How to Dress Like Mike Ditka

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Best Mike Ditka Costume Guide

NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka isn’t a character per se, though Saturday Night Live did a good job of making him into one. However, he is a widely known personality and a fun and highly recognizable cosplay option. Take a look at this guide and we’ll help you pull off his trademark look. Let’s start with the small stuff, accessories. We chose a Large Fake Puff Cigar, some Amscan Wacky Facial Hair, and a pair of Owl Classic Aviator Style Sunglasses.

To get his trademark look, we chose a Haggar Plaid Two-Button Suit and added a White Dress Shirt and a Brown Wide Striped Tie. We capped off the outfit with a Chicago Bears Sweater Vest and a pair of Brown Oxford Dress Shoes.

Mike Ditka Cosplay Costumes

Mike Ditka’s look was immortalized on Saturday Night Live, the dress shirt and striped tie teamed with his trademark sweater vest, made him a recognizable to both sport’s fan and non-sport’s fans. A white long sleeve, buttoned up shirt and striped tie with a pair of khaki’s are the main parts of this outfit. They easily be found in your own closet or cheaply at any local thrift shop. We recommend ordering his sweater vest online, though we wouldn’t rule out your getting lucky during your trip to the thrift store.

Accessorize with a pair of mirrored aviator sunglasses and a fake cigar, both of which can be found at any party supply store along with his trademark mustache. For group cosplay, you can add players from any of the teams he played or coached like, The Chicago Bears, the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles or the New Orleans Saints. Check out our featured pics for more style ideas. We welcome your pics as well!

Mike Ditka Costume Tips & FAQs

While Mike Ditka is a real person, his portrayal in “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) is a comedic impersonation, often exaggerated for humorous effect. When creating a costume based on this portrayal, it’s important to focus on the key elements that the SNL skits typically exaggerate or highlight about Ditka’s persona.

The SNL portrayal of Mike Ditka often emphasizes his role as a coach for the Chicago Bears. Key elements of the costume include a dark blue Chicago Bears coach's sweater or jacket, a white shirt, a dark tie, and classic aviator sunglasses. Ditka is also known for his iconic mustache, so a thick, dark mustache is essential. Finish the look with a Bears cap or a simple, dark-colored cap.

Mike Ditka's hair is short and typically styled in a neat, combed-back manner. The hair is often portrayed as dark or salt-and-pepper in color. If your hair doesn't match, consider using a short wig styled appropriately, along with a fake mustache to match.

For pants, opt for a pair of khaki or dress pants that complement the dark blue coach's sweater or jacket. The shoes should be classic, comfortable dress shoes, preferably in brown or black, to match the overall coach's attire.

Accessories can include a clipboard or a whistle to emphasize Ditka's coaching role. Carrying a football can also add to the authenticity of the costume. The aviator sunglasses are a must-have accessory as they are strongly associated with Ditka's look, especially in the SNL sketches.

While the SNL portrayal of Ditka might not have specific catchphrases, focusing on Ditka's tough, no-nonsense coaching demeanor is key. Adopt a stern, commanding presence and use coaching jargon or motivational speeches. Phrases like "Let's win this one!" or "Play like a champion!" can capture the essence of Ditka's coaching style as depicted on SNL.


About Mike Ditka

American Professional Football, Hall of Famer Mike Ditka began his career as a player at the University of Pittsburgh, before being drafted in1961 with the Chicago Bears. He won the prestigious, Offensive Rookie of the Year award while with this team. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and finally for the Dallas Cowboys. Following the 1972 season, Mike Ditka retired as a player and moved on to an equally successful career as a coach.

Initially taken on by Legendary Cowboy’s head coach Tom Landry as a special teams coach and an offensive assistant, he would go one to bring his team to the playoffs eight separate times and win Super Bowl XII while coaching the Chicago Bears. Voted coach of the year in 1985 and yet again in 1988, he would become the first tight end accepted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ditka remains only one of two men to have won a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He went on to a third, forth and even fifth career in broadcasting, motivational speaking and also a restaurateur.

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