Mad Hatter Costume Guide

Alice in Wonderland:Through the Looking Glass Mad Hatter Cosplay Costume

Mad Hatter Costume Guide

The famed Mad Hatter has existed in pop culture since 1865, when the novel “Alice in Wonderland” was released. Since then, the Mad Matter has appeared in countless movie adaptations (including Johnny Depp’s rendition) and novels. This beloved character has become well-known for his eccentric fashion sense, riddles, and his unhinged mind.

Want to know how to dress up as one of the most famous characters of all time? The Mad Hatter is the perfect costume for anyone from seasoned cosplayers to people on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume.

In this guide I will will show you how to make the perfect Mad Hatter outfit!

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How to Dress Like Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland

Hat and Hairstyle

In the most recent live-action film adaptation, the Mad Hatter has long, unruly red hair topped off with a high hat. Since this style of hat isn’t popular nowadays, you may have to order this hat online.

You may be able to find it at a costume store as well. The Mad Hatter’s hat is partially covered in pinkish-purple fabric (or ribbon).

Face and Makeup

No Mad Hatter cosplay is complete without the iconic makeup look. The look uses pale foundation, heavy red blush, green eyeshadow and white mascara to create a truly mad, almost clown-like appearance.

Finish the makeup off with a vibrant dark pink lipstick. You should be able to purchase this makeup at your local drugstore.


If you have an old suit jacket lying around, you can paint it to make the perfect Mad Hatter jacket. The Mad Hatter’s jacket is depicted differently in different works (sometimes it’s burgundy, sometimes navy, and occasionally green). Pick your favorite of these colors and get to work!

If you don’t have an old suit jacket, you can likely pick one up at your local thrift store.


The stylish Mad Hatter wears pin-stripe pants that match his jacket perfectly. You can make a pair of these pants with virtually any old pair you have around the house. Place tape where you don’t want paint (in a stripe-like pattern) and then paint the pants the same color you painted the jacket. Peel off the tape, and you’re good to go!


The Mad Hatter sports a colorful scarf. It has a yellow, orange, and pink pattern on a black background. You can create a similar effect with a floral, brightly colored scarf and some black fabric paint. Easy to make, and identical to the Mad Hatter’s scarf!


The Mad Hatter is usually wearing a stylish pair of brown dress shoes that have a bit of wear and tear. If you and your male relatives don’t have a pair of shoes like this, you’ll likely be able to pick them up at the thrift store (when you’re grabbing your jacket!).

Additional Accessories

If you’re looking to go the extra mile, you might want to score a spool belt. Attach multiple spools or multicolored thread to a black or brown belt and drape it over your body. The Mad Hatter also has a small, gold pocket watch.

By using all of these tips, you’ll be able to put the perfect Mad Hatter cosplay together. Grab some friends and recreate all of the characters. Just don’t forget to bring some tea!

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