Dr. John Watson (Sherlock) Costume for Cosplay & Halloween
John Watson’s Overall Look
Watson used to be an army doctor and fusilier for the Royal Corps. Now in his 40’s some of his traits as a military man are showing through his outfit. Not very fashionable, yet practical, presentable and neat.
A plaid shirt, usually Gingham style, a black shooting jacket, some relaxed, tapered blue jeans, brown leather shoes and a matching brown leather belt. Now, many cosplayers like to add his Aran sweater to the outfit, but it’s not really a must since Watson only wears it a couple of times throughout the show. The other elements cannot be missing though.
How to make John Watson Costume
|1||Black, four-pocket, wool jacket with Corduroy collar||The closest thing you can find online to the jacket Dr. Watson wears is this black, button-up wool coat with four front pockets. As long as it has a Corduroy collar and four buttons instead of a zipper, then you’re good to go. It’ll make the outfit more recognizable. If you happen to have a jacket with this type of collar and you’re willing to make little modification to it, consider adding faux-leather shoulder guards to it so it will look even more like the one Watson wears. Alternative Jacket|
|2||Gingham patterned dress shirt||Watson’s wardrobe is full of these plaid shirts, specifically gingham style. Predominantly white in combination with another color, preferably navy blue, black or gray.|
|3||Tapered, relaxed-fit, blue jeans||Plain, practical, comfortable. That’s what defines Watson’s style and exactly what these pants are all about. For a more authentic look, make sure to get tapered, relaxed-fit, blue jeans. Otherwise, any plain dark, blue jeans will do.|
|4||Cream, wool, crew-neck, Aran sweater||More often than not, Watson can be seen without his cable-knit jumper. Nevertheless, it seems to be a fan favorite. If you want to add something similar to your costume, a cream aran sweater will do the job.|
|5||Brown, brogue, leather shoes||Brown leather shoes are good, but brown leather shoes with broguing are even better. A nice inclusion to your costume and a fancy one worth having in your wardrobe.|
|6||Brown leather belt||Make sure to have a brown leather belt to go with the shoes!|
|7||Silver cane||Watson has a limp that comes and goes due to his PTSD, which is why he carries a cane every now and then. Turns out all he needs is adventure to forget everything about it. Now, hopefully you’ll never really need a cane, and though it’s not really a must, you can add a silver cane to your costume to make it easier to identify.|
We hope you enjoy your costume as you enter your next costume party with your gang all dressed-up like Sherlock’s characters. Don’t forget to check Costumet.com for more outfits of your favorite movies, TV shows and games.
About Dr. John Watson
John Watson, the war-seasoned doctor who accompanied the venturous Sherlock Holmes and helped him solve some of the most intriguing mysteries. Not only a loyal sidekick, but also the one responsible for carefully recording Sherlock’s cases and daily life in his personal journal.
There have been many a great portrayals of this doctor, including everything from the classic easy-going, note-taking assistant to the action hero sidekick, but this time we’ll cover John Watson as played by Martin Freeman in the BBC series, Sherlock.