What Is the Traditional Clothing of the Netherlands?

Traditional Netherlands costumes worn by women include ankle-length dresses with long sleeves, aprons and a small fitted cloth hat. Men wear a traditional costume with a long sleeve button up shirt; loose, pleated front pants; neck scarf and hat. Traditional costumes usually include a pair of decorated wooden shoes worn by both genders.

The style of traditional dress worn in the Netherlands first developed in the 16th and 17th centuries. Modern Dutch wear contemporary clothing, but the traditional costume is still seen during dances and festivals. Costumes vary slightly by color and pattern depending on which of the 12 provinces are represented. All start with the basic long sleeve dress and apron worn by women and the rustic work clothes worn by men.