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SUGGESTED CLOTHING FOR NEW RE-ENACTORS FOR 1812

Fabrics for this time period are linen, cotton and wool.  Colours are "earth" tones in muted shades.


Suggestions for buttons - horn, wood, pewter (want to try to make your own buttons? Try sawing a wooden broom handle).


MEN:

  • Shirt - white/off white -linen or cotton

  • Trousers - drop front- white cotton or grey wool

  • Suspenders

  • Vest - wool, cotton, linen

  • Kerchief - black recommended, white is also correct

  • Hat - straw, top hat, or slouch hat

  • Footwear - black boot or oxford style shoe or moccasins

  • Haversack

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

 

  • Black gaiters

  • Top coat

  • Barracks coat

  • Black belt - 2" wide leather

  • Period glasses

  • Gray great coat, capote, cloak

 

WOMEN:

  • Chemise - white or off white cotton or linen

  • Empire dress or skirt and short gown

  • Cap - cotton or linen

  • Apron - white cotton or linen

  • Kerchief (fichu) - white or off white

  • Appropriate footwear - black

 

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

  • Straw hat or bonnet

  • 1812 purse or basket or shoulder bag (small haversack style)

  • Cloak or capote

  • Shawl