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Clothes and accessories worn in the past

armor

the American spelling of armour

armour

noun

metal clothing that soldiers wore in the middle ages to protect their bodies

bloomers

noun

wide loose trousers that end just below the knee, worn by women in the past

bustle

noun

something that women wore round their waists in the past to hold their skirts away from their bodies at the back

chain mail

noun

clothing made from metal rings that soldiers in the past wore for protection

codpiece

noun

a piece of material covering a man’s sexual organs, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries

corset

noun

a stiff piece of underwear worn by women to make their waists look thin, especially in the past

crinoline

noun

a frame that women in the past wore under their skirts to give them a round shape

doublet

noun

a man’s short tight jacket worn from the 14th to 17th century

foundation garment

noun

a piece of underwear that women wore, especially in the past, to give their body more shape or support

frock coat

noun

a coat that men wore in the 19th century

girdle

noun

a piece of very tight underwear that women wore in the past to make them look thinner

gown

noun

a long dress worn by a woman in the past

hair shirt

noun

a shirt made of very rough cloth that some religious people wore in the past to punish themselves for things that they had done wrong

hose

noun

tight thin trousers that men in some countries wore in the past

knickerbockers

noun

trousers ending under your knee, worn in the past

long johns

noun

warm underwear with long legs, worn especially by men in the past

mail

noun

clothing made of small metal rings or pieces joined together, worn by soldiers in the past to protect their bodies

mantle

noun

a piece of clothing similar to a coat but without sleeves, worn mainly in the past

mob cap

noun

a white cotton hat worn by women in the past

nightcap

noun

a hat that people wore in bed in the past

pith helmet

noun

a large hard round hat worn in hot countries to keep the sun off your head, especially in the past

plus fours

noun

loose trousers that are fastened below the knee, worn by men when playing sports, especially golf, in the past

ruff

noun

a large collar with upright folds that people wore in the 16th and 17th centuries

smoking jacket

noun

a loose jacket made of soft expensive cloth, worn at home by men in the past

swaddling clothes

noun

cloth that people used in the past for wrapping babies in

tabard

noun

a piece of clothing that covers the chest and back, worn over other clothes, especially in the past by knights (=soldiers who rode horses)

toga

noun

a long loose piece of clothing worn by ancient Romans

tunic

noun

a long loose piece of clothing with a belt and no sleeves, worn by people in ancient times

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