An Imperial Officer Costume is sort of a basic Star Wars costume idea, similar to just a generic Jedi Knight costume. Elliot chose to to wear an Imperial officer uniform for our family costume theme.
Imperial Officer Costume
Last year we opted to wear Star Wars costumes for our family Halloween theme to Disney’s Oogie Boogie Bash. More specfically we went with Rogue One themed costumes because I was updating my Jyn Erso costume.
You can easily just buy various Star Wars Imperial Officer uniforms but you know we don’t typically go that route around here, we like to DIY or at least semi-DIY our costumes.
Imperial Officer Uniform Colors
The first thing you need to do is decide what color imperial officer uniform you are going for. Typically Star Wars Imperial Officers wear a few different colors, either black uniforms, gray uniforms or olive-green uniforms and sometimes white uniforms. Although just asking my kids to agree on what colors are typical led to some disagreements but basically it depends on the Star Wars era, the rank of the officer and also the multimedia format, i.e. comic books, animated, tv shows or movies.
Imperial Officer Costume Pieces
We opted for a dark gray uniform similar to what Cassian Andor wears when they infiltrate Scarif and steal the Death Star plans at the end of Rogue One.
The hardest part was trying to find the right color uniform top and pants. The best option we found was this scrub jacket and scrub pants. The scrub jacket gives a tunic vibe and when zipped up has a stand up collar similar to the officer uniform top. Here is a similar jacket on Amazon.
Then you need to add a rank badge (aka Rank insignia plaques) and code cylinders to your uniform top. I cut slits in the shirt to create code cylinder pockets. Then used chalk holders to simulate the code cylinders. Then I made cardboard, duct tape and vinyl to create the rank badge. You will find more detail instructions for rank badges or code cylinders on my Director Krennic costume tutorial.
Imperial officer Costume Accessories
Finish off the Imperial Officer Costume with a belt, hat and boots.
Imperial Officer Uniform Belt
You can just buy an Imperial Officer Uniform belt or make one with a wide black ribbon, cardboard covered in silver duct tape as a belt buckle. I used velcro to secure the belt together. I kept my version simple but you could add one of the officer’s disks (imperial code disk) to it.
Imperial Officer Uniform Hat
We opted to just buy an Imperial Officer uniform hat for our costume. There are several inexpensive options available to buy but we found the colors to be a bit off from what we wanted. Plus we found them very small in size and had to modify it.
Imperial Officer Uniform Boots
A pair of black boots finish up the look. We didn’t buy tall boots but opted for simple black dress shoes he already owned, that worked well with the pant legs covering them.
You can find lots more information about Star Wars Imperial Uniforms online but I recommend starting here at the 501st.
Specific Imperial Officer Costume Ideas
Are you looking for to dress up as a specific officer in the galactic republic or galactic empire? Check out these ideas:
- Grand Admiral Thrawn
- Grand Moff Tarkin
- Director Krennic