Princess Leia in her copper bikini från Return of the Jedi, All Over Press.
10 MOST STYLISH STAR WARS OUTFITS
With the latest instalment of Star Wars hitting the big screens this week, we take a look at the most stylish outfits to ever grace the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance and beyond.
10. OBI-WAN KENOBI’S HOODED CLOAK
Whether you first envisage Ewan McGregor or Alec Guinness as the ultimate mentor of the Jedi ways, there’s no denying how fetching Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hooded cloak looks. Take inspiration and try out a full-length coat for winter – it’s the ultimate chic (and warm!) cover-up.
9. PRINCESS LEIA’S COPPER BIKINI
Admittedly not the most comfortable look ever, the metal bikini worn by Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi (1983) is one of the most iconic costumes in film history. Its curvy pattern and plunging neckline exuded sensuality and strength, not to mention fetching $96,000 at auction this October.
8. ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S LEATHER GILET
One of the most powerful Jedi Knights ever, Anakin Skywalker (portrayed by Hayden Christensen) eventually grows up to be – spoiler alert! – Darth Vader. And while he’s succumbing to the dark side of the Force, Anakin makes a fashionable case for brown and champions the strong shoulder with his leather gilet.
7. REY’S DRAPING
While not much is known yet about this new lead character played by Daisy Ridley in the upcoming The Force Awakens, we can still marvel at the elaborate draping of her flowing top, complete with matching arm cuffs and a sturdy yet stylish double-looped belt.
6. C-3PO’S GOLD EVERYTHING
This straight-laced, polite, and yes, lovable droid of the Star Wars franchise has inadvertently become a modern day fashion icon. As if the bling of head-to-toe gold wasn’t enough, C-3PO was also one of the cover stars of Love’s A/W 2015 issue – shot by David Sims, no less.
5. LUKE SKYWALKER’S KIMONO TOP
The Tatooine farmboy named Luke (portrayed by Mark Hamill) who became one of the greatest Jedi Knights in the galaxy was also one of most trendy ones – at least by modern standards – what with his loose kimono top and all. Balancing the look with slimmer trousers, there are also bonus points to be had for the low-slung belt.
4. HAN SOLO’S CASUAL COOL
Trust a space smuggler with heroic tendencies to kick back against the Galactic Empire in a long-sleeved tee (with deep-V), patch pocket waistcoat, brushed denim trousers and, er, knee-high riding boots. Dubious footwear aside, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo wouldn’t look out of place in any of the hippest towns today.
3. PADMÉ AMIDALA’S CROP TOP
Sure, she’s Queen of Naboo, but Padmé Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) wasn’t shy about going into combat either. In Attack of the Clones (2002), Portman got to show off her battle-ready abs in a matching crop top and sporty legging combo that proved to be ahead of its time – see Yeezy season two, for example.
2. DARTH VADER’S BLACK EVERYTHING
What says baddie in film lore more than a menacing, flowing black cape? Well, if you’re a former Jedi Knight, current Sith Lord, a human/cyborg and destroyer of the Jedi Order, a large helmet and suit with a built-in life support system in fashion’s perennial colour of choice: black. In other words, Darth Vader will never go out of style.
1. PRINCESS LEIA’S FULL-LENGTH DRESS
Widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the Rebel Alliance, Princess Leia obviously had a wardrobe to match. Her floor-length dress – white, cinched in at the waist, with a high neck and long sleeves – could almost pass for Valentino nowadays, but you may want to skip the infamous twin cinnamon bun hair… or not.