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Questions on Amish Clothing


  1. Why do the Amish dress plain?
  2. Why do Amish women cover their heads?
  3. What is Amish women’s headwear called?
  4. Do Amish women cut their hair?
  5. Why do Amishmen wear beards?
  6. Do Amish wear buttons?
  7. Do Amish men wear collars?
  8. What is a mutza suit?
  9. What are broadfall trousers?
  10. Do Amish men wear belts?
  11. Do Amish wear athletic shoes?
  12. Do Amish make their own clothes?
  13. What should I wear if I visit the Amish?

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Why do the Amish dress plain? The style of clothing Amish wear reflects universal values of humility and modesty. A uniform style of dress discourages physical appearance as a source of pride. Plain clothing also carries important traditional symbolism.

The specific style of plain clothes worn by the Amish are a marker of the people, with variations in clothing often indicative of a particular Amish affiliation. Amish discern differences in plain clothing styles between different groups which can help them place the origin community of the wearer. Read more on Amish clothing.

Why do Amish women cover their heads? The practice of head covering is derived from 1 Corinthians 11: 5-6 – “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”


The practice of covering the hair is derived from the Bible.

What’s the difference between a bonnet and a kapp?  The kapp is often mislabeled a “bonnet”. The kapp, also referred to as a prayer covering, is the typically white covering worn by Amish women directly over the hair. Bonnets are larger, typically black, and worn over the kapp, usually when outdoors. If worn by a young girl the kapp may be black in some communities.

The kapp varies in style across communities. The Lancaster kapp has a distinctive heart shape, while those worn by Amish women in Midwestern communities have straight pleated sides which end in a rounded top.

Do Amish women cut their hair? No, Amish women traditionally do not cut their hair. This is also based upon Scripture, namely verses in 1 Corinthians (see above section on head covering). In practice, some women may occasionally trim or thin heavy hair. Amish girls before being baptized may also cut their hair, even wearing English hairstyles. Amish women pin up their long hair underneath the kapp, or prayer covering.

Why do Amish men wear beards (but no moustache)? Beards mark differences between the sexes and are considered to be Biblically mandated by the Amish. Amish typically grow them at marriage, but that can vary by community.

Some Amishmen trim their beards, while others let them grow uncropped, deferring to Leviticus 19:27 (“Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard”). It’s somewhat unclear why moustaches are not worn, but a possible reason is that they were once associated with European military.

Do Amish wear buttons? Contrary to popular belief, many Amish do wear clothing with buttons. Amish women’s dresses may feature buttons, as do the trousers of the men. Some women do use straight pins to secure their dresses. Amish do use hooks and eyes on their church suits (mutza suits). At one time Amish were known as Häftler (“hook-and-eye people”; see Amish Roots: A Treasury of History, Wisdom, and Lore; ed. John Hostetler, “Reply to Jacob Amman” p.24 intro).

Do Amish men wear collars? Yes, however church suit coats are collarless.

What is a mutza suit? The mutza suit is a suit traditionally worn by Amish men to church, funerals, and other formal occasions. The simple suit coats have no collars, pockets or lapels.


Broadfall trousers on a laundry line. Pennsylvania.

What are broadfall trousers? A style of pants worn by Amish men. Broadfall refers to a flap which covers the entire front of the trousers, rather than a fly.

Do Amish men wear belts? No. Amish men wear suspenders. Most who do wear suspenders, wear a set of two. One group in central Pennsylvania wears just one, strung diagonally over one shoulder. And another group wears none. Their trousers seem to remain in place (supposedly, hidden drawstrings keep them up). In some more communities, Amish men forego suspenders in their everyday wear. This can be seen in places such as northern Indiana and Holmes County, Ohio.

Do Amish wear sneakers or athletic shoes? Some do wear comfortable trainers or sneakers, women and men included. Usually they are of a plain black color. Skecher’s is a popular brand in some communities.

Do Amish make their own clothes? Some Amish do make their own clothes, particularly women’s dresses. Some Amish do wear clothing off the rack however, such as shirts for men.

What should I wear if I visit the Amish? It’s a good idea to dress modestly. Try not to reveal a lot of skin; women should avoid low cut dresses. It’s a matter of showing respect, and Amish will appreciate it. Also, don’t think you have to “dress Amish”. That would be strange.

More questions on the Amish? Get answers to 300+ questions in 41 categories at the FAQ main page.


  • Scott, Stephen. Why Do They Dress That Way? Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2008.
  • Kraybill, Donald B., Steven M. Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher. The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
  • Hostetler, John A. Amish Roots: A Treasury of History, Wisdom, and Lore. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

To Cite this Page: Wesner, Erik J. “Clothing.” Amish America. Erik Wesner, 9 Apr. 2015. Web. [Date Accessed]. <>.

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Thanks, Brenda Miller


 Does your little girl dream of being Amish? This is a great way she can experience what it would be like. She can wear actual, handmade Amish clothing! Super sweet and totally comfortable! Perfect for school projects. Special $20 per girl, everything she needs!

PLEASE follow directions on measuring. We have had some too short dresses because when sending height of girl FULL height is not sent. (example shoulders to ankles ect, no, please send FULL height, head to toe) Also to clear up confusion, every dress is different! There are no two perfect matching dress, they are close and we try to make them complimentary to each other. If you return a dress there is no way to match it to the others you have ordered. Also please moms remember this is a very affordable costume, you do not have to have it perfect to be adorable. Have fun with it!

There will be no returns just because part of the Purim special was not worn, sold as a set.

          please write me and send measurements to  [email protected] or [email protected]

                         We ship priority.

Some items ship same, or next day!

Thanks, Brenda Miller

please write me and send measurements to  [email protected] or [email protected]

Please write me at [email protected] Thanks, Brenda Miller

                                     Thanks and God Bless! Brenda Miller

Step one: Place order

Step two: Send measurements and color choice of dress

(I will e-mail you as well to get sizes)

Right now I am shipping in one day from getting measurements. Remember each costume is real clothing. There will be no returns for not liking a style of white apron or simply that it is “different” from your neighbor or friends.”  Each apron is unique and no two are the same. Your order will be the same with all your girls ordered but different from someone else’s order. It’s ok, that’s authentic Amish! Remember these are the real deal and they are beautiful. Any whole outfit returns because of something you don’t like must be postmarked before or one Purim and not after. Thank you



  I do ship next day but not within an hour of receiving your order, Pay pal will send you a shipping notice.  Brenda


                                             Please note – it is essential that you measure the kid’s sizes with a tape measure and not go by “English” clothing tags, our clothing have no tags! Every dress is unique

Common colors are . . . Blues (lights and dark shades) Burgundy, purple, black and pink. Some custom colors are available


Basic . . . (this does  include a white apron, apron same color as dress)

An Amish girl’s dress and pinafore style apron in the matching material. Comes with a white head covering with strings

Click below to add the Amish Girl’s Outfit to your shopping cart… You will be contacted via e-mail for her measurements

All clothing are pre owned except the new  handmade bonnet

 Special $20 + $8 shipping (or contact me and I will give combined shipping for more then one)

AMISH GIRL’S Basic Dress with white apron

Amish girl’s dress and pinafore style apron in the matching material. Comes with a white head covering with strings

and a white pinafore style apron, that buttons in the back. All clothing are pre owned except the handmade head ware. (white Covering)



Special Price $20.00 plus $8.00 shipping. (or contact me and I will give combined shipping for more then one)


Includes bonnet that goes over white covering,

Amish girl’s dress and pinafore style apron in the matching material. Comes with a white head covering with strings

and a white pinafore style apron, that buttons in the back. All clothing are pre owned except the handmade headware.

Price $28.00 plus $8.00 shipping.

Click below to add the Deluxe Amish Girl’s Outfit to your shopping cart…



Pants with suspenders and the cutest straw hats! Shirt not included

Purim Special Price – $20.00 plus $7.00 shipping. (or contact me and I will give combined shipping for more then one)

Click below to add the Amish Boy’s Outfit to your shopping cart…All clothing are pre owned except the handmade head ware.

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Pants with suspenders and the cutest straw hat, comes with a black suit coat jacket, shirt not included

Price – $24.00 plus $8.50 shipping.

Click below to add the Amish Boy’s Outfit to your shopping cart…All clothing are pre owned except the handmade head ware.

Amish Boy’s Hat

$11 plus 4.50 Shipping

Amish Boys Hat:  X-small-X-Large

Extra Small . . 18 1/2 inches- 19″ Infant

Small   19 3/8″-19 3/4 ” Toddler

Medium 201/8- 20 1/2   Child

Large 20 7/8-21 1/4    Child

XL 21 5/8-22.5  Youth

Amish Boys Suspenders

Clip on black

4.00 plus 3.00 shipping



Summer '10 048

Summer '10 051

Summer '10 099

All clothing are pre owned except the handmade headware.

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Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

Jayca Pike 29/06/2015

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Say hello to Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, as he joins us again to explain a facet of Amish life that most of us English folk find curious: Amish Clothing.

Welcome back & take it away, Erik –

Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

The plain clothing of the Amish serves Biblical and community purposes, among other objectives

Why do the Amish wear plain clothing?

Amish dress plainly for a number of reasons. Here are three:

1) Modesty – Amish feel plain dress demonstrates modesty. Plain clothes are not revealing. Women’s dresses are loose and not form-fitting. Men wear long trousers in public in summer as well as winter, rather than shorts. Amish believe that a plain appearance befits a Christian people who emphasize internal virtues over appearance and other superficial external qualities.

2) Biblical basis – The concept of Plain clothing has a Biblical basis, though the specific type of clothing Amish wear is not Biblically-mandated. Amish cite verses including I Peter 3:3, 4 and I Timothy 2:2 in support of wearing Plain clothing.

3) Identity – Think about a time you’ve seen Amish people. You likely knew they were Amish by their appearance. If not for the beards, hair coverings, and plain dresses, they could be a part of any (or no) religious group.

Clothing is an important part of Amish identity. Plain dress marks the Amish as different from the rest of society, “a people apart”.

And though it might not be immediately noticeable to outsiders, variations in the clothing of different Amish groups indicate differences between communities. In fact, in some cases it can be possible to get an idea of the individual community an Amish person belongs to by his or her style of dress.

Where do Amish get their clothing?

Amish get their clothing from a variety of sources. Some apparel will be store bought (for example, from a large chain store such as Wal-Mart) – underwear, socks, and shirts in some cases. Amish-run variety and dry goods stores often carry plain clothing items, such as socks and hats.

Amish females also make clothing in other cases – for example dresses or broadfall trousers. Some Amish businesses specialize in making clothing like the formal suits Amish wear to church (mutza suits).

Male Clothing

Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

One identifying Amish male article is the ubiquitous straw hat

What are some characteristic items of Amish male clothing? Men wear broadfall trousers, named for the fact that they contain a broad flap which unfastens, in lieu of a zipper fly. Amish men and boys wear plain non-patterned shirts, both long and short-sleeve, in a variety of colors including white, blue and green, as well as brighter hues such as yellow, red, and purple (some Amish youth may also wear shirts with subtle patterns). Men’s trousers are held up in most cases by two suspenders, though men in some areas (such as Holmes County, Ohio) in a certain age range often do not wear them as a part of their daily apparel. Men wear plain work jackets, and may wear a formal, collarless, pocketless mutza suit to church.

Amish men wear hats typically made of straw or felt. Men in more traditional communities tend to wear hats with broader brims, as do older males and members of the ministry. The beard, while not technically clothing, is another well-known physical marker of Amish males. Amish have a Biblical basis for wearing the beard, such as that found in Leviticus 19:27, “neither shalt thou mar the corners of the beard.”.

Hair styles can vary among the Amish, though more conservative communities typically have longer hair while the more progressive, such as New Order Amish, often trim it fairly short. Footwear varies among Amish men as well, ranging from work boots to formal shoes to more comfortable walking shoes.

Female Clothing

Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

Female Amish will almost always wear some sort of head covering

Amish women typically make their own dresses, buying material from fabric stores in their communities, often Amish-run. Colors range from dark blue and brown to lighter shades such as turquoise and pink (following a relative’s death, an Amish woman will wear a black dress for a certain customary period of time). Some use buttons while others use straight pins to fasten their dresses (this can depend on custom in the community). Amish women’s dresses are generally made from generous amounts of fabric so that they don’t emphasize the woman’s figure, and fully or nearly-fully cover legs.

The white or black head covering Amish females wear is known as a kapp or prayer covering. This is different from the larger black bonnet women may wear over the kapp. As far as hair, Amish women generally do not cut their hair, pinning it up in a bun under the prayer covering (citing, for example, passages from 1 Corinthians). Women in some communities wear an apron to church. A large black cape may also be worn when out.

Clothing Differences

Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

Some Amish communicates use ways of dressing to distinguish themselves from other Amish communities

Different communities have their own specific customs regarding clothing. For example, in northern Indiana, it is common for men to wear knit caps, a practice less frequently seen in a place like Lancaster County.

Another good example is found in the three main Amish groups found in Kishacoquillas Valley in Pennsylvania, who have three different ways of using suspenders—one group wears two, one a single suspender, and another, none at all. The woman’s kapp will vary across settlements as well—from the Lancaster heart-shaped covering to the straight sided, multiple pleat covering found in many Midwestern settlements.

Plain clothing is important for different reasons

Plain clothing marks the Amish as a people apart. It emphasizes modesty, and Amish believe there is Biblical basis for wearing it. Plain clothing has strong symbolic and religious value for the Amish, and is one of the key visual markers of the culture. Clothing is a marker that not only identifies the Amish as different from the rest of the world—but also marks Amish communities as different from one another.

By Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, and editor of the Amish America website.


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Amish clothing styles encourage humility and separation from the world and are a practical expression of their faith. The Amish fashion styles are simple and meant to be functional. Clothing is made at home of plain fabrics and is primarily dark in color, including shades of purple, blue, wine, brown, grey and black. Lighter colors are used for younger children and summer shirts and dresses for adults in some groups.

Amish men wear straight-cut suits and coats without collars, lapels or pockets. They resemble the Nehru jackets of the 70's and are called mutza suits. During the summer they'll shed the coat and wear a vest to church. The fabric of choice ranges from a double knit polyester, warp knit, triple knit or Swedish knit to various gabardines based on the group they are with. Most men would wear black. There is black and then there is BLACK. A close look at a black fabric will show there are brown, blue and gray shades of black clothing in the broader market. In the Amish community it needs to be the blackest black there is. In other Amish settlements the groups vary and will use charcoal grays, light grays, navy blues or browns.

Their trousers never have creases or cuffs and are worn with suspenders. The young children have gallas (suspenders) made of the same fabric as the pants. Belts are forbidden, as are sweaters and neckties. Men's shirts fasten with traditional buttons in most orders, while suit coats and vests fasten with hooks and eyes. Their pants are made with a flap in the front held closed by buttons to avoid the use of a zipper.

Young men are clean shaven prior to marriage, while married men are required to let their beards grow. Mustaches are forbidden because they are considered to be adornment. Haircuts are typically block cut in the back and longer than most English styles. The most severe haircuts are found among the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative group.

The men typically wear broad brimmed felt hats in the winter and for dress year round. The width of the brim and the shape of the dome vary with the group. During the summer most groups will allow their men to wear stroh hoots or straw hats. The style of straw hat also lends a clue to the group the man is from. In the winter in some northern climates men are allowed to wear tsiple kops or knit caps.

For everyday most men and boys wear pants made of a fabric called Triblend Denim. It was used at one time by Sears to make Toughskin pants. It's high in polyester and nylon making the pants made with that fabric highly durable. The more conservative groups use a dress triblend that is a darker navy than a regular denim pant. Other groups use the medium blue triblend that is more like the typical jeans.

In the English (non Amish) community most jeans are made with 100% cotton. That allows for breathability and comfort. The fading and fraying that is common over time makes the 100% cotton denim unpopular in the Amish community. The women who have to make pants for their men don't want to tackle that task any more than they have to. If they have several boys in the family they can spend all their time sewing. The Triblend holds up better, doesn't fade and won't snag as easily. It's the perfect fabric for a working man's pants being used on the farm or in a shop of some kind.

During the summer some men will have their women make them a poly/cotton blend pant for the hotter weather. This is called a Dacron Denim after the name of the polyester fiber that is used to make it in a blend with cotton. A 65% polyester and 35% cotton blend is best. Navy blue is the most popular color although some use gray.

Most men and boys wear handmade shirts of a poly/cotton blend. They'll settle for a 50/50 blend but would rather have a broadcloth of higher polyester content. That allows for ease of drying on the wash line and no ironing. That's another hot task that most Amish women would like to avoid. The shirts will be made of oxford cloth, end on end chambrays or just plain chambrays. Again, 100% cotton fabrics are avoided because of fading and wrinkling.

Younger boys dress a lot like their fathers with the exception that they usually wear lighter colors. The men will wear navy Triblend Denim pants while the boys may wear a lighter blue version of the same fabric. If the men wear charcoal gray mutza suits, the boys will wear a lighter gray version of the fabric.

Amish women typically wear solid-color dresses with long sleeves and a full skirt, covered with a cape on the bodice. Some less conservative groups allow the women to wear short sleeved dresses but never sleeveless. Clothing is fastened with straight pins or snaps, stockings are black cotton and shoes are also black. Amish women are not permitted to wear patterned clothing or jewelry. The Ordnung or Book of Order of a specific Amish order may dictate matters of dress as explicit as the length of a skirt or the width of a seam.

Most Amish women make their own clothing, purchasing the fabric in local stores usually run by a woman in their church community. The broader fabric market is driven by the fashion industry. Mills typically don't just manufacturer a fabric without an end market in mind. For that reason the orders from the fashion industry for this season's latest styles dictate what is manufactured. After the production run of that season's garments is finished any leftover fabric is dumped into the wholesale market. There are very few manufacturers who cater just to the Amish. The market isn't large enough for them to fund their weaving machines for the necessary selection. Therefore, most of the dress fabric comes from the garment industry castoffs that the Amish stores buy from brokers.

If the colors this year from New York are lime green, hot pink or bright red forget selling it in an Amish community. Lavenders, purples, darker greens, mint greens, mauves, pinks, some yellows, white, black and beige are all colors that could be used in everyday dresses. Depending on the conservative nature of the Amish community, some colors acceptable in one community aren't acceptable in another. Sunday dresses are typically black with a white apron. Most of the dresses are polyester for ease of cleaning and faster drying. This fabric also requires little ironing. Some dresses are made of polyester and rayon blends but they tend to shrink in the laundry of a typical Amish household.

The variety of fabrics used comes in the texture and pattern of the fabric. Crinkles (not too much or it looks like it hasn't been ironed), dimples, slubs (like shantung) and some printed patterns are acceptable in most groups. If an Amish woman can ride in a van all day shopping and get out looking fresh and unwrinkled, they have found a great fabric.

The weight of the fabric is important too. Nothing too heavy, nothing too sheer. It needs to flow and hang nicely. During the summer, many Amish women will make dresses in broadcloths much like the men's shirts. They are lightweight, breathe easier than polyester and still don't wrinkle much.

What drive changes in Amish women's fashions? To some degree it is the availability of dress fabrics through their stores. Teenage girls often drive the changes and introduce new fabrics. One of the local young women will pick out a new fabric at a store and make herself a dress. Her friends will want to have one like it and the new fad is on. A typical local store will go through bolts and bolts of a new fabric line or even a single color of a new fabric, driven mostly by the younger women.
Eventually, the mothers of the young girls will pick up on the fabric and a full blown rush is on. While fashions change sometimes in the English world every season and every year, a popular fabric will last 3-5 years or more in an Amish community. Part of what determines the end of the run is the availability of the fabric in the wholesale marketplace. One of the struggles for the older Amish women is to find fabrics they have grown used to over the years. Many of them are no longer made because of the changing marketplace.

Amish women never cut their hair, typically wearing it in a braid or bun on the back of the head concealed with a small white cap called a covering. Coverings vary widely depending on the group they belong to. The variations come in the size of covering, the strings and how they are worn and the number of folds or creases in the back. An Amish woman would never be seen outside her home without her covering. When going to town or church they typically wear a stiff black bonnet over their covering.


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Amish Clothing

September 10th, 2015

You may have heard of the Amish being refereed to as “Plain People” and a main reason why they are called that is because of the way they dress; very plainly. You will never see patterns on any of their clothing and all of the men’s suits, and the women’s dresses, are all plain colored. The rules require that only solid colors can be used and the colors typically consist of black, blue, burgundy, brown, purple, or green.

Want to learn what clothing Amish men and women wear on a day-to-day basis? Below are short descriptions of what a typical outfit would look like for both men and women.

Amish Men:

In all districts of the Amish community men wear black colored suits that are fastened with a hook and eye and have no outside pockets. The trousers that the men wear have no zippers and instead have buttons that button up the flap. One or two suspenders also hold up the trousers since no belts are allowed because of the flashy buckle that is present.

For church services, Amish men wear a plain white shirt with a black coat and vest overtop. Some men also wear black bow ties with their church suit. The suit coat has no buttons or collars because these are all reminiscent of military uniforms that represent the war that pacifist Amish reject.

All of the men and boys also wear either straw hats, for the summertime, or black felt hats, for the wintertime or for formal occasions, everyday.

Amish Women:

When it comes to Amish women’s wardrobes, their wardrobes are pretty small. They only believe they need four dresses: One for wash, one for wear, one for dress, and one for spare.

A married woman wears a black cape and apron to church, with a plain colored dress underneath, and a single woman wears a white cape and apron to church, again, with a plain colored dress underneath. For working around the family farm, women typically wear a gray apron. A woman’s cape and apron is fastened with straight pins at the waist, in the front of their dress, to attach the two together.

Women typically go barefoot around the farm, and house, and wear black shoes and stockings for church services. Women also always wear prayer caps, or head coverings, on their head, so that if they ever feel the need to pray, throughout the day, their heads are covered and sacred to the Lord.

Want to learn more about Amish clothing? Visit The Amish Village property and pick up the book Amish: The Old Order in Words and Photos, written by Lucy Hanley, in our Village Store or Gift Shop.

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Amish Boys Clothing

Figure 1.--Amish boys dressed just like their fathers. One of the most destinctive items was the broad-brimmed straw hat. The only major difference is that the boys often went barefoot. The father here has taken his sons to a market at Kidron, Ohio. Here even the younger boys wear the telescope hats.

Clothing in the Amish style is very plain and unornamented. It is a mix of European peasant tradition and largely 19th century American styles. There are many common trends, although there are variations form community to community. Amish men and boys wear dark-colored suits, straight-cut coats without lapels, broadfall trousers, suspenders, solid-colored shirts, black socks and shoes, and black or straw broad-brimmed hats. The broad-brimmed straw hats are one of the most destinctive items of Amish dress. Both the men and boys wore them. Their shirts fasten with conventional buttons, but their suit coats and vests fasten with hooks and eyes. They wear suspenders (braces) rather than belts. A reader writes, "Suspenders are an important part of male Amish dress for both men and boys. There is a local Indiana store that specializes in Amish clothing, although it contains no illustrations--just the list of items. But the catalog makes it quite clear that suspenders are vital because the Amish boys do not wear belts." Men wear actual suspenders. Boys may wear suspenderpants with suspender bands done in the same material as the pants. Amish men do not have mustaches, but they grow beards after they marry. The Amish do not have distinctive children's dress. Boys wear the same clothes as men. The only clothing difference I know of is that many Amish boys go barefoot in the summer. The Amish feel these distinctive, but plain clothes encourage humility and separation from the world. Their clothing is not a costume; it is an expression of their faith.


Amish men and boys wear black or straw broad-brimmed hats when outside. Girls and women wear bonnets. The broad-brimmed straw hats are one of the most destinctive items of Amish dress. Both the men and boys werar them. The straw hats are for summer. The black wool hats are worn in the winter. Boys begin wearing the hats at about age 2 years. There are differences. Younger boys concervative men, older men, and ministers common wore rounded-crown hats. This was a cery popular boys' hat style in the 19th century. We suspect that more Amish boys and men wore it at the time. Now most Amish boys by about age 10 years wear what is called a "telescope" hat with a flat top. Creases are pressed into the crown's inner edge. We now noitice even younger boys wearing the telescope hats. These telescope hats are worn by youths and men until about age 40 years.


Not all Amish clothing adhere to traditional styles an convention. We know that it was quite common as late as the 19th century to oufit younger boys in dresses. Sone very traditional Amish parents do this until about age 1. A few do it on Sunday to recognize the old traditions. Most Amish now, however, have agopted the rather modern practice of dressing even infant boys in pants. The reason seems to be the modern fear of confusing gender images. [Kraybill, p. 63.]


Men and boys wore solid-colored shirts. They are bade without collars. We mostly see white and blue shirts, but there are other colors. Their shirts fasten with conventional buttons.


Amish men and boys wear dark-colored suits with straight-cut coats without lapels. Their suit coats and vests fasten with hooks and eyes rather than buttons. We see boys wearing vests rather than suit coats. We see the boys wearing vests when dressing up such as on sunday for church. When working men and boys wear black sack suit. At age 16 years they wear a frovk coat with is worn when dressing up. It is called a Mutze. [Kraybill, p. 63.]


Amish boys mostly wear dark, often black broadfall trousers held up by suspenders. This is in keeping with the basic theme of using plain fabrics, primarily dark in color. Boys of all ages always wear long trousers. There are no creases or cuffs on the trousers. Interestingly, the commitment to the traditional do not extend into using only 19th century fabrics. Both men and boys commonly wear everyday pants made of Triblend Denim. This fabric was formerly used by sears to make Toughskin pants. It is a blended cotton-polyester fabric that is high in polyester and nylon wjich makes the pants highly durable. More conservative Amish prefer a dress Triblend that is identifiable because it ia a darker navy blue than a regular denim panta. Other Amish use a medium-blue Triblend that is similar to regular jeans. Amish pants do not have hip pockets or zippers. We are not sure why they so not have pockets because pockets are so populat, but it is probably because they were not common in the 19th century. Perhaps the most destinctive aspect of Amish pants is that suspenders (braces) are worn rather than belts. A reader writes, "Suspenders are an important part of male Amish dress for both men and boys. There is a local Indiana store that specializes in Amish clothing, although it contains no illustrations--just the list of items. But the catalog makes it quite clear that suspenders are vital because the Amish boys do not wear belts." Belts are forbidden. While the Amish do not wear belts, they do make and sell belts. The Amish work with leather because of the need for horse tackle. Given those skills, some have develooped a business selling leather goods, including belts to the non-Amish. A typical advertisemet reads, "When you want an extra heavy ultra tough belt, a USA made belt, you just can`t beat these. Nothing fancy but the toughest belt we have ever sold." Men wear actual suspenders. Boys may wear suspender pants with suspender bands done in the same unelasticized material as the pants, but many boys also wear suspenders. We are not sure why suspenders are worn rather than belts. One source says that it is because suspenders are more effective than belts in hilding up pants, that is more effective. We suspect that it is primarily because suspenders were mostly worn in the 19th century when Amish clothing styles were largely set.


We mostly see black socks.


Amish men and boys wear low-cut black leather shoes. One source says they wear brown shoes for work zand blavl shoes when dressing up. Boys snd girls commonly go barefoot during the summer. We see the children carryoing their shoes to school We are not sure why that was. Perhaps there was a state regulation abput wearing shoes at school. The Amish do not have distinctive children's dress. Boys wear the same clothes as men. The only clothing difference I know of is that many Amish boys go barefoot in the summer. We do not know to what extent this was from preference or to what extent the parents encouraged them to go barefoot. We note some boys wearing dark-colored sneakers. We are not sure how common that was. We mostly notice both boys and girls wearing black leather shoes when theu are not barefoot.


There is no definitive Amish hair style. This would be diifult because peoples heads and hair are different. There is, however, a very common style with Amish boys. We commonly see boys wearing their hair cut even with the earblobe. This might be called a bowl cut which is how many mothers cut their sons' hair. This was how many boys in rural areas had their hair cut during the 19th century which is presumably why it became so common among the Amish. It was a simole practical sollution which further recommdnded it to the Amish. A very large number of Amish boyscwear their hair in thiscstyle and even some teenagers. The hair is not parted. Boys commonly wear bangs cut about half way down the forehead. Amish men do not have mustaches, but they grow beards after they marry. Men do not wear mustaches because in the 19th century they were associasted witn soldiers and the military. [Kraybill, p. 63.]


Kraybill, Donalf B. The Riddle of Amish Culture.

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