Fashion In The Elizabethan Era

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Fashion played an important role in the Elizabethan Era. The clothes worn were the identity of the person and how much money they had or what social class they were in. Fancy and royal are some words that describe the clothing of the Elizabethan Era. Fashion trends today have drastically changed from the trends in the 1500-1600’s. The materials used for clothing in the 1500-1600’s are somewhat different from what we use today. In the Elizabethan Era men wore silk and velvet with fur. Men were usually fully clothed in silk from head to toe. Women mainly wore silk, lace and linen. The underskirts that women wore were made with hoops made out of wood. Today we still use silk,lace,linen and velvet but one material in particular most used and …show more content…
The clothes they wore was a statement to the whole world. Rich women in the Elizabethan Era wore big and puffy dresses that required a tight upper body and flowy bottom. One part of the dress stood out the most and that was the over the top collar called a ruff. The ruff started out with a simple ruff at the neck but over time developed into a more elaborate and massive ruff that framed the face. The ruffs became so colossal that it needed a wire framework for support. The silhouette was established in England and France and was worn to create the hourglass look. Over time the silhouette grew to be more inelastic and longer to create the v-shaped look. Women also wore bodices for v-shaped waist. A bodice is a garment that hugs the upper body for a small waist. Young and unmarried women wore lower bodice necklines. Shoes of this time period were blunt toed and flat. The shoes were made the same for both feet and would eventually over time be molded to that person’s feet. Women who were young and unmarried had long hair and wore it down. Married women pinned and covered their hair. The women in this era wanted their face to be pale with a little color to the lips. Perfume was very popular not only to women but to men as well. Peasants or poor women didn’t get all the luxurious fashion and accessories like the rich did. Poor women wore long full skirts with long-sleeved shirts. The lower class women were not allowed to wear …show more content…
Back in the 1500-1600’s the royal influenced all the fashion trends. The peasants didn’t have money to buy all the clothing they called fancy back then,but they certainly tried to follow. If the royal had it the poor wanted it more. Current trends have the same concept if the rich have it the poor want it more. The only exception to today’s era is that we have knock off brands that kind of look like the real brands. In the Elizabethan Era they didn’t have designer and labels, they just had the rich. The rich or royal class were the labels of the 1500-1600’s. Today we have so many labels and designers to choose from. There is Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Pink, Miss Me and so many more. Some are expensive and some are cheap just depends who is the

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