Dress like the Doctor: Part Two

In Part One, we talked about the basic overall look. Now it’s time to get more specific.

Part Two: Fabrics, Patterns and Colors


This is pretty simple to cover since just about anything works, especially in the category of jackets. Cotton, wool, leather… even velvet. Three was fond of velvet jackets:

It’s also definitely possible to mix it up a bit. Eleven has a tweed jacket and braces, which evokes that professorial feeling, but also wears black denim jeans, making the outfit on the whole seem younger and more relaxed:

ASIDE: By the way, this series of posts was inspired by a guide to dressing like Amy Pond, companion of the Eleventh Doctor. Check it out if you style skews more toward the femme.

Speaking of jeans, stick to denim, cotton or wool. The ninth Doctor was the hippest one of the lot, and even he stayed away from leather trousers.

Button-ups or t-shirts in plain old cotton are the best bet for shirts.

Generally stay away from shiny fabrics like silk, except as accents or highlights. For example, check out Eight’s cravat and waistcoat:


You can’t go wrong with stripes or plaid. Especially if the pattern’s in the trousers:

Several of the Doctors had a thing about patterned trousers, in fact. One and Two wore plaid, Five wore stripes. Appropriately ridiculous trousers are always a safe bet when going for a Doctor-y look.

A pinstripe suit is also a great option…

…as is a waistcoat with an eye-catching pattern of any kind:

To simplify things a little: as a general rule, keep the pattern confined to a single article of clothing, unless it’s a patterned suit.


Options for color run the gamut, whether it’s One’s subdued blues, Three’s jewel toned jackets or Ten’s stylish brown suit. The point is to be eye-catching without being outlandish. Have one color or two be the focus of the outfit, whether it’s a theme, like Four’s later costume:

Or an accent, like Eleven’s bow tie and braces:

Or, if you ever get bored with sticking to one color and/or pattern, you can always just go crazy.

Yeah, you knew we were getting to him eventually.

Gods bless Colin Baker. In suffering through that clown factory explosion, he gave us wannabe-Doctors another option for our wardrobes: the throw-it-all-in-a-blender option. Lucky for me that I do enjoy wearing all the colors sometimes, but even I use this sort of look sparingly. Still, it’s something to keep in your back pocket for those days when you’re feeling extra wacky. Or when you want to pay homage to a Doctor that is, in my opinion at least, somewhat under-appreciated. Really, none of it was his fault.

The best way to emulate Six’s outfit is not just to throw on a bunch of whatever, either. There’s actually a formula at work if you pay close attention. Notice how red and yellow are the main focus of the costume – you want to mainly stick to colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, and save the complimentary colors for smaller accents. Mix up the patterns just a bit, if you can.

In Part Three, the final part, we’ll cover Accents and Accessories.


Posted on May 5, 2011, in Geekery, How to Dress Like the Doctor and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I have to say that I love the phrase “suffering through that clown factory explosion.”

  2. From the Amy Pond article (usually, but not always, more applicable to me): “…bow-ties and waistcoats are amazing, but you’ll look less like Amy and more like the Doctor himself. Which would still be cool. So you should totally do that.”

    Personally, I think my favourite Doctors, style-wise, are Eccleston and Tennant.

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