‘Joker’ Suits: How to Dress Like a Supervillain


There’s no denying the fact that “Joker” is one of the hottest movies of the year. Released Oct. 4, 2019, it stars Academy Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics character the Joker. While other movies have featured the Joker, including “The Dark Knight” and “Suicide Squid,” critics have praised Phoenix’s role as being one of the best if not the best. If you’re a diehard fan of the 2019 film “Joker,” you’ll be pleased to hear that you can now dress like Phoenix by sporting a “Joker” suit.

What Type of Suit Does Phoenix Wear in ‘Joker?’

In “Joker,” Phoenix doesn’t wear an ordinary black- or gray-colored suit. Being an unstable criminal with a dark history, the Joker has a unique sense of fashion. As a result, Phoenix’s suit in the blockbuster movie consists of a red-colored jacket with matching trousers, a yellow- or gold-colored waistcoat and a green button-up dress shirt with a popped collar. As shown in the image below, it’s a truly unique one-of-a-kind look that’s not found in other DC Comics movies, shows or media.

So, who was responsible for designing Phoenix’s bright-and-bold suit outfit for “Joker?” Reports show that it was designed by professional costume artist Mark Bridges. Some of Bridges’ previous work includes “Inherent Vice” and “Jason Bourne.” With plenty of experience working in the film industry, Bridges was able to design the perfect suit outfit for Phoenix in “Joker.”

When speaking about Phoenix’s suit worn in “Joker,” Bridges explained that it reflects Arthur Fleck’s background. Fleck, of course, is the fictional character in the DC Comics universe who becomes the Joker. He grew up during the 1980s, during which bright and bold colors were in style. While many people today still wear bright and bold colors, they were particularly popular during the 1980s. As a result, Bridges designed Phoenix’s suit to feature a red-colored jacket with similar red-colored trousers as well as a yellow-colored waistcoat. It’s a bold color combination that’s symbolic of the 1980s.

To further complete Phoenix’s look, Bridges selected a green-colored button-up dress shirt for the outfit. Not many colors match red and yellow, which is a problem Bridges needed to address. After combing through various color combinations, Bridges found that green naturally complemented red and yellow. This prompted Bridges to include a green-colored button-up dress shirt in Phoenix’s suit outfit. Worn underneath the yellow-colored waistcoat, it was arguably the perfect choice. Phoenix’s outfit looks amazing while maintaining a genuine 1980’s vibe.


How to Buy a ‘Joker’ Suit

Now that you know a little bit about the story behind the suit Phoenix wore when shooting “Joker,” you might be wondering how to your hands on a similar suit. Most brick-and-mortar suit stores, as well as shopping malls, don’t sell movie-inspired suits such as this. Rather, they sell traditional suits featuring basic colors and styles. You can always try to piece together your own “Joker” suit, but an easier way to order it from StudioSuits.

The Joker 2019 Joaquin Phoenix Movie Suit consists of the same three-piece suit as worn by Phoenix in “Joker.” It features a red-colored tweet suit jacket with matching trousers as well as a yellow-colored waistcoat. The suit jacket itself has peaked lapels, which reflects the same style of jacket worn by Phoenix. It also has three cuff buttons for a truly Jokerish appearance.

When to Wear a ‘Joker’ Suit

There’s no better time to wear a “Joker” suit than on Halloween. On Halloween, millions of people dress up to go trick-or-treating or socialize at costume parties. Rather than wearing a generic costume that few or no people will recognize, you can make a bold statement by wearing a “Joker” suit. You’ll stand out — in a good way, of course — while wearing a “Joker” suit. Whether you’re planning to hit the neighborhoods while trick-or-treating, or if you’re planning to attend a costume party, you can’t go wrong with a “Joker” suit this Halloween.

You don’t have to limit yourself to only wearing your “Joker” suit on Halloween. It’s perfectly fine to wear it during other times of the year. Any costume party is the perfect opportunity to sport a “Joker” suit. As one of the most iconic supervillains in the DC Comics universe, people will immediately recognize you as the Joker.

Don’t Forget the Makeup

For the best portrayal of Phoenix’s riveting supervillain character, you should wear makeup with your “Joker” suit. In “Joker,” Phoenix is seen wearing clown-like makeup consisting primarily of white, red and blue. Phoenix wears white makeup on the majority of his face, with red accent makeup around his mouth and on his eyelashes. He also wears a small amount of blue makeup directly above and under his eyes. If you need help creating a similar look with your makeup, check out the picture above. It may take a little trial and error to get right, but you can’t expect to look like the Joker without wearing his signature facial makeup.

Don’t Forget the Green-Colored Dress Shirt

You’ll also need to wear a green-colored dress shirt with your “Joker” suit. While there’s nothing wrong with wearing a dress shirt in a different color, you won’t be able to create a true Joker appearance without a green-colored dress shirt. When dressed as the Joker in the 2019 blockbuster film “Joker,” Phoenix always wears a green-colored dress shirt underneath a yellow-colored waistcoat.

In Conclusion

While it’s only been in theaters for a few weeks now, “Joker” has been topping the charts at the box office. It offers a fresh, though dark, take on one of the most iconic supervillains in the DC Comics universe. You can now sport the same look as Phoenix’s Joker by investing in a “Joker” suit. Just remember to pair it with a green-colored button-up dress shirt as well as the right facial makeup.