Uncommon Garment List

* Balaclava
An older name for a ski mask.


* Cloche
A close-fitting hat worn by females, popular in the 1920's.


* Coif
A small head-piece that comers the ears and ties under the chin, but doesn't mash the hair like a hat.


* Cowl
Also called a wimple, a tube designed to pull up around the face for warmth or modesty, covering the hair and ears. Can be lowered to rest around the neck.


* Dickey
A neck that doesn't have a garment attached. Very common is a turtleneck dickey, which adds the warmth of the turtleneck without the bulk of the sweater.


* Faroese Shawl
A shawl that has a flat panel in the middle of the back that helps it stay on the shoulders without tying or holding. These often look like a half-round or wings.


* Fascinator
A small hat or head decoration whose purpose is purely ornamental. Often lacy, they could look like scarves.


* Fichu
A small shawl or cape that covered only the shoulders, maybe as far as the elbow. Sometimes just some gauzy material wrapped around the shoulders and tucked into the neckline of the dress.


* Fingerless Gloves
Gloves that are knitted without the fingers being added on, but separations are made for the fingers.


* Fingerless Mitts or Mittens
Mittens that stop at the top of the hand, with the fingers uncovered. The fingers are not separated.


* Head Funnel
Like a wimple but usually made more solid and less lace, more a utilitarian garment than an ornamental one. Should cover the top of the forhead, over the head, and be able to be tucked into the back of a jacket when extended.


* Hap Shawl
Traditional shawl of the Shetland Islands, usually a plain square center edged with lace. Generally knitted from the outside inwards.


* Hoggers
Alternate name for leg-warmers.


* Miser's Purse
This purse was made like a sock, closed at each end. The opening was a slit in the middle, closed by sliding rings.


* Muff
A small cylindrical fur or cloth cover, open at both ends, in which the hands are placed for warmth.


* Muffatees
A wrist-warmer that extended from the elbow to the hand, usually ending in fingerless mitts or gloves. These were usually very decorative.


* Muffler
A heavy scarf worn around the neck for warmth.


* Mobius or Moebius
A large wimple with a half-twist in it. Can be made large enough to function as ponchos.


* Poncho
A type of cape with a hole in the middle for the head, with no ties or fastenings.


* Reticule or Ridicule
A small decorative purse.


* Ruana
Technically, a woven wrap from South America. The South American version is sometimes similar to a serape, sometimes similar to a poncho that is open in the front, with slightly longer front ends. This version could also be described as a stole with a point in the back. There is also a celtic style that seems to just be a cape that is longer in the front and back and shorter on the sides [some are open in front, sone not, some have hoods].


* Scoggers
Arm-warmers, they usually extended from the wrist to above the elbow, and were more utilitarian than decorative. Their purpose was to keep the arms warm and/or to protect the sleeves.


* Serape
A type of poncho that is made as a large rectangle with a slit or hole for the head to go through. The garment does not extend beyond the elbows on the sides, and has open sides


* Shawl
Usually triangular, rectangular, or square, used as a decorative accessory or for warmth and comfort, worn over the shounders and/or wrapped around the torso.


* Shrug
A small sweater, usually just the sleeves and enough material to attach them.


* Smoke Ring
Similar to a Moebius Scarf or a wimple. Usually made from lace, without the half-twist of the moebius and slightly longer around than the wimple.


* Snood
A head cover, usually net, to contain hair and for ornamentation.


* Sontag
A garment similar to a cross between a triangular shawl and a shrug. The ends cross in front and fasten to the back.


* Stole
A rectangular version of a shawl.


* Tabard or Tabbard
Similar to a serape, it is like the front and back of a sweater, with no sleeves and open at the sides. Many have some sort of fastening like buttons or ties to hold the sides together.


* Toboggan
A knit hat worn to keep the head warm in cold temperatures. (Also a sled, but a sled is not a garment.)


* Turtleneck
A sweater neck that extends the neckline in a tube upward, usuall about twice the length of the neck, and folds over.


* Watch Cap
Sometimes called a "toboggan", it is a simple hat, usually knit, shaped to fit the head, with a turned up brim. It usually is either made of ribbing, or has a ribbed edge to turn up.


* Wimple
Similar to a cowl, usually lacy, in a tube shape. Meant to go over the head as a decoration or for modesty. Could be worn around the neck like a turtleneck.


* Wrist Warmers
Tubes like the top of a sock, usually 3 to 6 inches long, for warmth in the area of the wrist where sleeves tend to ride up.