Re: What is blousing your pants and is it authentic? by John Stillwagon
Great submission Paul and a good conversation sarter. IMO blousing does have it's place while in the field and I do not personally like to do it althought I have while wading through tick infested areas. But IMO I feel it is one of those things that can be represented but looses it's authenticity if #1 everybody at an event has their trousers bloused and #2 trousers are bloused with incorrect socks ie red hunting socks or socks bought at wal-mart etc.
Although there is plenty of documentation via images that blousing did occur, that evidence does not dictate the every soldier in the field bloused. Which is where we come in. We as living historians need to understand that seeing one picture of a few men with bloused trousers does not mean that everyone at an event should be doing it. It's one of those things that we seem to see the documentation then go over board representing. I know that this hold s true for several things the we have determined are "reenactorisms". I think it is a matter of having the correct ratios of these types of things.
One thing I know many people do but you don't see it all that often is men in the field with missing equipment. I understand the need for comfort and all but not at the expense of the experience of being in the field. Just my rambling .02.
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