Costume Ideas for "Top Gun"

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Costume Ideas for "Top Gun"
"Top Gun" is a film about Navy fighter pilots. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

"Top Gun" is a movie starring Tom Cruise that was released in 1986. The story follows a group of Navy fighter pilots, and the characters became very well-known, especially to fans of the film. Characters include "Maverick," played by Tom Cruise, "Iceman," played by Val Kilmer, "Goose," played by Anthony Edwards, and "Charlie," the instructor that Maverick falls for, played by Kelly McGillis.


Tom Cruise's character, Maverick, is often seen in the movie wearing a leather bomber jacket with military-style patches on it, jeans, and a white T-shirt. You might add sunglasses to the costume, because the character often wears sunglasses when riding his motorcycle. The fighter pilot characters also wear flight suits, which are collared, one-piece jumpsuits with patches on them.

Dress Whites

There are parts of the film where the fighter pilots are in their "dress whites." Naval officers must wear their dress whites in situations where the equivalent for civilians would be a suit and tie. Such a costume would involve white trousers and a white short-sleeved dress shirt or a white military-style jacket. Wear a white captain's hat, white shoes and a belt to complete this costume.


Charlie, the main female character in "Top Gun," also wears a black leather bomber-style jacket in the film. Pair this jacket with a black skirt and heels, or wear a fighter pilot dress with lace-up or combat-style boots; the latter is available to purchase at some costume stores or online. You might-also add aviator-style sunglasses.


Iceman is Maverick's nemesis, and is also a fighter pilot. To dress as Iceman, you could wear a fighter pilot jumpsuit or the dress whites costume, as the character wears both of these outfits in the film. To individualise the outfit, fix your hair in a short and spiked style like Iceman wears in the film, and wear a patch that says "Iceman."

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