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.
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.
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.
Also, this store looks promising:
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