How did Puritans dress?

Puritans dressed modestly in sad or somber colors.

Puritan women wore a long black dresses that covered her almost from neck to toes. They wore a white apron and with their hair was bunched up behind a white head-dress. Puritan men wore black clothes and short hair.

Actually, the Puritans dressed in accordance with the fashions of their time. The black attire we associate with them was only formal wear for Sabbath. Weekday clothing was as varied and colorful as the non-Puritans of their day. Most paintings we see of the entire company attired in drab, black cloth and white aprons were completed some hundred years or more after their day, and are therefore not reliable sources. Studies in historical costume give a more accurate representation of early 17th century dress, any simplicity that existed in Puritan clothing would have been from a lack of ready access to finer textiles and the impracticality of more elaborate patterns in the New England colonies, as opposed to any religious belief in maintaining a somber appearance. In contrast, Quaker fashion in early America was the most consistently conservative. Puritanism and Separatism (the Pilgrims) were religious beliefs that held identical theological doctrines, but differed in that Puritans believed they must remain with the Church of England to purify it, and Separatists chose to break with the church. Rules of dress were no stricter for them than those of a similar class in 17th century British society.