How to Dress Reggae With the Clothes in Your Closet


Reggae is a genre of music that was created in Jamaica in the 1960s. The most well-known reggae artist is Bob Marley. The clothing worn by those who enjoy this type of music is sometimes known as reggae or Rastafarian style, which is oriented around African culture. The flag of Ethiopia combines the conquering lion of Judah, symbol of the Ethiopian monarchy, with green, yellow, and red, which are now known as the pan-African colors. The colors are prevalent in clothing representative of reggae and Rastafarian cultures.

Things You'll Need

  • Stylized T-shirt
  • Old jeans
  • Clothing containing red, gold, green and optionally black
  • Clothing bearing a photo of Bob Marley
Rastafarian man.
Rastafarian man. (Image: Roger McClean/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Locate a pair of jeans with obvious wear such as rips or tears in an acid-washed color. Jeans of this nature are common and will fit within your reggae theme. You don't want anything too dark or dressy-looking.

Reggae music DJ.
Reggae music DJ. (Image: Konstantin Grishin/Hemera/Getty Images)

Step 2

Locate any item in your closet that may have red, yellow and green together in one garment. If you do not have one garment with all the colors, it is OK to layer items such as a tank with a T-shirt or a cardigan.

Woman with Reggae colors on hat.
Woman with Reggae colors on hat. (Image: alexnika/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Find any T-shirt or article of clothing with Bob Marley's image. Novelty T's are common in reggae fashions.

Bob Marley on mural.
Bob Marley on mural. (Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Step 4

Search for any accessories you own in red, yellow, green or black and combine them if necessary.

Knitted Reggae hat.
Knitted Reggae hat. (Image: seiferseven/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Find a wool hat in the theme colors of red, yellow, green and black. If you don't own such a hat, perhaps you can use headbands or scarves braided together to use as a belt or be worn around your neck in concert with one another.

Reggae hat.
Reggae hat. (Image: Prill Mediendesign & Fotografie/iStock/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Wearing the colors of the Pan-African flag will give the feel of reggae.
  • If you do not have dreadlocks, you can consider purchasing a wig.
  • The goal of the look is relaxed and natural.


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