It's a 40+ year old tradition at this point. Dressing up like Star Wars characters for Halloween has been a staple in costume culture. Ever since 1977, when we first headed out to a Galaxy Far, Far, Away, little girls and little boys (mainly little boys at the time) have been dressing up from the Star Wars universe. But times are changing. There are now tons of Star Wars costumes for women. In fact, there are so many female characters in the world of Star Wars to dress up as, you can do either in an official or a DIY costume.
Below, we have run down twelve of the most famous women in the Star Wars universe, and how to do their costumes, either via buying on the internet, or making one up yourself, depending on what's available. Starting with The Phantom Menace and running all the way through to The Last Jedi, we've rounded up the biggest female names in the pantheon who you might want to consider dressing up as this coming year. We've even included a few from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
Let's run down the list.
Shmi Skywalker Lars
The mother of Anakin Skywalker is a bit of an obscure role, due to the prequel hate among fans. But she's an important character nonetheless and an easy DIY outfit from Amazon. Her top is a long grey tunic ($16) and her skirt is a also long and grey ($18). (You can add underskirts for more fullness if you wish.) The tunic needs a belt closure, we went with a grey lace one ($12) because it's more fun, but any grey belt will do.
Padme Amidala Skywalker
Padme has many outfits during the prequels, but we're focusing on the three most famous, one from each movie. There's the Queen Amidala from Phantom Menace, which AliExpress carries for $100. there's the famous wedding gown from the end of Attack of the Clones, which will run you $94. And then there's Padme's married woman look from Revenge of the Sith, which is the cheapest at $74.
Ahsoka is a fan favorite from the Clone Wars cartoon. This heroine's outfit is one carried at the Official Star Wars Costume shop, for $43. (There's also a kid's version for $37.)
One of the few female bad guys in the entire series, the Sith Asajj Ventress from Clone Wars is another very popular look. The Official Star Wars Costume shop carries the entire thing for $37.
The paint-yourself-blue costume! This is a total DIY joint, because for reasons we can't fathom, no one carries the Twi'lek Jedi Master from the Clone Wars cartoon. It's pretty easy though. The headdress is sold by Amazon for $38. The top is a two part job. Get a leopard print undershirt ($2) and remove one sleeve and then put the plain tank top over it ($9). Leggings, if you don't have them are $8. Boots, if you don't have them are $22. The additional cape, which is optional, is $15. Don't forget the body paint ($6.)
The human female Mandalorian warrior from Star Wars: Rebels is extra popular because of her hair. Her entire costume is available at the Official Star Wars Costume shop for $35.
From the standalone Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the newest and biggest badasses to come out of the Star Wars pantheon, Jyn Erso. Her outfit is carried by the Official Star Wars Costume shop for $40.
General Leia Skywalker Organa Solo
Ah yes, Leia. The first one. The biggest one. Two of her outfits are easy. The white gown from A New Hope is everywhere. We're partial to the Rubies version on Amazon for $22. For her Cloud City look from The Empire Strikes Back, it's just a catsuit ($20) and cardigan ($15). There's the famous Return of the Jedi Slave look, also Rubies on Amazon for $30. And Finally, there's her The Force Awakens general look. The green jumpsuit is $12, the purple vest is $10.
It's amazing how hard this one is to find, considering how many of the movies and TV shows she's in. There are plenty of DIY patterns for sewers, but to buy, you gotta go to Etsy, where it's $145.
The great news is, they're already selling Rey's look from The Last Jedi, even though the movie's not out yet. Both versions are available from the Official Star Wars Costume shop. The TFA version can run up to $150 with all the trimmings, while the new one is a mere $85.
The first defined as female Storm Trooper, Phasma, has been hugely popular since her chrome dome entered the Star Wars world. Her costume runs $55 at the Official Star Wars Costume shop.
Maz's actual costume is really easy. A knit hat ($8), a grey fleece ($13), a green sweatshirt ($7) and some dark pants ($17). What makes this a really hard one is the makeup. Luckily, there's a tutorial for those who want to be the oldest and wisest of the new series.