16001650 in Fashion

1600–1650 in Fashion: General Trends

In western countries, fashion during 1600–1650 period witnessed the desertion of the ruff as broad lace or linen collars gained popularity. For both the genders waistlines went up. Other remarkable fashion included the popularity of full, sliced sleeves and tall or broad caps with edges.  Men’s fashion saw the disappearance of hose as use of breeches was increased.

The outline close to the body with tight-fitting sleeves and a low, pointed waist slowly softened and broadened by the year 1615. Sleeves were full and they were paned or slashed to execute the baggy sleeves of the shirt or chemise underneath. The waistlines went up.

The fashion in Spain during the era was very much conservative. Spaniards and Dutch used ruff for quite a long time but it was deserted for men first and then for women.

Poets and artists of that era were seen wearing clothes that had dark colors, open collars, gowns with buttons open or doublets.

1600–1650 in Fashion: Men’s Clothing

Men during 1600-1650 wore the following stuff as their clothing:

  • Shirts
  • Doublets
  • Jerkins
  • Hose
  • Breeches
  • Gowns

Linen shirts were worn with deep cuffs. Throughout the era, shirt sleeves were full. By 1620, a different style of collar known as whisk was more popular. Most of the people used unstarched ruff-like collar and a rectangular falling band hanging on the shoulder during the period. The doublets were pointed, tight-fitting with tight sleeves by 1615.

Slowly, the waistlines went up and the sleeves became broader. Both body and upper sleeves were cut to reveal the shirt underneath. The portraits reflect that the shoulders were using jerkins. It was not meant for indoor wear.

Men were wearing gowns early in the era, but by 1620s gowns were out of fashion.

1600–1650 in Fashion: Women’s Clothing

Women clothing in this era, was characterized by the great blossoming of needlelace. The linen jackets with embroidery were considered as fashionable both for men and women. Both the genders were wearing Gowns with tore sleeves.

By 1620s, surface ornaments were not in fashion as solid-color satins gained popularity. Well-designed ribbon bows or points turned out to be sophisticated heaps of rosettes and looped trim.

Women’s underwear during that period consisted of a linen chemise or smock and sometimes linen drawers.

The chemise was designed with a low, square neckline or a high neckline. Both the styles were worn with ruffs or broad collars that were in fashion few months ago.

1600–1650 in Fashion: Hairstyles

Till the year 1613, women were wearing their hair feathered high over the forehead. Wedded women used to wear their hair in a linen coif or cap, most of the times with lace trim. Men wear using tall hats as outdoor wear.

Men used to wear collar-length hair and they brushed the hair back from the brow. Fashionable men were seen with a single long string of hair known as a lovelock over one shoulder.

Throughout the period, hairstyle became more and more long. By later part of the era, long loose curls were in fashion. This had pointed towards the wig in 1660s. In addition to this, pointed beards and wide mustaches were considered fashionable.

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