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Dress Like Richard Harrow of Boardwalk Empire

Updated on June 24, 2015
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Becoming the man behind the mask...

Perhaps the most unique and sympathetic badass to hit the small screen since The Wire's Omar Little, the tragic, half-faced character of Richard Harrow, from HBO's other (very different) critically acclaimed gangster series, Boardwalk Empire, may very well go down as one of the most memorable and intriguing antiheroes in television history.

And while it's his heartbreaking, oddly lovable, killer-with-a-heart-of-gold personality that made us care for him the most, its his unique appearance that one just can't ignore. Here we're going to delve further into that look and try to get to the bottom of just how you can duplicate it.

So whether you're planning your next costume party, trying to get an early start on Halloween, or preparing for a new life as the ultimate gangster hitman, we've got you covered. Enjoy.

The Hat

While occasionally he can be seen wearing a plain fedora, Richard Harrows primary hat of choice appears to be his striped, baggy newsboy hat. Typically worn by the more lower class, "working men" of the time, this kind of hat helps add to Richards non-materialistic persona. Incidentally, this class differentiation with hats in the 1920s is shown especially well in the character Jimmy Darmody, who also starts out by wearing a newsboy cap like Richards before moving up in his life of crime.

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The Three Piece Suit - The uniform of the gangster assassin...

While the typical wardrobe of the prototypical mobster is usually more sleek and eye-catching, with wide brimmed fedoras and pinstripe suits, the regular outfit of our beloved Mr. Harrow tends to remain of the more basic, toned down variety. For this, you'll want to go for either a wool or tweed jacket, waistcoat (vest), and pants, all of a darker, brownish color, with a plain dress shirt (blue or white) and tie. For an extra-full authenticity for your suit try using suspenders to hold up your trousers as oppose to a belt.

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The Overcoat - Keeping warm on those brisk boardwalk nights...

For a man as out and about as much as our dear Richard Harrow, a nice long, thick overcoat isn't only fashionable, but practical as well (gets chili out there on the boardwalk, ya know). To match Richards coat, you'll want it to be full length (going below the knee), straight (having zero shape around the waist), double breasted, of a wool or tweed fabric (preferably), and either grey or brown in color.

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The Mask - The most important item...

As fate would have it, the most difficult piece of your Richard Harrow attire also happens to be the most essential to your costume. But don't fret! It's really not as bad as it seems. It just takes a tiny amount of ingenuity and creativity, for a surprisingly cheap cost.

While you could put together your own mask in more complex ways, the more simple way would be to purchase a plain white mask (such as the ones listed below), cut it in half (the left side is what you want to keep), paint it a natural skin tone, either color in the eyebrows and mustache or purchase fake mustaches online and glue them on, and then attach your glasses (more on those in a moment) to the finished product. Simple, right? You got this.

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Round Wire Rim Reading Glasses - Now that you've got your mask ready, let's make sure it stays on...

Richard himself, being the skilled marksman he is, obviously has no need for glasses. As mentioned in the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire, his signature round, wire rim glasses are used purely to keep his "face on". To keep your face on, simply attach the costume glasses (available below) to your mask (on the bridge of the nose and left side of the mask) with glue, tape, or whatever way suits you best.

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The Rifle and Other Guns - Richards favorite toys...

To top off your Richard Harrow ensemble, and put the proverbial icing on the cake, you'll want to carry around a strapped rifle on your shoulder at all times. Harrows rifle is a M1917 Enfield. Along with that, his gun collection also includes a Colt 1903, Roth-Steyr M1907, Smith & Wesson Triple Lock and a Mauser 1914 Pocket Pistol. But the rifle is the only essential weapon you'll need, as the appearance of him sporting it over his shoulder is vital to achieving his signature look.

All that being said, it's probably not the greatest idea to walk around town (or even a friends house) with a large firearm swung over your shoulder. Luckily, though, there are some very good alternative costume guns available for relatively modest prices online that you can find below.

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