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Katniss Everdeen Hunger Games Costume and Makeup
Updated on August 30, 2017 wildsimplicity more How to Dress Like Katniss Everdeen
Create a realistic, inexpensive Katniss Everdeen costume with this Hunger Games costume guide. Here you’ll find descriptions and photos of each outfit worn by Katniss in the book and movie and creative ideas for putting together an instantly recognizable Girl on Fire costume.
Whether you’re looking for tips on how to dress as Katniss in District 12, the Capitol or the arena, this cosplay guide has you covered from braid and bow to boots.
Katniss Everdeen Wig
Throughout the Hunger Games movie, Katniss Everdeen’s hair never strays far from her signature style. Regardless of whether she’s hunting in District 12 or fighting for her life in the arena, Katniss keeps her long brown hair in a uniquely styled braid. For those whose own hair isn’t quite as long or dark as the Girl on Fire’s, this wig is an essential accessory.
Descriptions of Katniss Everdeen’s District 12 Outfits
“I swing my legs off the bed and slide into my hunting boots. Supple leather that has molded to my feet. I pull on trousers, a shirt, tuck my long dark braid into a cap, and grab my forage bag.” Chapter 1
“As soon as I’m in the trees, I retrieve a bow and sheath of arrows from a hollow log.” Chapter 1
?Oversized Tan Leather Jacket
Katniss Everdeen’s tan leather jacket is an essential part of your District 12 costume. If saving money is a priority, scour the racks at a secondhand shop like Goodwill or Salvation Army, where a genuine leather jacket if you’re lucky enough to hunt one down! could be bought for as little as $5.
If searching for a leather needle in a thrift store haystack doesn’t appeal to you, pick up a jacket like the one below online, where numerous sizes, cuts and colors are always readily available.
Regardless of whether you pick up your leather jacket in a thrift store or online, remember that Katniss inherited her hunting wardrobe from her father after he died. Keep an eye out for a square-cut men’s coat that’s slightly oversized then rub sandpaper on the elbows, pockets and collar for added authenticity.
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What do you love about Katniss?
Her independent attitude
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Her relationship with Peeta
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“To my surprise, my mother has laid out one of her own lovely dresses for me. A soft blue thing with matching shoes.” Chapter 1
“Let’s put your hair up, too,’ she says. I let her towel-dry it and braid it up on my head.” Chapter 1
?Conservative Light Blue Dress
During the Reaping, Katniss wears a simple light blue button-up dress. Though incredibly plain, the dress’ matching sash flatters Jennifer Lawrence’s hourglass shape.
For your own Reaping dress, choose something frilly, dainty or dated and keep an eye out for matching 1950s-style saddle shoes.
Better yet, scour local thrift stores for a plain, shapeless vintage dress and use ribbon to fit it to your figure. The added detail will give your costume a truly secondhand, Depression-Era look.
Katniss receives her infamous gold mockingjay pin immediately after the Reaping and wears it as a token from home during the Hunger Games. The bird featured on the pin is eventually used to symbolize the rebellion spurred by the Girl on Fire’s defiance of the Capitol.
NECA The Hunger Games Prop Replica Mockingjay PinNo matter which costume you choose, the Girl on Fire’s mockingjay pin is a must-have for all Hunger Games fans.
Buy Now Descriptions of Katniss Everdeen’s Tribute Parade Costume
“I’m in a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck. Shiny leather boots lace up to my knees. But it’s the fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red and the matching headpiece that define this costume.” Chapter 5
“My face is relatively clear of makeup, just a bit of highlighting here and there. My hair has been brushed out and then braided down my back in my usual style.” Chapter 5
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Choosing the right bow is essential when putting together an authentic, homemade Katniss Everdeen arena costume. Why? The bow that she picks up in the Hunger Games arena is completely different from the homemade bow she inherited from her father back in District 12. After Glimmer is killed by the tracker jackers, the Girl on Fire snags a beautiful silver recurve bow from her abandoned supplies.
Sleek silver bows are hard to come by on the cheap so choose yours based on style and size first. Once you’ve found the bow that best fits your budget, give it a Capitol-worthy makeover with metallic silver spray paint.
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sendingHUGE Katniss fan 3 years ago
Love the Hunger Games!!!! My friend was a fan and I watched the 2nd movie with her and now I’m obsessed!!!!
ehomkt 4 years ago
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they are awesome i dress like her every day
I like the arena one because it makes her look tough and it suits her braid very well. I really wish I had her white bow and arrow she got from glimmer in the movie. I also love her mockingjay pin.
It would be awesome to go bow hunting with the jacket
right i really want the exact replica of the arena jacket!!!!!
Im going to have to get her hunting costume for when i go bow hunting
Lovely choices of Katniss Costumes! Great stuff.
rooshoo 5 years ago
Katniss is a great character. Super smart and crafty!
@pinoyrecipe: Thanks for stopping by, pinoyrecipe! I’m sure your daughter will love dressing as Katniss. 🙂
pinoyrecipe 5 years ago
those hunger games costumes are really cool, i think one will suit my daughter
I’m a HUGE Hunger Games fan and I’m trying to get my boyfriend to dress as Peeta and this website showed him how simple it is!
they are awasome i love it i am goin g to be katniss MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!!!!!!!!!!this is the best movie n histery
I love the costumes! The resemble the outfits worn by Jennifer lawerence very well.
I love katniss shes so like “im not going to give up no matter what” you know shes so intimidating too
I 3 THEM ALL…..!!!!
My 2 faveorite costumes in the movie are, the outfit she wears hunting in the start and then her yellow dress that she wears after she wins the games.
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austuner 5 years ago
Love the looks and fashions in the movie. especially the extreme way the higher class over due it.
@anonymous: I know right it silver I’ve seen the movie 5 times
I love Katniss she is awesome I love the movie it’s the best!
I love the hunger games I watch it every chance I get I’m being Katniss for haloween she is my hero I love her bravery and strength
i like the training outfit! i wanna do that for halloween!!!
I love the Hunger Games I’m being Katniss in the arena thats my favorite part of the movie
Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!!!!!!!!!
Authorwildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA
@anonymous: Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you found my costume guide helpful. 🙂
I’m gonna be Katniss in the arena for Halloween. The arena outfit is my favorite 🙂
@anonymous: i have a book week to i hope we dont go to same school coz im going as her!
@anonymous: ME TOO!! 😀 i think ill wear the .. hmm… i cant pick!! OH I KNOW!! i’ll wear the dress at the end!! 😀
Thank you soo much im planning on being katniss for halloween but now i dont know which to do she has soooo many amazing costumes
I bet there will be a zillion katnisses this Halloween:)
Thanks whoever wrote this article. I found it really helpfull and I am going to succesfully be katniss for Halloween. Thank you!
peeta is awesome!!!!!!!!! i’m going to use the katniss costume for book week!!!!!!!
thank you so much!!!!!!
Peeta is just Beautiful.
i love the hunger games i fell in love with the boo and i cant stop reading right now i am making a homemade movie its going to be a bomb I LOVE HUNGER GAMES
@anonymous: I know what you mean completely. Love Peeta wish he was mine
im in love with someone i dont know i never thought by seeing and reading the hunger games i would fall in love but i have…….I LOVE YOU PEETA i wish i had a possable way of making me katniss and him in love with me
Really helpful and useful
biggking lm 5 years ago
as hunger games good?
@anonymous: Please don’t make the hunger games seem like twilight.
SianaL 5 years ago
This is awesome!
i llllooooovvvvveeeee peeta mellark he is so georgeas( i dont think i spelled that right) but he is so fricken hot!!!!!
craftycrow 5 years ago
Wow. What a comprehensive lens this is! I added you to my Hunger Games as one of the featured lenses..
i am sooo excited for… PEETA!!!!! TEAM PEETA FOREVER!! he is freaking HOT!!!!!!!
Everything that happens in the arena! 🙂
@anonymous: I thought it should’ve been more yellow on the bottom with yellow, orange, and red chunks of fake gems stitched on with the waist and up being black with loose, see-through sleeves that are black.
I LOVE peeta and katniss’ cave scene! so romantic!!!! i wish it was longer like in the book! Also i would have liked to see more of cato and clove in the movie!!3 HUNGER GAMES ROCK!! team peeta!;)
@anonymous: im so with you on the first intrvew dress. 😛
i loved the seen with Clove and Katniss!!!!! 😀 it was so good!!!!!!
i was disapionted with the Girl on Fire parade costume it did not really match the book also i was very disipionted with the preinterview dress i was thinking a black gown with orange, red and yellow pieces of stain glass flowing up into flames and the wolfs at the end to but over all it was a good movie and if you saw it you should read the books and if you red the books read them again they are so good!!!!!!!
I think the movie was awesome, but I like how you can tell what Katniss is thinking in the book.
samgorge 5 years ago
this is good
animal-costumes 5 years ago
What a great movie! I saw it yesterday. The book is so much better, though! Great Lens!
William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO
Love the expression above. Assume it is now part of our language! 😉
TTMall 5 years ago
Thanks for sharing these great resources.
Everything!!!! I can’t wait to go see it at midnight tomorrow with my besties!!!!!
Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh
Fab lens – so much HG stuff popping up all over the place – must read the book
So cool! I’m making a movie and these will TOTALLY help!
Jareen LM 5 years ago
This lens is awesome! I love the survival kit, beef jerky is a must.
mithril you can spraypaint it :L
starcraft2guidefornobs 5 years ago
great lens, i like the hunger games book very much, i hope movie will be good too
You’ve done an awesome job on this! Thanks! But an FYI, the bow that Katniss picks up in the Arena is silver, not black.
Perfecto! Thanks helped me a lot! Know when the movie comes out I will look like katniss everdeen in the flesh herself!
shandigp 6 years ago
Great lens! I especially liked that you quoted your costume sources from the book.
I didn’t get my Katniss costume together before Halloween but I’m SO going in costume to the movie!
Nicely done. Liked the helpful DIY instructions. Thanks for the fun costume lens!