Homemade men's pirate costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Not only is a pirate a popular costume for Halloween, but it's also very easy to make. To make a homemade pirate costume, you only need a few simple articles of clothing that can be tattered, and a few props such as an eye patch, a sword, and a hat or bandanna. Visit thrift stores and Halloween stores to find the supplies you need to make a great men's pirate costume.


There are a few styles to choose from for your men's pirate costume. You might use Jack Sparrow from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" or Captain Hook from "Peter Pan" as inspiration. Scour thrift stores and discount stores for a black or red trench coat or long vest. If the coat doesn't already have gold buttons, purchase large gold buttons from a craft store and sew or glue them on the coat. For underneath, use a white or off-white shirt. For a more traditional pirate look, purchase a white or off-white shirt with a ruffled collar and ruffled sleeves. If you want a more rugged pirate look, cut a 2- to 3-inch vertical slit down the front of a white T-shirt, cut two or three pairs of eyelets up each side of the slit, and lace a brown or leather string through the eyelets. Loop a thick belt or red sash around the waist, cinching the coat or vest together.


There are two types of trousers you can wear for a men's pirate costume:a traditional pair of black trousers tucked into a pair of black or brown boots and a pair of black or brown trousers cut raggedly to ankle or mid-calf length.


Choose a black or brown hat with a wide brim, or a bandanna tied around the forehead. If you choose the bandanna look, use a solid coloured bandanna or a white bandanna with red stripes--or paint a white skull and crossbones, the symbol of a pirate, onto a black bandanna. If you want, add a wear a messy black wig with long hair, either in curls or dreadlocks.


To give your pirate costume the final touches, add the signature pirate accessories. Purchase a large plastic sword and black eye patch from the costume store. For those with pierced ears, add a large gold hoop earring in one ear.

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