Barlo took a fascinating variety of garments with him when he ran off. These included three hats (a linen cap, another of worsted wool lined with cotton, and an old beaver felt hat), two plain white shirts, and two pairs of the buckskin breeches favored by manual laborers for their durability and flexibility. Barlo also took a pair of "sailors trowsers" with him. In the 1750s, when even poor men wore breeches, long trousers were still something of a novelty associated with the mariners who would eventually popularize them. He also had two pairs of stockings, one of brown wool ("yarn") and another of blue/grey "milled" wool (referring to a process of fulling knit goods).
Barlo also had three jackets, again something of a rarity in the middle of the century. One was "a new blue grey jacket, lined with blue and white strip'd linsey woolsey, with brass buttons." This was probably not unlike the close-cut, tailed "sleeved waistcoats" mentioned elsewhere, and the mixed fiber lining of Barlo's coat was probably woven locally. His two "under jackets" are equally interesting. In other instances, this term might lead a reader to picture a light jacket or even a sleeveless waistcoat. Here, however, Barlo is wearing yet another sailor-fashion garment, the "pea jacket." This may be an early reference to the tailless short jackets which would become increasingly common among workers in the second part of the eighteenth century. One of Barlo's was blue with flat metal buttons, and the other featured a "cross-bar" lining, with stripes running horizontally.
Thomas Barlo was a man whose clothing marked him as a common worker. And yet, in another light, his wardrobe was also remarkably progressive, foreshadowing the changes which would take place in menswear over the next fifty years.