Rastafarian Costume Ideas

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Rastafarianism is more than just a style of music and culture, it is a religion and set of beliefs that originated in Jamaica around the 1930s, reports Last Chance Ministries, a website dedicated to religious understanding. Rastafarian style is similar to the hippie style in America in the 1970s. Music is a big part of the Rastafarian movement, as are certain drugs and clothing styles. This distinct clothing style gives Rastafarian costumes instant recognition by the public.

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The Hair

Hair is one of the biggest parts of a Rastafarian costume. Dreadlocks are long strands of matted hair; Bob Marley was a legend in his long, dark dreadlocks. However, unless you have long hair that you want to sacrifice for your costume, dreadlock wigs are available at most costume and some alternative stores. Often, these wigs are sold in combination with a traditional Rasta hat. Rasta hats are bag-shaped hats in tie-dye or Jamaican flag colours (green, black and gold). The hat is extra large for the purpose of tucking in your dreadlocks underneath.


Shirts should be colourful and loose fitting. Common themes for shirts include standard hippie tie-dye and Jamaican flag colours. The Rastafarian movement relates to drug use; include marijuana symbols on your shirt if you want to go with an extra risky or edgy look. Other styles of clothing work too, such as a vest without a shirt underneath or a sleeveless shirt. Trousers should consist of blue jeans that are loosely fit, not too tight and not too baggy.


Accessories are a big part of a Rastafarian costume. Sunglasses are one complementary accessory and many Rastafarian costumes use hippie-style, round-lens sunglasses. Bright, beaded necklaces in various colours, such as the Jamaican flag colours, work well with this costume. Large pendants, such as peace signs, marijuana leaves, musical symbols or Bob Marley memorabilia, stand out. Any other bright accessories, such as wristbands, belts, earrings and rings, help bring this costume alive.

The Act

Now that you have your costume built, you have to perform the part. The Rastafarian movement originated in Jamaica, so faking a Jamaican accent really helps bring the whole picture to life. Use clichéd Rastafarian lingo, such as "Ya, man," "one love" and "respect."

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