Once we had the main pirate garments and hat in place, we started adding different details to the costume to see what worked. The gold earring and eye patch were obvious, but the weapons load out took a little bit of strategizing.
First, I looped two long leather belts together to make an across-the-body holster. A cutlass was just slipped through a loop where the two belts met at the hip. My boyfriend really wanted to strap some pistols to the front of the belt, but I was skeptical until I actually saw the result. They are just held on with black elastic hair bands, but they really add to the overall look of the costume. That pirate looks locked and loaded and ready for action!
Also, he found a heavy leather belt with a big brass buckle in front. The rivets and tooling on the belt, and the brass, add to the pirate look. Overall, I was very pleased with the final effect of the complete pirate costume.