Dress like the Doctor: Part One

For most of my life, I thought that I didn’t care about fashion. The truth, though, was that I didn’t care about the type of fashion that was being touted to my perceived demographic. I started to clue into this in high school, when I discovered that I generally enjoyed wearing men’s clothing more than women’s. It was then that I discovered I really did enjoy exploring clothing as a way to express myself.

I’ve gone through a lot of personal fashion phases since then: there was the hippie phase, the t-shirt-and-hoodie phase, the 70s phase… remnants of all those are still lingering in my closet. But my current fashion obsession happens to line up perfectly with my current TV obsession: Doctor Who. Specifically I’ve been trying to model my wardrobe, in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways, after the Doctor himself. I’ve even joked (well – sort of joked) that my transition is actually FtTL: Female-to-Time-Lord.

With the sheer size of the Doctor’s fan base, I figure a guide to his style wouldn’t go unappreciated. So here’s the first of a three-part series of posts, showing you how to Dress Like the Doctor.

Just to be clear: this isn’t a costuming guide. Cosplayers far more detail-oriented and dedicated to the craft have made whole communities based around that type of thing. This guide takes a look at all the Doctors (yes, even Colin Baker) and presents ideas for how anyone can pull off a Doctor-esque look in their day-to-day life.

So, on to Part One.

Part One: The Overall Look

Before we get into too many details, let’s take a look at the general themes of the Doctor’s outfits:

When in doubt, be dapper.

With only a few exceptions (which we’ll get to in a minute), the Doctor’s outfits have been at least semi-formal. He dresses like a gentleman, or a professor: for the most basic Doctor-y look, you can’t go wrong with a jacket or suit, a dress shirt and some sort of neck wear.


The real key here: always make sure there’s something eye-catching what you’re wearing. The tenth Doctor, pictured above, had one of the more straightforward, “normal” wardrobes of all the Doctors, but his suits were always either blue or brown, never black. Too much black would be boring.

When you can’t go for color, go for patterns:

The first Doctor was more of a stogy old man, and his outfit was mostly black or muted colors, but a mix of different patterns made up for it and made the outfit interesting.

We’ll get into the details of patterns and colors in the next post. For now, as for those exceptions:

When going casual, keep it classy.

The fourth, fifth and ninth Doctors were all a little more relaxed in their attire than the others, but they still displayed a sense of dignified style. Five specifically wore a cricketer’s outfit, which gave him a clean, crisp appearance. Just looks like he belongs on that white-picket-fence lawn, doesn’t he? Somebody get him a glass of lemonade.

Nine deviated the most from the norm of what the Doctor usually wears, bringing the outfit into the 21st century. His clothes are something most people today actually wouldn’t be surprised to see somebody wearing out to a bar or club on a weekend night. You might even blend in.

So how do you keep it uniquely Doctor-ish? Be specific. Stick with a solid-color t-shirt and a masculine-styled leather jacket.

Four could probably be called the most casual of the lot, since his outfit has something of a ragamuffin quality to it: the beaten-up shoes, the floppy hat, the scarf. To look like him, you want to think of appearing less like a gentleman and more like… well, a hobo. But a put-together hobo. Fortunately this is a pretty popular style these days, and one that can be easily thrown together in a trip to the thrift store (or a high-end shop that carries “thrift store chic” – but personally, I prefer the genuine article).

In Part Two we’ll get more specific, and talk about Colors, Patterns and Fabrics.

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Posted on April 27, 2011, in Geekery, How to Dress Like the Doctor and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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