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Tris Divergent Costume and Makeup

Updated on September 18, 2015

How to Dress Like Tris

By the end of this detailed, step-by-step guide you will confidently be able to put together a Dauntless or Abnegation Tris costume.

Tris is the sarcastic, strong-willed heroine of Veronica Roth's wildly popular novel Divergent and blockbuster adaptation starring Shailene Woodley.

Here you'll find clothing descriptions from the book, photos of Shailene Woodley's Divergent movie wardrobe and budget-savvy ideas for creating an instantly recognizable Tris costume. Regardless of whether you want to dress as plain Beatrice Prior or thrill-seeking Tris, much of this heroine's look can be pulled together from your closet.


Tris Dauntless Costume


When Beatrice Prior begins Dauntless initiation, she changes both her name and style. Members of Dauntless, the faction that values bravery and overcoming one's fears, wear tight, revealing black clothes and often get tattoos and piercings to show off their fearlessness.

In Divergent, Shailene Woodley wears tight black pants, maroon and black tank tops, a black military-style jacket and black boots.

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Fitted Black Tank Top or Sheer-Sleeved Shirt

One of the biggest advantages of a Tris costume is that most of the clothing you'll need to buy is inexpensive, easily found and versatile enough to fit with your existing wardrobe after Halloween.

To start, purchase a fitted black tank top or long-sleeved shirt. Specifically, during the knife throwing scene, Tris dons a black scoop-neck shirt with sheer wrist-length sleeves, a dramatic but practical wardrobe option for life in battle-ready Dauntless.


Slim Black Pants

During the hand-to-hand combat phase and capture-the-flag game of Dauntless initiation, Tris sports a pair of tight black pants.

While a pair of black skinny jeans is ideal and has a high probability of already existing within your closet, black faux leather leggings are an inexpensive option that stays true to the character while giving you loads of options.


Black Leather Jacket

In Divergent, Shailene Woodley is often pictured wearing a futuristic military-style black jacket. The jacket features a high collar and quilted stitching on the shoulders and is fitted just-enough to be both flattering and fierce.

WJC747 Womens Dressy Vegan Leather Biker Jacket XL Black
WJC747 Womens Dressy Vegan Leather Biker Jacket XL Black

The quilted stitching and high collar on this affordable jacket are Tris-worthy and, at less than $40, this outer layer is stylish enough to be part of your everyday wardrobe.


My father calls the Dauntless 'hellions.' They are pierced, tattooed, and black-clothed. Their primary purpose is to guard the fence that surrounds our city. From what, I don't know.

— Tris

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Black Boots

Tris accessorizes her Dauntless transformation with a pair of sleek black military boots.

Dauntless is all about self-sufficiency so choose boots that look like they could endure some serious combat exercises.

Top Moda Women's Pack-72 Lace Up Combat Boot,7.5 B(M) US,Black
Top Moda Women's Pack-72 Lace Up Combat Boot,7.5 B(M) US,Black

At less than $20 for certain sizes, these lace-up ankle boots are a straight-up steal.


Raven Tattoos

How Tris remembers her family

In the beginning of initiation, Tris chooses to participate in a Dauntless tradition: getting inked. At the tattoo parlor, Tris chooses three flying ravens to be tattooed on the left side of her chest. She asks her tattoo artist, Tori, to show the birds flying away from her heart toward her shoulder, one for each member of the family she left behind.

If going under the needle to replicate your favorite heroine's tattoo isn't exactly on your list of things to do this weekend (totally understandable), order a set of temporary tattoos or ask an artistic friend to draw the ravens on your skin.

Divergent Tris Temporary Tattoos
Divergent Tris Temporary Tattoos

These temporary bird tattoos match the silhouetted birds that Tris gets inked across her clavicles in the film. The set also includes the Dauntless and Abnegation symbols.


Beatrice Prior Costume


Before changing her name to Tris, Beatrice Prior lives in Abnegation, a faction of her society that values selflessness and helping others above all else.

To ward off vanity and greed, Abnegation's members dress in conservative gray clothes and wear their hair in a simple, uniform style.

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Conservative Gray Layers

As Beatrice Prior in the Divergent movie, Shailene Woodley dons a variety of gray layers that cover her from neck to wrist and ankle. Beatrice Prior wears a charcoal gray long-sleeved shirt under her shapeless gray dress and thick gray mid-calf socks.

For your Beatrice Prior costume, choose loose clothes in at least two different shades of gray. Once you pull on those thick gray Abnegation-worthy socks, complete your look with gray ankle boots.

Flat shoes like Beatrice's are simple and practical, perfectly complementing her faction's selfless attitude and the charitable work they do with the factionless.

The gray clothes, the plain hairstyle, and the unassuming demeanor of my faction are supposed to make it easier for me to forget myself.

— Beatrice Prior

Dirty Blonde Hair

How to Get Tris' signature hairstyle

Regardless of whether you choose Abnegation or Dauntless, you'll need Tris' dirty blonde -- or pale blonde, if you're a die-hard fan of the book -- locks to complete your look. If your hair isn't naturally blonde, choose an inexpensive wig like the one below.

As far as styling goes, Beatrice Prior wears her hair in a simple bun while Tris wears her hair down or in a loose ponytail.

Would you want to be divergent if you lived in Tris' divided world?

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      Tris 18 months ago

      I am divergent.

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      Cecelia 2 years ago from Australia

      Fun quizes!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Great clothing selections for creating a movie look.

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      Mary 3 years ago

      (sorry for lack of grammar) i thought divergent was the BEST book\movie ive ever seen or read!

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      kenzie-smith-3538 4 years ago

      Way way bigger than the hunger games which the divergent series make look like Sally's I don't like the hunger gem much any more

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      anonymous 4 years ago