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Colonial America

Women's Clothing

Colonial era mother with child
Child with Mother
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The women of colonial times wore different clothes than women do today. Their clothing would be considered uncomfortable, hot, and impractical today. Women's clothing consisted of several layers. Working women wore clothing made of cotton, linen, or wool. Wealthy women often wore softer, lighter clothes made from satin and silk.

Typical Women's Clothing Items

Most women during colonial times wore very similar clothing items. The materials used, quality, and decorations of the clothing varied depending on the woman's wealth and type of work. Clothing was often defined as "dress" or "undress". Formal clothing was called "dress" while everyday working clothes were called "undress".
Other Clothing Items

Colonial era woman in apron
Woman in apron
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Women in colonial times grew their hair long, but they seldom let it hang loose. They would pull it back and hide it under a cap or hat.
Interesting Facts about Women's Clothing in Colonial Times Activities To learn more about Colonial America:

Colonies and Places
Lost Colony of Roanoke
Jamestown Settlement
Plymouth Colony and the Pilgrims
The Thirteen Colonies

Daily Life
Clothing - Men's
Clothing - Women's
Daily Life in the City
Daily Life on the Farm
Food and Cooking
Homes and Dwellings
Jobs and Occupations
Places in a Colonial Town
Women's Roles
William Bradford
Henry Hudson
James Oglethorpe
William Penn
John Smith
Roger Williams

French and Indian War
King Philip's War
Mayflower Voyage
Salem Witch Trials

Timeline of Colonial America
Glossary and Terms of Colonial America

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