Need a Captain John Smith costume for a class project, presentation or Halloween party? Check out the various costumes in this article.
To get a historically accurate and authentic-looking costume, you should base your costume on what Captain John Smith really looked like (unless you are specifically looking for a costume based on the Disney version of Smith. If so, then skip ahead to the first costume listed in this article.)
Captain John Smith was an English explorer who wore the typical fashion of the times, which was a leather or cloth doublet, a standing collar, breeches, a cape and boots.
The following Captain John Smith costumes best match these descriptions:
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John Smith Disney Costume:
If you are looking for a John Smith costume based on the Disney version of him from the film Pocahontas, this John Smith costume by Funcostumes on Amazon is the obvious choice for you.
The costume is made out of polyester and includes a light blue shirt with gray sleeves, blue elastic waist trousers and a brown faux leather strap that goes across the chest. The wig and boot covers are not included. The costume is available in sizes small, medium, large and x-large.
The costume has great reviews on Amazon with many reviewers noting that it is a great quality costume for the price and it paired perfectly with their partner’s Pocahontas costume. One reviewer noted that after searching everywhere, the costume is as close to the movie likeness as you can find.
John Smith Disney Hat:
If you are looking for a hat similar to the Conquistador-style morion helmet that John Smith wore in the Disney film, this Conquistador helmet by the Jacobson Hat Company is a great choice.
The helmet is made out of lightweight plastic and is silver-colored to make it look more like metal. The hat comes in a standard one-size-fits all.
The helmet has decent reviews on Amazon although many reviewers have noted that they thought it would be higher quality considering the price.
John Smith Disney Wig:
If you need a blond wig to complete your John Smith Disney costume, this John Smith wig by Funcostumes should do the trick.
The wig has shoulder-length yellow synthetic hair on a mesh cap and comes in a standard one-size-fits all.
Captain John Smith Costume for Boys:
This boys John Smith explorer costume by California Costumes is the most historically accurate Smith costume I’ve found and matches what Smith typically wore in real life.
The costume is made out of polyester and includes a gray doublet with attached sleeves, belt with attached pouch and boot tops. The sword is not included. The costume is available in sizes medium, large and x-large.
Captain John Smith Costume for Men:
This adult Captain John Smith costume by California Costumes probably looks the least like the actual Captain John Smith or the Disney version of him but it is the best-selling John Smith costume on Amazon (though this is most likely because it can easily be used for other historical costumes as well.)
The costume is made out of polyester and includes a gray button-down vest with an attached shirt and a belt. The trousers are not included. The costume is available in sizes small, medium, large and x-large.
The costume has great reviews on Amazon with a four-star rating. Many of the reviewers noted that although they are disappointed that the trousers are not included, they appreciated the fact that the costume is higher quality than they expected and really liked that the vest had metal buttons.
If you need boot covers to complete your costume, these adult boot covers by Forum Novelties are a great choice.
The black boot covers can transform any black shoes into knee length boots. The boot covers are decorated with boot laces and studs and come in a standard one-size-fits-all.
The boot covers have great reviews on Amazon. Many reviewers have noted that although it is confusing to figure out how to put the boot covers on (tip: put the boot cover on the shoe first before putting your foot in the shoe), once they are on they surprisingly realistic.
To complete your Captain John Smith costume you’ll need a pair of breeches. These breeches by Alexander’s Costumes cinch below the knee and have an elastic waist and a faux button.
The breeches are made out of polyester and are available in sizes medium and large. They have great reviews on Amazon with many reviewers noting that they are well-made for a costume.
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