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Dress Like Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Updated on September 13, 2015
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"The only way to prepare for a trip like this, I felt, was to dress up like human peacocks and get crazy, then screech off across the desert and cover the story." — Hunter S. Thompson.

Greetings, freaks, weirdos, shutoffs, and debaucherous animals from a time left behind. Welcome to your one stop shop for Fear and Loathing attire. It may not be GQ, but who cares? The style of Raoul Duke (aka. Hunter S. Thompson, aka. that drugged-out character Johnny Depp played in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) is fashionable in its own unique, ungodly way.

Whether you want to pick up the style for your own everyday life or you want to prepare for your next gonzo costume party, this is the place to be for your Fear and Loathing needs.

The Hat

While the plain white bucket hat may be best known as the signature piece of headwear worn by everyone's favorite bungling first mate, Gilligan, it was Hunter S. Thompson, aka Raoul Duke, who made it cool.

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The Shades

Try as they may, thrift shop hipsters and millionaire heiresses have still yet to spoil the cool allure of classic aviator sunglasses. From the 60's to today, these far-out shades continue to be the very epitome of rockstar fashion and rebellious attire.

For Hunter S. Thompson, aviator sunglasses were a significant part of his unforgettable signature style. A perfect symbolic representation for a unique and out-of-this-world figure who always saw the world through a colorful lens.

In the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp can be seen wearing a pair of Ray-Ban RB 3138 Shooter aviator sunglasses which can be found on Amazon.com.

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The Cigarette Holder

While no one is condoning smoking, a Raoul Duke outfit wouldn't be complete without the classic cigarette holder. According to many sources, the specific make and model of Hunter S. Thompson's cigarette holder/filter was the TarGard Permanent Cigarette Filter System, which can be found below. (The type of cigarettes smoked with it are Marlboro Reds.)

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The Jacket

Throughout the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp can be seen sporting this colorful, baggy, patchwork jacket. Two replicas of this jacket were used in the movie along with the original which Hunter S. Thompson actually wore on his infamous Las Vegas adventure.

According to the DVD commentary of Fear and Loathing, the original jacket was manufactured by Abercrombie & Fitch, but, unfortunately, it's no longer being produced by them today.

Nevertheless, thanks to some very talented fans across the world, well-made replicas of this jacket can be found online in various places. Ebay, for one, is a great place to start the search.

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The Shirts

In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke can be seen wearing a whole cornucopia of loud, gaudy, retro button-down t-shirts. Similar shirts are still made and can be found all over the internet. To find one right for you, try giving some of the below-mentioned options a shot.

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Las Vegas Visor

This classic Las Vegas visor is perfect for when you're riding high at the poker table or for when you're just hanging out, relaxing under the sweltering Nevada sunshine with your favorite drink in hand.

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The Wristband

Never underestimate the importance that accessorizing can bring to your style. In the film we see Johnny Depp, as Raoul Duke, wearing a brown studded wristband.

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The real Raoul Duke in Las Vegas - Duke (Hunter S. Thompson) on the left, Dr. Gonzo (Oscar Zeta Acosta) on the right

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      Niktravelfit 2 years ago

      sorry, completely overlooked that I had already commented :D

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      Niktravelfit 2 years ago

      "We can't dress like that, this is bat country!" Nice and fun lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Very good and funny lens.

      Great outfit!

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      This is a really interesting lens. I like that hat too. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Raoul does wear that hat very differently than Gilligan....a totally different impression and I can see why there may be those who would be heading in that fashion direction with adaptations of the look to meet their own personality, it does have a definite coolness to it! I'm imagining a lot of guys going looking for that had that they know they must have put somewhere....

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Love the fashions.

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      mabraxas 4 years ago

      Excellent, Excellent Post! I did not know that jacket was available. Hunter Thompson has been a painful inspiration to me for many years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: This may be helpful to some people indeed.

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      strandofsilk 4 years ago from London

      didn't like the shirts at all !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lovely dress :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You can buy exatly the same Wristband on ebay by Matara Design ! It is really the best quality i have ever seen not a cheap like it is in the topic .

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      wilcher 4 years ago

      Great dress.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I think you nailed it.

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      RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      I *love* Hunter S Thompson and his gonzo journalism! Fantastic lens, Cool subheadings ('Fear and Clothing' ... *giggles*) :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is really special. Great ideas for all the fans (I bet there are many!), especially Hunter Thompson's!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful tips to dress like Hunter Thompson.

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      ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

      great movie and lens! :]

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Oh, this is just such fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Neat, interesting article on how to dress like Hunter Thompson

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Loved the book and the movie. Great idea!

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      Very cool!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very unique and original ideas!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very interesting idea!

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