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Who hasn’t wanted to be a pirate for a day? Pirates, sometimes referred to as buccaneers, are some of history’s most exciting characters, telling thrilling swashbuckling tales of life at sea and adventures searching for treasures around the world. While pirates’ lives might seem like more of the stuff of legends rather than true tales, pirates actually did play a role in history during the 1700s — and they got their memorable style from some of America’s very own stylish colonists during the 18th century.
When pirates roamed the seas during the 18th century, they sought both treasure and fame. Some pirates attacked ships traveling from Europe to the Americas, while others controlled trade routes throughout the world. From Captain Hook in the famed tales of Peter Pan to the life of naval expert Sir Henry Morgan (better known today as Captain Morgan), it was during the colonial era that these brave buccaneers took off, becoming both storied and historic. But pirates are often remembered as men only. What about the women who stormed ships, took treasure, and headed for unknown waters with their own style of bravery and confidence?
While female pirates don’t garner as much attention in history as their male counterparts, there certainly were strong women taking to the seas. They, too, were known around the world for their exploits. And years later, they even became something of a fashion icon.
Who can forget that iconic pirate look? A tricorner hat, long, curly locks that wave in the ocean’s wind, ornately buttoned coats worn over white shirts with ruffles down the front and long, lacy cuffs. All of these stylish additions came straight from the styles of the colonial period of the 1700s. Like male pirates, female pirates shared this colonial style. Woman pirates also wore tricorner hats — just like George Washington wore — along with a suit that consisted of a coat, a vest, a ruffled shirt, and a pair of breeches. Every pirate’s shirt was baggy, decorated with ruffles and extra fabric to mimic the style of the aristocrats and the elite of the time period. To show off their strength and their equality to male pirates, female pirates donned stylish vests, or waistcoats, when sailing or plundering.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of historical clothing, this women’s pirate vest (also known as a waistcoat) is authentic to the fashion and style of 18th century America, both on and off the shores of the new country. This stylish vest is ideal for pirate inspired events, featuring a fully lined wine brocade fabric decorated with ornate gold buttons for a truly historic pirate look. Pair this women’s pirate waistcoat with our other 18th century costume pieces and accessories to create a personalized look straight off the ships sailing during the 1700s.
This high-quality costume can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of an 18th century pirate on the high seas. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this women’s pirate vest (waistcoat) is built to last.
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Self: 100% Polyester Satin Jacquard
Lining 65% Polyester 35% Cotton Broadcloth
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
As we cut all of our garments individually (Coats, Vests, Pants, Dresses, Etc.) fabric Shades may very & may not match exactly.
We Recommed Dry Cleaning for best results.