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"BEWARE! Some species' clothing can have hidden cultural meanings, such as clan affiliations, marital status, or gender. When you choose a disguise, make sure it's not saying things about you that you did not intend!"
―Advice for galactic travelers going undercover[2]

Clothing referred to material objects fashioned to cover the bodies of sentient individuals. Some sentient species, including Hutts, wore no clothes, while others like Wookiees or Talz wore very little.

Types of clothing[]

Overview[]

"Tricky, though— form and function, and all that."
Anakin Skywalker[3]

There existed rules establishing the type of clothing to be worn in a given circumstance or environment.[1] Including flight suits,[4] doublets,[5] and a kilt.[6]

Everyday wear[]

"Anyway, you're right. I should probably change into something that looks more local."
―Anakin Skywalker, to Mitth'raw'nuruodo[3]
Lanai habit

Alcida-Auka, a female Lanai from Ahch-To, wearing a simple white habit with a gray rope fastened around her waist as a belt.

Everyday wear was influenced by many factors, from climate to wealth. On the harsh desert planet Tatooine, with whipping sandstorms and dangerously high daytime temperatures, most individuals kept their skin covered with practical material designed to wick away sweat and limit exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation from the planet's twin suns. The human inhabitants of Naboo valued culture and beauty, which was reflected in their graceful everyday attires made of natural material. On the remote desert planet Jakku, food and drinking water were expensive and clothes were not something to waste money upon. Instead, settlers and war refugees cobbled together clothes from recycled material they scavenged. The urban city planet Coruscant was home to a myriad of alien and humanoid species, and clothing was as diverse as the population. On Bespin's Cloud City, the environment was controlled, therefore people didn't have to worry about the weather and were free to dress accordingly.[7]

Occasion wear[]

"Yes, it's dirty, but this is by far the most beautiful gown you've ever worn! Of course anyone who knows anything about fashion knows that Naboo is the place for formalwear, but I hardly thought you'd pick up so much so quickly!"
WA-2V, to Princess Leia Organa, on the Naboo Jubilation dress[8]
Outlander patrons

Patrons at the Outlander Club. Nightclub attire was designed to stand out and grab attention.

Occasion wear was reserved for special occasions and offered people the chance to escape from their everyday routines. Nightclub wear was designed to grab attention on the dance floor or gambling tables. Metal fabrics and eye-catching colors and sheer were popular among nightclub patrons. Opera house wear was characterized by extravagant clothing such as luxurious cloaks, formfitting dresses, bold prints and elaborate headdresses. Funeral wear required understated, respectable attire: For Padmé Amidala's funeral, the senator's family wore dark tones to reflect their sadness and mourning of her death. Jedi, on the other hand, did not value worldly possessions, nor did they fear death, and most Jedi attendees would wear their usual daily attire for a funeral. Bridal wear referred to clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. Padmé Amidala wore a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn white wedding dress for her secret wedding, with a matching lace overdress which flowed out in a train behind her. Nightwear was clothing suitable for wearing in bed. Padmé Amidala had an extensive wardrobe which included luxury nightwear with fine materials designed to help maintain a comfortable body temperature while sleeping, while robes provided extra warmth before bedtime.[7]

Work clothing[]

"Working alongside such renowned senators as Mon Mothma of Chandrila and Onaconda Farr of Rodia, young Amidala is helping serve the galaxy while still respecting her homeworld via her style and manner of dress, called 'tasteful' and 'traditional chic.' Senator Amidala is a fresh new face that the Senate needs."
TriNebulon News[9]
Orn Free Taa wearing Coruscanti robes

Senator Orn Free Taa wearing Coruscanti robes.

Work clothing was reserved for work. Many Galactic Republic senators proudly wore the traditional garments of their people, which reflected the culture of their homeworld. Others used their status and significant budget to pay for lavish clothes and wore elaborate creations made by the most famous clothing designers on Coruscant, using the finest imported fabrics. Some senatorial aides would follow the lead of their senator, while others, like the Umbaran Sly Moore, preferred to create an intimidating presence with their attires. In keeping with their simple yet strict lifestyle, most members of the Jedi Order wore traditional, earth-toned robes which were warm, comfortable and allowed great freedom of movement. However, the Jedi Order also permitted their members to wear robes from their own homeworlds, as exemplified by Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Padawan Barriss Offee, who both wore outfits of Mirialan design. While in hiding, the Sith wore clothing that obscured their identity but were still designed to instill fear in others. Naboo handmaidens served their queen as advisers and bodyguards and wore matching outfits and hoods which concealed their identities, while billowing cloaks concealed weapons used to protect the queen in the event of an attack.[7] On the lower levels of Coruscant, species tribalism was common, with immigrant cultures creating their own territories of homes and businesses, rather than fully integrating with the myriad of species found on the planet. As a result, the lower level police wore all-enveloping uniforms designed to obscure any traits that may define them as belonging to a specific species. However, this also limited their ability to make connections. Officers on the upper levels did not have to wear such uniforms and did not have this problem.[10]

Royal outfits[]

"Is this an original or a replica of a historical piece? It must be super uncomfortable."
"It is. An original and uncomfortable, I mean."
Eirtama Ballory and Padmé Amidala discussing the laters wardrobe[11]
Cookie-TGTB

The chef Strono Tuggs wearing a leather apron, a simple form of protective clothing.

Royal outfits were worn by the galaxy's monarchs and were rich with symbolic embellishments. Monarch gowns worn by the queens of Naboo typically featured luxurious fabrics, costly jewels, and statement headdresses[7] with their simplest outfit being the jubilation dress which was worn during times of rejoicing.[8] Though it could be dismissed as wasteful or quaint, each piece and it's placement served a purpose. At the least, most of the fabrics would be covered in a resin that made them blaster proof. The jewels concealed recording devices or personal shields, the heaviest dresses maintained a physical barrier around the queen and had what was essentially an escape hatch so that, if the queen needed to move quickly, the whole get up could be shed except for the utilitarian under-suit and the headpieces distracted from the queen's face making it easier to switch places with her decoy handmaiden.[9]

Alderaan's monarchy, on the other hand, preferred to dress modestly, with relatively simple designs, muted colors[7] and only requiring that their monarch wear braids. The Crown of Alderaan was usually kept in a museum.[8]

Protective clothing[]

Protective clothing was designed to protect the wearer during the course of their work. Aprons were a simple form of protective clothing worn by people carrying out dirty work in kitchens and scrap yards. Mechanics wore coveralls made from durable fabrics to protect them from dirt and oil, while pockets and pouches held tools needed for work. Security guard uniforms were worn by those assigned to keep watch over dignitaries, royalty and other important individuals. Pilots wore flight suits designed to keep them safe and which carried life support gear and survival tools to be used in case of accidents. Camouflage clothing' was a special form of protective clothing designed to help soldiers blend in with their surroundings.[7] Fabrics of clothes could also be made to be waterproof or even fireproof.[11]

Appearances[]

Rey multi-layered

Rey, a scavenger from the harsh desert planet Jakku, wore a multi-layered outfit which could be rewrapped to protect her skin from the elements.

Non-canon appearances[]

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Non-canon sources[]

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