General Obi Wan Kenobi is a fan favourite in the Star Wars community.
Fans enjoy his memorable lines, dad jokes, and his appreciation for short negotiations.
However, like most Jedi, he uses his personal style as a weapon to help aid his objective of peace.
In this article, I will delve into Obi Wan’s clothing style, his hair and beard styles, and how you can bring aspects of it into your wardrobe.
Grooming – Obi Wan Kenobi Style
Obi Wan’s Hair
Obi Wan Kenobi’s style evolves over the duration of the Star Wars films, and his hair is no exception.
Obi Wan Kenobi’s Long Hair
His definitive hair style, that he sported in Episode 3, is a voluptuous left sided part with longer sides.
The change from a messy to a more structured style represents the shift in character from a padawan learner to a Jedi Master and military General.
What’s more, a 1999 study proposed that the side that you part your hair has an effect on “perceived personality traits, self-perception and self-development”.
The theory states that a part on the left side of the head draws unconscious attention to activities typically associated with masculinity: discipline, productivity and logical reasoning.
On the other hand, a right part is said to convey more typically feminine traits such as creativity and emotion.
In other words, according to this study, by parting your hair on the left, you are constantly radiating Jedi mind tricks!
How to Get the Look
The style is on the longer side, especially on the sides and back.
Therefore, to get this Obi Wan hairstyle, you will have to grow your hair out to about 3″ on top, and 1.5-2″ on the sides and back.
After this, you will probably want to go to the barber for a tidy up.
During this tidy up, you can achieve the specific look and layering of the style by telling your barber to cut your hair with scissors.
And, as always, I would recommend to bring a picture with you, to make it 100% clear what you’re looking for.
- Dampen your hair (preferably by using a good sea salt spray), find a part on either side of your head, and part your hair, slicking it back.
- I would recommend using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, and to help set the hair into place.
- After it has dried, apply a medium/high hold matt product to your hair, running your fingers through the roots and pushing back.
- To tidy up, brush the sides of your hair back with a brush, and make the parting more definitive.
Other Obi Wan Long Hair
In Episode 2, Obi Wan sported a mullet, of sort:
But, it’s not the 1980s anymore, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to replicate this, and would urge you to stick to his Episode three styling.
Obi Wan’s Beard
Obi Wan’s Episode 3 Beard
Obi Wan’s beard style is simply known as a “full beard” – there is no specific distinction.
The key though is that it is well-kept.
Alike Obi Wan, you must make sure that any beard you grow is groomed – this shows that you are fully in control of your appearance.
How to Get the Look
To be able to achieve something like Obi Wan’s beard, you should invest in a good beard trimmer or razor, and regularly clean up any hairs on your neck.
To find the boundary you should shave off, place your index finger on your left lower jaw bone and then, keeping pressure on your skin, draw a line to your right lower jaw bone.
You should notice that your finger curves around your neck.
Trimming excess hairs below this line will not only neaten your appearance, but also give your jaw the illusion of being stronger.
Besides, if you can’t control the hair on your face, how can you control the force?
Here are some good tips on how to grow a full beard.
Clothing – Obi Wan Kenobi Style
Light Earth Colours
Obi-Wan is a quietly confident character.
His style further displays this – more specifically, his use of light earth colours like ecru.
Even though in most tactical situations light colour is not good camouflage, Obi-Wan is so confident in his ability that he believes he doesn’t need it.
It is almost as if he wants to be seen, as he believes his presence will strike fear into his enemy.
Furthermore, in this particular Clone Wars outfit, he is wearing similar armour to those he is commanding in the Clone Trooper legions.
The choice to emulate part of the uniform of those who are serving him showcases the humbleness of his character.
He relates to his subordinates, and does not place himself at any higher importance.
From this, we can take away a few things:
- Wearing clean and light earth colours is an exceptional way to make any outfit pop.
- Do not over-dress or out-dress people to the point when you alienate them.
- You don’t have to drastically dress above subordinates to convey authority – the way you act and your leadership should be the main indicator of rank.
A Built Up Chest
Obi-Wan’s style throughout the films features strong and structured shoulders.
This gives the appearance of a V shape, builds up his chest, and is a classic indicator of strength and masculinity.
To add to this, the V shape of his neck opening and contrasting earthy brown adds visual interest to the area, drawing attention to the face.
How to Get the Look
The most effective method is to exercise your chest and shoulder muscles, so it doesn’t just look more like a V – it actually is!
However, you can create the effect by adding visual bulk, by wearing any type of jacket with structured shoulders.
You could bring in some neck wear, like a scarf, to draw attention to your face.
This is the perfect item to experiment with, and can become a defining feature of your style.
Moreover, if the weather doesn’t warrant either of the above, a properly fitted V-neck t-shirt should do the trick.
Accessories – Obi Wan Kenobi Style
Dual Tone Lightsaber
“Don’t mix your metals.”
This general style rule refers to not mixing the colour of metals in your outfit, for example, a gold watch paired with a silver belt buckle.
Admittedly, Obi Wan did stick to this general rule for his first two.
But rules are made to be broken.
Although it is unlikely that you will be walking around with a lightsaber on a daily basis, there are many ways you can implement dual tones into your outfit.
The easiest way to do this is through jewellery, such as brass and silver cufflinks, or a bracelet.
They are unique pieces that make a statement without drawing too much attention – the Jedi way.
Something that has always stood out to me from Obi-Wan’s style is his burgundy boots.
With both Obi Wan actors coming in at 5 foot 8, boots can also give them the… high ground.
But you’re going to have to be pretty confident to pull off knee high boots in today’s age.
The good new is that there are contemporary alternatives, such as these dreamy Chelsea boots from Thomas Bird.
Burgundy is such an under used colour in menswear, especially when it comes to footwear.
If you incorporate burgundy footwear into your ensemble, I can almost guarantee you a flood of complements.
Conclusion – Obi Wan Kenobi Style
So, now you know how to dress like Obi Wan Kenobi: we have covered Obi Wan’s beard and hair, and how he uses his clothing to project power and authority.
In emulating his style, you will become more authoritative and liked.
And who doesn’t want that?