November 9, 2010

Don't Call Me Junior! - Lady Indiana Jones Costume

The night before Long Beach Comic Con I decided I wanted to cosplay Indiana Jones.  I did a really quick version of the costume for Halloween in 2009, and by quick, I mean I put it together in 30 minutes before I left for work in the morning.  It was fun and more importantly, it's comfortable.  I took a little more time with this version.  If you are looking for something quick without 100% accuracy, Indy is a good choice. 

When you're going for an approximation rather than an exact replica, think of the pieces that make the costume recognizable.  For Indiana Jones, I think of the hat, whip,* and shoulder bag.  Even though my shirt and pants aren't close to the right cut or colors, most people recognized the costume right away.  Here's where I got everything:

Hat and whip - Costume set from Party City, $16.99.  I'd actually planned to drive to Disneyland to get a replica hat (they sell them because of the Indiana Jones ride), but they sadly closed early the night I needed to go.
Shirt - In my closet, purchased from Target
Pants - In my closet, purchased from Charlotte Russe (I think)
Belt - Van Nuys Army Navy Surplus store, $9.99
Shoulder bag - The same surplus store, $16.99.  It has a cloth strap, but I just tucked that it and replaced it with leather.
Holster - I've had for a pirate costume for a long time.
Shoes -  Just brown boots with 1" heels (yeah, even 1" heels on concrete all day ended badly.  You'd think I would know better).
Props - It's not pictured, but I did carry around my version of a Holy Grail.  It actually looked more like one of the fake grails, but it still got the point across.

Planned Improvements
- A shirt that is the right color and style.
- A holster that at least is the right color as the one Indy wears.
- A nicer hat. This one is servicable, but I would love to own a better quality replica.

If you have time and want to go the more accurate route, I highly recommend visiting Indy Gear.  This site has details about every piece of Indy's costume and the key props from all four movies.  Better yet, the site has a beautiful list of quality vendors that will make you look so much like Indy that the senior Dr. Jones will be calling you Junior.

*Safety note: If you don't know how to use a whip, don't try it for the first time in public.  Or around breakables.


  1. VERY CUTE!!!


  2. did a good job. Maybe go with a sports bra and do the unbuttoned look.

  3. Thanks guys!

    Budd - that's a great idea. I was trying to think of a not-so revelaing way to do that and a sports bra would be just the thing.

  4. That's looking good i really like the costume.And you know I'm a very big fan of Indiana Jones.

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