Despite the fact that the Amish population represents less than 1% of the U.S. population, this lonely community, and their peculiar customs have aroused great interest. Many times they are misunderstood by the rest of the world and few come to empathize with their traditions, and the most controversial of all is their manner of dress.
How do the Amish dress?
It may seem simple, but you’ll be surprised at the number of things that are and, above all, which are not allowed.
How Amish men dress
The golden rule for all of the clothes that carry the Amish is that this should not attract attention. This promotes, according to their code, modesty and the feeling of being part of a community of peers.
Buttons, ties, zips, and buckles are objects that are considered too flashy for them so you never see them wearing these items. They secure their dark pants with a few straps and wear a straw hat, according to the season.
Their jackets have no collar or lapel and are fastened with a hook and eye in place of button and buttonhole.
Marriage changes everything
In the Amish culture, they do not wear engagement rings, but it is very easy to distinguish the unmarried from the married. Up to the time of the wedding, all the men Amish shave religiously, but from the day they marry, grow beards.
Under the bonnet
The majority of Amish women never cut their hair and wear it in the form of a braid under the cap.
They only wear dresses, but the rules for this are strict. The length of the skirt and of the sleeve are measured, depending on each community. The majority of Amish women should wear full sleeves and smooth fabrics and of a single solid color.
The importance of color
Color has an important role in the Amish community. Girls wear dresses of lighter colors than adults, and as they get older, they can use increasingly dark tons. In some communities, women change the color of their hat, from white to black, once they have married.
The dresses are designed to be comfortable and able to perform all tasks with them. An old proverb says an Amish woman has only two dresses, the post, and the wash.
Jewels are forbidden among the Amish but they have some accessories in their closets. Aprons are a dress staple in the community and in the cold weather they wear layers of wool to keep the heat in. It is not the most glamorous but efficient.