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Elizabethan Era clothing (English Project)
Transcript of Elizabethan Era clothing (English Project)
Boys in the Elizabethan Era wore everything in the exact same way as the girls. They were practically indistinguishable from one another.
They would wear long skirts, until they came of age, which is between the ages of three to seven depending on their parents.
Poor Women Clothing
Statutes of Apparel
Queen Elizabeth enforced some new laws to the Sumptuary laws,which were called the 'Statutes of Apparel' and were enforced on 15 June 1574
The 'Statutes of Apparel' laws limited the expenditure on clothes
Fashion of the 1500's in the Elizabethan Era
Henry VIII drafted a new series of laws during his reign in England, concerning dress and personal adornment, these laws were named the Sumptuary Laws
Were a set of laws that prevented extravagance in private life,by limiting expenditure for clothing,food,furniture,jewelery,etc.
One of these laws applied for clothing, and it outlined what all types of classes each should wear
His eldest daughter ( Queen Mary I) followed suit
Women's Fashion in the Elizabethan Era
The Elizabethan Era was highly fashion-conscious with elaborate and stylized clothing.
Fashion in this era saw women wearing a number of different layers. Each piece was carefully designed to cover every part of a women's body.
Women worked hard to achieve a small waistline because gowns had a tight body piece to show off the tiny waistline.
Clothing in this era saw an influence of geometric shapes, for example the bodice was stiff and masculine with broad shoulders shaped like an inverted triangle
Clothing was characterized by that class that a person belonged to. This was how a person's status was recognized. They wore many expensive fabrics, showing they came from the upper class.
Women in the upper class wore a knee-length or full length chemise(undergarment made by linen.)On top, they wore a kirtle with a bodice that accentuates the small waist. Layers of petticoats were also worn.
The dome shaped skirt was also a main garment worn in this era. Made of wood this hooped skirt helped accentuate a certain shape
Women's Fashion in the Elizabethan Era
Shoes were made of fine leather or more such as, silk, velvet, brocade, and decorated fabrics.
The many layers upper class women wore consisted of, a chemise, stocking, petticoat, kirtle, partlet, gown, ruff, corset, roll of rowle, and a stomacher.
Men's Fashion in the Elizabethan Era
Men who were from the upper class would wear loose- fitting shirts that would meet at the cuff.
The Shirts were made of soft linen or silk with buttons down the front. The males also wore breeches (puffy pants) that stopped at the knee.
Males would wear ruffles around their necks and wrists. They would usually wear their hats indoors instead or outdoors.
Wealthy males would wear silk, wool, and taffeta on their clothing, as well as brooches and feathers.
One big thing that wealthy men loved were jewels, You would usually see them adorning garments with pearls or gemstones.
They had two types of specific shoes. They wore indoor and outdoor footwear. their indoor shoes were made of velvet and and silk. Their outdoor shoes were made of fine quality leather and wood.
Males would also wear doublets, which are tight fitted buttoned jackets, which were usually waist/hip-length. They were worn on top of their shirts.
The doublets were made of wool, leather, or canvas.
The beginning of the Elizabeth Era for unwealthy women was unsatisfying.
Well suited women wore elaborate clothing where as others would have to resort to plain dull clothes.
The wealthy were expected to wear bold stunning colors to show that they come from a high maintenance family with lots of money.
Coarse wool in orange reds and woad blues and greens would be the colors of poor women and everyone would know if you were poor by what you wore.
Basically all women wore the same clothing but its just how you styled it would be different.
Some clothes would be stocking, petticoat. kirtle, parlet, gown, and a corset. However the poor would wear run down clothes that had rips and tears because they would wear it everyday.
Another distinguished feature to tell if they were poor or rich would be the type of material they would be wearing.
Poor Men's Clothing
Poor Women's Clothing
Some expensive material for clothes would be silk and velvet, but for the others they would have to settle with wool, sheepskin, and linen which were all very tough and hard.
Although the material was hard it was great for doing chores. The tougher they were the more sturdier they were. So they would prefer the tough cheep material rather than the expensive nice soft material.
It was a quick way to identify rank and privilege
These laws dictated what color and what type of clothing individuals were allowed to own and wear
Orange red ripped corset
Young girls in the Elizabethan Era wore a lot of the same fragments of clothing that women would wear; whether in the upper or lower social classes.
In the Elizabethan Era men of the lower class wore practically the same clothing as the lower class women.
Men would wear belts, stockings, shoes, hats, corsets,and long sleeves. That were colors of brown, beige, yellow, orange, russet, green, gray, and blue.
They would wear the same types of clothing, however it would be more simple.
Like the lower class women men had their clothes made of tough and rough material so that they would last longer.
In the upper classes they would wear kirtles, an underskirt, attached to a body-fitting bodice; which fell down to their ankles. They might also wear a pleated ruffle around her neck and wrists, and they would top it off with some sort of french hood or coif.
Men wore simple shirts made out of sheepskin, linen, coarse wool, because they were not allowed to wear costly material such as velvet and silk.
Lower classes would stop at the kirtle and save the gown for special occasions. They would wear a linen cap.
The lower class men would only have one pair of shoes for different occasions, and the shoes would not have any support and cushion.
Girls of the upper class would wear various different chains, chokers, pendants, rings and earrings, as well as an outer skirt to protect the gown from mud and dust. While, lower class girls would simply wear an apron to protect their kirtle and dress.
Long sleeves & shorts
Once the boys came of age they would wear the same as what their father would wear no matter what social class they were in, but their clothing would be more simple than the adults.
They would get their first pair of breeches, or trousers. This event in a young boys' life became known as "
. It was celebrated with a party.
Men's Fashion in the Elizabethan Era
Over the Doublet they would wear a jerkin.
A jerkin was a short, sleeve less jacket.
The materials used were velvet, silk, and taffeta.
http://elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-sumptuary-laws.htm Yahri :)
By:Yahri G.,Karina M.,Vivienne S.,Brittney D., and Melissa H.