Pirates were never known for their advanced taste in clothing; most fashion was dictated by chance of plunder more than aesthetics. Moreover, the sea air was notoriously corrosive to natural fibers, so that even the toughest leathers and linens were eventually given up to ruin. As a result, your average buccaneer often went barefoot on deck, wore loose, button-up pants that came to just below the knee, and as many layers of linen or stout cotton as they could get against the cold. Our pirate shift is based on the late seventeenth century in an Atlantic region legendary for its piracy: the Carribean.
This loose fitting pirate shift is a rendition of the common shifts of the day. It is a standard, collared "poet" shift, cuffed at the wrist with a single button closure, and an open "V" neckline. The shift is made of a soft but very strong weaver's cloth in 100% cotton.
Admittedly, the candy striped linen sash shown on our sassy lass is more about style than authenticity. Only the hardest and least fortunate pirates would have resorted to keeping their clothing tied in such a sash. The a red linen sash is available to you in the drop down menu below.