How to Dress Like a Farmer for Halloween

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Whether chopping and baling hay or mucking out a milk barn, a farmer's primary wardrobe concern is practicality and comfort: rubber muck boots instead of sneakers, overalls instead of capris. Style plays a small part and is easy to incorporate into your costume. In the farming culture, plaids trump tropical prints, caps with tractor logos can't go wrong, and traditional -- nonskinny and nonsagging -- jeans are always in vogue. By creating a costume based on this basic farmers' clothing and adding a few farm-themed accessories along with makeup for a sun-bronzed look, you won't be asked the proverbial Halloween question: "What are you?"

Things You'll Need

  • Checkered short-sleeve shirt, T-shirt or long-sleeve plaid flannel shirt

  • Blue denim overalls or blue jeans

  • Printer and iron-on transfer paper (optional)

  • Cap or straw cowboy hat

  • Cap patch (Optional)

  • Bandanna

  • Rubber barn boots or cowboy boots.

  • Tanning lotion and blush (optional)

  • Brown eyebrow pencil

Tops & Bottoms

Shirts

Depending on the temperature, wear a checkered, short-sleeve shirt, a T-shirt or a long-sleeve, plaid flannel shirt. A T-shirt makes a great canvas for an iron-transfer featuring a farmer slogan or image.

Tip

  • Create your own iron-on transfer on your computer. Use a photo editor to create a logo using a photograph or slogan. Using iron-on transfer paper, print the image. After the ink dries, trim about a quarter-inch around the image and it's ready for the traditional iron-on process.

Warning

  • When creating your own iron-on transfer, check the paper's package to ensure it is compatible with your printer.

Outerwear

If it's cold enough to need a jacket, consider a windbreaker with a farmer-friendly logo or denim jacket -- fleece-lined for extra coziness.

Jeans

Wear either blue jeans or denim coveralls. Avoid skinny, embellished or torn jeans. Choose slightly flared legs -- boot style -- if wearing cowboy boots.

Muck-Kickin' Boots

Farmers' footwear ranges from waterproof gardening shoes and worker's boots to knee-high rubber barn boots and leather cowboy boots. Tuck trouser legs into barn boots and wear flared or boot-style pants over cowboy boots.

Accessories

Farmer's Necktie

Wear a bandanna around your neck. Farmers often do -- not for the stylishness, but for practical reasons such as being able to pull the bandanna up over the nose and mouth quickly in a dust storm or when moving hay. Don't wear it like this for Halloween, or you may be confused with an Old West robber. Roll the square of cloth loosely, draping it around you neck and knotting it in the front with the corners hanging down like a tie.

Hats Off to You

Don a straw cowboy hat or a bill cap. For the male going as a farmer, make like an old-school farmer and tip your hat to women. Females -- tuck a daisy or other country-style blossom into your hat band.

Tip

  • If wearing a straw hat for an outdoor Halloween event on a windy day, choose one with a chin cord.

If opting for a cap, consider purchasing a hat patch featuring a farmer-friendly logo, image or slogan. Adhere the patch to the cap using fabric glue.

Farmer's Hat Patch Ideas

  • Promote a relevant cause such as "Buy Local" or "Go Organic."
  • Make people chuckle -- a patch could sport a pile of dung with the words "The only BS allowed on our farm."
  • Show your farmer pride with a slogan such as "Eat today? Thank a farmer."
  • Tools of the trade: Many farmers' caps feature images of produce, animals and tractor company logos.

Tip

  • If you're spending a chilly Halloween outdoors, wear a warm cap with ear flaps.

Makeup

Farmers spend lots of time under the sun. And since they're not plowing fields or harvesting hay in swimsuits, they get a "farmer's tan." Use tanning lotion or bronze blush to create a farmer's tan. If the hairstyle reveals the neck, brush on rose blush. Complete the look with freckles. Lightly dot them on with a brown eyebrow pencil, freckling the bridge of the nose and the upper cheeks.

Tip

  • Makeup artists sometimes add freckles to their models' faces for a sun-kissed look. Apply with a brown eyebrow pencil sightly lighter than your eyebrows. Dot freckles on the bridge of the nose and across to the apples of your cheeks, suggests makeup artist Kate Best.

Chew on This a While

Finally, stick a clean, chemical-free, 6- to 12-inch blade of hay or grass into one of your pockets so part of it shows to complete the farmer costume. Come picture time, if you're sure its clean and pesticide/herbicide free, place the end of it in the side of your mouth and chew on it as if you are pondering something, like what to plant in the lower 40.

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