Rick Grimes is the grainy voiced, pistol slinging Sheriff’s deputy who reluctantly leads our favorite group against hordes of “Walkers”, as well as the increasingly threatening remnants of the human population on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Whether you simply would like to incorporate Rick’s style into your own fashion or you’re considering doing some Walking Dead cosplay, this guide may offer some assistance.
And if you're looking for a bit more detail (blood stains, dirt, rips/tears etc.) in your survivor cosplay, check out my guide on it here.
Clothing Purchasing Guide
Close Match: Zip Front Golf Jacket
Close Match: Black Sherpa Lined Jacket
Close Match: Wrangler Khaki Western Shirt
Close Match: Tan/Brown Two Tone Shirt
Close Match: Levi's 511 Jeans (Black)
Close Match: Brown Work Pants
Close Match: Brass Collar Pins
Rick's Sheriff Hat
Close Match: Golden Hat Cord
Rick's Sheriff's Department Shoulder Patch
Close Match: Replica Walking Dead Sheriff's Patch
Close Match: Custom Metal Name Badge
Rick's Sheriff's Department Star
Close Match: Replica Walking Dead Sheriff's Badge
Rick's style overview:
- Sheriff's hat
- Dark jeans & boots
Rick's Sheriff Hat
Rick Grimes is known to wear a “Chocolate Stetson Roper 4X”, accessorized with gold campaign cords and a King County Sheriff Badge. Unfortunately this particular hat has been out of production for some time. So unless you posses one or know where to track one down (they can be pricey), I would suggest finding an alternative.
Pertaining to this specific Rick Grimes outfit or Rick Grimes costume you are putting together, you will more than likely choose to include his signature King County sheriff hat. While this item is a staple for an early appearance Rick Grimes cosplay, in the later seasons Rick doesn’t wear the hat, as he passes it on to his son and protege’ Carl. Also it is worth noting that an accurate representation of Rick’s hat must be customized from a few separate existing items.
Nevertheless, if you are looking to complete Rick’s classic look, Rick Grimes’ headgear is an absolute necessity.
This Brown Felt Cowboy hat would make a perfect base for a custom King County sheriff's hat.
This Brown Studded Cowboy hat is a decent match and somewhat more affordable, it’s just not my first choice.
As I stated above in order to complete your accurate King County sheriff hat you will need a few additional items including:
Rick Grimes' Coats
Rick Grimes jackets usually stick around for a while considering he really only has three memorable coats. I think this is due in part to the fact that Rick is either wearing a jacket all the time or not at all.
As I was saying, Rick has three main jackets that he favors. His standard issue brown, King County sheriff dept. jacket from season one, his brown denim jacket from season 3 and his fur lined black suede jacket from season 4.
Do They Sell Officer Rick Grimes' Jacket?
I haven’t been able to track down any police surplus deals on that particular jacket, but they do have a very similar jacket on Amazon, check it out here.
If you’re planning on making your own version of Officer Rick Grimes jacket you will need two additional King County Sheriff dept. patches. One for each shoulder.
These patches on Amazon are reasonably priced and surprisingly accurate.
Where to Buy His Other Jackets
Rick’s other jackets are probably the easiest items to obtain so far as you can find nearly identical matches for both pretty easily.
This Carhartt sandstone jacket is almost identical to the jacket worn by Rick Grimes in season 3.
This fur lined black suede jacket looks exactly like the one he wears in season 4 of The Walking Dead.
Rick is almost always wearing a solid colored t-shirt, frequently with his police uniform or one of his many cowboy shirts on over that. Rick’s shirts are some of the most fashionable pieces in his wardrobe, even when they’re caked in mud, blood and walker guts.
Rick’s shirts (other than his uniform) are generally long sleeve button down western style.
Usually he sticks to one solid color - black, tan and brown are most prominent - but on occasion he is seen in a dark plaid shirt of the same style.
Rick Grimes’ Sheriff Deputy uniform shirt is a simple basic piece that is relatively affordable and fairly simple to acquire. But like a few other pieces from Rick’s Officer uniform, it will need to be slightly customized to be screen accurate.
To begin of course you will need a tan and brown policeman’s uniform shirt, like this one on Amazon that’s nearly an exact match to Rick’s.
To complete your accurate Rick Grimes Deputy shirt you will need six additional items:
- King County Sheriff badge
- “Grimes” name badge
- 2 King County Sheriff shoulder patches (left & right)
- 2 Eagle collar pins (left & right)
Where can I find all of these accessories?
If you have the financial means, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Many, if not all of the items listed here are available on Amazon.
- King County Sheriff Badge - Here’s the one I used. Just remember to get one for your hat and another for your shirt.
- Rick Grimes name badge - Rick’s Gold name badge simply reads “Grimes”, you can order a custom badge here.
- King county Sheriff Dept. shoulder patch (left and right) - Both of Rick’s shoulder patches are identical. I’m just stressing the fact that you will need 1 for each shoulder.
- A pair of Eagle collar pins like these (one for each collar) will finish off your RIck Grimes Sheriff shirt.
Where to Get His Other Shirts
This Calvin Klein dark plaid shirt matches the one worn by Rick in the prison.
These Wrangler cowboy shirts match Rick’s style perfectly and they’re available in all the main colors Rick wears (black, brown and tan).
Additionally, he wears a basic t-shirt under his cowboy shirts and by itself at times. Usually white as an undershirt and black or brown alone. Rick’s shirts are nearly identical to these undershirts, and they’re available in all the correct colors.
Rick has two main trousers that he is known to wear. The first are your basic police officer uniform slacks. They are chocolate brown with tan piping down the side. If you have access to some sort of police uniform surplus then these might not be difficult to obtain for you. Otherwise, like pretty much the rest of this outfit, It’s time to find a good matching base item to customize.
What Pants Best Match Rick's?
My first instinct was to check for military surplus, and while I did find the correct color, the military pants had extra cargo pockets not present on Rick’s slacks.
I ended up getting these basic mens brown slacks off of Amazon.
* Side note - you will need to pick up some tan colored ribbon for the vertical piping on Rick’s slacks. You can have it professionally tailored, diy or just do what I did and ask your Grandma to do it 😉
Secondly, all I can say is in a post apocalyptic, zombie infested world there must be an abundance of black jeans, because other than his standard issue police slacks, that is all Rick wears.
Rick’s jeans have to be black denim, boot-cut and zipper fly I’m certain. There are no survivors in button fly jeans.
Where to Purchase Rick's Jeans
So you just saw the new episode of The Walking Dead and you’re like “Man , Rick is really kicking-ass in those black jeans. I think I’d like to get a pair, but wait. Where do I even start?"
These black Levi's 517 jeans available from Amazon are a perfect match to Rick’s style.
Rick Grimes' Boots
Between the pages of an official costume list from the Walking Dead set, Rick Grimes’ boots are identified as: Justin Style 2222, Bullhide, Chocolate. These boots, much like Rick’s hat, are also no longer in production.
Where Can I get The Boots?
So basically you have two options at this point. Either spend a great deal of time and money to track down the exact boots (good luck), or find a suitable replacement. Personally I chose an alternative boot to keep more money in the budget for Rick’s guns!
These Justin Western Boots are incredibly similar to the boots worn by Rick Grimes.
In conclusion, dressing to match the style of Officer Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead can be a fun and involved project. As always hopefully you have found this guide helpful and informative.
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