How to Wear a Cowboy Gun Belt

Written by glenna parks
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Cowboy gun belts are interesting pieces of our American heritage and can be made into quite the fashion statement. Wear such a piece to embrace the West, Americana or to simply give a boost to an otherwise dull outfit. Find authentic cowboy gun belts at thrift stores, garage and estate sales, antique stores, speciality stores and western outposts. You may also find new toy cowboy gun belts at general merchandise stores or drugstores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    How to Put the Gun Belt On

  1. 1

    Hold the belt in your left hand.

  2. 2

    Using your right hand, reach behind yourself to grab the other end of the belt.

  3. 3

    Bring the ends together to fasten the belt. Choose a pre-made hole to insert the belt fastener in or make your own for a custom fit.

  4. 4

    Do not put the belt at its tightest on your waist. Leave a little play in the belt so it slings onto your hip for the best fit.

    What to Wear With a Cowboy Gun Belt

  1. 1

    Partner the gun belt with a pair of tight-fitting jeans and a pearl snap-button-down shirt for an authentic look. Wear cowboy boots.

  2. 2

    Go casual. Slip the gun belt on over loosefitting jeans and a statement T-shirt for a unique spin on a typical outfit.

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    Pile on the accessories. Ladies, use a gun belt as another accessory. Wear a plain-coloured top and jeans. Put on the gun belt and a large beaded necklaces or several small gold or silver necklaces. Try a newsboy cap and flat boots.

  4. 4

    Utilise the pocket. Slip your cell phone or a small coin purse into the holster and snap it closed. This small fanny pack-like bag can be used to hold a number of everyday items in an unexpected way.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a gun with your cowboy gun belt at your own risk. Gun belts typically have holsters on the right side, but left-sided holsters are available as well; check the inventory at a speciality store.

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