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Katniss Everdeen Costume

Updated on October 3, 2015

Katniss Everdeen Costume

Want to dress up in a Katniss Everdeen costume for a party, convention, cosplay, or just for fun? Look no further. I have selected some great items to help you dress up with as much authenticity as you would like.

This page specializes in Hunger Games Halloween costumes. As you no doubt know, Katniss is the heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy of books and movies.. She is played in The Hunger Games movie by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence.

She is portrayed as a teenage girl with blue eyes and long brown hair. She dresses simply since she spends most of her time in the woods hunting for food for her family. Her family is quite poor, so she has a very humble look. This all changes when she goes to the Capitol to compete in The Hunger Games. Thanks to her stylist Cinna she makes a big impression.

There are several different Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen costumes from which to choose. I'll go over them along with the items you might need to dress up like Katniss. If you need ideas on costumes for girls, click on Katniss Everdeen Costumes For Kids.

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Katniss Everdeen Costume
Katniss Everdeen Costume

Katniss Costume | Hunting Costume

Katniss Everdeen Costume

Katniss's hunting outfit is not described as well as later outfits in the book. In the movie, Katniss is wearing dark charcoal pants with a subtle stripe, black shirt, brown leather jacket, and brown leather lace up boots. Her hair is braided in a long braid that goes over the front of her shoulder. She also carries a brown leather bag and bow in some scenes.

Collection on Polyvore

Since this is her hunting outfit, the most important element here is probably the bow, followed by the boots and the jacket. Any pair of charcoal gray pants will work, although if you can find one with a subtle stripe, that is even better. Any black shirt will work. It looks like a thermal henley shirt in the film.

Since this is a hunting outfit, frayed, used clothing looks more authentic than brand new clothes. Also, the clothes would not fit perfectly. If you buy new clothing, I suggest overlooking those two details so you can reuse the clothing for something other than the costume.

Katniss hunting in the woods. Shows her jacket and pants well. Click the thumbnail to view the larger photo on the website.

This image shows the jacket, pants, and braid well. Click the thumbnail to see a larger photo.

Katniss Costume | Hunting | Brown Pants - Katniss Everdeen Costume

One of the most important things I thought about the hunting pants is that they have a wider leg. So skinny type jeans are definitely out. If you already own a pair, you could do that, but these pants are pretty affordable. In the pictures the pants look like wool, or more like slacks, too.

Different sizes of each piece are available, so please check the sizes listed.

Dickies Women's Relaxed Fit Cargo Pants, Rinsed Pebble Brown, 6
Dickies Women's Relaxed Fit Cargo Pants, Rinsed Pebble Brown, 6
I thought these gray pants might work for a Katniss Everdeen costume. The style is a bit different and a light gray, but it is the one I was most happy with on Amazon.

Katniss Costume | Hunting | Black Henley - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Dickies Women's Long Sleeve Rib Henley Shirt, Black, Medium
Dickies Women's Long Sleeve Rib Henley Shirt, Black, Medium
I only chose one option for the black shirt in the Katniss Everdeen costume because I think it is perfect. This is a long sleeved ribbed henley. It looks a lot like what I can see for Katniss's shirt. Different sizes are available, so please check the sizes listed.

Contestant Wig Adult

This is the perfect way to get Katniss hair for your Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen costume! The side braid is going to be very important to the overall look of the costume. Click the photo or link above to check them out on Amazon or make a purchase.

If you already have medium to long brown hair, or you have hair extensions, you can learn to do a Katniss braid and not worry about a wig. Check out these two hair tutorials.

Katniss Costume | Hunting | Leather Jacket - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Different sizes of each piece are available, so please check the sizes listed.

Katniss Costume | Hunting | Bow - Katniss Everdeen Costume

I am not going to pretend to be an expert on bows, but it looks like a wooden recurve bow in the movie photos to me. I found one that was similar, but it was almost $400. I found a much cheaper bow that might work. Check it out.

I think the bow would probably make it fine into a theater (but it would be bulky) or con, but don't expect arrows to make it in.

If you are interested in a buying a kids' archery set either as a prop, or for a kid to learn archery, click on bow and arrow for kids.

Martin XR Recurve Bow
Martin XR Recurve Bow
This is a 46 inch youth bow that can be used right or left handed. I think it would be a great prop. You could resell it on eBay when you are done with it, or give archery a try. It is a lot of fun!

Trophy Ridge Mohican Hip Arrow HolsterBUY NOW

Neet Suede FG2H Small Shooting GloveBUY NOW

Bear Archery Target ArmguardBUY NOW

These three items, particularly the Trophy Ridge Mohican Hip Arrow Holster, have been very popular purchases when a bow is ordered. They add authenticity to the costume, but they are also great if you intend to learn or practice archery.

The Hunger Games Katniss Hunting Bow Movie Prop Replica "District 12" Limited Edition
The Hunger Games Katniss Hunting Bow Movie Prop Replica "District 12" Limited Edition
This is the official Hunger Games replica bow. This is a replica prop, so I wouldn't expect it to be a functional bow. If you want a bow you can actually use check out the recurve bow.

Katniss Costume | Hunting | Boots - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Different sizes of each piece are available, so please check the sizes listed.

FRYE Women's Melissa Tall Lace Boot, Brown, 8 M US
FRYE Women's Melissa Tall Lace Boot, Brown, 8 M US
I had to include these because they are perfect. These are the same boots that Jennifer Lawrence wore in the movie. They are pricey, but they are such awesome boots that you can totally justify buying them. You would wear them all the time! Boots, as always, are hot this fall and winter! They are available in a lot of sizes! Here is an option for a shorter and much less expensive lace up brown boot: Dollhouse Women's Combat Boot
Katniss Boots Hunger Games
Katniss Boots Hunger Games

Knee High Lace Up (Brown) Adult Boots

These boots are the perfect compliment to a Katniss costume and they look great. They are tall and lace up just like the boots in the movie. The best part is that they are much more affordable than the boots shown above.

Katniss Hunting Costume Wrap-up

Katniss Everdeen Costume

These are the basics for the Katniss costume. You could add other items like a game bag and armguard, but I don't think they are necessary unless you are going for perfection. Keep in mind that if you are putting this together for a theater or con, actual arrows will not be allowed and the bow itself may be iffy. If that is the case then the game bag would be an item to substitute to add to the overall look.

Someone let me know that some cons allow rubber tipped arrows. Check with the place you are wearing the costume.

Hopefully, you have items already in your wardrobe (or your sister's or roommate's), that you can borrow for the costume. If you purchase items for the costume do it in mind of reusing the items in your wardrobe.

Good luck with your costume!

Katniss Costume | Reaping Costume

Katniss Everdeen Costume

This is close to what the movie shows as the costume for Katniss during the reaping. The shoes are what I feel is appropriate. I saw a still of Jennifer Lawrence wearing her reaping dress and black mule sneakers. I hope those are not the actual shoes!

The only flaw in this perfect outfit is that it is a bit too short. So cute, though! Still, the reaping costume should be a fairly simple Katniss Everdeen costume to do. It is very likely you can find the dress and shoes at a thrift store or in the back of a closet somewhere. Add in a braid down the back and you would be set.

Obviously, Katniss wasn't made up like a Capitol superstar yet, but you could use some powder or foundation if you feel uncomfortable without something. I think this would be a fun costume. It would set you apart from all the Katniss hunting costumes, Katniss arena costumes, etc.

Katniss Costume | Introduction | Black Costume - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Katniss, along with Peeta, wears skintight leather suits with knee high boots. Cinna adds some personal fiery touches, but I don't recommend replicating those.

Capezio Women's Team Basic Long Sleeve Unitard, Black, Medium
Capezio Women's Team Basic Long Sleeve Unitard, Black, Medium
You have two options for the Katniss Everdeen costume for the introductory chariot ride. You can do a one piece catsuit, which could be quite pricey and hot, or go with a black unitard. The biggest drawback for me with the catsuit is that they are usually plain, but skanky looking at the same time. There isn't a huge chance you would get your money's worth out it, though I suppose you could sell it. I would go with the unitard myself. This black, one piece dance leotard would be perfect for your Katniss costume.
Celebrity Pink Juniors' Drape Front Faux Leather Jacket, Black, Large
Celebrity Pink Juniors' Drape Front Faux Leather Jacket, Black, Large
This leather biker jacket is form fitting, similar to the costume, and has a distinctive double collar. This could be worn over the unitard to give it the look of the shiny bodysuit that Katniss wears.
Funtasma by Pleaser Women's Gogo-300 Boot,Black Stretch,10 M US
Funtasma by Pleaser Women's Gogo-300 Boot,Black Stretch,10 M US
I love these knee high gogo boots. I had a pair when I was a kid that I loved. The boots fit the book description, and would add to the overall look of your Katniss costume.

Katniss Black Introduction Costume Wrap Up

Katniss Everdeen Costume

I was unable to find a movie still of Katniss that I could use. The photo this costume is based on is copyrighted by Entertainment Weekly. Click here to view it on another website.

Click the thumbnail to see a larger version. I finally found a good photo I could use, a little small, but it shows the top part of her costume, her hair and make up.

Katniss appears to be wearing a black bodysuit with an elaborate collar. The bodysuit is very form fitting through her torso. Her hair is braided again, but it is done elaborately across the crown of her head. Her footwear in the books are knee length shiny boots, so I assume that is what they used in the movie.

This collection is what the items I have posted look like together.

Katniss Costume | Training Shirt on eBay - Katniss Everdeen Costume

The training shirt for a Katniss Costume is currently available in Medium and Large on eBay. Don't wait to purchase, everyone is snapping them up!

Also available in August, Katniss training shirt and matching pants.

Katniss Costume | Training | Pants - Katniss Everdeen Costume

ASICS Women's Competition Pant, Black, Medium
ASICS Women's Competition Pant, Black, Medium
Black pants with a red stripe would be best, but these white striped ones would work for the costume. Add the wig mentioned previously and some black socks and sneakers and you are all set! Great, easy costume.

Katniss Everdeen Costume Arena Photos


Click the thumbnail to see the full size photo. This is the only arena photo I have so far, quite small even at full size. You can see the gray detail on the jacket, the reddish orange on the inside, and that Katniss is wearing a v-neck black shirt. At least, I think it looks black. It was green in the books. I'll add more photos as I can find them.

Click the thumbnail to see the full size photo. This is of Katniss right as she is about to go into the arena. You can't see anything you don't in the first picture. It is a view of the gray detail on black, the black v-neck, her usual braid, and the reddish-orange fabric on the inside.

Click the thumbnail to see the full size photo. This is a really cute photo of a lighter moment in the arena. It has a pretty good view of the arena boots.

Click the thumbnail to see a larger photo. This is another good closeup of the arena jacket. If you want to create your own with a black jacket and duct tape, this would be a big help with the design. The photo shows off how crinkly the jacket is also.

Katniss Costume | Arena Costume - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Different sizes of the clothing items are available, so please check the sizes listed!

Champion Women's Favorite V-Neck Tee, Black, Medium
Champion Women's Favorite V-Neck Tee, Black, Medium
I couldn't find a picture of Katniss without her jacket on, but the picture of Peeta shows a short sleeve shirt. I chose this one because it has a v-neck, but it isn't plunging. Plus, it looks more like a t-shirt you would work out in, rather than a dressier one. Black is available!

Katniss Costume | Arena | Olive Cargo Pants - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Rothco Vintage Paratrooper Fatigue Pants – Mission Ready Cargos – Olive Drab – M
Rothco Vintage Paratrooper Fatigue Pants – Mission Ready Cargos – Olive Drab – M
I think these pants are perfect. They are olive drab cargo pants. They have the same rugged look as the pants Katniss wore in the arena in The Hunger Games movie.
Katniss Boots Arena Hunger Games
Katniss Boots Arena Hunger Games

Arena | Boots From The Film

These boots are very similar, but less expensive boots than the actual arena boots (no longer available). Madden Raszcal Boot. There is a range of sizes from 6-10. They come in brown as shown and also black.

The Hunger Games Movie Prop Replica Sack Nylon #12
The Hunger Games Movie Prop Replica Sack Nylon #12
A replica of the arena bag. It is made of nylon and has the number 12 on it. Perfect for your Katniss Everdeen costume. If you have seen the movie you know that the bags at the "feast" were different sizes, based on the contents. This bag contained medicine, so it is small. Interestingly, there are also nylon prop bags with the numbers 2, 5 and 11.
The Hunger Games Movie Mockingjay Prop Rep Pin
The Hunger Games Movie Mockingjay Prop Rep Pin
Last, but not least. One of my favorite items. A replica of the Mockingjay pin Katniss wears into the arena. Would you like to look at a Mockingjay Necklace or other Hunger Games Jewelry? Click Mockingjay Necklace to see licensed merchandise, plus creative Hunger Games inspired jewelry.

Hunger Games Replica Jacket on eBay - Katniss Everdeen Costume

Hunger Games Replica jackets are still available on eBay. Don't wait too much longer! If you really want one of these then now is the time to purchase.

If you still need a Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin, there are many still available!

Katniss Arena Costume Wrap-Up

Katniss Everdeen Costume

Add the boots and the Katniss hair wig from the hunting collection and you have a complete outfit. Fortunately, the basic pieces of clothing are all things you might already have in your closet or you can purchase at thrift stores. You might want to go with the authentic replica items, or you can make your own. With some creative use of black and orange duct tape you could dress up a black jacket, nylon sack, and backpack. I think of all the replica items I love the brooch the most. My husband ended up buying the brooch for me. I LOVE it!

You can also choose between dressing up as Katniss as she enters the arena. or dusting yourself up, rolling in the grass, adding some burns, etc and play Katniss after she has been in the arena a bit. If it were me, I would go with the fresh look. If you have worn clothes from a thrift store, then the battered Katniss look would be easiest.

Archer Costumes

Katniss Costume or Merida Costume

The popularity of The Hunger Games movie among kids has been huge. Many local stores, as well as internet retailers, and have trouble keeping bow and arrow for kids sets in stock. Coming this summer is another movie with a female heroine that wields a bow. If you haven't heard of the new Disney Pixar film, Brave, then check out my site on Brave the Movie.

Princess Merida is sure to be an extremely popular costume for young girls. I think it is likely that many young girls will want to be Katniss Everdeen too. At this point, I am not sure which costume the under 12 set will prefer. Tell me what you think in the poll below!

Of course, there are generic archer costumes available, as well as Robin Hood/Sherwood forest types for kids and adults. Those are always popular for males and females.

Katniss Costume or Merida Costume for Young Girls - Archer Costumes

Both ladies are strong, courageous, bow wielding 16 year old heroines. The Hunger Games was a live action and violent film that is rated PG-13. Brave the movie, featuring Princess Merida, is not out until June 22, 2012, but it is rated PG. There are definitely tense and scary scenes in it, but since it is animated some of the edge is taken off that. As far as I know people are not repeatedly slaughtered in it ;)

Would you rather see a young girl under 12 dress up as Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games or Princess Merida from Brave?

Katniss Braid Tutorial - Katniss Hair Tutorial

If you have long, lovely hair you can do your own Katniss braid with a little help from these two videos. The first one shows her braid that goes to her side and over her shoulder. The next one shows her braided updo for the reaping.

Both of these videos will work with medium length-long hair or hair with extensions. Of course, you can always go with the Katniss hair wig shown above. Good luck and have fun!

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