Statutes of Apparel
Elizabethan Era Clothing for Apprentices
No apprentice whatsoever
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
- To wear little breeches,
of the same stuffs as doublets, and without being stitched, laced
- 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.”