scarves, sashes ect: As mentioned above pirates and buccaneers
loved bright colours and personal display. Nearly every pirate
wore a waist sash of silk, taffeta or even just cotton or calico,
red was the most common colour, and in the next century a red
sash became the acknowledged badge of a pirate, but other colours
were not uncommon, patterned and printed silk were widely used
as well. Most pirates would also wear a brightly coloured neckercheif
around their neck as well.
Jewellery. Many sailors at this time would have worn a single
gold earring, but any other jewellery would have been rare, as
any captured would have gone into the communal loot to be sold
and divided up later.
Womens kit. Womens clothing in the Caribbean would be much the
same as 1640s European clothing, but with adaptations for the
heat. Much of the heavy woollen cloth would be replaced by lighter
materials such as cotton or calico, striped cotton skirts were
quite popular. Also any woman wearing male kit need not necessarily
disguise herself as a man, as there were many instances of female
pirates who wore breeches for convenience.
Wooden legs, eye patches, hooks etc: If you have any of these
items, and they are well made and look the part then by all means
use them. However for safety reasons we recommend that you do
not wear more than one eye patch at a time, also if you are wearing
a hook do not attempt to rub your eyes or else you could end up
wearing an eye patch for real.
Parrots. We must insist that only totally authentic South American
breeds of parrot may be used, definitely no Norwegian blues.
Accents. Unless you can do an authentic Robert Newton style mummerset
accent, we suggest you stick to your normal way of speaking, however
you could throw in a few nautical expressions such as: Avast there,
Damn yer eyes, Damn'ee, Look'ee, Wi a curse, Shiver me timbers