The Hunger Games Rules of Style

With the March 23 release of The Hunger Games steadily approaching, fans of Suzanne Collins’ gripping series are waiting with baited breath to see their favorite characters come to life on the big screen. If you’re one of the few who hasn’t read the books, here’s what you’re in store for: set in a futuristic dystopian society, every year the Capitol selects a boy and girl from each of the twelve districts to fight in their annual Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death. When her sister, Primose, is called to battle, Katniss Everdeen, the series’ fearless protagonist (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place.

Katniss Hunger Games

While it sounds like a bloodbath, the power of fashion isn’t entirely lost in the brutality of The Hunger Games. Thanks to Cinna, Katniss’ stylist (played by Lenny Kravitz), a few good outfit choices, and a full-body makeover, Katniss soon finds herself an early favorite across the districts. Follow these tips to create a look that will name you a victor… and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Never Doubt the Power of Accessories

Before heading to the Games, Katniss is given a mockingjay pin by Madge Undersee, originally worn by her aunt Maysilee, a tribute who died in the Games years before. Katniss becomes synonymous with the symbol this solid gold pin portrays. Talk about a signature look. Define yourself by carrying a trademark accessory, like a unique headband or chunky bracelet.

Channel the Elements

Dressed as the "Girl on Fire" Katniss goes from the female tribute from District 12 to a superstar in an instant. Cinna plays on District 12's coal mining industry and creates a look that makes Katniss appear like she's engulfed in flames. Take Cinna’s vision to the next level and channel the elements. It doesn't necessarily have to be a fiery look that sets you apart from the crowd, but think about what works in nature: rich blue tones of the ocean, airy fabrics, and draping that appears wind-swept and the lush collection of greens found in the forest.

Candy-Colored Hair Can Be High Fashion

Way before Katy Perry dyed her locks the color of Easter eggs, Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), the escort for the District 12 tributes, colored her mane the shade of cotton candy. Effie's over-the-top appearance is par for the course in the Capitol, where ridiculous fashion reigns supreme, but foreign to Katniss, who has never been exposed to such style. If there was ever a time to transform your 'do, this is it. Call it the Effie effect, but bright hair seems to be popping up everywhere.

Braids Will Always Be Chic

Throughout the film, Katniss wears her hair to one side in a thick braid (learn how to get Katniss' braid from the film's lead hair stylist, Linda Flowers). She's able to run, jump, and fight her way through the Games, all while looking remarkably put together. This functional hairstyle is perfect for imagining you're in the Games while on the treadmill, during your daily grueling commute, or even just fighting crowds to get to the bar during a night out.

Just This Once… Function Over Fashion

When Katniss arrives at the Games, her outfit is described as “simple tawny pants, light green blouse, sturdy brown belt, and thin, hooded black jacket." While she may have worn awe-inducing outfits leading up to this moment, Katniss knows that when it comes to fighting for your life, it's function over fashion, not the other way around. She keeps it simple (and surprisingly chic) and focuses on being prepared. Sometimes, it pays to stick to basics when you're not sure what to expect.