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Clothing for Apprentices

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Elizabethan Clothing - Clothing for Apprentices


Regulations for the Apparel of London Apprentices in 1582 incorporated the Sumptuary Laws, and were refered to as the 'Statutes of Apparel' of 1574

Statutes of Apparel Elizabethan Era Clothing for Apprentices
No apprentice whatsoever should presume:

  • To wear any apparel but what he receives from his master.
  • To wear no hat within the city and liberty thereof, nor any thing instead thereof, but a woollen cap, without any silk in or about the same.
  • To wear no ruffles, cuffs, loose collar, nor other thing than a ruff at the collar, and that only of a yard and a half long.
  • To wear no doublets but what were made of canvas, fustian, sackcloth, English leather or woolen cloth, and without being enriched with any manner of gold, silver, or silk.
  • To wear no other coloured cloth, or kersey, in hose or stockings, than white, blue or russet.
  • To wear little breeches, of the same stuffs as doublets, and without being stitched, laced or bordered.
  • To wear a plain upper coat of cloth or leather, without pinking, stitching, edging, or silk about it.
  • To wear no other surtout than a cloth gown or cloak, lined or faced with cloth, cotton, or bays, with a fixed round collar, without stitching, guarding, lace, or silk.
  • To wear no pumps, slippers, nor shoes, but of English leather, without being pinked, edged, or stitched; nor girleds, nor garters, other than of crewel, woolen thread, or leather, without being garnished.
  • To wear no sword, dagger, or other weapon, but in a knife; nor a ring, jewel or gold, nor silver, nor silk in any part of his apparel.
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