A cowgirl outfit is a classic Halloween costume. You may already have many of the items needed for a cowgirl costume in your closet, or you can purchase them inexpensively at thrift stores or online at places like Amazon, which makes this a great option for last-minute Halloween costume ideas.
Let your personality shine through with your choice of accessories, color schemes and patterns, such as cow print. Create a young and fun look with hot pink or bright red accessories or go classic western with plaids and browns. Dress up the costume with silver and turquoise jewelry or keep it fun for little girls with a plastic gun and lasso.
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Select a button-down shirt from your closet or purchase one from a thrift store. For a classic look, select a Western shirt in a plaid print or blue chambray or choose any solid-color shirt to create a more modern cowgirl look. If you have a secondhand or borrowed shirt that is too large, simply wear it unbuttoned over a tank top or T-shirt and tie the bottom ends together in a knot at your waist.
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Select a pair of blue jeans, a denim skirt or shorts to wear. Short denim cut-offs and skirts create a sexy cowgirl look for adults, while a pair of basic jeans or a longer denim skirt works well for active young cowgirls. For young cowgirls who want to wear a shorter denim skirt, pair it with basic black leggings for a look that is age appropriate and warm enough for nighttime trick or treating.
Wear cowboy boots
Don a pair of cowboy boots. If you don't have any, you can find them at a thrift store. If you can't find your exact size at a thrift store, buy a larger size and wear thick socks for comfort. Consider spray painting the boots to coordinate with a bright red or hot pink cowgirl look. For very young cowgirls, consider buying a pair of cowboy-style booties.
Wear a cowgirl hat
Don a cowboy hat. Again, these can often be found at a thrift store, party store or dollar store. For a very inexpensive choice, consider plastic cowboy hats available for just dollars. Spray paint the hat to coordinate with your costume or tie a ribbon around it with a bow in the back for added femininity. If you have a secondhand or borrowed hat that is too large, line the inside with folded newspaper strips to create a snug fit.
Add cowgirl costume accessories
Add a jean jacket or vest for added warmth and style and fold a bandana into a triangle to tie around your neck for a classic rodeo look. Wear a leather belt with a large buckle. Young cowgirls will have fun with accessories, like a sheriff badge, a toy gun and holster, a piece of rope for a lasso and a toy horse. For a more mature look, add classic western silver and turquoise jewelry.
Do your hair and makeup
Put your hair in pigtails with bright ribbon ties. Wear red lipstick to coordinate with red boots and hats or apply clear lip gloss and pink blush to cheeks.
Consider adding embellishment to denim skirts or shorts by purchasing fringe from a craft store. Simply use a safety pin or stitch the fringe to the underside of the bottom hem of your skirt or shorts for added cowgirl flair. You can also add rhinestones for some added glam.