Do You Know What These 14 Old Timey Fashion Terms Mean?

Think you know your historical clothing? Find out!

Our clothes have taken a long time to evolve into what we wear today. Along the way there were a lot of different fabrics and accessories, even some trendy items from history that were the must have pieces of the day. Unless you are a major history buff, you might not be familiar with these old-timey clothing terms. Read on to see how many you know!

14) Banyan

This jacket was very popular with merchants and with learned men of the 18th century. This Asian-inspired jacket was worn primarily at home.

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13) Mantle

Used since the Middle Ages to describe a cape, the term fell out of use only to be revived in the 19th century.

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12) Cravat

In the 16th century these scarves were plain and were worn around the neck to keep a man’s doublet clean. By the 19th century these ties had become silk affairs worn by gentlemen.

11) Panier

The elaborate system of supporting the ultra-wide dresses worn by the elite of 18th century Europe were known as panniers. They are what gave Marie Antoinette’s dresses their poofy appearance.

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10) Macaroni

“Yankee Doodle” – what started out as a mockery of American soldiers became the patriotic song we know and love today. During the Revolutionary period a macaroni was a dandy of grand proportions who adopted outlandish fashions from Europe. The idea that a simple feather in the cap could imitate the elite of Europe was a statement on American culture by the British troops.

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9) Kirtle

This medieval dress sometimes had lacing or buttons, but at other times was one piece. The classic medieval silhouette for a woman came from her kirtle. As time went on the kirtle came to define the waist more and more.

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8) Oorijzer

These metal headpieces from the Netherlands started out in the 15th century as a way to keep lace caps on and evolved into fashion statements of their own. They were worn into the 1800s by Dutch women, even those who emigrated to the U.S.

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