How to make a cowgirl costume

Written by jennifer claerr
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You have lots of options if you want to dress up as a cowgirl this Halloween as there are many different types of cowgirl outfits to choose from. Whether you're a born Westerner or just Western-curious, you can put together an inexpensive costume to suit your personal style. The cowgirl costume works for both adults and children. However, it's best to keep a limit on the total price of an outfit for a growing young girl.

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    Visit a thrift store or vintage clothing shop in your area. Look for Western apparel such as a hat, boots, a vest, a belt, straight leg jeans and a brightly coloured embroidered shirt. When purchasing leather, try to find second-hand items in a natural colour. While you're there, see if you can find a colourful bandanna that goes with your blouse.

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    Purchase trousers, chaps and a plain vest or jacket to create a rough-and-tumble cowgirl. Then add a large leather belt with a huge buckle. For a more feminine look, get a miniskirt and a jacket with lots of leather fringe. For a sexy cowgirl, get tight-fitting jeans or shorts. Add a halter top or tie your western shirt in a knot at the waist. Consider getting items in a cow print, which is a very popular Western pattern.

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    Add accessories such as a costume gun and holster, a whip or a lasso. You'll get the best prices if you purchase these items from a local costume shop. If you plan to carry a lasso, just attach an ordinary rope to one of your belt loops.

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    Add some concho jewellery to your cowgirl costume, if you already have some. If not, see if you could purchase the jewellery inexpensively or borrow some from a friend or family member. Jewellery made from turquoise and silver is particularly attractive, but Western costume jewellery makes a nice addition as well.

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    Style your hair simply. Either go straight and relaxed or big and curly. Apply your make-up in bright, bold colours. Finish your cowgirl costume off with a flowery perfume.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't be too concerned about condition issues in the clothing, especially if you only plan to wear the costume once or twice. Negotiate a discount on anything that isn't in the best shape.
  • Make this a group costume by having your boyfriend or husband dress up as a cowboy.

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