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