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Tudor and Stuart fashion

Tudor and Stuart fashion

Tudor and Stuart Fashion mean British fashion during the 16th and 17th centuries. Fashion might seem loud and flamboyant these days.

All Tudor women wore a linen shift, regardless of status. This could be washed and changed daily. The wealthier aristocratic women would demonstrate their status through their striking silhouette, highly-embellished outer layers, and headdress. The bodice and skirt of a woman of the Tudor court would be made from exquisite fabric and embellished with precious jewels, ribbons, and lace. Parts of the linen shift undergarment would be visible around the neck and on the cuffs. Sixteenth-century women also wore linen caps under their elaborate headwear.

Rich men in the 16th century wore white silk shirts, frilled at the neck and wrists. Over this, they wore a doublet which is a bit like a tight-fitting jacket, and close-fitting striped trousers which are called hose. Heavily starched and elaborately pleated ruffs that are collar or frill made from stiffened pleats or folds of linen attached to a neckband that is often constructed in layers and fixed in place using heated irons were fashionable throughout the period. A specialist laundress was employed to clean the ruff daily.

Sumptuary laws restricted the colors that Tudor men and women could wear.

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