Each item of Elizabethan clothing has been
Women's Clothing - gowns, hats, corsets, underwear, collars,
ruffs and shoes. Elizabethan Men's Clothing - doublets, breeches,
underwear, collars, ruffs, hats and shoes.
The Hair styles,
Make-up, Jewelry and even suitable Wedding Dress has also been
included. But the most alien concepts of the Elizabethan era
was that, regardless of their wealth, Elizabethans were not
allowed to wear what clothes they liked. Their clothing and
items of apparel were dictated by the Elizabethan Sumptuary
Laws which governed the style and materials worn.
The Sumptuary Laws - Enforcing statutes of Apparel
- Governing Elizabethan Clothing.
The Elizabethan Sumptuary Clothing Laws were used to
control behaviour and to ensure that a specific class structure was
maintained. English Sumptuary
Laws governing the clothing that Elizabethans wore were well
known by all of the English people. The penalties for violating
Sumptuary Laws could be harsh - fines, the loss of property,
title and even life.
Elizabethan Clothing, Fashion and the Sumptuary Laws
Elizabethan clothes provided
information about the status of the person wearing them. This was not just
dictated by the wealth of the person, it also reflected their social
standing. Only Royalty were permitted to wear clothes trimmed with ermine.
Lesser Nobles were allowed to wear clothing trimmed with fox and otter and
so on and so forth. Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws dictated what colors and type of
clothing individuals were allowed to own and wear, an easy and
immediate way to identify rank and privilege. The materials and even the
colors of Elizabethan clothing were therefore very important
and sections have been dedicated to these subjects in
relation to dyes, fabrics and the type of clothes that men
were allowed to wear and the type of clothing that
Elizabethan women were allowed to wear. As you read through
the restrictions placed on Elizabethan clothing the subject
becomes more and more fascinating. The importance and
significance of costumes used in the Elizabethan theatres
also becomes very clear.
Interesting Facts and Information about
the Elizabethan Clothing and
Some interesting facts and
concise information about Elizabethan Clothingand Fashioncan be found by
accessing the following links.