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Dress Like Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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"The only way to prepare for a trip like this, I felt, was to dress up like human peacocks and get crazy, then screech off across the desert and cover the story." — Hunter S. Thompson.

Greetings, freaks, weirdos, shutoffs, and debaucherous animals from a time left behind. Welcome to your one stop shop for Fear and Loathing attire. It may not be GQ, but who cares? The style of Raoul Duke (aka. Hunter S. Thompson, aka. that drugged-out character Johnny Depp played in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) is fashionable in its own unique, ungodly way.

Whether you want to pick up the style for your own everyday life or you want to prepare for your next gonzo costume party, this is the place to be for your Fear and Loathing needs.


The Hat

While the plain white bucket hat may be best known as the signature piece of headwear worn by everyone's favorite bungling first mate, Gilligan, it was Hunter S. Thompson, aka Raoul Duke, who made it cool.

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The Shades


Try as they may, thrift shop hipsters and millionaire heiresses have still yet to spoil the cool allure of classic aviator sunglasses. From the 60's to today, these far-out shades continue to be the very epitome of rockstar fashion and rebellious attire.

For Hunter S. Thompson, aviator sunglasses were a significant part of his unforgettable signature style. A perfect symbolic representation for a unique and out-of-this-world figure who always saw the world through a colorful lens.

In the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp can be seen wearing a pair of Ray-Ban RB 3138 Shooter aviator sunglasses which can be found on

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The Cigarette Holder


While no one is condoning smoking, a Raoul Duke outfit wouldn't be complete without the classic cigarette holder. According to many sources, the specific make and model of Hunter S. Thompson's cigarette holder/filter was the TarGard Permanent Cigarette Filter System, which can be found below. (The type of cigarettes smoked with it are Marlboro Reds.)

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The Jacket


Throughout the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp can be seen sporting this colorful, baggy, patchwork jacket. Two replicas of this jacket were used in the movie along with the original which Hunter S. Thompson actually wore on his infamous Las Vegas adventure.

According to the DVD commentary of Fear and Loathing, the original jacket was manufactured by Abercrombie & Fitch, but, unfortunately, it's no longer being produced by them today.

Nevertheless, thanks to some very talented fans across the world, well-made replicas of this jacket can be found online in various places. Ebay, for one, is a great place to start the search.

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The Shirts


In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke can be seen wearing a whole cornucopia of loud, gaudy, retro button-down t-shirts. Similar shirts are still made and can be found all over the internet. To find one right for you, try giving some of the below-mentioned options a shot.

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Las Vegas Visor


This classic Las Vegas visor is perfect for when you're riding high at the poker table or for when you're just hanging out, relaxing under the sweltering Nevada sunshine with your favorite drink in hand.

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The Wristband


Never underestimate the importance that accessorizing can bring to your style. In the film we see Johnny Depp, as Raoul Duke, wearing a brown studded wristband.

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The real Raoul Duke in Las Vegas - Duke (Hunter S. Thompson) on the left, Dr. Gonzo (Oscar Zeta Acosta) on the right

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Niktravelfit on June 27, 2014:

sorry, completely overlooked that I had already commented :D

Niktravelfit on June 27, 2014:

"We can't dress like that, this is bat country!" Nice and fun lens, thanks for sharing.

Niktravelfit on June 22, 2014:

Very good and funny lens.

Great outfit!

steadytracker lm on September 02, 2013:

This is a really interesting lens. I like that hat too. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on May 30, 2013:

Raoul does wear that hat very differently than Gilligan....a totally different impression and I can see why there may be those who would be heading in that fashion direction with adaptations of the look to meet their own personality, it does have a definite coolness to it! I'm imagining a lot of guys going looking for that had that they know they must have put somewhere....

VspaBotanicals on May 26, 2013:

Love the fashions.

mabraxas on May 23, 2013:

Excellent, Excellent Post! I did not know that jacket was available. Hunter Thompson has been a painful inspiration to me for many years.

anonymous on January 15, 2013:

@anonymous: This may be helpful to some people indeed.

strandofsilk from London on October 28, 2012:

didn't like the shirts at all !

anonymous on October 25, 2012:

Lovely dress :)

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

You can buy exatly the same Wristband on ebay by Matara Design ! It is really the best quality i have ever seen not a cheap like it is in the topic .

wilcher on October 24, 2012:

Great dress.

WriterJanis2 on October 20, 2012:

I think you nailed it.

RosaMorelli on October 14, 2012:

I *love* Hunter S Thompson and his gonzo journalism! Fantastic lens, Cool subheadings ('Fear and Clothing' ... *giggles*) :)

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on August 14, 2012:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is really special. Great ideas for all the fans (I bet there are many!), especially Hunter Thompson's!

anonymous on June 09, 2012:

Very helpful tips to dress like Hunter Thompson.

ceejaycmarshall on June 09, 2012:

great movie and lens! :]

flycatcherrr on June 05, 2012:

Oh, this is just such fun!

anonymous on May 26, 2012:

Neat, interesting article on how to dress like Hunter Thompson

Terrie_Schultz on May 22, 2012:

Loved the book and the movie. Great idea!

EEWorkouts on May 21, 2012:

Very cool!

anonymous on May 21, 2012:

Very unique and original ideas!

JoshK47 on May 21, 2012:

Very interesting idea!

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