Katniss Everdeen's Hunger Games Costumes

by lou16

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

Katniss Everdeen costumes include her hunting costume, the Reaping costume, the training center costume and the one that she wore when she particated in the actual Hunger Games.

I will try and help you to recreate the best Katniss Everdeen costume possible on this page from her hair do to her footwear! You'll find some of her costumes really easy to create as you could have a number of the pieces already in your wardrobe.

You can check out how to create Katniss' usual hunting attaire by visiting the Hunger Games Costumes page.  

Here are some of the other costumes that Katniss Everdeen wore during the movie starting with her Reaping Dress.

Katniss Everdeen's Reaping Dress

Vintage Blue Dress

Katniss' reaping dress is a vintage blue dress that was her mother's - if you've got plenty of time before you need to dress up as Katniss I would spend some time in thrift stores looking for a dress like hers.

I haven't been able to find an exact replica of her dress online, but the two below are along the right lines.   The first one does need a belt added to it in order to get the look of Katniss Everdeen's reaping dress.

The second dress has the belt, but the sleeves are wrong along with the fact that the blue is too dark.   However if you braid your hair and wear a Mockingjay pin then it will be obvious who you're trying to be.

Katniss is given the Mockingjay Pin before the reaping and pins it onto her sister Primrose's dress as a good luck charm.   When she volunteers in Primrose's place Primrose gives her the pin back and she wears it for the rest of the movie (although not on display).

Before Katniss enters the arena for the actual 'games' Cinna shows her that he's 'hidden' the Mockingjay pin inside her jacket as he knows how important the pin is to her.

The Tribute Parade Outfit

The Girl on Fire Costume

The Tribute Parade is a place where the tributes really need to stand out so that they can find sponsors and Katniss and Peeta really managed to achieve that with their costumes.

The idea behind the Tribute Parade costumes is that the black of the bodysuits/catsuits is supposed to represent coal which is the main resource in District 12.   The fact that they (Katniss and Peeta) are lit on fire represents the burning of the coal - all in all it's certainly a way to set yourself apart from the crowd and be noticed.

I've found a black catsuit which would be ideal for Katniss' costume, I've also included a black cape and some applique flames.   Obviously you don't want to really set yourself on fire, but by adding some of the appliques to the cape you can create a great illusion.

Now let's look at Katniss' hair and make up.......

Her make up is understated because the big thing that will cause everyone to notice this outfit is, of course, the flames.    A little lip gloss and mascara is probably all you need to add.

Her hair isn't in it's usual braid during the Tribute Paradeinstead it appears to be in lots of braids that are pinned and arranged in a very Victorian style making her hair seem shorter, like a shoulder length bob instead of the length it actually is.

The Hunger Games Training Outfit

Katniss Everdeen's Training Costume

After the Tribune Parade the Tribunes spend some time being trained and whilst this is happening they all wear the same uniform.

This is a really easy costume to wear as you can buy replica training shirts easily on Amazon as you can see opposite.   Now I haven't been able to find the matching trousers anywhere, but I would just wear black trousers with the shirt opposite and everyone will know you're a Hunger Games Tribune.

Now let's look at Katniss' hair and make-up -

Again it looks like she's not wearing any make-up so either go bare-faced or wear very minimalist make-up if you're trying to dress as Katniss.


During training Katniss wears the same hair style as she does in the opening scene and during the actual games - a Dutch braid.   My daughter originally thought it was just a side braid and did her hair like that, but it's actually a braid that runs in a diagonal at the back of her head.   Check out how to get this style below.

Katniss Everdeen's Hunger Games Costume

May the odds be ever in your favor

Now it's time for what is probably the most recognizable of Katniss Everdeen's Hunger Games costumes - the one she wears during the actual Hunger Games.

First of all you will need a pair of cargo pants - olive or green in color coupled with a black (or dark if you don't have black) t-shirt.   Katniss is all about actually getting dirty and hunting so you are going to need some no-nonsense footwear to accompany this outfit and I've found some black combat boots which are ideal.

Next is the jacket and there are licensed ones available for purchase as you can see below which are pretty cool.   If you do have a Mockingjay pin you might want to hide it in the jacket for a really authentic take on Katniss!

Roxy Juniors Well Worn Cargo Pant

Skinny cargo pant

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The Hunger Games Movie Prop Replica Jacket "Katniss's Arena" (Large)

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Black 8 Eyelet Ankle Combat Boot - Mens 9

Unisex leatherette 8 eyelet ankle lace up boot.Woman order 2 sizes smaller.

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Martin XR Recurve Bow

New design easily converts from Right to Left hand. Full sight window and elevated rest for easier shooting. Comes with bowstring. This 46 inch bow easily converts from right to...

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The Hunger Games Movie Backpack "Double Buckle"

Sac à dos haute qualité sous licence officielle.100% Polyester. Poches zippées, bretelles réglables.Dimension: 30,5 x 49 x 6 cm

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The Hunger Games Movie Prop Replica Sack Nylon #12

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As you can see above, I've also included a bow which looks very much like the one Katniss had during the 'games' along with a backpack that she managed to grab at the beginning.

There's also a bag with important supplies in it that she nearly died getting to help Peeta.

Her hair is done in a Dutch Braid and you can see further up the page how to achieve this.   Her actual face is a little dirty and this look can be achieved by smudging on some black make-up on different parts of her face.   Personally I'd just go out without make-up and leave it like that :)

Image Credit

The image in the introduction was taken from this poster
Hunger Games Poster - Promo Flyer Book and 2012 Movie - 11 X 17 - Jennifer Lawrence - Read

The Hunger Games Movie Promo Flyer

Updated: 09/22/2012, lou16
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