Creating a Napoleon Dynamite costume is a cinch because Napoleon is just a normal guy, sort of. He dazzled movie audiences with a bizarre mixture of vulnerable nerdiness and an endearing, brave heart. The desire to walk in his moon boots is a natural extension of our fascination with Napoleon, a new kind of hero.
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Things you need
- Red afro wig
- Screened t-shirt
- Black skinny jeans or parachute pants
- Moon boots
Don the famous red afro hairstyle. The color is more of a strawberry blond, not bright red like a clown wig. Part it on the left.
Find some nerdy glasses; think big, clear aviators.
Choose a screened t-shirt. Napoleon wears several styles in the movie, but the most recognizable is the "Vote for Pedro" tee. The "Vote for Pedro" tee also captures the essence of the movie.
Squeeze into some black skinny jeans, or if you prefer a more comfortable alternative, parachute pants work just as nicely.
Put on the moon boots. These might be hard to find. If you don't have any luck at second hand stores, substitute a similar boot.
Assume the Napoleon-like presence. Start by imitating his facial expressions. You have two options, the scowl or the open mouthed, bass expression. After you've mastered the open mouthed, bass expression, add a long Darth Vader exhale. Also, try running without moving your arms.
Learn some sweet dance moves.
Tips and warnings
- Brush up on your Napoleon Dynamite quotes for the occasion. If it's been a while since you've seen the movie, try reading "Napoleon Dynamite: The Complete Quote Book."
- Consider asking a friend to go as Pedro or Deb.