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During the Elizabethan Era, cothing had a very distinct appearance. Clothing separated the rich higher class citizens from the poor lower class. During this era, people were not allowed to wear whatever they wanted, their clothing choices were determined by the Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws. During this time period, people wore many different layers of clothes, which could become very cumbersome and extremely uncomfortable on a hot day.

Sumptuary Rules

For women daily dress consisted of a smock, stockings, corset, and a hoop skirt called a Farthingale that was covered by a full gown with long sleeves and a high collar with shoes, a hat, and a cloak. For men, the daily dress was tights, boots, a long sleeved shirt with a high collar, breeches, shoes, a hat, and a cloak. This was dress for the rich higher class citizens

-Only Royals could wear clothes trimmed with ermine -Lesser nobles were allowed to wear clothes trimmed with fox and otter -Certain colors and materials were only to be worn by people with alotted amounts of money

Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws

These laws determined what behavior was appropriate and which social and political classes were allowed to wear which types of clothing. These laws were very serious and if a persons clothing voilated these laws, there were serious consequences


-Alchin, Linda. "Elizabethan Clothing." ELIZABETHAN CLOTHING. Elizabethan Era, 16 May 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.-Daggett, Lauren. "Elizabethan Era's Fashion Trends." YouTube. YouTube, 15 May 2012. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.-Alchin, Linda. "Elizabethan Upper Class Fashion." ELIZABETHAN CLOTHING. Elizabethan Era, 16 May, 2o12. Web 12 April. 2014.

Elizabethan Dress


Daily Dress

Examples of Elizabethan Clothing

Fun Fact: Lotsof the clothing worn in this era was inspired by geometric shapes

By: Elizabeth Efird

Clothes Slashing was a new technique many people used during these times, because of all the clothing rules, people began cutting thier clothes in defiance and because it allowed for the design of the underclothes to show through

This era was sometimes referred to as the Peacock Age because the men dressed more elaborately than the women


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