When you want to ask for the theme to someone who is dressing up as something, which is the correct English? "what's the theme?","what's the theme of?" or anything else more natural expressions??

  • I've never seen theme used this way (but maybe that's because it means something, several somethings, else in my worlds). Do you mean "Who you / Whatchu dressed as?" – StoneyB Feb 16 '14 at 3:08
  • Do you mean formal vs informal attire? Or, like a Halloween party? – Elliott Frisch Feb 16 '14 at 3:38
  • What is the occasion? – Elliott Frisch Feb 16 '14 at 4:19
  • This is a facebook occasion.. my friend put on her photo that she dressed up as a baby(maybe). so, I just wanted to ask her about it. Sorry to my question here was not very clear.. – gold Feb 16 '14 at 4:43

I have certainly heard and used "theme" in this way (ie, a theme party, aka a costume party). A Google search brings up many hits for this.

The correct way if you are asking about a party that has already been would be "What was the theme"? Or, for an upcoming party, "What's the theme?" is fine.

Of course, not all parties are theme parties, so then "Is there a theme?" is best.

Using "costume party" is a little different -- you would still say "What is the theme?" and not "What is the costume?" (unless you mean to ask who/what someone is dressed up as) but "Is/was it a costume party?" is fine.

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