HOW TO CREATE A TERMINATOR COSTUME
Arnie in the first Terminator movie
For a Terminator 2 costume you will need to swap the grey tee for a black one and the pants/trousers need to be black leather. The shades look sleeker, too.
Out of the two looks, the one created in the second movie is definitely cooler, but as the movie came out in 1991, it's useless if you need a costume for an 80s party. However, the easiest option is to opt for this ready-made costume which I found at Amazon.co.uk.
I recommend buying separate components for a better quality, more authentic look.
This is going to be expensive if you opt for real leather, obviously. But if you want an authentic look then you can't beat the real McCoy.
For the first movie you'll need studded fingerless gloves, but for T2: Judgment Day then you need full leather gloves, although Arnie didn't wear gloves for a good part of the film, so you could leave them out completely.
You'll need a pair of mud-coloured cargo/military pants to capture the look of the first movie, and they were really quite basic. If you have a pair of brown chinos they they would be ideal, but they can be bought relatively cheaply at Amazon.
A basic, grey T-shirt with a round neck is all that's required. However, you may like to add a splash or two of fake blood
For a Terminator 2 look add a black tee instead.
The sunglasses worn by Arnie in the first movie were bigger and more squared than in the second film, and the best pair I could find were at The Movie Shop at Amazon.
|Terminator T1 Glasses by The Movie Shop|
You'll need a pair of tall, leather biker boots with a buckle. Be sure to tuck your trousers into the boots. Now this is going to add a serious dent to your budget, so you may choose to leave this part of the costume out.
|Calf length Terminator Biker Boots|
The most authentic looking boots were this pair available in the UK. However, at close to £70, for a fancy dress costume this may not be an option.