Do ‘Survivor’ Castaways Choose What They Wear on the Show?

<p><em><a href=””>Survivor</a></em> producers put a lot of time and effort into making each season. Most of the time, the planning includes twists, challenges, puzzles, etc. And even though <em>Survivor</em> isn’t the most glamorous show, the cast and crew must also deliberate what the castaways will wear during the game. But can <a href=””>the <em>Survivor</em> players</a> pick what clothing they bring to the island?</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-custom-image-1200″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1500″ height=”1000″ src=”″ alt=”The castaways in the Soka tribe in ‘Survivor 44’ — Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Josh Wilder, Danny Massa, Matt Blankinship, Claire Rafson, and Frannie Marin — stand on the beach wearing their tribe color — green — during the premiere.” class=”wp-image-3433119″ srcset=” 1500w, 150w, 640w, 768w, 1024w, 1200w, 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 1500px) 100vw, 1500px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Josh Wilder, Danny Massa, Matt Blankinship, Claire Rafson, and Frannie Marin | Photo: Robert Voets/CBS</figcaption></figure>

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<p>As <a href=””><em>Survivor</em> fans</a> have noticed over the seasons, each castaway’s wardrobe coordinates with their starting tribe’s color.</p>

<p>For example, producers gave the Soka tribe in <em>Survivor 44</em> (pictured above) green buffs, so their color was green. As a result, they each brought with them green-colored clothing. So we know that producers at least inform the players what colors to focus on when deciding what to bring to Fiji.</p>

<p>But how much influence do the <em>Survivor</em> producers have over castaways’ attire? Thankfully, a couple of former contestants have shared how the show determines what they can and cannot wear over the years.</p>

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<h2>A former ‘Survivor’ cast member reveals behind-the-scenes secrets regarding clothes</h2>

<p>Following <a href=””>the <em>Survivor 44</em> premiere</a>, Lauren O’Connell, a castaway from <em>Edge of Extinction</em>, answered one of her most-asked questions on <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>TikTok</a> — “Why do <em>Survivor</em> contestants wear such impractical clothing?”</p>

<p>“I didn’t really have a ton of say on what I was actually wearing while I was on the show,” Lauren shared. “I was asked to send in clothing that I would want to wear on the island that was either in a blue or a purple color. Within that color scheme, right? Because I started off on Manu, and Manu was the blue tribe.”</p>

<p>She continued, “I sent in three different sports bras. Then, I also sent in spandex. That’s what I sent in to wear as my bra and underwear. Now, unbeknownst to me at the time, Kelley [Wentworth] was going to be on my season. And Kelley’s go-to aesthetic was the sports bra and spandex vibe. And they’re very careful not to dress anyone similarly.”</p>

<p>“So I get an email that says, ‘This sports bra and spandex situation is not going to work. Please go find bra and underwear,’” Lauren said. “They actually sent me a link to the underwear they wanted me to get. So I get them, I try them on, I OK them. That’s what they decide they’re going to dress me in … When choosing what I wanted to send in, they told me they wanted me in a crop top and some joggers.”</p>

<p>The <em>Survivor</em> castaway concluded, “Long story short — Production pretty much picked everything that I wore, and I really didn’t get a choice.”</p>

<p>So while players sometimes have a say in their clothing, the final decision always falls in the producers’ hands.</p>

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<h2>Kelley Wentworth shared her wardrobe regrets</h2>

<p>Back in 2021, <em>Survivor</em> fan-favorite castaway and Lauren’s tribemate in <em>Edge of Extinction</em> Kelley Wentworth also posted a <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>TikTok</a> where she touched upon the decisions surrounding her clothing choices.</p>

<p>“I wish I would have known that they have a full-on wardrobe department and that I would be submitting different clothes to be chosen for me to wear on the show,” Wentworth explained. “I wish I had known that if I submitted jean shorts, they would, of course, pick jean shorts because I was labeled ‘the farmer’s daughter’ and farmers only wear jean shorts.”</p>

<p>She added, “I would then also, in any returning seasons, have to wear the jean shorts so that people would recognize me. Had I known all of this, I wouldn’t have submitted jean shorts because they’re not a very good material. They don’t hold water well — they do actually hold water well. They don’t keep you warm, and they don’t protect against bugs.”</p>

<p>So Wentworth’s <em>Survivor</em> experience regarding wardrobe correlates with Lauren’s.</p>

<p>New <a href=””>episodes of <em>Survivor 44</em></a> air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.</p>

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