It may not seem like it but Die Hard is one of the most popular Christmas movies ever. This is the very reason a John McClane costume or John McClane cosplay is a hugely popular choice for costumes especially for Christmas fancy dress parties.
John McClane Costume – Die Hard
Making your own homemade John McClane costume is a great last minute costume for the simple reason it does not require many items of clothing or props. There is even one variant of a John McClane costume that does not even require you to wear shoes. Here is everything you will need to make your very own homemade DIY John McClane costume.
John McClane Tank Top
|A white tank top is somewhat the most symbolic and instantly identifiable items of clothing that John McClane wears and a must have item for any good John McClane costume.
While any vest will be good for this cosplay the exact tank top worn by John McClane is not only white but has vertical ribbed stripes on it that are barely noticeable.
John McClane Pants
|The pants that are worn by John McClane are dress style pants that are either black or possible a dark gray or dark blue in color.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing pants for your John McClane costume but you must make sure that they are dark in color.
John McClane Belt
|While not desperately obvious it is still a fact that John McClane wears a belt to hold up his pants.
A belt is not 100% a required part of a John McClane costume but if you want a 100% accurate John McClane cosplay then you should wear a simple dark colored leather belt
John McClane Gun
|All of the Die Hard movies are action movies and therefore John McClane uses a gun in the movies.
We would never recommend using a real gun but you can use a replica, a toy, or an airsoft gun instead. John McClane uses a machine gun in some scenes of the movies but a more practical option for a John McClane costume would be a replica handgun.
John McClane Walkie Talkie
|Anyone who has seen Die Hard 2 will know that a huge part of the plot of the movie is the fact that John McClane has a walkie talkie that he manages to steal and use to gain information from the bad guys.
A really nice touch to your John McClane costume will of course be either a real walkie talkie or a toy replica walkie talkie.
John McClane Dirt Make-Up
|John McClane’s character spends a lot of time crawling around in small spaces and air vents. As you would imagine this means he is often dirty.
As a very nice finishing touch to your John McClane costume buy some specially designed dirt make-up and apply it as required.
John McClane Blood
|Yet another nice final touch to any John McClane costume or John McClane cosplay is the use of fake blood.
The character of John McClane gets slightly injured in every single one of the Die Hard movies so the use of fake blood is somewhat important to a John McClane costume. We would recommend not getting carried away with the fake blood but applying some to simulate the look of a cut eye.
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