Cheap Cowboy Costume
September 6, 2011 12:23 PM Subscribe
Cowboy Halloween costume on the cheap
So I've committed to dressing as a Wild West-era cowboy for various Halloween-related festivities. I've already got a legit pair of boots and a shirt that's passably cowboy-ish (although possibly too modern looking), and I'm tentatively growing out a beard/mustache, but beyond that, I've got nothing. With virtually no prior costume experience, I'm trying to piece together a costume that toes the line between A) not looking like crap and B) not costing a fortune, and I'm feeling a bit stuck. A quick look online for cowboy hats, for instance, reveals that anything that's not made of plastic apparently costs a fortune. So my questions are as follows:
1) What are the necessary elements of a decent-looking turn-of-the-century cowboy costume? Pants and headgear are particularly interesting to me, but I'd love to hear thoughts on anything, including shirts and accessories.
2) Where can I find these elements cheap, either online or in NYC? Complicating factor: I'm 6'5", about 155lbs, and have an enormous head (7 5/8), so used clothes can be tough, to say the least.