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The best Star Wars outerwear, from A New Hope to The Rise of Skywalker

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Dec 17, 2019, 6:01 PM EST

Preparing for all weather conditions while traveling across a galaxy far, far away is a must. The climate of different planets and moons is unpredictable so it is best to pack for all scenarios. There are plenty of occasions requiring a heavy-duty coat in the Star Wars universe, from the snow-covered Hoth to the Jedha winter-desert in Rogue One. Flight jackets, ponchos, and parkas are just as vital as the dramatic and often identity-concealing capes.

In the latest Rise of Skywalker trailer, the outerwear style stakes have been elevated as Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and Rey (Daisy Ridley) show their allegiance to each other through matching heavy-duty overcoats. Nothing says teamwork more than wearing the same garment.

Over the years there have been numerous fashion tie-ins, including replicas or clothes inspired by iconic Star Wars style moments. Desirability and wearability don't always go hand-in-hand, but the Star Wars aesthetic is often grounded in reality, which ensures it can have a place in your closet. It is also much easier to work a parka or leather jacket into an everyday outfit. Cloaks are, of course, a huge part of the signature look, so to avoid this list becoming wall-to-wall space-capes, we have limited that style to one entry. The prequels are particularly fond of this garment, which is why they are lacking on this list.

From ensembles fit for cold adventure to suave flight jackets, here are the Star Wars outerwear highlights.

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Chewbacca: Star Wars A New Hope

Luke Skywalker: A New Hope (1977)

What do you wear to a big medal giving ceremony? If you're Han Solo (Harrison Ford), it means doing your top button up, for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a yellow racing jacket is how he chooses to feel himself in this victorious moment. This look matches Luke's boyish and eager vibe — even if both guys could've made as much effort as Leia (Carrie Fisher) has. Designed by John Mollo, several versions of this garment appear in the first two movies. Greedo sports a green version under his vest and Luke's snowspeeder pilot attire in Empire Strikes Back features the ribbed sleeve detail. Lemon yellow is not the easiest shade to pull off, but the '70s aesthetic cannot be denied.

The Empire Strikes Back

Princess Leia: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Layering in cold climates is important, and it is not surprising to see Leia in an outfit that is both impossibly chic and practical. In her signature white — which also doubles as great snow camouflage — she pairs a high-neck jumpsuit with a quilted cream gilet for maximum warmth. A puffy collar and quilted patches on the sleeves and legs add to its plushy-layered charm.

The Empire Strikes Back

Han Solo: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Venturing out into the Hoth tundra requires a heavy fur-hooded parka. Long before Canada Goose set out to dominate this market, this style originated from the Caribou Inuit — traditionally it is made from caribou or seal skin to protect hunters from the Arctic climate. The military co-opted this style before it trickled down to winter weather fashion. It's also a sartorial high point of the Star Wars franchise; Han's belted brown version is just as covetable now as it was in 1980.

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Crew Jackets: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

It isn't just the characters that needed protective clothing during the making of The Empire Strikes Back, as the Hoth scenes were shot on location in Norway to deliver an authentic freezing landscape. The cast and crew wore custom coats complete with Empire patches and big hoods. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher gave off cozy vibes in this behind-the-scenes photograph. Outdoor brand Columbia has not only released a Hoth-inspired line but also sold a limited replica of this crew jacket last year. They look set to be releasing something just in time for The Rise of Skywalker — possibly an interpretation of the coats worn by Finn, Poe, and Rey.

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Princess Leia: Return of the Jedi (1983)

It is a fashion miracle, but Carrie Fisher even makes a belted green camo poncho look cool AF. Again, she is prepared and can blend into the forest moon of Endor terrain. It shouldn't work and yet Aggie Guerard Rodgers' costume design ensures Leia is practical and stylish. It has a strong military-meets-athleisure vibe, which avoids '80s fashion cliches.

The Phantom Menace

Padmé Amidala: The Phantom Menace (1999)

A gown-coat hybrid, Padmé's (Natalie Portman) velvet battle-attire is exquisite. It is also far more practical than the rest of Padmé's luxurious and opulent wardrobe in The Phantom Menace, which denotes her regal status. Purple is a color of royalty and the swishy nature of this costume by Trisha Biggar adds to the drama and power of this queen taking command.

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Poe Dameron/Finn: The Force Awakens (2015)

Sharing clothes is an intimate act, even if you don't know the person you’re borrowing an item from. Poe's battered leather bomber jacket has seen some hard days and it is saved from the crash site, becoming an important beacon when Finn puts it on — he can't exactly wander the desert in his stormtrooper ensemble. It ties him to Poe in an instant, which leads him to BB-8 and Rey. By the time they reunite, this jacket is for all intense and purposes his. And Poe agrees, saying, "It suits you."

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

Cassian Andor: Rogue One (2016)

It is hard to rival John Mollo's Empire Strike’s Back parka design, nevertheless, in 2016 Glyn Dillon accepted that challenge and delivered. The small desert moon Jedha experiences a permanent winter and Diego Luna as Cassian Andor is ready for these conditions. Not only does Dillon's design draw on the iconic Hoth attire, but the ribbed sleeves of Mollo’s jackets are also referenced — considering how close the action of Rogue One is to the original trilogy, this inspiration makes sense. As with the Empire Strikes Back collab, outdoor brand Columbia also did a limited edition version of this particular coat. It is unsurprising that it sold out.

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Luke Skywalker: The Last Jedi (2017)

Where does a poncho end and a cape begin? Luke's Ahch-To garb is perfect for an oceanic planet and a life of solitude. Everything about the waxy appearance suggests he doesn't want to be bothered and is satisfied with this way of rustic living. But even a garment as protective as this can't keep everyone out.

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Val: Solo (2018)

Dressing for a heist in the snow doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style points as Val (Thandie Newton) illustrates in a leather jacket and nifty fur scarf, mixing decadence with practicality. The blend of hard and soft textures also reveals (in a sadly all-too-brief appearance) that Val has multitudes and a penchant for the 1970s.

Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Lando Calrissian: Solo (2018)

Honorable fur coat mentions go to Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) — did she raid the Stark wardrobe from Game of Thrones? — however, there is one who stands head-and-shoulders above the rest. Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) has a space cape for all occasions and climates, which he proves in his chilly weather get-up. We said we didn't want to overwhelm this outerwear list with capes, but there is no way we couldn't mention this particular garment.

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