• regional variations
  • working costume
  • Welsh national costume
  • performer’s costumes
  • European costumes
  • Welsh gentry costumes
  • children’s Welsh costumes

Types of costume worn by women.

The phrase traditional dress has been used to subsume other terms – occupational dress, best dress, folk dress, ethnic dress, national dress and sometimes, fancy dress. Originally, best dress, for Sundays, weddings and other feasts, dancing, fairs, carnivals and, in the case of Wales at least, selling goods at market, was based on the designs and colours of occupational dress and this became recognised as regional folk dress, common elements of which became adopted, or at least recognised as, a national dress.