Your child may need a U.S. Army costume for a Fourth of July parade, a President's Day play or for a Halloween party. Just pick which era of army uniform he wants to emulate, then make a trip to a U.S. Army surplus store, a costume shop and a thrift store.
For a modern U.S. Army soldier, you can get almost everything your child needs at an army surplus store. Start with camouflage trousers and T-shirt, then add a ranger cap or boonie hat. Tuck the child's trousers in a pair of high-top boots. You can also find heavier gear, such as long-sleeved shirts, helmets and back packs. Make sure you match up your camo--desert brown with brown or jungle green with green.
World War II
Find child-sized tan trousers, a tan button down shirt, black tie and dress shoes with laces. Get the insignias and other decoration from an Army surplus store. Add a belt and a military cap. You may want to add an Ike Jacket or tan suit coat with insignias, if you can find one the right size Replace all the buttons on the jacket with brass or gold ones, and give the costume extra detail with four fake pockets and shoulder straps. For a combat soldier from the WWII era, dress your child in drab green trousers and shirt; include a belt around the waist and over one shoulder. Tuck his trousers into black boots and give him a green helmet and a green back pack to accessorise.
World War I
Iron down the lapels and collar of an old drab green suit jacket and add buttons and button holes all the way up to the collar. Find drab green trousers for your child, as well as a matching drab green belt. He can wear white leg warmers over his lower legs as gaiters. You can make a doughboy helmet from an old slough hat that has been block into a helmet shape, stiffened with fabric stiffener and spray painted. Add a belt around his waist and another one over one shoulder.
Start with a child-sized blue or grey suit coat with the lapels and collar ironed down. Replace the jacket buttons with brass or gold buttons, and have your child wear blue or grey trousers with yellow trim down the sides. Give him a blue or grey cowboy hat with a cross rifle pin on the front or purchase a child-sized Civil War hat from a costume store. Add a belt around his waist and another over one shoulder.
Start with a blue suit coat that is a little big on your child. Iron down the lapels and collar. Remove all the buttons from the coat. Then, add red and gold trim up each side, around the back of neck and down other side. Add the same trim to cuffs. Let your child wear the coat with white trousers, a white vest, black boots, a white cravat and a tricorne hat. Let him wear a black belt around the waist and another over one shoulder.
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