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.”