How to Create a Sterling Archer Costume

by |August 27, 2012
Categories: Costume Tutorials, DIY

Being a secret agent isn’t all about looking suave and getting babes, unless, of course, you’re the top spy of the ISIS, Sterling Archer. Booze, women, expensive cars and complete narcissism; Archer’s life sounds more like a day in the life of Charlie Sheen than the role of an international spy. So, just how does one become Sterling Archer from the FX cartoon series? Read on to find out how to make the perfect Archer Halloween costume!

Archer Quick Shopping Guide Mens black suitDesert storm pistol


Black Suit

From James Bond to Michael Westen, every spy knows that style is a part of the espionage gig; and Archer is no different. When not wearing tactical turtlenecks, there’s only one acceptable garment to wear: the black suit. Not only does a black suit provide you with the classic swagger to attract ladies like a spy, but it also makes it more socially acceptable to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in public!


Mens black suit

(Men's Black Suit)



Going undercover as an ISIS spy isn’t just about wearing some classy threads. You’ll need Archer’s signature hairdo. If you weren’t naturally gifted with super spy hair, don’t chastise your parents about it—do what Archer would do and just improvise! Fred Flintstone had strangely similar hair to Archer and using a Fred Flintstone wig will get you far in the world of secret intelligence.


Fred flintstone wig

(Fred Flintstone Wig)


Weapons and Spy Gear

Now to the fun part of being a spy; the things that go bang, boom, or start on fire! Every spy needs weapons to get the job done and although spy toys rank below fast cars and lacrosse in Archer’s book, he makes sure to cause some serious damage with gadgets.


Walther PPK

Archer’s first choice of weaponry for defense, offens¬e and any situation  that can be solved with bullets (which is pretty much everything in Archer’s line of reasoning) is his Walther PPK, however toting a real Walther PPK around is just a short cut to ending up in jail (or worse). Toy guns are everywhere, but finding one to fit the look can be hard. This desert storm pistol does the trick nicely.


Desert storm pistol

(Desert Storm Pistol)


Dynamite and Grenades

What good is a spy if he doesn’t make a few explosions? Toy grenades, dynamite and anything that goes boom makes for a perfect way to make your exit as Archer!



(Fake Dynamite)



The art of spying is all about keeping a keen eye out for details. A set of binoculars is always a handy tool for a spy, although Archer is more apt to use them to scope out ladies, rather than mission objectives.





Pre-Planned One-Liners

The one costume accessory you that you absolutely cannot go without are Archer's suspiciously preconceived one-liners. Nail these and your Archer costume is as good as done. He has one for every occasion, with some of the strangest references possible. Having a deep voice like H. Jon Benjamin doesn’t hurt either.

What Archer character is your favorite? Are you looking forward to wearing your Archer costume? Please let us know what you think in the comments! Check out these other cool Archer costumes if you're looking to have an Archer group costume with some friends.

Ryan Heuer
Ryan Heuer

Ryan Heuer is a Copywriter at He spends much of his free time wrestling alligators in the bayous of Louisiana. He spends the rest of his free time coming up with incredulous false facts about himself. Usually he can be found at his local game shop wearing strange hats while making bad financial decisions involving Magic: the Gathering cards. Also, he likes frogs for some reason.