These are incidents which occurred in the past - and some which occur each reenacting season. This list is mentioned to help you recognize infractions that can distract from the reenacting experience for both the spectators who seek to learn living history from us, and other reenactors.
A List of Farbies Seen Over the Years....
Don’t Get Caught in This Trap
- Making a dress from a Halloween costume or prom dress and thinking it will pass. (it won’t) Wearing dresses with zippers and/or plastic buttons.
- Wearing a dress with sleeves which rest on the natural shoulder line.
- Wearing open weave buckrum - hats covered with poly lace. Leave these for the 20th century bridesmaids.
- Wearing ear cuffs, multiple earrings, or post earrings - period earrings were made with wires. See Abraham's Lady's period earrings
- Trendy haircuts which did not exist in the 19th century. If your hair is short, invest in a hairpiece. See hairpiece and hairnets
- Polyester lace parasols with plastic handles.
- Modern umbrellas with curved handles.
- Polyester lace gloves, poly lace fans with plastic ribs with or without the decorative feathers attached. See gloves and fans
- High spiked heeled granny boots - shoes with a skinny heel like that just didn’t exist. See shoes
- Wristwatches! Mary Todd Lincoln had one which is in the Smithsonian, but it is a dangly little watch hanging from a loose bracelet. It did not remotely resemble today’s watch. If you assure everyone they’ll never catch you wearing it in a 20th century manner, you would be amazed at how automatic it is to pull back your sleeve and look at your wrist when some one asks for the time.
- Carrying watches with beeping alarms. The sound is disturbing. Unless you really need to avoid being late for the day’s battle or fashion show. But check with your camp leaders for their opinions.
- Wearing modern bras with an authentically styled dresses, you will have the incorrect fashion silhouette. See underpinnings
- Wearing an off the shoulder dress before 3 P.M. For adults, off the shoulder dresses were strictly classified as evening wear. It would be the same as wearing a slinky cocktail dress to a barbecue today.
- Keeping Igloo coolers within plain sight of spectators during open camp hours.
- Playing pocket video games within camp limits, during open hours. Best to move to a common area or stay in the privacy of your tent.
Unless you are in a common area...avoid walking around with soda cans, drink boxes, or like beverage containers. Most Civil War cups hold a generous amount of liquid.