Like most people, my first introduction to Obi-Wan Kenobi was in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Being about four or five at my first viewing, the biggest impact he had on me was his final battle with Darth Vader. I was actually pretty upset at the outcome of that fight and would actually close my eyes when that part of the movie played every time. It wouldn’t be (go easy on me) until the Phantom Menace was released and he was played by the incomparable Ewan McGregor that I really started to relate to him as a fellow sass master and really started to appreciate Obi-Wan’s character.
I found a book series shortly after this written by Jude Watson that chronicled the adventures of Qui Gon Jinn and young Obi-Wan before the events of Phantom Menace. To oversimplify his character to two traits: Obi-Wan really only ever wanted to eat and hit things with his lightsaber.
When I watched it recently, Luke’s description of ‘Old Ben’ also struck a chord in me.
“Well, I don’t know anyone named Obi-Wan, but Old Ben lives out beyond the dune sea. He’s kind of a strange old hermit,” (credit)
The older I get, the more I relate to Obi-Wan very deeply. A master of sass who has the luxury of being a hermit in the middle of the desert? Passionate about food? A love of weapons? I mean, if he had a dog and Wi-Fi he’d be hashtag goals or however the kids are referring to it these days, which is why I chose to make the second week of Star Wars month all about General Kenobi.
I started with this sort of cream colored short sleeved shirt. I figure a white shirt or any sort of ‘neutral’ toned kind of shirt with sleeves of any length would work just as well. As long as it provides some kind of contrast to the outer layer so they’re not the exact same color.
Next was a basic brown duster sweater thing. Anything that’s a darker shade of brown than the neutral shirt you use will work: cardigans, jackets, wraps, whatever you have that you like best.
If I was going an actual costume of some kind, I’d go for khaki pants, but since this is all about being subtle and stealthy, I went for light colored jeans instead. Years of customer service have also sort of ruined khakis for me so I try to avoid them whenever possible. But as I will always say, if you want to wear the khakis instead and go for a full-on look, BE THAT. In cooler months, I’d pair this with my taller brown winter boots, but since it’s finally warm here (YAY), I opted instead for a pair of simple brown flats that I’ve had for a million years.
After the clothes came picking my small details, which is honestly becoming my favorite part.
I went for blue lightsaber earrings (which actually came in the same multi-pack that last week’s Rebel Alliance earrings were in) and a simple blue necklace to keep paying homage to Master Kenobi’s blue lightsaber.
Also, in deference to the version of Obi-Wan that made me pay serious attention to him, I tucked a small Padawan braid into my ponytail.
Another thing that really struck me on a re-watching of a New Hope was what he says to Darth Vader during their final encounter:
“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
Now, I realize some of this was meant very literally, but it’s also kind of poignant for someone who has faced their share of adversity. It hits very much like a ‘If you knock me down, I’m just going to keep getting back up’ sort of ideal, and I really like that. I really think that facing our fair share of troubles in life really do make us stronger people.
Life may knock us down, but it’s always our ability to pick ourselves back up that makes us stronger. Even if we have help from friends or family, it’s the fact that you get up and keep going that’s the important thing. Even if you’re limping moving forward, you’re still up and you’re still moving and that’s huge.
I hope you enjoyed what quickly became ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Motivation For Life’ week! Always feel free to share your own looks with me as well as inbox me with any questions, comments, suggestions or feedback you may have. Check back next Tuesday for the next fun week of Star Wars month!