The typical male pirate might look like:
Tri-corner hat or knit caps called Monmouth Cap, a Cavalier Hat can be used. A bandana would be worn to keep the sweat out of a seaman’s eyes
Poet shirt, Long sleeved shirt with frills
Trews: long pants on the baggy side with no pockets or fly. Breeches: pants that are slightly puffy that button just below the knee
Waist Coat: Looks like a long vest worn over a poet style shirt
Coat: also called a Doublet your traditional pirate coat (usually only worn by captains)
Knee high boots, or fold over boots at the knee called Bucket Boots.
The typical female pirate might look like:
Head Coverings: Tri-corner Hat, Cavalier hat, or Mop Cap, Bandana’s and sashes
Chemise: A blouse like a poet shirt (not off the shoulder) with blossomy sleeves
Corsetry: Stays are the actual name for corsets
Bodice: a front closing corset with shoulder straps
Corset: back lacing, tight fitting, over the bust cut with metal boning.
Under bust/ waist cincher: similar to a corset but cuts in under the bust line
Harem Pants: traditional belly dance poofy pants. Bloomers: poofy pants that end just below the knee with lacy trim
Leggings: tight fitting pants
Chinese shoes with one buckle called Coolies, or Irish Step Style shoes
Knee high boots, or slightly over the knee, NO HEELS
A cloak is great for keeping warm
Guide lines for being dressed like a pirate
Pirates were known for mix-matched colors, textures, and types. The typical rule of thumb is 2 colors and 3 textures, or 3 colors and 2 textures.
Colors That are Acceptable: Earth tone colors, Black, Brown
Colors you might avoid? Neon Colors (they really didn’t have neon in the day!!)
The pink color that was used was called Carnation, they didn’t have hot pink, magenta or any other darker pink tones. Purple and violet was used but only sparingly. Purple was still very rare and VERY expensive. color
Brocades, Jacquards, cotton, cotton velvet, Courderoy, canvas, silk, wool
Fabrics not known:
Synthetic materials: polyester, rayon, nylon If you have to use such fabrics when you are making your own garb, look for fabric that has the look and feel
of the above listed fabrics. Check for remants and discontinued fabrics. You can sometimes find great deals.
It is hard these days to not find any fabric that is not a mix, just try and stick as natural as possible.