Costume Ideas for 2009
One of the hardest aspects of meeting public demand is remaining in good attire, specific to the appropriate presidential period. Furthermore, should one spill a mug of good rum smash on his breeches he may find it’s good to own more than one pair. And so, on more than one occasion I have had a lad of 10 or 11 years in age say, “Mr. Washington, at which dry goods store do you obtain your spledifurously tailored clothing?” With that in mind, I though I would suggest a few companies which clothe men in the attire typical of Presidents in my day up through the early 1900s.
Amazon Dry Goods Collars & Cuffs - Founded in 1862, an excellent selection of stand-up and collars and neckband shirts. Pairing these with a black necktie will make you look like a Victorian gentlemen indeed. Or the little man from Monopoly . . . if you happen to wear a monacle.
Victoriana - More items from the late 1800s, illustrations to give you ideas, and an eBay store of period clothes.
Bradley Company of the Fox - One might say their online catalogue suggests the person who created it was in fact from the early American era they sell clothing for. However, a more authentic selection of articles I have not seen. Where else would you find a primitive toothbrush made of bone and real bristles? Not that I need one anyway.
C&D Jarnigan Company - I must say if resupplying the men with proper uniforms and footwear were as easy as ordering from C&D Jarnigan we would have pushed the British back to the sea much earlier. If you’re a man dressing from Adams to . . . well, John Quincy Adams, then you’ll find what you need here. Furthremore, the common black buckled shoe worn well into the 1800s will fit our non-Colonial presidential counterparts. An excellent alternative is GG Godwin or Smoke & Fire Trading Co.
Dover Saddlery - Numerous presidents rode or wore riding attire from myself to Ronald Reagan.
eBay - For presidents from Hoover through Carter, eBay really is a great source for vintage suits and ties. You’ll have to spend a lot of time explaining why you look like Ralph Furley, but you’ll have the 1970s look secured.
Brooks Brothers - If you want to be a more modern living president, why not buy from one of their sources? And to boot, you’ll have a functioning suit to secure a new job once your boss finds out why you took vacation on Presidents Day.
Thanks to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for many of these links.