Hunger Games Costumes

by lou16

The box office smash hit The Hunger Games is sure to also be a popular costume choice for people this year from dressing as Katniss Everdeen to Effie Trinket.

The Hungar Games certainly offers a great choice in costumes for fans. I imagine a lot of people will love to dress up as Katniss Everdeen (especially my daughter and youngest niece!) while I found the best part about the movie was the costumes of Effie Trinket and the people in the Capitol.

I'm not sure how to describe the costumes it's like steampunk meets Dynasty for some of the outfits and I spent a lot of the movie thinking how much fun the costume designers must have had!

Now you can have fun recreating costumes from The Hunger Games whether for Halloween or a Hunger Games Fancy Dress party.

The Many Costumes of Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen Costumes

I certainly don't see Katniss ever wearing one of Effie Trinket costumes as trousers are much more her style, although she did look stunning in a dress as well.   The first costume we see her in is her standard hunting attaire as she tries to stop her family from starving since her father died in a mining accident and there's only herself, her younger sister and her mother left.

This is a very easy costume to put together as you probably have many of the components in your wardrobe before we even start.

The pants that Katniss wears in the movies were based on a Levi Strauss 1870s pattern and are a brown striped jean, but you could wear a pair of plain brown or even olive colored jeans and still be unmistakably Katniss Everdeen.

The next important part of the costume is the old leather jacket that Katniss wears to go hunting with.   With this jacket costume designer Judianna Makovsky actually deviated from the book - in the book Katniss' jacket was oversized and a hand-me-down of her fathers, in the movie it was a fitted leather jacket.   Makovsky says that this was so that Katniss could move her arms easily in order to actually use a bow and arrow.  

You can search through thrift shops or wardrobes of older male members of your family for an oversized leather (or leather look) jacket or you could just buy a fitted jacket that you can use in your everyday life as well as when you're in costume.

Underneath her jacket Katniss is wearing a crew necked thermal shirt with buttons - this was also handed down from her father and you could look in a thrift shop for one, although I like the henley style shirts as you can also incorporate them into your wardrobe once you've worn the costume.

Footwear is another important aspect of Katniss' wardrobe - this girl is practical, no pretty stilettos just plain boots which allow her to easily traverse the land in order to hunt her prey!

Of course you need to accessorize this outfit a little so that no one is in any doubt about who you're trying to be and luckily you can do that by buying a replica bow from the movie which I've also found for you opposite.

Next you have to give yourself a side braid or if you want to be even more authentic try a Dutch braid (instructions are in the Katniss Everdeen's Hunger Games Costumes article below).  

There are more costume ideas for Katniss from her 'uniform' at the training center to what she actually wore during the actual Hunger Games and let's not forget Katniss in a dress!   You can check those costumes all out at the article below.


Katniss Everdeen is the star of the books and movie The Hunger Games and is sure to be a popular costume choice this year.

Hunger Games Training Suit Costumes

District Tribute Costumes from the Training Center

Effie Trinket Costumes

The Hunger Games' Effie Trinket Outfits - A Very Unique Costume

I don't think you can possibly write a page on the Hunger Games costumes without including at least one Effie Trinket costume.   Probably the most recognizable Effie Trinket costume would be the one that we see when she's drawing the names at the Reaping.   This outfit was seen in the trailers for the movie so people who haven't watched the Hunger Games yet may also be familiar with it.


I've had problems finding the outfit that Effie wore, the closest I've come to finding one online is the Dynasty inspired costume opposite although the skirt is black which is a shame.   Searching on ebay for "vintage 80s pencil skirts" in either hot pink or fuschia brings up a few really good skirt options, but the whole package is a little elusive at the time of writing.

I would personally try and raid wardrobes of members of your family who were pretty fashionable in the 80s and see what they've got lurking in the back or alternatively look around your local thrift shops.

The wig that Effie Trinket wore is a little easier to find as it was in a flapper syle like the blonde wig opposite and then of course you'll need to add a hot pink flower to the hair and I've found that for you too. 

Next comes the footwear and Effie Trinket wore lace up black boots in a Victorian style like the pair opposite, the only difference is that they had a much higher heel.  

One of the ideas behind Effie Trinket's wardrobe is that she could hardly walk because she really was the consumate fashion victim.   This also explains part of her psyche and why she hates her job representing District 12 because she wants to be on the winning side aka District 1.........little does she realise how things are going to turn out.   Everything about Effie is about looks and appearances which takes us nicely to her make-up.

Watching the movie I hadn't even read who was playing who and it took me a little while to realize that it was Elizabeth Banks behind all that make up - her face was so pale with almost drag queen like cosmetics added to it.

I've found a great video (below) which shows you how to apply an Effie Trinket look to your face, but first let's turn to the nails.

Effie's nails are a different take on the classic French manicure so grab yourself some French tips tape along with a hot pink/fuschia colored nail polish and a gold nail polish.   The main nail color is the fuschia and the tips of the nails should be painted gold.   (This is actually a cool idea for nails anyway and I've used it for a selection of different color combinations myself - black and silver tips gaining the most comments from people.)


Now to the video and before you watch it you will need a few supplies in order to follow along and re-create Effie's face on yourself and they are -

  • Concealer
  • Paperself Deer Butterfly Eyelashes
  • NYX White Eyeshadow Base
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Hot Pink
  • Coastal Scents 88 Original Palatte
  • Elf Wet Gloss Clear Lash & Brow Mascara
  • Mac Clear Multi-purpose Gloss
  • Covergirl Lipsticks - Spellbound & Divine

The Capital Costumes

Alexander McQueen Meets Elsa Schiaparelli With a Dash of Marie Antoinette!

The people from the Capital also wear amazing costumes and this Victorian Steampunk costume certainly wouldn't look out of place there - 

 I absolutely loved the over the top looks that the Capital residents donned.

The only thing I would add to this outfit is a pair of outrageous eyelashes and perhaps a brightly colored wig, I think I'd fit right in - don't you?

Ladybug Long Feathered Eyelashes

 I think one of the great things about the costumes from The Hunger Games movie is the differences between the very basic, depression era, utilitarian dress of the districts and the extreme over the top look of the Capital.   

I think one of the best ways to describe the people of the Capital is to tell someone it's like a whole city of people dressed to go to a Lady Gaga concert!   I think it's a case of anything go so if you want an over the top outfit for Halloween this year or some other fancy dress event then just go as someone from the Capital and you'll have a lot of fun.



Image Credit

The image in the introduction is from this Hunger Games poster
Hunger Games Poster - Promo Flyer 2012 Movie - 11 X 17 - Elizabeth Banks Effie

The Hunger Games Movie Promo Flyer

Updated: 05/21/2014, lou16
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