Wars may not make one great, but fun Star Wars clothes and costumes can make for great fun!
Halloween is coming up at lightspeed, and even more Star Wars costume and prop items are available in stores. Like many Star Wars fans, my wardrobe often reflects my affinity for the galaxy far, far away. What I choose to wear is dependent on the venue and situation, of course, but I’ve found a few ways that help me personally wear my fandom. Whether at work, play, trick-or-treating, or attending Cons, there are many options available. Here are some of my own habits. While I’ve mentioned a few specific brands, this is in no way intended to be an all-inclusive list.
There is a plethora of regular clothing emblazoned with Star Wars designs. I have more than my share of t-shirts from Target – they’re so comfortable, and the price is right. You'll be able to exchange smiles and nods with every Star Wars fan you encounter during your day.
I’ve collected others from podcasts (ahem!), charity events, and even Her Universe (I HAD to have the “Ahsoka Lives” shirt, though I ordered a size up since it was in ladies’ sizes). Plus, t-shirts like these can serve double-duty: worn under a work shirt, they can help you secretly feel the Force all day.
Similar to Leslie Kay’s “Disneybounding,” I frequently choose clothing that looks like it might have possibly, maybe, perchance come from the Supply Department at the Jedi temple without actually wearing a Jedi costume. I hadn’t heard the term “bounding” until the Level Up Your Style with Geek Fashion panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year (many thanks to Amy Ratcliffe for letting me know about it. Funny – I first met Amy at Celebration Anaheim while we were both waiting in line at the Her Universe booth!).
For my Jedi take on Disneybounding, I am somewhat limited in my choices due to the office dress code. As a mediocre Jedi, I am drawn to subdued colors – khaki pants paired with a brown, black, or similar earth tone (no pun intended) color shirt are a good start. I have two pairs of boots that help complete the look: plain, polished ropers and square-toe distressed leather western boots with very little decorative stitching. I’ve occasionally worn a scarf around my neck (aka “almost a hood”). It doesn’t really look Jedi, honestly, but in MY head it’s a close approximation, and it’s a fun escape for me.
Occasionally work calls something more than business casual, so I’ll wear the Rebel Alliance logo tie (not TIE) that my wife bought me. There’s no shortage of ties and cufflinks available to add Star Wars to business or formal wear.
My military Reserve unit had a “family day” on the beach recently, so I broke out my Hawaiian shirt with the hard-to-find Star Wars additions to the design from On the Byas. I’m not sure that many people noticed the Vaders, Boba Fetts, and TIE fighters in the print, but those who did thought it was fantastic! I loved that I could subtly work my favorite geeky movie into such an event. After work and on weekends, I look to my pile of Star Wars t-shirts and, if the weather is right, a jacket or hoodie that again harkens back to Jedi tunics and robes. I still carry my lightsaber everywhere (in my bag), so if I really want to stretch, I could pretend I’m Kanan Jarrus, “Undercover Jedi.”
As far as true cosplay is concerned, mine is a work in progress. I have solid starts on both Mandalorian and Jedi costumes, with the eventual goal of submitting both for membership in the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club and the Rebel Legion. In the meantime, the costume parts are a lot of fun. My son isn’t quite sure what he thinks of me donning my Mando buy’ce (helmet) for games of “hide and bounty hunt” around the house, but he LOVES my Jedi robes. During past Halloweens, I’ve worn my robe and carried a lightsaber (“so cars can see us, honey! Safety first!”) as I’ve escorted him around the neighborhood. This year he wants to be Darth Vader – and I do hope the evening ends well for the two of us, since I’ll be dressed as a light-sider again. It might be hard holding hands crossing the street if we first lop each other’s extremities off, which of course happens quite often in Star Wars. I pieced together a Jedi tunic out of an old martial arts gi for a Halloween party a few years ago, but I want to do better than that. Plus, gis don’t meet Rebel Legion standards, so I looked to other sources, and my new tunics arrive soon. Added to my robe, recently-purchased tall boots (which also get worn to work, UNDER my pants), and lightsaber, my look will be almost complete.
Of course, very few adults dress up for trick-or-treating with their kids, and costumed Halloween parties become less common the older I get. That said, I am just now past a weird point where I had to blatantly ask myself “why am I buying this? Where will I wear it, and for what purpose?” I still don’t have a really solid answer for these questions, but I am HAVING FUN, and that’s enough for me right now. As my costumes continue to evolve, and I submit for membership in the costuming clubs, I’ll be able to troop and attend charity events with other costumed fans – and sharing the Star Wars fun is even more of an incentive to keep going.
Do you wear Star Wars-themed clothing? If so, do you keep it Earthy with t-shirts, or do you incorporate costumes bits into daily wear? Do you cosplay? Please comment below and tell me how you wear your fandom! Until next time, thank you for reading, may the Force be with you, and remember –
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