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Elizabethan Clothing

Elizabethan Clothing
The section and era covering Elizabethan Clothing and Fashion includes extensive  information regarding all elements of clothing and fashion during the Elizabethan era. The subjects range from the type of clothing regarded as Upper Class Fashion - rich, sumptuous materials and elegant styles to clothes worn by the lower classes using basic materials. Each item of Elizabethan clothing has been designed.

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Elizabethan Women's Clothing - gowns, hats, corsets, underwear, collars, ruffs and shoes. Elizabethan Men's Clothing - doublets, breeches, underwear, collars, ruffs, hats and shoes. For additional information of the period please click the following link to Tudor Clothes.

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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.

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Elizabethan Clothing for Men


Separate sleeves



Stockings or hose






Over Clothes!




Elizabethan Clothing for Women


A Roll or Rowle



Smock or shift, also called
a chemise made of linen


Over Clothes!


Stockings or hose




Corset or bodice


Separate sleeves


Farthingale - a hooped skirt




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 Fashion
Some interesting facts and concise information about Elizabethan Clothing
and Fashion can be found by accessing the following links .

Elizabethan Upper Class Fashion

Elizabethan Hair Styles

Elizabethan Make-up

Elizabethan Jewelry

Elizabethan Clothing and Fashion - Women

Elizabethan Clothing and Fashion - Men

Elizabethan Shoes

Elizabethan Accessories

The Codpiece

Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws

Enforcing Statutes of Apparel


Elizabethan Clothing Law for Men

Elizabethan Clothing for Apprentices

Elizabethan Clothing Law for Women

Material & Fabrics used in Elizabethan Era Clothing

Elizabethan Clothing allowed for Women

Elizabethan Clothing allowed for Men


The Meaning of Colors

Elizabethan Hats for Men

Elizabethan Hats for Women

Elizabethan Ruffs

Elizabethan Shirts

Elizabethan Doublets

Elizabethan Gowns

Elizabethan Coats & Jerkins

Elizabethan Cloaks

Elizabethan Breeches


For Clothing and Fashion from other periods in history click the following links:

Roman Clothing
Middle Ages Clothing
Ancient Egyptian Clothing


Elizabethan Clothing
Additional details, facts and information about Elizabethan Clothing and Fashion can be accessed via the Elizabethan Era Sitemap.

Elizabethan Clothing

  • Upper Class Clothing and Fashion
  • Women's Clothing and Fashion - gowns, hats, corsets, underwear, collars, ruffs and shoes
  • Men's Clothing and Fashion - doublets, breeches, underwear, collars, ruffs, hats and shoes
  • Hair styles
  • Make-up
  • Jewelry
  • Wedding Dress clothing and garb
  • Sumptuary Laws governing Elizabethan Clothing

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