How to Dress Up in a Sith Costume on a Budget
How to Cheaply Engage in Sith Cosplay
So, the Dark Side ay? Good, good—you have chosen well my young students! The Dark Side of the Force is not only more powerful, but it is also the only real way to control the Force and free yourself of the foolish Jedi teaching!
Hah, how is that for an introduction? Well, let me try to get on topic before I try to make another joke. Anyway, for whatever reason you are interested in dressing up as a Sith, correct? Well, hopefully my guide will help you out. Here is how we will try to do this:
- First, let us see what sort of apparel a Sith would need.
- Then we will examine what is better—making it or buying it.
- We will look at accessories and compare prices.
- And finally, I will include some hot tips and tricks to make your Sith Lord costume even better.
Sith Clothing: What Makes It Unique?
When talking about Sith apparel there is really no correct answer as to what one should really wear. There are many Sith Lords and warriors through the Star Wars Universe and they all had something unique. Nonetheless, there is a general pattern in the design of the robes that most Sith wear and we will focus this guide around it.
Generally these are the most important elements to consider:
- Robes: Generally dark robes with unique hoods
- Vest: A dark (leather) vest that usually stands out thanks to its unique glow and material
- Belt: A belt that matches the vest
- Boots: We're looking for something that looks mean and rough. Leather is preferred obviously, but this is one of the last things on the shopping list and will depend greatly on your budget.
- Gloves: Dark/brown leather gloves (as seen in the movies)
- Head-wear: Sometimes the Sith also wore masks or special helmets
Before the Sith Order and the Rule of Two were created however, the Sith looked quite different. A great Sith Lord by the name of Naga Sadow used a body armor that looked nothing like the dark robes of the Sith we have seen in the movies. As mentioned above we will mostly focus on the robes that we have seen in the movies during this guide. Hopefully, by the end I'll show you how to dress as a Sith and my advice should also give you advice on how to do it without spending too much money. After all, I could just link you to a $1,000 costume, but what would be the point?
Sith Robes = Jedi Robes, but Darker?
So, from what you've read up there it seems like the Sith costume would just be the same as a Jedi Knight's, but only dark. This is not entirely true, however it would work quite well. One could then just use proper accessories to improve on details and that would be it.
This is essentially what most sellers on Amazon and eBay do. They create the same costume, but from different colors and later sell it as a Sith/Jedi Knight costume. However, if you wanted to dress up as a Sith from the period of the Old Republic, this would no longer be a good idea as their apparel is quite different. In fact, the Expanded Universe offers up a completely different look at fashion in the Star Wars universe - especially when it comes to military apparel.
Of course, you could also choose to dress as Darth Vader which is a completely different subject. This is because his clothing is not a fashion statement but a special robotic suit that keeps him alive. Making a full Vader suit it a complex job and it is much easier to just buy it, along with the mask.
Leather and Black Fabric
Just to make clear right away, black leather is a must for your costume if you want it to be authentic. The Jedi, as the story goes, spend a lot of time handcrafting their robes and using natural dyes. The Sith do not have time for this and this one of the reasons their robes lack color. Leather is also a popular choice because it is easy to use, very durable and fairly resistant to the elements.
The vest is usually made from soft leather, and the boots are made of leather as well. The tunic under the vest can be very simple and many people just use a regular black T-Shirt that doesn't have any prints on it.
The cloak should be made from black fabric with a mandatory hood which is usual quite large in order to hide one's face and keep it in the shadows.
Leather gloves are also a nice touch. Just remember Vader or Darth Maul and you'll know what I mean!
Sith/Jedi Robe Example
DIY or Buy It?
So, what is the final verdict? Should you make it yourself or buy it online? This of course depends on a lot of factors. If you are just making a Halloween costume for trick-or-treating then I would advise saving money and tailoring the costume on your own. It doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to look expensive for a purpose such as this.
For all other purposes my personal recommendation is to do a bit of both. I believe you can find and purchase many of the elements individually for a very affordable price and then craft the rest on your own. You should also commit yourself to creating details and accessories to make your Sith costume unique. You can take inspiration from other people or concept art of other Sith Lords from the books.
A good example of this might be Darth Revan, if you study the photo above you can see that he has some very interesting red fabric on his belt and that he has a very unique mask.
A quick poll
Which Robes are Cooler? The Jedi or the Sith?
Price Chart for Individual Items
Dark cloak with hood
Darth Maul mask (latex)
Emperor's mask (latex)
Darth Vader mask
Full Sith Robes/Costume*
Cool Sith Robes That You Can Customize
Lightsabers are obviously a must for any Sith costume. How can one dress as a Sith without a lightsaber? Well, it is impossible obviously! However, this is also one very expensive piece for the costume. If this is just a costume for your kid, then you won't probably invest more than $25 for a lightsaber toy. However, if you are making an adult costume for a convention, cosplay contest or something similar, then you will need something more authentic.
You can either buy just the hilt of the lightsaber which will be holstered around the belt or you can get the one that has a glowing "beam". Either way you will probably want to get something that looks as real as possible. Aluminium is usually the material of choice for a realistic lightsaber hilt.
The best option though are probably lightsabers with a detachable LED blade. This way you can store the blade somewhere else while you carry the hilt around on your belt. Then, when needed, put the two pieces together to turn the LED tube on.
A gadget like this can cost you a lot of money, so be sure to spend some time comparing products and prices!
"Become a Jedi/Sith" Construction Kit
Lightsaber Construction Kit
If you are ready to spend quite a bit of money on a kit that allows you to create your own unique Lightsabers then I suggest searching for an actual Lightsaber construction kit. These bundles usually come with a lot of stock such as several different handles with additional accessories that you can mix and match.
As for the actual blade of the lightsaber, there is a one-size-fits-all LED tube that can be inserted inside the desired handle. Some kits will give you a couple of tubes: one in green, one in blue and one in red color. However, it would be ideal to buy a kit that comes with a single LED blade which can change color based on your preference.