Dutch clothing and costumes originated in the Netherlands. Netherlands has 14 and provinces has its own traditional costumes. The most well-known type of dress, considered the national costume, came from the southern province of Volendam and is still wore by Dutch women for the tourists.
Dutch women had modest skirts, usually in somber colors. Some were gathered at the waist while some of the ankle-length ones had pleats. Men had dark, loose-fitting trousers that either came to their knees or their ankles. Long socks accompanied the shorter pants. In the province of Twente, the men donned wrist-length double-breasted black coats.
Dutch Traditional Accessories
The most visible accessory was the apron worn by most Dutch women. Whether short and flowered or floor-length and plain, in a subdued color or white, with or without lace, these items defined the Dutch woman and the province in which she lived.
Some women carried knitted pouches at their waists, and some had short shawls that attached at the waist. In some provinces, both men and women wore suspenders. For the rich, diamonds, gold and silver jewelry had been available in Amsterdam since the 1500s. Dutch ladies wore some type of head covering made of either lace or stiff fabric.
Some of them wore small lacy caps, a few had long lace coverings that came down passed their shoulders, while others wore the larger white-peaked ones. Some caps tied under the chin and some did not. The men also wore hats, though mostly when outdoors; some had wide-brimmed hats while others sported a traditional fisherman’s hat or flat cap.