How To Style Your Clothes Like ‘Outlander’ Characters

Who does not love Outlander’s glamourous period pieces of clothing? The historical drama series is regarded as a masterpiece for its excellent writing, intricate plot, lush scenery, great acting, and gorgeous costumes!

In case you are not familiar with the show, ‘Outlander’ is a drama series that premiered on Starz on August 9, 2014. The series is based on an ongoing novel series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Since the show involves time travel, the series often features several clothing styles based on different periods. These costumes are designed by the very creative Nina Ayres, alongside Terry Dresbach. Both have put so much effort and research into the costumes resulting in many beautiful and historically accurate outfits. Terry Dresbach has been nominated several times for her work on ‘Outlander,’ and eventually won the costume Society of America’s Costume Design Award in 2016.

Now, so much of the show. If you are into period pieces, we are pretty sure that at some point, you also wished to dress like the characters in ‘Outlander.’ However, doing so could be very challenging since fashion has evolved so much. Most of the splendid period clothing is no longer available in the market. Hence, we need to get a little creative. Don’t worry because we prepared a guide. Dress like your favorite ‘Outlander’ character! Here’s how. 

Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser’s White Dress

Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser's White Dress Ensemble C/o Red Shoes Red Wine

Let us start with something that a modern woman can easily pull off. Claire wore this elegant white dress the first time she traveled back into the past through the stones at Craigh Na Dun. To copy this look, don a long-sleeved, knee-length white dress. Now, remember, the devil is in the details, so get a white dress with a Keyhole Neckline pattern if you can.

 Pair the dress with a slim brown belt, then throw in a plaid, brown shawl. Complete the ensemble with a pair of vintage-looking brown shoes. Here is a brilliant ensemble courtesy of Red Shoes Red Wine.

Or, you could also opt for a more modern version of the dress you can easily wear to work.

James “Jamie” MacKenzie Fraser 

C/o Oliver Li

Sam Heughan’s portrayal of Jamie has made kilts hot again. A kilt is a Scottish garment that looks like a knee-length skirt of pleated tartan cloth traditionally worn by men as part of a Scottish Highland dress. A kilt is an extremely large blanket in a family’s tartan colors.

In the middle of season 1, Jamie demonstrated how to wear a kilt. Props to the research team, his demonstration was historically accurate. To wear a kilt, you must first lay up the plaid cloth down, lay on top of it, and roll yourself up, and secure the plaid with a belt. The remainder of the plaid is draped around the coat and pinned to the chest of the jacket.

Kilts are often made of woolen cloth. There are more modern versions of them you can buy online. Although some of them are not historically accurate, they are much easier to wear as they are already tailored like a skirt.

To complete the look, you will need some Celtic Croft Rustic Highland Kilt Shirt, a Scottish Kilt Jacket, and a Vest. For the footwear, use a pair of knee-high black boots.

You will also need a leather belt to hold the dirk and a leather cross piece or baldrick to hold your sword. Jamie’s ensemble consists of earthly colors. Since it might be hard to get the exact period pieces, just keep the costume’s color palette in mind when trying to get creative with your version of the outfit. 

Brianna “Bree” Randall’ Wedding Dress

How lovely is this wedding dress that actress Sophie Skelton wore in season 5? The vintage cream dress with delicate flower embroidery makes her blend beautifully with nature.

“We make a point of showing that this is one of Jocasta’s dresses that has been reconfigured for the wedding,” Skelton told Vogue. “It’s a hand-me-down, which is quite sweet.”

Now, getting this exact wedding dress will be extremely difficult, but that does not mean you can’t work your way around with what’s accessible. 

First, you need to get a vintage-looking cream dress and a matching cream shawl. The next step is the tricky part. You will have to replicate the embroidery pattern on both the dress and the shawl. Then, find a way for the patterns to meet at the chest area, just like in the picture.

If you are looking for fun ways to wear this on more casual activities, you can opt for other cream colored outfits similar to the above photo. 

Claire’s Iconic Red Ball Gown

The stunning red gown which Claire wore to the court of King Louis XV plays a significant part in Diana Gabaldon’s novel.

 “I knew how important that dress was. I knew it was important to the fans,” Dresbach explains to Town and Country. “But I also know that I have to design the best dress that I think is going to work on screen.” While the onscreen version was unembellished in contrast to the book, the Red Dress is undeniably one of the most prominent period pieces of the show.

Lucky for you, the dress is so popular that you can find some versions of it on Amazon. However, let us say you do not want to wear an exact copy of the red dress but just use it as a style inspiration. A long-sleeved red dress, a pair of red shoes and red earrings will be your best go-to! Here are some modern red-dress inspiration ideas to try.

Claire’s Riding Costume

Claire has spent a significant time riding horses, which is fitting knowing that they are the only form of transportation in the past. For scenes like this, Claire must wear an appropriate outfit. Claire’s riding coat has become so iconic that it eventually inspired modern versions of the piece, which you can buy today. Here is one from Hot Topic

Do you feel like recreating your version of the coat? Just find an earth-toned or deep forest green coat and sew some fur trimmings. Voila! You just created your cute version of the riding costume! But since you don’t get to ride horses every day, you can wear this in the winder or for some cold night strolls.

Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s Nipple Dress

The nipple piercing dress is undeniably the most controversial in the entire Outlander series, but we can’t help but admire the intricate work that comes with creating it.

 Terry Dresbach told Vanity Fair that creating this piece is particularly challenging. First of all, no jewelry store sells it. Dresbach created the nipple rings out of Fimo clay on her kitchen table. Actress Kimberly Smart had to endure having three hands holding her breasts so they could figure out the placement of the swan rings.

So, are you up for the nipple ring challenge? Since Dresbach said that there are no stores that sell the jewelry, you will have to create the nipple ring yourself. Get yourself some Fimo clay, the exact brand of polymer clay that Dresbach used to create the nipple rings. The brand is made by the German company Staedtler.  Mold it to the shape you want and fit it to make sure they do what they are supposed to do.

Of course, it also helps if you have some intricately designed corset dress. Instead of using the corset to accentuate the cleavage, use it to support your entire breasts, starting from the bottom and display the whole bosom.

There are still plenty of Outlander costumes we could take inspiration from. Whether it is for cosplay or even just for our daily apparel, we can always use our creativity to incorporate the Outlander themes into our wardrobe. What is your favorite Outlander costume? Are you ready to spice up your casual wear with some Outlander-inspired ideas?

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