clothing - A feature which greatly distinguished an urban slave from a rural slave was that of clothing. One of the reasons urban slaves were finely dressed was because whites did not want shabby servants around the house. Another reason was because a well-dressed servant made his or her master look good. Clothing of an urban slave included expensive materials and styles of the latest fashion. Such clothing included that of fine shirts, polished boots, gloves, the best of hats, Marseilles vests, white pantaloons and elegant sticks. Most slaves out-dressed a good number of whites. In addition to men, women too dressed in the latest styles. Many of them dressed with good taste and effect, giving an attractive appearance. The descriptions of the well-dressed urban slave made him seem as though he was getting farther from being a slave and into being a free man.