Love it or hate it, George Lucas’ decision to release a series of prequels to the enormously popular Star Wars films spawned a tidal wave of sci-fi fans desperate to prolong the magic of their favorite cinematic adventure. The Phantom Menace introduced the world to a new cast of Jedi characters, those renowned and powerful beings with the ability to manipulate the Force and wield light sabers with dazzling skill.
Jedi costumes are fun and simple in terms of their
general appearance. Essentially, most Jedi clothed themselves in robes or capes that reflected browns, tans and other soft earth tones. A bathrobe will usually do the trick if you are pressed for time, but it’s far better to get a robe with a bit more of a heft to the fabric, and also a hood. Underneath the robe, options range from a simple dark-colored caftan to a vaguely nautical tunic tied around the middle with a sash. This tunic is usually almost always white, although off-white or gray is also acceptable.
The single most important Jedi accessory is the light saber. You can buy one at almost any toy store on the planet, or you can make your own out of plastic or cardboard tubing. It should be around 3 to 4 feet in length, with a painted black handle and a green or blue blade. Unless you spring for a fancy model, it’s up to you to make the cool buzzing sound as it slices through the air.
To help you pull together this great 90s costume, we’ve provided links below to buy any of the key elements that you might be missing.