Please help me. My mom wants to have a themed Thanksgiving, and instructed everyone from my grandmother to baby cousin to dress up in Pilgrim outfits for the big dinner. Being a New Yorker, I wear a lot of black, but sure as heck don't want to wear a silly hat and put buckles on my shoes. How do I get out of this? I love my family, but this is just crazy.
Miles Standoffish, Queens
According to this History Channel site, you don't have to wear buckles or even an all black ensemble to your family's themed dinner.
Buckles did not come into fashion until later in the seventeenth century and black and white were commonly worn only on Sunday and formal occasions. Women typically dressed in red, earthy green, brown, blue, violet, and gray, while men wore clothing in white, beige, black, earthy green, and brown.
Since earth tones were the new black in the 1600s, feel free to break out the khakis and J. Crew sweaters for your family's holiday celebration. And if you really want to ruffle some feathers while you're at home, you might remind your Martha-like mom that the Pilgrims were probably ate salted fish and vegetables during those first lean years in Plymouth. We're no history experts, but sweet potatoes with marshmallows are probably a 20th century invention.