How to Make a Circus Ringmaster Costume

Make a Circus Ringmaster Costume
Make a Circus Ringmaster Costume (Image: circus background image by Peter Baxter from

Ringmaster outfits are great for costume parties, Halloween and circus-themed events. Anyone can make believable looking ringmasters. The costume can easily be made with items from your closet, the thrift store, and a few accents from the local sewing or crafts store.

Things You'll Need

  • Red lightweight suit jacket
  • Gold sequins
  • Fabric glue
  • White slacks or shorts
  • White poet shirt
  • Red bowtie
  • Top hat
  • Cane
  • Black dress shoes
  • Fake mustache
  • Tuxedo jacket
  • Gold trim
  • Tuxedo pants
  • Cummerbund
  • Striped vest
  • Ascot
  • Whip
  • Cape
  • Knee boots
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Black body suit leotard
  • Fishnet stockings
  • Corset
  • High-heeled shoes

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Red, White and Gold!

Get a red lightweight suit jacket to start this costume. Glue gold sequins to the lapels to make it more flashy.

Add white slacks to the costume. White shorts will also work well for girls.

Choose a white poet shirt with ruffled collar. Add a bowtie to match the jacket.

Add a top hat and cane. Put on a pair of black dress shoes. For boys, you can add a fake handlebar mustache as well.

The Formal Look

Get a tuxedo jacket with long tails. It should be in a bold color like white, gold or red. To jazz up your tuxedo jacket a bit more, add gold trim to your standard tuxedo jacket.

Add standard tuxedo pants. Then put on a bold cummerbund to and a flashy tuxedo vest with red and white stripes.

Add a top hat, ascot, white shirt, whip and cape.

Put on a pair of knee boots.

Just For Ladies

Get a tuxedo jacket with tails. It can be either a standard black or a bold color. Sew sequins to the collar and lapel of the jacket.

Put on a black body suit leotard under the tuxedo jacket with fishnet stockings. Decorate the front of the leotard with gold trim.

Add a corset, top hat and cane.

Put on a pair of high-heeled shoes or boots.


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