Roman Soldier Costume Ideas

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Roman Soldier Costume Ideas
(roman figurine image by Vadim Naumov from

A Roman soldier costume request many pieces, some of which are more difficult to find, like metal breast plates. Make sure the pieces you get match and do not look contrived (i.e. use all real metal or faux metal). Create a lightweight, comfortable costume from painted styrofoam, or heavier, but more authentic costumes from metal. You can find costumes in costume stores, or piece them together from various places including antique stores.

Breast Plates

Roman soldiers were often seen wearing metal breast plates for protection. Some costumes sell these, but they can get expensive. They are, however, the most authentic armour. If you want slightly cheaper armour that still looks good, you can get plastic breastplates that fit over your shoulders. You can also get armour that is made out of foam as well. This is the most lightweight and is great if you are going to be indoors or in hot environments.

Sword and Shield

Real metal swords and shields are the most authentic, but can again be expensive. If you are putting together a simple costume then you can just use a plastic sword and shield. This is also best if the costume is for a child, as the metal will be too heavy to carry around and potentially dangerous.

Tunic and Sandals

This is the easiest, but vital part of the Roman soldier costume. Wear a large red T-shirt as a tunic. It will eventually be cinched by a belt so the waist shouldn’t be a problem. Make sure it goes down to the knees. The sandals are just brown leather sandals. If they are laced up the ankle, this is even better, but not necessary.


Your belt can be made from a simple leather belt. However, it needs to have a place for the sword to hang from. This is key to the costume as well. You can tuck the sword into your belt but make sure that it does not fall out or get lost.


The helmet can be worn two different ways. One is a simple, square, silver helmet that comes down to the chin on either side. Another is a gold helmet that typically only comes down low in the back and has a red Mohawk-like plume on the top of it. You can ind either at costume stores.

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