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Joel from The Last of Us Costume Guide

Joel the Last of Us Costume DIY Guide
Learn how to dress like Joel from The Last of Us for cosplay and Halloween

Joel, from The Last of Us, is a gritty Texan survivor of the post-apocalyptic pandemic that scoured and killed the majority of humankind. Joel takes on the major responsibility of protecting and smuggling a young girl who holds the key to the future of the survival of the human race. With his flannel shirt, construction boots, and broken watch, he isn’t afraid to beat up, torture, or kill anyone who stands in his way.

Once a loving father and hardworking provider for his daughter, Joel was a carpenter, complete with typical, but cool “dad” clothes: a flannel shirt, some Levi jeans, heavy-duty boots, and a watch his daughter gave him. Now, in the midst of of a worldwide pandemic, Joel carries on with this outfit but it’s a lot more worn with rips and tears and dirt and probably blood splatters from the nasty cannibals who thought he looked like lunch. 

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Items You’ll Need to Complete the Costume:

  • Flannel Shirt and Jeans
  • Construction Boots
  • Backpack
  • Watch
  • Gas Mask
  • Flash Light
  • Dirt Makeup

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How to Dress Like Joel from The Last of Us

Head: 

Joel has brown hair, kind of brushed to the side and a beard. If you can’t grow a beard you can always use makeup and draw it on. 

Outfit:

Joel wears an earthy green flannel shirt rolled up to his elbows because he’s always ready to get his hands dirty. It probably came straight out of his closet the day this whole pandemic started, so consider checking yours for something like this before you go out and buy one.

He wears dark blue jeans and dark brown construction boots, all of which look grungy and dirty from all the sweating and running and killing. To get this effect you can literally go outside and rub dirt on your costume or just pretend he found a washing machine on the way and wear your clothes as they are. You can also purchase dirt makeup and smear it on your face and arms to get that dirty look, without being dirt-y. 

Backpack:

Joel’s backpack is cargo-style with lots of pockets. Any earth-toned backpack could work. You can put some of his survival gear inside, including a flashlight.

Watch:

Joel’s broken watch is the only sentimental thing he has left, so make sure to wear one. 

Gas Mask: 

Joel carries a gas mask that is clasped onto his belt loop. You can find a fake gas-mask online or if you know a “prepper” who really is ready for the apocalypse, you might ask them.