Cowboy & Cowgirl Costume Ideas
I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the trail.
Starry night, campfire light,
And the coyote calls where the howlin’ winds wail.
So I ride out to the ol’ sundown.
I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the trail.
-Thin Lizzy, “Cowboy Song”
Well said, Thin Lizzy. Well said. That’s the life for us, living on the open range and rounding up little dogies. The cowboy life has been romanticized for over a hundred years in movies, literature, and even in popular video games like Red Dead Redemption. If it were up to us, our lives would all play out like a Louis L’Amour novel, filled with heroic horseback rescues, intense gunfights, and a touch of romance. The cowboy lifestyle may have shifted out of the limelight these days, but you can still indulge in your fantasy of becoming a gunslinger, wrangler, outlaw, lawman, or lawwoman! We carry a vast array of awesome cowboy and cowgirl costumes, so all it takes is the right kind of attitude and a quick gun-arm! So, now that you’re going to let your inner Wild West style shine, you have to decide just what kind of character you’re going to be. Do you want to be the renegade gunslinger on the run from the law, or do you want to be the sheriff who’s in charge of upholding peace in these parts? Do you want to be the humble yet tough as nails bartender who tends the local saloon, or do you want to be the gambler, swindling poor saps out of their cattle ranching pay for the month? Well, we have plenty of different Western costume styles to choose from, so we’ll help you make that lofty decision by showing you the best of the best. Once we’re done with you, you’ll be ready to hop on your horse and ride straight into the sunset, looking for adventure.
Cowboys definitely had a way with fashion. Of course, they weren’t trying to look like the rugged heroes of the Wild West like we know them to be now; they were just trying to get the job done! They wore chaps to protect their legs from brushy terrain. They wore hats to keep the sun out of their eyes. Now, these types of things all remind us of the romanticized American hero. Our Western costumes based on the clothes of cowboys make for a great look to begin your journey into the Wild West.
Let’s start out with a classic look. This adult Cowboy costume is a versatile Halloween costume that captures the essence of the Wild West in a look that works for any type of cowboy character you want to portray. It comes with a duster-style jacket and chaps for the rough wrangler kind of look. Slap a star badge on the whole ensemble and you’ll look like a deputy. Grab a rope lasso and you’ll be ready to head to the ranch. Grab yourself a toy gun and you’ll look like an outlaw. This costume really does it all!
This adult rodeo cowboy costume has the glamorized cowboy look made popular by rodeos. This cowboy outfit has extra fringe and color to capture the kind of style that you might see an old movie star cowboy wear, so it might not look time-period accurate, but it’s sure to get you noticed at your next costume party. Just make sure you practice up on your lassoing skills there, cowboy! Everyone will be waiting for you to give them a show with your rope.
Who says that you have to ALWAYS be a gruff and tough cowboy? How about adding a little bit of wacky into the mix with something that’s on the goofy side? This adult Sheriff costume is just one of our funny costumes and has an over-exaggerated look that will have you looking like a cartoon version of a western lawman. Just make sure you grab one of our facial hair accessories and a giant, over-sized gun to really complete the crazy look. Once you have your funny sheriff costume on, you may be ready to catch some renegades… or you may just be ready to slip on a banana peel for the amusement of everyone around you!
Maybe you’re more of the Doc Holiday type than the Wyatt Earp type. Then you need to look a little suaver than the average cowboy, right? You need that riverboat gambler savoir-faire, something that shows you have class and a wicked quick draw. Enter this riverboat gambler costume! It’s an exclusive costume made by our own in-house costume designers, so it’s a look that you won’t be able to find anywhere else on the internet. Just make that you never get caught holding an ace up your sleeve!
Don’t think that boys were the only ones roping and riding in the Wild West. Girls were known to do all the same work as men back in the day, even if they didn’t get quite the same credit for it as the guys. Here, we have plenty of cowgirl costume options for you to choose from, whether that means putting a modern take on the classic look, or dressing up in full rodeo style gear. We even have a saloon-style outfit that will have you playing the role of tough saloon girl. Just take a look at our favorite cowgirl costumes below.
This rhinestone cowgirl costume brings together a cute dress style with a classic cowgirl style. It might not quite be historically accurate, but we can forgive that since it does have a rather unique look. It comes with a belt that features a horseshoe style belt buckle. Make sure to pair this look up with a set of Western costume boots to really kick your style into high gear.
This cowgirl outfit has a bit more attitude. This look is for any girl who wants to become the law-maker in her town, since it comes with a sheriff’s badge. The costume also comes with a holster belt, hat, vest, and collar to make sure you’re fully ready to handle any outlaws. As pictured, the women's sheriff costume can be used to make a sexy costume based on the Wild West, or you can wear a blouse underneath to play up the classic cowgirl outfit.
This cowgirl dress costume evokes the iconic style of Annie Oakley! That woman could shoot the cigarette out her husband’s lips and she could even shoot a dime tossed into the air. She was one skilled shooter! This classic Western outfit makes for the perfect Annie Oakley costume, since it comes with a fringe skirt that’s reminiscent of the popular image of the historical woman sharpshooter.
Saloon Girl Costume
This last sassy outfit will have you taking on the role of saloon proprietor. The saloon Madame outfit has a look with attitude that’s one part sexy and one part dangerous. It caters to women who like to be in charge and you should have no problem keeping your customers in line since you’ll look amazing in this four-piece ensemble!
Aside from the classic cowboy and cowgirl costumes available, there are many other Wild West costumes that aren’t directly tied to wrangling little dogies. From prospectors to film stars, there have been many different looks that inspire our fantasies of the western frontiers. Even the classic Back to the Future III helped to reinvigorate love of the humble cowboy. Just take a look at some of the best western outfits below that fit a little bit on the outskirts of Wild West society.
Marty, Marty, Marty! Someone needs to tell this guy that cowboys didn’t dress like a fancy rodeo star back in 1885. The reality is, despite Marty Mcfly not having great knowledge when it comes to historical attire, the third installment of the Back to the Future franchise brought the world a strange new western film and this Marty Mcfly cowboy costume! This outfit is designed by our own costume makers, so it’s another exclusive look that you’ll only find here.
The ‘70s spaghetti westerns brought us a new kind of Wild West hero. No longer sporting the John Wayne hero with unfaltering morality, these films brought a grittier kind of protagonist, typified by Clint Eastwood, who wasn’t afraid to step into some gray areas. This western gunman costume comes with a poncho reminiscent of those characters. Just pair this with a deadly glare and you’ll look like the kind of antihero outlaw that can take on any sort of unscrupulous character.
The western frontier wasn’t all just about gunfights, outlaws, and sheriffs. A lot of the west was about expansion and exploration. And, of course, there was the California Gold Rush. Although it technically happened before the golden age of the Wild West, it still remains as a staunch symbol of that time. The 49ers football team was even named after the big event! This prospector costume will help turn you into a fortune-seeking adventurer, hoping to strike it big in San Francisco.
Everyone knows that you need to be tough if you plan on surviving in the lawless land of the Wild West. You need to have nerves of steel, a quick trigger finger and a really rad outfit to match. This particular western gunfighter costume brings a tough-guy style to your cowboy look. It comes with a duster, vest, hat, and even a pair of gun holsters to hold your toy guns when you’re not brandishing them like a true outlaw!
It’s true that cowboys need to rely on their wits to get them through dangerous situations, but they also need to rely on their six-shooter and their hat… and their boots… and, well, you get the idea. Cowboys have a ton of accessories, since they always want to have the right tool for the job. These cowboy accessories are a great way to finish your costume.
Chaps were a useful garment that would help protect the legs when riding a horse through brush. It’s just an added bonus that they look great! These men’s brown chaps are made out of a synthetic polyurethane material, but have the look of real leather. These chaps even come with a matching vest!
Women also have a great option for chaps! This adult cowgirl costume is a full costume that incorporates a set of women's faux leather chaps. They have marvelous fringes that will have you feeling like true Wild West rodeo queen. Just make sure that you pair it up with a fun cap gun to complete the look.
If you plan on riding and wrangling out on the ranch, then you’d better be prepared with the right footwear. Sandals or high heels just aren’t the kind of shoes you want to be wearing for that. These cowgirl boots make for the perfect way for you to step into your new role as a tough cowgirl.
Draw, partner! What do you do if some trouble-making cowpoke shouts that in the middle of town? Should you crumple up and fold, or break out a six-shooter of your own to defend yourself? Well, we don't recommend roaming around the party with any real guns, but this cool orange-tipped cap gun is a great look for anyone who tries to stir up trouble.
No self-respecting cowboy or cowgirl walks out onto the open range without their cowboy hat! We happen to have this handy dandy black cowboy hat that works with many of our western costumes. It’s sized for adults and is ready to put the finishing touch on your costume.