Wikipedia describes 1650- 1700 in Western European fashion:
“The wide, high-waisted look of the previous period was gradually superseded by a long vertical line, with horizontal emphasis at the shoulder. Full, loose sleeves ended just below the elbow at mid century and became longer and tighter in keeping with the new trend. The body was tightly corseted, with a low, broad neckline and dropped shoulder. In later decades, the overskirt was drawn back and pinned up to display the petticoat, which was heavily decorated.
Spanish court fashion remained out of step with the fashions that arose in France and England, and prosperous Holland also retained its own modest fashions, especially in headdress and hairstyles, as it had retained the ruff in the previous period.”
BBC History Magazine describes dressing in the 17th century:
“A major attraction of London was the range of shopping opportunities. By Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the second half of the 16th century, merchants were importing a wide range of different fabrics, dyes and textiles which meant that clothes were becoming more diverse and colourful. Most of this linen and lace came from Italy and the Low Countries, but by the end of the 17th century more exotic commodities such as East Indian chintz and calicos were available too.”
- “1650–1700 in Western European Fashion.” Wikipedia. Accessed October 4, 2016. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1650%E2%80%931700_in_Western_European_fashion#Overview
- Dr. Tim Reine-Williams. “Dressing to impress in the 17th century.” BBC History Magazine. Accessed October 4, 2016. http://www.historyextra.com/article/social-history/dressing-impress-17th-century
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