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Though colonial clothing represents 18th century America, the varying pieces of these elegant items still capture attention today. The styles of the colonial years were all vastly different, representing a person’s status in society — the royal wear of the governors, the detailed garments of landowners, and the casual workwear of the indentured servants or slaves all captured the great diversity of the country in the colonial time period.
Every man’s colonial-era outfit began with a simple white shirt that covered the body from neck to knee. The long sleeved shirt was considered a man’s undergarment, a foundational piece worn under more decorative pieces. A man’s colonial shirt was typically made from fine or coarse white linen. Men of high class status decorated their shirts with ruffles, or ruffs, at the wrists and neck. Men in laboring classes instead wore linen shirts patterned with small checks or stripes. No matter their class, colonial men all shared the common attire of a plain white shirt in the years of the 1700s.
Atop their shirts, men wore a colonial frock coat as the outermost layer of their clothing during the 18th century. Worn atop a waistcoat and breeches, the colonial jacket was worn straight and loose, adding fullness at the hips with a knee-length flare. The style gained popularity in the late 17th century, as wealthy landowners and high class colonial citizens topped off every outfit with a fashionable coat like this.
At the bottom of every colonial man’s outfit were breeches. Breeches were the only acceptable type of trousers or pants during the 1600s and 1700s. Also referred to as colonial knickers, breeches were the fashionable choice in the 18th century. A pair of knickers covered the body from the waist down to the knees. Breeches typically button or fasten beneath the knee.
All colonial men, from famed revolutionaries like the Founding Fathers to renowned historical men such as Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, wore these items as the very base of their formal and casual attire. Men’s colonial clothing became a symbol of America’s growth and evolution in its earliest years. Men of all classes and statuses followed George Washington, America’s first president and a Revolutionary War hero, who wore the very same colonial attire when he took to the political stage and the battlefield.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this men’s colonial clothing costume is authentic to the 1600s and 1700s and the attire worn by the earliest Americans living in the Thirteen Colonies. You’ll look just like the first Americans when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture colonial attire accurately, this costume includes a colonial shirt with an attached jabot, a pair of colonial breeches (also known as knickers), a pair of colonial socks, and a set of colonial shoe buckles. You’ll look the part of a colonist with this costume set straight out of the 17th or 18th century.
Of course, every colonial costume needs a few accessories, too. No colonial man during the 17th and 18th centuries went without his colonial wig, rifle, and tricorner hat. If you’d like to enhance your colonial clothing costume with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality colonial clothing men’s costume can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of a colonist living during America’s earliest days. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this colonial clothing men’s costume is built to last.
Our Men’s Colonial Costume section has many styles and colors from witch to choose.
Shirt: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Pants 100% Polyester
Trims: Very/Polyester & Cotton Blend
* 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.
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Fabric Shades may very & may not match exactly.