Jedi Robes

Every now and then the topic of Jedi Robes surges in the community.  Certain people wear them, and demand allowances for them in situations where they may not be appropriate, causing a stir both in the Jedi community and in their local community.  They claim that it is a uniform, or that it is the dress required by their religion.  Most of what I think on that can be summed up in two quotes:

“The tunics, robes, and cloaks worn by Jedi are honored traditions, but not uniforms.  From the time they become Padawans, Jedi are free to dress as they choose.”

~The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episode II – Attack of the Clones (p16) – Edited by David West Reynolds, Robert E. Barnes, Don Bies, and John Goodson.

“Jedi robes are virtually indistinguishable from the simple robes worn by many species throughout the galaxy.  This signifies the Jedi pledge to the service and protection of even the most humble galactic citizen.

~The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episode I – Attack of the Clones (p15) – Edited by David West Reynolds, Robert E. Barnes, Don Bies, and John Goodson.

Throughout the fiction there are numerous examples of Jedi who do not wear the standard robes (Ashoka Tano for the most known example).

There are also numerous examples of Jedi who even though they DO wear the standard robes normally, dress differently when the situation requires it (Qui-Gon to blend in on  Tatooine puts a poncho over his robes, Anakin dresses differently when escorting Padmé to Naboo in order to go unnoticed, and if I looked harder, I am sure I could find examples that do not apply to disguises, but I am typing this at work).

The robes are just clothing, and are not required attire.

The purpose of a Jedi is to quell conflict, and encourage peace and diplomacy.  If the wearing of “standard” robes causes conflict, undue attention, or other issues, the first instinct of a Jedi should be to wear something else, not to cause a big ruckus over their “religious rights” (the question of religion not to be addressed at this moment).