Dress Up Like Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark

If you are looking for a good Indiana Jones costume for Halloween or a big cosplay event, here’s the winning formula for creating the most exciting outfit of the party! Let’s see how to dress up as Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark.


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Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark Outfit Guide

As one of Hollywood’s biggest film heroes, who wouldn’t want to step out at Halloween or for their next cosplay event dressed in an Indiana Jones costume. Our favorite snake hating archeologist, also known as Dr. Henry Jones Jr, has gone on to be dressed by many different designers over the course of his movies. However the initial vision was all down to the creative mind of Deborah Nadoolman, with a little bit of direction from Stephen Speilberg.

Costume Guide - Dress Up Like Indiana Jones
Archeologist Dr Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones Jr has quite the life. When he isn’t lecturing at college on ancient civilizations, he is off adventuring, searching for ancient artifacts and getting into dangerous situations. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Paramount Pictures

The Indiana Jones franchise began in 1981 with the release of the first film Raiders of the Lost Ark, and has gone on to produce many sequels and spin-offs. The first movie sees our archeologist, adventurer and movie protagonist face off against the Nazis’ in a race against time to stop them gaining the power of the Ark of the Covenant, which they believe will make their armies invincible. 

Getting the Indiana Jones Look

Indiana Jones drinking whiskey, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

As much as the movies are about Indy’s adventures, sarcastic sense of humor and the ancient artifacts he pursues, we can’t forget how important a role his costume plays. Start your iconic Indiana Jones costume with a khaki long sleeve button up shirt and matching straight leg khaki trousers. Go for something in the style that you might expect to wear if you were going on safari, adding a tan woven belt to the trousers and finishing with a pair of brown lace up boots.

Satchel bag worn-by indiana jones Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Our movie protagonist is rarely seen without his leather jacket, and since we are sticking to a khaki and brown color palette, go for a jacket in a dark brown. The original jacket design from the movie was based on a military style flight jacket, so you are looking for something with a bit of ease of movement. Style your leather jacket with the addition of a brown messenger bag or satchel for keeping all your important archaeological research in.

Accessorizing Your Indiana Jones Costume 

Indy comes up against his fair share of foes throughout his adventuring, but he always comes prepared. To make sure you are prepared, get yourself a brown gun holster to attach to your tan woven belt and add a World War I style revolver, for movie authenticity. Lastly don’t forget about your bullwhip, Indy was a dab hand with his but if you’ve never used one before maybe just wind it up and strap it to your belt instead.  

Deborah Nadoolman talks about her work on the first Indiana Jones films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how that created the iconic look for our movie hero.  

There is only one more piece to add to complete your Indiana Jones costume, but it is the most important one of all, his fedora. The style of fedora hat you want has a tall crown, wide-brim and is in a matching brown shade like the rest of your costume. Indy’s fedora was so important to his look on screen that if it fell off during filming the scenes would be reshot. So do not let that fedora fall off, it’s what gives the character his distinctive silhouette.

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