Historical Attire


    You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have fun dressing in historical attire from California’s past!

    See our Photo Gallery to see a few examples from students dressed from different periods of California’s rich history.

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    Check in your own closet or your parents’. Craft, fabric and consignment shops have lots of great supplies that don’t cost a lot.  Be sure to ask your parent’s permission when making your outfit or you may accidentally cut up your dad’s favorite shirt!

    Create a costume inspired by your Expert Word Card! …

    or dress in historical attire from any of these periods of California’s past.

    Native California period – Do research on what is appropriate to an indigenous tribe specific to California or the region of California where you live. 

    Spanish Period
    Missionary: A brown or gray robe with a robe belt, a cross around your neck.
    Spanish Explorer/Conquistador: Create armor from cardboard and foil/spray paint. Wear a silver-colored helmet

    Mexican Period
    Vaquero: White shirt, vest, jeans, cowboy hat, boots.
    Mariachi Member: White shirt, black pants, black jacket, red bowtie, sombrero style hat

    United Stated Period
    Miner: Jeans, flannel shirt, boots, and a hat.  Add a gold mining pan (pie tin decorated with glitter), face paints for beard and some “dirt”.
    Pioneer: White blouse, long skirt, or a long cotton dress and a bonnet; Pants with a white shirt, vest and a coonskin cap.
    Farmer: Overalls with a flannel shirt, a straw hat and a basket of fruits and vegetables.

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