Wikipedia summarizes women’s fashion during this time period by stating:
“Women’s fashions of the earlier 16th century consisted of a long gown, usually with sleeves, worn over a kirtle or undergown, with a linen chemise or smock worn next to the skin.The high-waisted gown of the late medieval period evolved in several directions in different parts of Europe. In the German states and Bohemia, gowns remained short-waisted, tight-laced but without corsets. The open-fronted gown laced over the kirtle or a stomacher or plackard. Sleeves were puffed and slashed, or elaborately cuffed.”
Elizabethan Costume writes of women’s headwear:
“A new, lighter form of headwear began to make an appearance in the 1530s. Worn mostly by younger women, this hood combined the square shape of the gable hood with the flatter, less bulky silhouette of the emerging french hood. Anne Cresacre is shown to the right wearing such a hood, which can be called a “transitional” English hood for lack of a better word. It lays flat across the top and bends down at the sides, creating a square profile much like that of the Holbein sketch of Anne Boleyn in a coif. Indeed, it is entirely probable that coif and hood were worn in conjunction with each other–the edging of lace appearing underneath Anne’s hood could be the edge of her coif. A veil pinned over the hood fell down the back.”
Wikipedia summarizes men’s fashion during this time period by writing:
“Early in this period, men’s silhouette was long and narrow, but gradually it grew wider until by the later reign of Henry the VIII the silhouette was almost square, with shoulder emphasis achieved through wide revers and collars and large sleeves. From the 1530s, a narrower silhouette became popular under Spanish influence. Collars were higher and tighter. Shoulders lost their padding and developed a slight slope. Doublet sleeves became fuller rather than tight. Jerkins closed to the neck; their skirts were shorter and slightly flared rather than full, and they displayed more of the hose. Overall the fashion was more rigid and restrained.”
Wikipedia summarizes children’s clothing during the 1530s by saying:
“As shown in the images below, children’s clothing was mostly smaller versions of adult clothing, complete with low necklines and cumbersome underthings. Children of the nobility must have had limited freedom of movement to play and romp because of the restrictive clothing they wore. Toddler boys wore gowns until they were breeched.”
- “1500-50 in Western Fashion.” Wikipedia. Accessed September 23, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1500–50_in_Western_European_fashion
- “The English Gable Hood – Tudor Headdress.” Elizabethan Costume. Accessed September 23, 2016. http://www.elizabethancostume.net/headwear/gable.html
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