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Costume Ideas for 2009

Posted By: George Washington 14 January 2009 3,373 views 2 Comments

Colonial Tailor

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.

Civil War Shoes & Boots - The name says it all.  Are you a Grant or a Garfield?  Look here for authentic footwear.  If you can’t find it there, try Fugawee.

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.


  • Thomas Jefferson said:

    Also, check out Red Rocks Community College’s Theatre Department. They have a small selection but are very affordable.


    Disquises Costume Superstore on Colfax and Kipling has a huge selection.


    Make sure to bring a photo of your president to help them help you.

    • Thomas Jefferson said:

      Also, this store looks promising:


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