How to Make a Lando Calrissian Costume

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In the ‌Star Wars‌ universe, few men are as suave and debonair as Lando Calrissian. In ‌Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back‌, Billy Dee Williams first introduces his character to the world. While this film starts out with Lando Calrissian working as a smuggler in league with Han Solo, they eventually part ways. Shockingly, he even goes so far as to set a trap for Han Solo and Princess Leia in exchange for Darth Vader and Boba Fett's guarantee that they'll leave Cloud City unharmed.


Solo: A Star Wars Story‌ then reveals to Star Wars fans everywhere that Lando Calrissian was the previous owner of the Millennium Falcon before he turned it over to Han Solo as a payment for his gambling debt.

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When it comes to Star Wars characters, Lando Calrissian is one of the most recognizable in the franchise. So, look no further for your perfect Star Wars costume this year.

Things You'll Need

  • Black dress pants

  • Blue long-sleeved polo shirt

  • Black cummerbund

  • Black socks

  • Black dress shoes or boots

  • Rebel blaster

  • Blue, heavy-cotton fabric

  • Gold, heavy-cotton fabric

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine

  • 30-inch black ribbon

The Costume

To recreate a Lando Calrissian costume of your own, you need little more than clothing from a thrift store and fabric from any craft store or Amazon. This tutorial will show you how to complete this DIY project at home for dress-up time, cosplay, or this year's Halloween costume.


Dress in black pants

Find and wear a pair of black dress pants. Roll the cuffs so that they fit neatly over dress shoes or the inside of boots.

Put on a polo shirt

Find and wear a light-blue, long-sleeved polo shirt tucked into your pants. Leave the buttons undone.



If desired, paint the collar and cuffs with black fabric paint to match the shirt he wears in the movie. Let the paint dry overnight before proceeding.

Attach a cummerbund

Find and wear a black cummerbund around your waist.

Add socks and shoes

Find and wear a pair of black socks and black dress shoes or boots.


Carry a rebel blaster

Lando Calrissian never used a lightsaber in any of the movies, so find and carry a replica of a rebel blaster instead.

Make your own cape

Make and wear a cape to complete the look.


The Cape

Wearing a cape is an essential part of this costume idea.


Cut and sew fabric

Cut a 4-foot-diameter half-circle from a piece of blue, heavy-cotton fabric that matches the color of the shirt. Fold the edges of the fabric over 1/4 inch and pin it with straight pins. Sew the folded edges using a straight stitch on a sewing machine. Remove the straight pins. Repeat the process with a piece of gold, heavy-cotton fabric.


Secure both pieces of fabric

Place the two half-circles on top of one another. On the straight edge of the circles, locate the center. Pin the 6 inches on either side of the center point using straight pins. Sew along the pins to secure it. Remove the pins.


Attach the ribbon

Attach a 30-inch piece of black ribbon to the straight edge of the half-circles. Center it on the 12-inch sewn strip and pin it in place, leaving the last 9 inches of ribbon loose on either side. Sew along the pinned ribbon and remove the pins. Use the ribbon to tie the cape around your neck.


If desired, wear a fake mustache to complete the look.



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