Dustin Henderson Costume Guide

86--EIGHTY-SIX Dustin Jaeger Cosplay Costume

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On the eerie 1980’s-set show Stranger Things, Dustin is the adorable and adventurous main protagonist of the series, and a close friend of Eleven, Mike, Lucas and Will. Dustin can be kind of a geek, but most of his life consists of strange adventures and nostalgic coming-of-age moments with his pals.

Dustin is curious and inquisitive, and he’s a fan of science, books and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Residing in Hawkins, Indiana, Dustin’s small-town life is stranger than fiction!

If you’re looking to create a blast from the past, go back to 1980’s America with a Dustin Henderson costume of your own!

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Items You Will Need to Complete the Costume

  • Red, White & Blue Hat
  • Wig
  • Waupaca T-Shirt
  • Jean Jacket
  • Corduroy Pants
  • Denim Backpack
  • Compass
  • Camp Know Where Hat & Shirt

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86--EIGHTY-SIX Dustin Jaeger Cosplay Costume

Generally, the actual color and design will be made to more closely resemble that of the mannequins than the character.

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For products that only have character images, the actual color and design will be subject to the character

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Actual colors may vary slightly from the images due to lighting and monitor resolution changes.

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How to Dress Like Dustin Henderson from Stranger Things


Dustin has dark brown hair. It’s crazily curly and grows down past his ears in a sort of round mullet style, a perfect throwback to the era of big wavy styles. To get Dustin’s look for yourself, you can dye your hair and use hot rollers or a curling iron to style it, or you can wear a brown wig.

Search for a very curly-haired one like Dustin’s. You can buy wigs from most Halloween stores and retail websites.

To finish off Dustin’s hair, stick a big red white and blue baseball cap on your head over it. Dustin is rarely seen without his favorite hat.


Dustin often wears baggy clothing over his arms, especially his dark mahogany sweatshirt and his blue denim jacket.

He wears bright graphic t-shirts with witty phrases underneath these, for example his yellow “brace yourself” t-shirt and his light teal Waupaca shirt which features a white deer graphic printed on the front.

He usually wears basic brown pants. Search for similar clothing online from retail websites and shopping outlets.


Dustin wears simple sneakers in a retro-looking style. Look for a light and faded style like Dustin’s!

To finish off your costume, you’ll need to get a large blue backpack. He’s always wearing it wherever he goes, and what small-town kid doesn’t like exploring with their backpack?

Lastly, you’ll need a compass. Dustin’s compass is an item that fans of the show will instantly know about – it even earned him the nickname “compass genius”!

To show it off, carry it around or buy one that has a string attached so you can wear it as you attend your next party or convention.

Get your friends to dress up as other characters from the cast of Stranger Things and bring an element of the weird and awesome to your next big event together!

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