One of the things I love about collecting vintage patterns is seeing how fashions change. Take, for example, the pirate costume. Here's Butterick 6731, copyright 1988, again from etsy seller patternmania.
If I had to sum up pirate fashion now vs. then? Less "Margaritaville", more "faux sinister Johnny Depp." I know the 80s couple is trying to look sinister, but your average "Pirates of the Caribbean" extra could wipe the floor with them. Hey, even the little girl in the McCall's photo looks like she's ready to take them on. So, for those considering the pirate look this Halloween, Pattern Junkie HQ presents:
UPDATING YOUR PIRATE LOOK -- DOS & DON'TS
DO utilize kerchiefs and striped bloomers -- the classics are always on-trend!
DO keep hair slicked back and out of the way. Unruly locks are easy for swashbucklers to grab!
DON'T veer too far from your basic colors of red, white and black. You're a pirate, not a fruit stand.
DON'T wear a headband. 'Nuff said!
DO wear a skull and crossbones hat!
DON'T be afraid to show off your waist. Corset it, ladies!
DON'T use polka dots bigger than a dime. You're raiding the high seas, not auditioning for the Mouseketeers.
DO lose the parrot. No one fears a man with a bird on his shoulder.