Gowns. At the start of the era, the typical fashion was a low-necked gown (called a robe in French) worn over a petticoat. The skirts of most dresses opened in front to reveal the petticoat worn beneath. By the end of the era, women wore bloomers (underwear made of cloth or leather that covered the legs and feet) under their dresses.
Men wore long jackets with tails hanging down behind them. Under this was usually a shirt with lace cuffs or a silk handkerchief. Shoes were very stiff and high-shooting; they had large, square toes and heels made of wood or silver. Sometimes men wore boots instead of shoes.
The quality of clothing at this time was excellent - but not cheap clothing. A man might be able to afford a new coat every other year. Women could expect to spend between £20 and £50 on a new dress.
People didn't have much money, so they used what they had to make themselves look nice. Men probably shaved every other day or three days to keep their faces smooth. Women probably used a brush or finger tips to style their hair. They might wear a ribbon in their hair or in a bow behind their head.
At the end of the century, most people lived in small houses with few rooms. There were no bathrooms inside homes.
Women would also frequently wear a neck handkerchief or a more formal lace modesty item, especially on lower cut garments, for modesty. Men's clothing was quite similar to today with the exception of military uniforms which used more elaborate designs.
During the Revolution, these clothes were abandoned for more informal dress. The low neckline returned along with short sleeves and skirts that covered the ankle or higher. By 1779, knee breeches had become popular among men as had waistcoats. In the early years, these items were often made from linen but later they usually consisted of cotton. Shoes tended to be hard-soled with heels until around 1800 when they began to soften up a bit.
After the war, these old clothes continued to be worn by everyone except the wealthy who wore modern attire. By this time, pants had become popular among both men and women. They were usually made out of wool and came down to the calf or above. For winter, people would wear coats or jackets.
In conclusion, Americans in 1776 dressed like most other Europeans at the time. They wore low-cut dresses, short sleeves, and knee breeches among other things. During the Revolution, these clothes were replaced with more informal ones after the war.
Bridal Gowns of the 1700s and 1800s Satin, silk, tulle, organdy, linen, and gauze-like materials were used to make wedding gowns. By the late Victorian era, the bustle style had faded, shorter trains and larger sleeves had taken their place, and the veil had become the typical wedding attire. Before the mid-1800s, most brides wore a dress of some kind when married. After that time, it was considered improper for a bride to appear in public without wearing something over her head.
Wedding gowns often included a train to hide any stains on the floor of the church or other inappropriate places. This was particularly important for wealthy couples who might want to avoid dirty floors. Trains could also be used as a way to display wealth by its size and expense. A large train would show that you were well off and able to afford such an item while a small one would indicate that you were not so lucky.
In the early days of marriage, there were no rules about what type of dress a woman should wear to marry. During this time, women would dress in puritan clothes: long skirts with tight sleeves and a high neckline. These types of dresses were intended to show how virtuous they were and discourage any inappropriate attention from the male population. At the end of the 17th century, short dresses started to come into style along with lace and ribbons.