A fine mustache is something we associate with the Old West. Now not everyone has the time, or in my case the genetics, to grow such a fine bit of facial hair. I mean, I have friends that forget to shave for just one day and wake up looking like a ZZ Top impersonator, but not me. Nope, If'n I want to look like Wyatt Earp, I'm going to have to buy a mustache, like the one above. That's your basic handlebar western look, exaggerated a bit. But just a bit.
Above we see Wyatt Earp himself. That's a fine 'stache indeed. See the way he's cleverly trimmed his facial hair, like a human topiary, to produce what experts call the "flying walrus" form? The fauxstache above isn't a patch on ol' Wyatt's natural flavor-saver. If you have the genes, I recommend you grow your own. Mustaches were quite in vogue during the era, you know.
Well it's a vest. Now I personally call them waistcoats (pronounced weskits) but that's me. Vest is the accepted American term. We associate vests with the Old West thanks to cowboy movies. Oh, they were worn, historically, during the era to be sure. A man wearing a waistcoat can safely remove his coat and still be considered dressed, as opposed to in a state of undress, in polite society. So why the hell would a sodbuster or cow puncher bother having one on while riding the range or working the field? And why wear it open? Well, John Wayne did it all the time in his movies, and who are we to argue with the Duke? This is a pretty shitty option, however. The faux cowhide patches and the fringe just scream, "I'm a dude that's come out west and want you to think I'm a tough guy." Or possibly, "I'm looking for a date, cowboy."
Better, hoss. This vest is more in line with what I'd expect to see. The fauxstache is decent too. Your basic Earp economy model. That hat looks a bit sad, don't it?
|About the saddest damn thing known to man...|
|My mistake. THIS is the about the saddest damn thing known to man.|
There are many more options I haven't covered here. You can acquire all manner of convincing and not-so-convincing sixguns for your costume, get a lariat, definitely get some boots (especially since there are no costumes with boots as part of the package on the market) and you are going to need a good hat. Honestly a bowler hat is a good historical choice, but again nobody will know why you did that, so stick with the classic.
So you can be a Western character, but are you a Weird Western character?
I feel like something is missing...