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Peeta Mellark Hunger Games Costumes

Updated on October 4, 2013

How to Dress Like Peeta Mellark | Hunger Games Cosplay Tutorial

Peeta Mellark is the bold, selfless male tribute from District 12. In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' post-apocalyptic trilogy and soon-to-be-blockbuster movie, Peeta wears a number of incredibly simple costumes that are guaranteed to be popular this Halloween.

Here you'll find costume descriptions from The Hunger Games, photos of Josh Hutcherson's outfits from the movie and ideas for creating an authentic-yet-inexpensive Peeta costume.

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Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark - Inspiration for your Hunger Games costume

District 12 Bakery & Reaping Clothes - Peeta's District 12 bakery uniform and reaping outfit from The Hunger Games

Peeta District 12 Costume
Peeta District 12 Costume

A few years before the 74th Hunger Games, Peeta tossed chunks of burnt bread to a starving Katniss. That act of kindness is a defining moment for the star-crossed lovers from District 12, which makes it a recognizable Hunger Games costume.

Peeta's bakery look is simple and inexpensive to recreate. The most essential piece of this look is a white full-length apron. Since Peeta works hard for his family's business, his clothes wouldn't be squeaky clean. Use coffee to add a few well-placed stains to your t-shirt and apron then complete your costume with a blackened loaf of bread.

If you're not a fan of the bakery look, Peeta's reaping outfit is another easy Hunger Games costume. Peeta's reaping clothes look more like something out of the 1950s than the far-away future. Rather than purchasing a freshly pressed light gray button-up shirt and dark gray slacks, head to the nearest secondhand shop, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army, and pick up something vintage.

Port Authority® - Full Length Apron with Pockets - White One Size
Port Authority® - Full Length Apron with Pockets - White One Size

This 100% cotton full-length apron is perfect for tight-budgeted Peetas and features two front pockets and an adjustable neck strap. Fold down the top half of the apron and tie it around your waist over a tight white crew-neck t-shirt and brown slacks.

 
Dickies Men's Slim Straight Fit Work Pant, Charcoal, 34X30
Dickies Men's Slim Straight Fit Work Pant, Charcoal, 34X30

These charcoal slacks are inexpensive and well-suited to a Hunger Games-inspired costume.

 

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Tribute Parade Costume - Peeta Mellark's tribute parade outfit from The Hunger Games

Peeta Tribute Parade Costume
Peeta Tribute Parade Costume

While parading down the Avenue of the Tributes with the Girl on Fire, Peeta dons a similarly eye-catching costume complete with a flared collar and tall black boots. The cheapest way to pull off this look is by pairing a shiny black jacket, preferably one with a snakeskin pattern, with a pair of tight black jeans. Cover yourself in glitter and slick back your hair to add detail to your Hunger Games parade costume.

American Apparel Shiny Wind Breaker XX-Small-black
American Apparel Shiny Wind Breaker XX-Small-black

This slick jacket actually only costs $15 if you order a size between xx-small and medium.

 

Black Interview Suit - Peeta's pre-games interview suit from The Hunger Games

Peeta Interview Costume
Peeta Interview Costume

Though far less flashy than Katniss' fiery red gown, Peeta's pre-Games interview suit sparks a fire all its own with bright red flame details. Don't have a black blazer already on hand? No worries! Simply opt for a black sateen button-up and tight black slacks instead. This swap will save you a little extra cash without downgrading your look.

Arrow Men's Wrinkle Free Sateen Solid LS, Black, 18 - 34/35
Arrow Men's Wrinkle Free Sateen Solid LS, Black, 18 - 34/35

This black sateen button-up mimics the shine and style of Josh Hutcherson's interview outfit and is available in a range of sizes.

 
Levi's Men's 511 Skinny Rinsed Jean, Black, 30x30
Levi's Men's 511 Skinny Rinsed Jean, Black, 30x30

Like Peeta's interview pants, these fashionable bacl Levi's are slim-fitting with a slight sheen.

 
Orange & Red Flames - Embroidered Iron on or Sew On Patch
Orange & Red Flames - Embroidered Iron on or Sew On Patch

Adhere these flame decals to the cuffs of your button-up to recreate the fire on Peeta's costume.

 

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Training Center Uniform - Peeta Mellark's training uniform from The Hunger Games

Peeta Training Center Costume
Peeta Training Center Costume

Though modeled by a girl, the official training center uniform shirt released by Lionsgate fits guys just as well. Pair yours with some black, striped athletic pants and brown leather boots.

If the official uniform shirt is sold out, DIY your look with a black v-neck t-shirt and plain black yoga pants. Use fabric paint to add a thick silver stripe and thin red stripe to the side of your outfit.

Add authenticity to your costume by using face paint to transform your forearm into tree bark. Why? Peeta shows off his artistic side -- a skill that saves his life more than once -- while training for the Hunger Games in the Capitol.

The Hunger Games Movie Prop Replica Training Shirt "District 12" Medium
The Hunger Games Movie Prop Replica Training Shirt "District 12" Medium

For a truly authentic training center costume, order Lionsgate's official Hunger Games District 12 training shirt.

 
Bobbie Weiner 4 Color Woodland Camouflage Face Paint Kit (Olive Green, Mud Brown, Grey, Black)
Bobbie Weiner 4 Color Woodland Camouflage Face Paint Kit (Olive Green, Mud Brown, Grey, Black)

This camouflage paint kit contains all of the basic colors you'll need to recreate Peeta's tree bark design.

 

Hunger Games Arena Uniform - Peeta Mellark's arena costume from The Hunger Games

Peeta Arena Costume
Peeta Arena Costume

Peeta Mellark's Hunger Games uniform is undoubtedly his most-recognizable look. Lucky for budget-wary Peetas, most of what you'll need to create this costume probably already exists in your closet, making this an inexpensive (and easy!) DIY costume option for guys with limited time or cash.

To start, throw on a simple black crew-neck t-shirt and a pair of olive green or light brown cargo pants. While in the arena, Peeta hides in the mud after getting attacked by Cato. Add scratches and mud stains to your own costume using sandpaper, scissors and coffee or dark brown fabric dye.

Add a hooded black jacket then tuck your cargo pants into a pair of rugged black or dark brown ankle boots, lace them tight around your ankles and leave the upper flaps open to recreate the boy with the bread's arena look. If your jacket doesn't come with reflective stripes like Peeta's, use silver safety tape to add detail to the shoulders and sleeves.

If you're dressing up as a star-crossed couple with your own Girl on Fire, carry a satchel of berries to add extra detail to your costume.

The Hunger Games Movie Jacket Regular version (Small)
The Hunger Games Movie Jacket Regular version (Small)

This lightweight black jacket is an exact replica of the one worn by Josh Hutcherson in the Hunger Games movie.

 
Hanes Classics Men's Comfort Cool Crew Neck T-Shirt,Black,X-Large
Hanes Classics Men's Comfort Cool Crew Neck T-Shirt,Black,X-Large

This simple crew-neck shirt is cheap enough to warrant some serious arena-worthy distressing.

 
Dockers Men's Comfort Cargo D3 Classic-Fit Flat-Front Pant, Covert Khaki - discontinued, 42W x 30L
Dockers Men's Comfort Cargo D3 Classic-Fit Flat-Front Pant, Covert Khaki - discontinued, 42W x 30L

Lots of 4- and 5-star reviews recommend these comfortable, classic fit cargo pants, which are available in a wide range of lengths and widths.

 
Madden Men's Doors Boot,Brown,8 M US
Madden Men's Doors Boot,Brown,8 M US

These boots feature a simple buckle pattern similar to the shoes worn by Peeta in the Hunger Games movie. Sizes range from 7.5 to 13.

 

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      infamy-jrodd 3 years ago

      i would like to see how could i re-create Peeta's white suit

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      peetamail 4 years ago

      just can't wait!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Peeta is way hotter!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was wondering, funny question probably, but is the arena jacket prop replica for Katniss - with the lining - different from the one linked to in this article so far as shape, etc? 'cause if it is the same shape - plus the liner, etc - I'd probably go for that one, but ONLY if it is the sameshape/I wouldn't look really goofy in it.

      [hope that made sense]

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      wildsimplicity 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @ChristyZ: Thank you, christy_rose! I really appreciate you visiting my lenses. :)

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I'm a huge Hunger Games fan. I've been browsing through your lenses and I love the topics, you are very creative!

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      wildsimplicity 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @anonymous: The only officially licensed training pants are available as part of this Hunger Games costume. Though pictured on a girl, the pants are unisex. Hope that helps!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      where can I get the training sweat pant

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Me too I really want it but it's too expensive

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Why do you wont just wear plain Black ones? I did this for my Katniss costume...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i know he is so hot. im gay

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can I get boots

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where can i buy the pants of the training

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa right peeta is awsommmmmmmmmmmme

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where do i get the training pants

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Peeta's amazing! I just wish the jacket was not as expensive...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Im so Peta Mellark for Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!So far in the book Catching Fire I think Peeta and Katniss get married!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have wanted to be Peeta for Halloween ever since I read the book I love josh hutcherson and love him more as Peeta !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love peeta

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: NO HE'S NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't mess with me, woman!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! PEETA FOR THE WIN!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: ikr he is so hot

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: who cares...

      the chance you have with him is 0

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PPPPEEEEEEETTTTTTAAA is hot

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      LOVE PEETA!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: gale sucks like suck sucks PEETA IS DA BOMB

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PEETA PEETA PEETA PEETA ILOVE PEETA? DON'T THINK IM CRAZY

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Peeta is soooooo cute and kind and funny, I LOVE himî«

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ya right. -rolls eyes- Gale is barly in the movie and the book

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I LUV PEETA SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH DON'T TAKE HIM HES MINE MINE I TELL U MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Josh Hutcherson is best the way he is and everyone has their own opinions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      josh hutcherson is hotter as peeta than himself! <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: um no peeta is so so so much hotter!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Gale is hotter than Peeta

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      back off GIRL HES MYN .... !!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PEETA IS MY HUSBAND <3