The clothing of colonial Americans varied depending on area of residence, age, gender and socioeconomic status, but typically included gowns, petticoats, shoes and hats for women, and coats, hats and trousers for men. Seasons and weather also influenced the clothing worn by colonial Americans. Regardless of time of year, however, men and women wore multiple layers of clothing, and had clothes for formal as well as informal occasions.Continue Reading
As in modern times, colonial Americans wore garments and undergarments made in the United States or shipped from other countries. Women's shoes, for instance, came from England. Items made from silk, such as gowns and dresses, came from China, while the Netherlands exported an assortment of linen clothing. Knitted hats, often worn by slaves, came from England. During colonial times, men of higher socioeconomic status frequently ordered tailored coats from London.
Of all colonial Americans, women wore the most elaborate outfits. Typical attire for females included petticoats, undergarments, shoes, stockings, corsets and stays. Stays and corsets hugged the waists of women, providing shape and a modest appearance. Men also wore stockings and shoes. They sported petticoats beneath outer coats, which derived from lighter fabrics like linen and silk in the summer, and from wool in the winter. In rural areas, women often made their own clothing, particularly shirts and underwear.Learn more about US History
Men in the 1800s wore trousers, hats, neckties and coats. Men also wore evening suits, walking suits and sporting suits.The type of clothing worn depended on the time of day and surrounding events.Full Answer >
The type of clothes wore during Colonial times varied, but included petticoats, dresses, gowns,, hats, coats, cloaks, pockets that were tied on and hidden under the final layer of clothes, stays, stockings, garters, shoes and specialized clothes for things like horse riding. The clothing also varied depending on a woman's station. The higher in society the woman was, the more layers and types of dresses she was expected to wear and looks she was expected to have.Full Answer >
Plains Indian clothing design entailed little more than breechclouts and a belt for men and simple dresses of deer hide for women in summer. The man’s breechclout was tucked under and over the belt in the front and back, in a way that resembles modern men’s underwear to keep their genitals protected and covered. Women used deerskin and elk hides for their everyday dresses. They also wore finer dresses made from sheep and antelope hides for special occasions and ceremonies.Full Answer >
Traditional Lakota clothing was made using animal skins, such as elk and buffalo, and included dresses for women and leggings and buckskin shirts for men. Moccasins were common as footwear and long robes made from buffalo hides served as protection from the cold.Full Answer >