Remember we are together to have fun…there will be no costume
requirements, Wear anything that makes you feel Piratey. Here
are some ideas which might be of use to you.
pirates were just ordinary sailors. A very simple, ordinary
sailor costume is a good place to start. While creating your
costume, do remember how hot the summers can be and use light
weight materials where you can. Some suggestions are:
of breeches, either knee length or ankle length of striped,
corduroy or plain fabric. Women may wear skirts.
shirt or blouse with long full sleeves.
Footwear of period boots, shoes or sandals. Short "desert"
type boots work well.
or jerkin, or a bodice for women.
scarf and/or hat for your head. Consider a woven straw hat,
a flashy Cavalier-style hat, or a tricorn.
Scarves, belts, striped socks, and pouches for accessories.
Modern fabrics should be avoided for reasons that should be
obvious: lamé, shiny spandex, nylon, and polyester. You will
be cooler and more comfortable if you stick with natural
fibers that breathe: cotton, linen, wool, silk, ramie and even
rayon. Also avoid neon colors, non-period prints, Velcro, and
blue jeans (denim is period, but jeans are not).
are permitted but they should be wire framed or otherwise
period looking when possible.
As you progress in your
character, you might want to add fancier items:
A frock coat
Feathers in your hat
Most characters would have
Swords and knives are great,
just be sure to keep bladed weapons sheathed and peace tied.
Unloaded period firearms and
cannons are also fine.
Additional personal props may
include a drinking vessel, eating utensils, and a plate or
bowl in period materials such as wood, metal, or ceramic. Even
glass was used. "Venice-glass" was considered a protection
since many believed that poison would cause it to shatter.
Researching period costumes is
the best thing you can do, especially if you are portraying an
actual historical person. But even if you're portraying a
character you made up, it's still important that you do the
research and have the proper costume for the era. If you're
having trouble deciding on costume pieces or choosing "a
look," talk to someone in the group whose costuming you like.
They'll be flattered and you'll gain useful knowledge.