Ocracoke has a reputation (often deserved, of course) for being an unpretentious, laid-back place. With that said, islanders of past generations also knew how to dress for more formal occasions.
In the 1941 photo above, Homer (1868-1947) and Aliph (1876-1950) Howard are attired in their Sunday best. Their granddaughter, Becky, is beside them. Even today you will sometimes see islanders gussied up for special occasions.
Our Ocracoke Newsletter for this month is an article by Philip Howard, My Ocracoke, Living amidst 250 years of Howard family history. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082116.htm.