Wear 1950's/1960's style clothes and think it's appropriate
for WW2 reenactment. If you want to wear a costume or dress up for a
day out that's fine, nothing wrong with a bit of dressy-upsy - just
don't believe you are a reenactor cos you aren't. Not
yet. There are Lots of online places that do 'vintage inspired'
clothes, and they are beautiful, but they are not suitable for reenactment.
We've been there done that.
Buy the first thing you see that 'looks the part' because
it probably isn't, despite what the trader says. Not all traders are
experts in the era we portray, lots are simply traders of vintage or
vintage inspired garments. Some traders are fab and do their own historical
research (Vintage Stitches 1940's ARE fab
for example), others are just after a trade. If you're not sure,
Ladies, please, no light summer dresses with a fur wrap!
Think about it - would you wear a thick warm wooly wrap with a light
summer dress these days? Probably not, so why would they do so in the
1940's? Fur is definitely dress-up-for-the-glamorous-evening with a
posh frock, or winter wear with a suit or coat, and looks very odd with
a light summer frock. Oh and incidentally, big polka dots are more 50's
Spoil a perfectly accurate reenactment outfit with clearly
modern accessories. At one event we saw a chap dressed as an air raid
warden, and his outfit was excellent, except for the very modern bag
he had slung over his shoulders. Spoiled the look. Better to get a more
suitable bag, or use pockets and leave the bag at home.
Have a pop at other reenactors, they may only be beginning
their journey and have only got a few bits just yet. We all do this
hobby for fun after all. Despite what I said in my previous point, we
may have thought the warden looked a bit odd with his modern bag but
we would never have said anything to him about it, that would have been
rude. If he'd asked us about it we would have told him, but we would
never give unsolicited advice. We are still new to this and we wouldn't
want to be criticised, especially as we are trying hard to get the details
Think we're perfect. We're not,
we've got better over time but we have a long way to go yet.
Rush into joining a reenactment group - unless you want
to of course. We did our first season as just promenaders, and
really enjoyed it. For our second season we joined the Royal Warwicks, we are still with the group enjoying ourselves.