You Were What You Wore in Elizabethan England

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by emmabruce
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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
European history
Grade:
8

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You Were What You Wore in Elizabethan England

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Upper ClassNoblesRoyals

SilkFurVelvetLace

Only the Queen and her relatives could wear clothing that used gold or ermine fur trimmings as embellishment.

Middle Class/Wealthy

The more important a person was in the upper class, the more freedom they had when it came to clothing.

Many middle-class men wore padding inside the shirt that "plumped" the belly, so the wearer appeared better-fed, i.e. wealthier.

Lower Class/Peasants

As clothing decoration and layering was a symbol of class, lower class wore simple and plain clothing in few layers.

Queen Elizabeth I,shown with apet ermine.

Quick Facts!

Quick Facts!

Quick Facts!

Quick Facts!

MuslinWool

BroadclothLinenCotton

Sumptuary Law

Purple clothing indicated royalty.

You Were What You Wore in Elizabethan England

The English Sumptuary Laws dictated the color and style of clothing, based on the wearer's social class.

The brightest and darkest dyes were limited to the higher classes.

Gold, silver, scarlet, indigo, violet, black, pristine white and bright yellow were for the highest nobility.

For more information on the meaning of colors in the Elizabethan Era, click:

The lower classes wore pale yellow, russet, orange, green, pale blue, pink, and off-white.

HIGHER CLASS

UPPER CLASS

LOWER CLASS

Violation of these laws could result in punishments ranging from fines to death.


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