How to make a cowgirl costume at home

Updated April 17, 2017

Cowgirl costumes are inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. They can be adapted to suit everyone from young girls to more mature women, and they make for great couple fancy dresses when paired with a cowboy outfit. You may already have the four key pieces---cowboy boots, a denim skirt or trousers, a button-down shirt and a cowboy hat---in your closet, and from there you can customise colour choices and accessories to suit your needs.

Select a pair of jeans, jean shorts or a denim skirt to wear. For a sexy "Daisy Duke" look, opt for short cut-off jean shorts or a short skirt. For a more modest look, opt for a longer denim skirt or basic jeans. For young girls who will be trick or treating, consider pairing a jean skirt with basic black leggings for warmth. For an easy added embellishment, buy fringe from a craft shop and safety pin or stitch it to the underside of the bottom hem of the denim skirt or shorts or down the outside of each leg of the jeans.

Choose a button-down top to pair with the denim bottom. If you don't already have one in your closet, visit a thrift shop for an inexpensive option. For a classic cowgirl look, opt for a plaid shirt in primary colours. For a more modern look, go for a solid colour like pink, red or blue. You can repurpose a larger shirt by wearing it unbuttoned over a tank top and simply tying the ends into a knot at your waist.

If you don't already own cowboy boots, purchase a pair at a thrift shop or borrow them from a friend. If you can't get a pair that fits perfectly, buy a larger size and wear thick socks for comfort. If you're going for a hot pink or bright red colour pallet, you can spray paint the boots to match.

Purchase a cowboy hat at a thrift shop. Any material, from straw to felt to plastic, will work. Consider spray painting the hat to match your outfit or tying a ribbon around it to coordinate.

Add additional accessories like a leather belt with a large buckle or silver and turquoise jewellery to create the look you want. For a classic rodeo look, fold a red or blue bandanna into a triangle and tie it around your neck, and tuck a lasso rope into your belt. Young cowgirls will have fun with a toy gun and holster and a toy hobby horse.

Add a denim jacket or vest over the button-down shirt for added warmth and style. For young girls, consider cutting a classic sheriff star from yellow construction paper and pinning it to their jacket or shirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeans, jean shorts or denim skirt
  • Button-down shirt
  • Cowboy boots
  • Cowboy hat
  • Leather belt
  • Bandanna
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Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.