As a history lover, I spent this Christmas season enjoying the cuisine, beers, and—yes!—fashion of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.
What impressed me, for the first time, was the extremely radical fashion of the 17th-
and 18th-century men—a refreshing enlightenment!
I have often heard individuals in our time try to describe the early Americans and “founding fathers” as some sort of austere and prudish dressing society.
To the contrary, many men of the times were ostentatiously vain! If a man wanted to change his hairstyle and/or color, he would shave his head a purchase a variety
of wigs, which could be as basic as a ponytail or as elaborate as cascading curls.
Most of us have heard the song about “Yankee Doodle,” who went to town riding on his pony just to stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni (main photo), which was one of the most extravagant of men’s wigs.
Of course the song pokes fun at the less fashionable American males who thought a mere feather could equate the haut couture of the European court, but the song
confirms my point.
Additional sumptuous dress included ruffle ties, large buttons, long slim shoes, and leggings—not to mention the bright shiny colors of the day.
Photos Copyright Men’s Fashion by Francesco.