Clothing in the Elizabethan era
The style of clothing and fashions of the Elizabethan era are very distinctive and striking. It is an indicative of a particular person’s status not only reflecting how wealthy or poor they are but also of their social reputation.
Clothing is quite significant that there is even an Elizabethan law related to it. These laws stated the colours as well as the type of clothing an individual was allowed to own and wear. These laws were called ‘Statutes of Apparel” and was enforced by the Queen herself in Greenwich on June 1574. The intent was to maintain the social structure as well as to keep a firm restrain on the people’s expenditure towards clothing. For example, back then it is absurd for a peasant to copy more well off individuals through “luxurious” clothing which was only worn by upper classes.
The fabrics used to create garments of the Elizabethans were wool and linen. The clothing worn by Elizabethans was heavy and overdone. Elaborate styles included farthingales and ruffs, Stiff laced bodices. Clothing worn by the upper classes also included silk, cotton, and other imported fabrics.