Finding just the right kit for a Civil War-inspired costume can be an exercise in futility for many consumers. The authentic fabrics tend to be mainly wool or linen, which are uncomfortable at best. Unless involved in authentic reenactments, most people just want something that looks close and is fun to wear to a
party. While finding an authentic style from the 1640s for either a Cavalier or a Parliamentarian might not be easy, finding good costumes is. When shopping at an online site like eBay, or in a traditional store, having a good idea of what people wore at the time goes a long way toward helping shoppers choose a costume.
English Civil War Costume Accessories
English Civil War costume accessories include hats, gloves, small bags to carry coins and other accoutrements, as well as ribbons and lace. For women, a small bag served as a purse. Made of linen or leather with a ribbon or leather thong running through it, women wore them at the waistband of the skirt or tucked and tied to undergarments. Men usually had a small bag made of leather that they tied at the midsection of their clothing. Man and women wore hats, and women wore an early style of bonnet. The King's Cavaliers usually wore
in their hats to distinguish them from the Parliamentarian forces.