How to Dress Like Alex's Droog Costume in "A Clockwork Orange"

Updated on July 13, 2017

Be a Droog for Halloween

"A Clockwork Orange" is one of the most iconic movies of the last half century. It's as disturbing as it is beautiful and truly one of Kubrick's greatest films. The main characters in the movie, including Alex (Malcolm McDowell), are part of a gang of street thugs called droogs. The droogs dress in unusual attire, which I will cover piece by piece so you can have the best droog Halloween costume on the block. Actually, I kind of hope you'll have the only one on the block. I'll go from the top of the head all the way down to the shoes and accessories.

The bowler hat

A bowler hat is round and is not the same as a top hat or a fedora. You can usually find them at costume shops, but failing that they are also on eBay. Get it in black. It has to be black.   

A banded collar shirt

First, get yourself a plain white crewneck t-shirt. An undershirt will even work. On top of that you'll wear a white, banded collar shirt. Avoid any shirts with logos or other marks on them. You just want it to be white. Banded collar shirts are kind of rare, but you can find them with a little searching. They are not the same as the collars on a typical dress shirt. If you know a tailor you could have a regular dress shirt collar made into a banded collar, but that might be more expensive than just buying a new banded collar shirt.  

White pants

For pants, just go with white White jeans will work. Chef pants would work even better. Even white dress pants will do. Try to match it with your shirt, but it doesn't have to be perfect. If your pants are an off-white or light beige it might look odd when paired with the white shirt, so make sure the pants are truly white. 

White suspenders

You can get these on eBay, but if you're in a rush just call your local tuxedo shop and ask them if they have any they'd be willing to sell you.  

The codpiece

The hardest part of this costume (literally and figuratively) is the codpiece. If you play a lot of cricket, you might already own one, but chances are you do not. They just aren't very popular anymore. You might be able to find one at a store that stocks cricket equipment. Failing that, check on eBay. If you can't find one there, you'll have to make one using an athletic supporter (jockstrap) and a cup. Glue the cup to the athletic supporter, then glue (or you can sew, if you're really good at it) a piece of off-white fabric around the athletic supporter and cup. You want the whole thing to look like its one piece. You don't want the cup moving around much when you walk.

Black military boots

You can find decent black combat boots at any army surplus store. There are plenty of good military surplus stores online as well. You're going to tuck those white pants into these shoes, which is why they need to be military style boots that come up well past your ankle.  

Fake eyelashes

Alex wore fake eyelashes, so should you. Ask one of your female friends how to put them on. If they're nice they'll even go to the store with you to buy them to avoid any embarrassing moments.

Eyeball cuffs

Alex wore bloody eyeball decorations on his shirt cuffs. You can make them by cutting a white ping pong ball into two pieces and using markers to make them look like eyeballs. To get the blood effect, I've used glue mixed with red food coloring. Use Google Image search to see what it should look like. If you don't want to ruin the cuffs of your shirt you can make it in a non-stick pan and then just use white tape to carefully attach it to your cuff.  

The cane

People sometimes forget about the cane. You won't be one of them. The cane Alex uses in the movie is sometimes called a shillelagh (pronounced shuh LAY La) and sometimes referred to as a walking stick or bata stick. Just make sure it's black, thin, and straight.

Fun fact: Shillelaghs were actually banned in England because the Irish were known to use them while fighting, so the sticks were lengthened and called Batas or just walking sticks. 

A blond wig

Alex has dirty blond hair with a bit of a curl to it. It's long but not quite shoulder length. This piece isn't absolutely necessary because you'll be wearing a bowler cap, but it's a nice touch. 

Your Droog Costume is Complete!

Now take some pictures of yourself and upload them so we can all see how you did!


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    C.J. Wright 7 years ago

    I haven't thought of that movie in years. I seriously doubt I've ever seen it sober!