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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by the Original Star Wars Trilogy


Fashion inspired by Star Wars

Pretend that the following introduction is doing the classic Star Wars crawl up your computer screen….

Originally, the Geek Chic post about Star Wars wasn’t going to be posted until early May (to commemorate Star Wars Day…May the 4th be with you!).  From your comments, though, it seems that lots of CF readers are also big fans of the series, so why wait?

Most of us grew up with the theatrical releases of the flashier prequel films, but it’s the original Star Wars trilogy, which starred Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, that will always be the cult classic.   The saga has thoroughly pervaded modern popular culture: even if you’ve never seen the films, you’ve likely heard or used the phrases “May the Force be with you,” “I have a bad feeling about this,” or “It’s a trap!”

Dying for The Hunger Games premiere next week? Check out the last Geek Chic post about Hunger Games-inspired fashion! See also: Doctor Who-inspired fashion parts 1 and 2, The Big Bang Theory-inspired fashion, The Lord of the Rings-inspired fashion, and Star Trek-inspired fashion.

Know Your Geek: About Star Wars

  • Created by George Lucas, Star Wars is an epic space opera that places mythological tropes such as knights and princesses in the context of a fictional galaxy. 
  • The protagonist, Luke Skywalker, joins the Rebel Alliance in the fight against the tyrannic Empire, which is ruled by Emperor Palpatine.   Aided by his mentors Ben Kenobi and Yoda, he learns about the ancient Jedi Order, which was long thought extinct, and discovers more about both his past and his destiny.
  • The original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) consists of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi; the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) consists of The Phantom Menace, The Attack of the Clones, and The Revenge of the Sith.
  • A major focus of the series is the balance between the light and dark sides of the Force, which is an omnipresent energy field that binds the galaxy together. The Jedi Knights use this power for good, while the Sith Lords bend this power towards evil and hatred.

Outfits Inspired by Star Wars

It might seem that Star Wars is more about lightsabers and blasters than about fashion, but you’ll never find a more epic hive of inspiration and costuming.  The Force will be strong in you with these five looks inspired by Star Wars characters!

Luke Skywalker

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Luke is a farmer boy who lives on the desert planet Tatooine with his aunt and uncle; he yearns for more than this provincial life and dreams of adventure as a daring fighter pilot. After a run-in with vicious Tusken Raiders, he learns from Old Ben Kenobi that his father was a Jedi Knight.

Over the course of the saga, Luke battles both external forces of evil and internal demons and ultimately evolves from a foolhardy, hotheaded boy into a powerful Jedi.

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You might not have Luke’s midichlorian count, but you can certainly snag his functional, comfy style. A feminine wrap top and skinny brown jeans are a flattering combination; should a sandstorm arise, cover up with a soft cardigan. The desert boot trend, still going strong, works both on campus and on Tatooine.

Accessorize with luminous jewelry that recalls Luke’s two lightsabers: a teal Lucite bangle for his father’s old lightsaber, and green studded earrings for the one that he makes himself after he loses his hand and weapon in a duel with Darth Vader.

Leia Organa

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Raised as a princess on the pacifist planet Alderaan, Leia is one tough cookie bent on taking down the corrupt Empire. She refuses to betray the Alliance, even after hours of torture at the hands of Imperial forces.

Besides being the sassiest princess/senator ever, Leia has the greatest movie hair of all time. Though her double-side-bun hairstyle is particularly iconic, her hair is almost always arranged in gorgeous, ornate braids.

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Even when wearing floor-length gowns, this gutsy princess is ready to rock and roll. Capture her feminine but functional style with a flowy white dress and a tough motorcycle jacket. Flat ankle boots are perfect for fighting the Empire while making a fashion statement.

Tiny knot earrings are a subtle reference to Leia’s iconic “cinnamon bun” hairstyle, while a chrome cuff is reminescent of the sculptural pieces that she wears. A burgundy belt adds a pop of color; even better, it’s the same shade as the fabric portion of Leia’s infamous slave bikini.

Han Solo

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Corellian smuggler Han Solo is the ultimate bad boy turned accidental hero. Along with his hirsute best friend and co-pilot, Chewbacca the Wookiee, he’s recruited to pilot a rescue mission to save Princess Leia from the evil grasps of the Empire. Though he might claim that the only loves in his life are his ship, the Millenium Falcon, and money, he proves several times that he’s not really as selfish as he seems.

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For a stylish take on Han’s outfit, pair a sheer chiffon blouse with denim shorts and opaque tights. Add too-cool-for-school extras like a tough motorcycle vest and over-the-knee leather boots. Aviator shades seem quite appropriate for this rebellious pilot.

A slouchy, furry beanie is a stylish nod to Chewie. Han’s always got a blaster at his side (and yes, he shot first!) so add a pair of blaster earrings. No one can accuse you of being a scruffy-looking nerf-herder in this put-together but trendy outfit!

Darth Vader

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I’m assuming that Vader’s true identity is common knowledge, but just in case, let’s just say that there’s more to this villain than meets the eye. The sinister Darth Vader is a Sith Lord consumed by the Dark Side of the Force. As Emperor Palpatine’s righthand man, he seeks to quash the Rebel Alliance’s plans to destroy the Death Star. Vader strikes fear into the hearts of both the Rebel and Imperial forces, since he can be utterly ruthless, regardless of one’s allegiance.

His skull-like helmet and towering presence also contribute to this terror.  Darth Vader definitely appreciates the power of a monochromatic outfit!

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Turning to the Dark Side calls for an edgy, badass outfit. Layer a metallic bandeau under a cape-like top for a daring look. Choose a bandage skirt in a slightly longer length; the longer hemline balances out the effect of the skintight fabric and revealing top.

Amp up your confidence with a towering pair of red-hot ankle boots; the crimson accents recall Vader’s red lightsaber. Accesorize with a patent clutch and leather bangles. Heart-shaped stud earrings are a reminder of Darth Vader’s tragic past.

C-3Po and R2-D2

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C-3P0, a protocol droid, and R2-D2, an astromech droid, somehow manage to get embroiled in every ongoing conflict. Though they often serve as comic relief, these two robotic pals play a pivotal role in the Rebellion — whether they like it or not!

True to his function, C-3P0 believes in order and decorum above all things. He speaks over six million languages, but tends to do all of his complaining in English. R2-D2 can only communicate in a series of beeps and whistles, but he’s a spunky little droid.

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C-3P0 and R2-D2 are definitely the world’s two most beloved robots (sorry, Wall-E and EVE), so why not take a fashion hint from the dynamic duo? A metallic top and fabulous space boots pay tribute to the golden protocol droid, while a sharp white blazer and cobalt jeans reference his diminutive counterpart.

A properly assembled droid should run like clockwork, so keep track of the time with a cute teal watch. As a final touch, add a coiled wire ring and circuit earrings for an ensemble even fussy C-3P0 would approve of!

What did you think?

Would you wear these looks? Which one is your favorite? Which trilogy do you prefer — original or prequel? Would you rather be a Jedi or a Sith? What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? (We’ll next be stopping by 221 Baker Street to visit a certain doctor and the world’s only consulting detective.) Let me know in the comments!

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59 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by the Original Star Wars Trilogy”

  1. 1
    March 16th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This post is excellent, as always but I’m way more interested in 221b Baker Street! Is the next post Sherlock or Victorian era Holmes like the 2009 movie? Either way, I hope for Irene Adler inspiration!

  2. 2
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I love this post!! The original Star Wars movies are my favourite films of all time! You did an excellent job of capturing the characters outfits and personality without being to costumey. :) Keep up the awesome posts!

  3. 3
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    omgosh I love this so much!

  4. 4
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Sometimes I’m a huge nerd, so this is fantastic. I especially love the Luke Skywalker outfit. Excellent!

  5. 5
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Best post of CF! I absolutely LOVE Star Wars and I think you did a great job capturing the essence of the character in each outfit without going overboard. Now you need to do the other trilogy and I agree with Shelby that you should create a Sherlock Holmes post as well!

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    March 16th, 2012 at 4:26 pm


  7. 7
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Oh my goddddd I wanna be R2D2! :D

  8. 8
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I grew up watching the old trilogy as well as the new one and i have to say, you did an amazing job capturing the essence of the characters without being overboard or costume-y. I definitely agree with Andrea–you should do another post on the prequel trilogy! You could probably do a post on Padme’s outfits alone :)

  9. 9
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Han’s boots and Leia’s cuff are fantastic!

  10. 10
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Love the post. Looking forward to Holmes!

  11. 11
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I have not seen true genius until this very moment.

  12. 12
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I have not seen true genius until this moment.

  13. 13
    March 16th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I love this post. I love this series. I LOVE CF!
    Definitely do another Star Wars post, and please please please do more Doctor Who.

  14. 14
    March 16th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Love them! And I concur with the above comments — a prequel post is necessary, if only for Padme’s outfits :)

    I’d love to see a Matrix post — I think you could have a lot of fun with the futurist look again.

    P.S. I just wanted to comment on the subtly geekiness of the line: “yearns for more than this provincial life.” Beauty and the Beast, anyone?

  15. 15
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this post and it’s amazing! I love all the outfits, but Han Solo is the best (the man and the outfit :D)
    Can’t wait for more geeky goodness!

  16. 16
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    yay yay yay! Han Solo’s outfit is my favorite

  17. 17
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    LOVE IT! Thank you so much!! Can I suggest a Sherlock post (the TV series on BBC)? :D

  18. 18
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Best. Thing. Ever.

  19. 19
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    You just made my life. The Luke, Leia, and Han outfits are so spot on.

  20. 20
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I love these outfits, especially Leia.

  21. 21
    March 16th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Awesome post! I absolutely love this column!

  22. 22
    March 16th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    i didn’t realize how geeky i was until this series started cos i’m a fan of like literally everything you’ve posted. this post is glorious!

  23. 23
    March 16th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    This post was great! I love the outfits for Leia and Han, especially the blaster earrings. I’m so glad to finally see a Geek Chic post devoted to Star Wars.

  24. 24
    March 16th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    AWESOME POST! I am such a huge Star Wars fan, and I’m LOVING the entire Geek Chic series! This was an excellent collection, and I absolutely second the first comment–any Sherlock Holmes (or literary in general) sets planned? Keep up the awesome work (clearly, the force is strong with this one).

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    March 16th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    omg i am a total star wars nerd!!! i am so glad to have this on here. was getting worried i would never see my boyfriend mr. skywalker!!! you did a fab job. i ADORE your nerd/geek posts. my favorites so far. that and disney. I am a dis-nerd as well!!!! stay nerdy.

  26. 26
    March 16th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Han Solo and the C3-Po & R2-D2 outfits are my favorites!!! Star Wars is good :) Great post!!

  27. 27
    March 17th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    This is my favorite post that College Fashion has EVER done! Thank you!!!

  28. 28
    March 17th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    These are super cute! Wish there was a Chewbacca outfit, though…. :)

  29. 29
    March 17th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    this is unbelievably awesome.

  30. 30
    March 17th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I always look forward to the next Geek Chic post, but this time you’ve made my day! I’m really excited about Sherlock’s post (either about BBC’s series or 2009 film!)! Can’t wait!

  31. 31
    March 17th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    will attempt to try all these outfits

  32. 32
    March 17th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I LOVE this post!! I adore all things star wars and i absolutely love every single one of these looks. I want to wear them all!! Awesome!!

  33. 33
    March 17th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    LOOOVE:) Can’t wait for Holmes!:)

  34. 34
    March 17th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Haha this is absolutely fantastic!

  35. 35
    March 17th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Very clever and totally badass outfits!

  36. 36
    March 17th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Omgomgomg Star Wars! *dies* I like all the outfits, actually… And I definitely prefer the original trilogy to the prequel, though I really enjoyed Episode III.

    Can you do a post based on Padmé’s senator oufits from episodes II? Pretty please? I like her outfits over the first three episodes, but II in particular has some that I love, and I would love to what ideas others come up with based on them!

  37. 37
    March 17th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I swear, Han was the first man I ever fell in love with, and that look is awesome haha!

  38. 38
    March 18th, 2012 at 4:38 am

    love the droid look! (as much as i absolutely adore the royal costumes in the prequels, i’m really glad you stuck to the originals :] )

  39. 39
    March 18th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    There are no words to describe how awesome this post is!!!!!!

  40. 40
    March 18th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This is incredible! I will second the people saying that you did an amazing job, you NAILED the details and the outfits look so wearable! Wearing one of these adorable outfits would be an awesome inside joke. Keep up the great work, fellow nerd. Would love to see you tackle the Whedonverse…

  41. 41
    March 19th, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Thanks for this Geek Chic post! I loved the original SW series!

  42. 42
    March 19th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I loved this Geek Chic post! I’m a fan of the original SW trilogy, and it’s good to incorporate the look of the characters in everyday dressing.

  43. 43
    March 19th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Your outfits are always so much fun to look at :) Keep up the great work!!

  44. 44
    March 19th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    @Cirilia: Thanks! I always like to incorporate some nerdy details into my outfits, even if I’m the only one who’ll recognize them :) Just got insanely hooked on Buffy, so keep an eye out for an inspired-by post in the future!

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    March 19th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    @Em: Haha I was wondering if someone would notice that! That song is too great for me to not refer to it at random :)

  46. 46
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    OH MY GOD I love this!!!!! Loving all of your Geek Chic articles!!

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    March 24th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    As a big fan of Star Wars I loved this post :)
    I’m also a big fan of Sherlock so I’m looking forward to the next post. Maybe you should do two posts about him – one Victorian-inspired and one inspired by the BBC series.
    I would like to see a post about Game of Thrones :)

  48. 48
    March 30th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I’d love a Game of Thrones-inspired post!!

  49. 49
    April 2nd, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Shannon, love your column! If you ever consider doing a fashion inspired by game of thrones (I hope you do). I would love to help ( I actually have bought some jewerly inspired on the novels).

    In any case, you can e-mail me (or tweet me @marinafm )

  50. 50
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Love these outfits!
    But am I the only one who’s missing Master Yoda? :(

  51. 51
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m watching Star Wars as we e-speak and I really want a pair of Han Solo’s jodhpur-pant things!

  52. 52
    January 27th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    You can get really awesome Star Wars and Firefly stuff from

    You can also get more feminine Star Wars stuff from


  53. 53
    July 30th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Nicely done!! I love them all. Is there any way you guys could do a Firefly post? I know probably most people don’t know what Firefly is(probably for the lack of episodes grrr) but it is still amazing!

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